This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending The 18th Annual Africa Business Conference hosted by Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts. The theme of this year’s event was Unite. Innovate. Disrupt: Homegrown Models For Africa’s Prosperity.
The event attracted attendees from all over the world and focused on major themes such as Entrepreneurship, Healthcare, Startups, the Airline Industry, Investing in Africa and more.
Sarkodie(Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist0 and myself at #HBSABC2016
Some of the Amazing Keynotes were:
It was inspiring to see so many young professionals eager to use their talents to improve their countries and the world as a whole. The event served as a springboard for discussions about ways to create positive change and innovation. All of the keynotes and speakers were amazing. One quote that resonated me was a statement made by Charles Ifedi, CEO of Verve International, Nigeria’s highest used payment card.
This was the statement he made:
This statement challenged me to question the “Why”. I believe a lot of times in life we focus on the mundane everyday processes ( the how) of our respective jobs, projects and business. As a result, it is sometimes easy to forget the reason ( the why) and instead get caught up in the day to day functions and responsibilities.
When you truly understand the “Why”, you can begin to understand the pieces that are necessary to achieve the overall goal. You begin to focus on the main objectives not just the day to day tasks associated with the goal.
Khanyi Dhlumo, Founder of Ndalo Media,also made a great statement that all entrepreneurs and professionals must remember:
I can definitely relate to this statement. As an entrepreneur, it is a fact that you will experience ups and downs. It is a natural occurrence and should be expected. The best thing that can be done in every situation good or bad is to learn from it. Learn from the good to guide you on how to do even better. Learn from the bad to determine what doesn’t work and what to avoid in the future.
After the conference and career fair, there was a banquet which featured the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame.
The event concluded with an after-party featuring performances by Sarkodie and Iyanya.
For more information about this event, search the hashtag #HbsAbc2016 or log on to http://www.africabusinessconference.com/