Category Archive: Africa

Ad of the Week: Real World Design

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In my weekly column for Marklives.com — the site for marketers about marketing and advertising — I select one ad or campaign that has stood out, and award it the title of ‘Ad… Continue reading

World Economic Forum Calls For #internet4all

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Today, the Word Economic Forum (WEF) called for a campaign to promote internet access as a basic right. Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa and Member of the Executive Committee for the WEF, writes… Continue reading

Cross-Cultural Communication Pitfalls

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As the world shrinks, doing business with people from different cultures becomes something of a minefield, especially when it comes to those ‘difficult’ conversations, when things have gone wrong, or when bargaining for… Continue reading

Fierce Sun – a Word for Go-getter

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The word jua kali means ‘fierce sun’ in Swahili, but also translates to a person, businessman, or entrepreneur who can fix or practically do anything upon request. In Kenya these types of workers have… Continue reading

Nigeria’s S&T Media Secures $1m Seed Round

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I received an interesting report about Nigerian outdoor media company S&T Media. The advertising channel announced that it has received seed financing from early-stage technology venture capital firm, EchoVC Partners, who have committed up to… Continue reading

Reading for Inspiration and Insight

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The Business Insider list of 15 Most Influential Business Books of 2015 is worth a look. Yes, there is the inevitable Elon Musk monograph by Ashlee Vance, but there are also some surprises.… Continue reading

Love Yourself

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In my weekly column for Marklives.com (Africa’s foremost site on marketing and advertising), I select one South African ad to feature as my Ad of the Week. (Sometimes we even find something done… Continue reading

Taxing Our Sweet Tooth

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Daily Maverick has an insightful article today on the proposed ‘sugar tax’, which comes into effect in April 2017. Diabetes is apparently the second highest cause of death for South Africans aged 15-49.… Continue reading

Listen & Learn: Buffett on Leadership

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Warren Buffett isn’t just the world’s savviest investor — he’s also an insightful business leader, as you would know if you read his annual letter to shareholders. If you’re not on his mailing… Continue reading

The Pitfalls of New Markets

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South African businesses wishing to expand into Africa should take heed of how the pioneers have fared. Truworths and Woolworths — not so good; Shoprite — not too bad. Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya —… Continue reading