John-Paul Iwuoha

About John-Paul Iwuoha

John-Paul Iwuoha is an author, impact entrepreneur, business strategist and founder of Smallstarter Africa. He works with entrepreneurs and investors to start up and grow businesses in Africa. His work and articles have been featured on several local and international media, including CNN, The Huffington Post, The Africa Perspective Magazine, Business Day and LinkedIn Pulse, among others. He is the co-author of '101 Ways To Make Money in Africa', the widely-acclaimed book which reveals several interesting business ideas, market opportunities, and inspiring entrepreneur success stories across Africa. For the latest updates on business and entrepreneurship across Africa, follow Smallstarter on Twitter, @smallstarters
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This is why Facebook wants to invest $170 million in Uganda

Facebook's decision to invest $170 million in a fibre infrastructure project in Uganda is an interesting strategic investment. Ugandans, like most Africans, love Facebook. However, out of a total population of 38 million, there are only 2.2 million Ugandans on the social network. Facebook's penetration in Uganda is significantly lower than a number of other [...]

By | May 24th, 2017|Curated Content|

How this woman in Tanzania disguised as a man and hit success in the mining business

For almost a decade, Pili Hussein disguised as a man so she could be allowed to work in the mines in the hopes of finding one of the world's rarest gemstones. Tanzanite is a rare, violet-blue gemstone that is a thousand times harder to find than diamonds. And there is only place in the world [...]

By | May 23rd, 2017|Curated Content|

3 interesting ways to make rich Africa work for poor Africans

In Rwanda, drones successfully delivered blood and medical supplies, revolutionising the small cargo delivery supply chain. With the launch of the Ethiopia-Djibouti train last October, Africa's high-speed railway network is becoming a reality. This year, Africa will launch the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), a strategic move that could boost intra-African trade and investment, and [...]

By | May 22nd, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet the visionary entrepreneur who is building the “Harvard of Africa”

Fred Swaniker is a Ghanaian-born educational entrepreneur, and the chairman and co-founder of the pan-African education and leadership-focused organisation -- The African Leadership Group. His ultimate goal is to build a network of frontline universities in Africa that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best universities in the world. In 2014, Swaniker launched the African Leadership [...]

By | May 21st, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet the world’s largest concentrated solar power plant. It’s in Africa!

The Ouarzazate Solar Power Complex began in May 2013 and went into operation in February 2016 on an area of 2,500 hectares. Ouarzazate lies in the middle of the Moroccan desert and is widely known as a filming location for Hollywood blockbusters like “Lawrence of Arabia”,”Gladiator”, Prince of Persia”, and other movies. Morocco plans to [...]

By | May 20th, 2017|Curated Content|

Nigeria: How to find investment opportunities where investors fear to tread

Warren Buffett is noted for saying: "be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” Right now, most investors are afraid of Nigeria. Uncertainty, risk and economic challenges are keeping them away. If the Sage of Omaha is right, now is the time to get excited about Nigeria. This interesting article says [...]

By | May 19th, 2017|Curated Content|

How African-made chocolate is about to take the world by surprise

Chocolate is a global multi-billion dollar industry. Although Africa supplies up to 60% of the world's cocoa, the continent consumes less than 4% of chocolate sold globally. Gladly, this is starting to change. There are now a growing number of handmade and artisinal chocolate brands in Ghana and Ivory Coast that want to make African [...]

By | May 18th, 2017|Curated Content|

At Google, managers are not allowed to hire, fire, or promote employees. Here’s why…

Kim Scott used to be the head of Adsense and Youtube at Google, and recently revealed the company's unique method of leadership and management. According to Scott, being a manager at Google is a bit different from being a manager anywhere else. That's because the company makes nearly all decisions by consensus. "If you're a [...]

By | May 16th, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet Africa’s first solar-powered airports in South Africa!

South Africa's George Airport has become the first on the continent to be powered by solar energy. With over 2,500 hours of sunshine per year in South Africa, it makes perfect sense for the country's airports to tap into this local resource. In the last year, SA has unveiled three solar-powered airports across the country, [...]

By | May 15th, 2017|Curated Content|

Meet the deaf twin sisters from Eritrea who just launched a fashion blog

Hermon and Heroda Berhane were 7 when they both mysteriously went deaf at the same time. It took the parents a long time to realise the girls were deaf. Now 34, the Eritrean-Ethiopian twin sisters have blossoming careers in modeling and acting, as well as a fashion blog. The twins recently launched a fashion blog, [...]

By | May 14th, 2017|Curated Content|