Idea Exchange: Anzisha, Obama, Elumelu, HEVA

EDIT The African Banker Awards that will take place during the African Development Bank Annual Meetings on 11th June in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea are now accepting entries for the awards of African Bank of the Year, African Banker of the Year, Investment Bank of the Year, Best Regional Bank in Africa, Best Retail Bank in Africa, Innovation in Banking, Infrastructure Deal of the Year, Deal of the Year (Debt), Deal of the Year (Equity), Award for Financial Inclusion, and Socially Responsible Bank of the Year. All financial institutions (banks, micro-financiers, investment banks, DFIs and others) are invited to compete. Completed entry forms should be submitted by Monday 1st of April.

Edit Africa CEO Forum Awards recognizes outstanding business leaders and this year includes a  “Gender Leader of the Year” prize and “Disrupter of the Year” award to go with other existing awards for CEO of the Year, African Champion of the Year, and International Company. Some nominees include Mohamed El Kettani – Attijariwafa bank and Tewolde Gebremariam – Ethiopian Airlines for “CEO of the year”, Banque Centrale Populaire, Ethiopian Airlines, OCP Group and Royal Air Maroc for “company of the year”, Absa Group, Access Bank, First Bank of Nigeria and Unilever for “gender leader” and Africa’s Talking, Baobab+, InTouch, Jumia and Kobo360 for the “disruptor” award. The awards will be given during the 7th Africa CEO Forum on 25 – 26 March 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda.

Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) will officially open its call for applications starting from the 27th of March 2019. The ANPI is a US$10 million Prize competition for African entrepreneurs, founded by the Jack Ma Foundation, where ten finalists from across the continent will compete for US$1 million in total prize money. Deadline for applications is 30th June 2019

EDIT Class 5 of the Alibaba Global Initiatives eFounders fellowship is open to founders/co-founders of digital ventures from Botswana, Cameroon, Chad, Kenya, Rwanda, or Uganda. It is jointly organized by Alibaba Business School and UNCTAD and the deadline is March 17. Note that the fellowship does not cover air tickets and transportation/pick-up services to and from Hangzhou, China.

The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s biggest award for her youngest entrepreneurs and hands out over USD $100,000 every year in funding to entrepreneurs from all over the continent.  Details here.

EDIT  The British Council Future Leaders Connect, is a global network for emerging policy leaders seeking to connect to a long-term network of emerging leaders from around the globe, who want to change the world through policy making. To take part you must be aged 18-35 and live in one of our participating countries – Canada, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Tunisia, UK and USA. Applications from Egypt and the USA are by invitation only. Applications close on Monday 6 May 2019.

EDIT Cities Alliance a global partnership supporting cities to deliver sustainable development, hosted by the United Nations United Nations Office for Projects Services (UNOPS), is offering grants up to USD 50,000 to people working on innovative and accessible solutions for improving tenure security and land and property rights in any African country. It is open to Innovators, microenterprises, social entrepreneurs, community-based organisations, and national and local NGOs working in African cities.  Deadline to apply for the Cities Alliance is  March 14, 2019.

Edit Coca-Cola Beverages Africa and PETCO have launched an innovation challenge, dubbed the Beyond Baling Innovation Challenge (BBIC), that aims to provide innovative solutions to bale post-consumer PET plastic in order to ease their transportation for recycling and manufacturing.

DRC Innovation for Financial Services 2019:  The Central Bank of Congo, in partnership with FSDA Africa and Elan DRC, has launched Innovation for Financial Services 2019, a competition for businesses and entrepreneurs aimed at promoting the development of innovative and relevant financial services and payment solutions in the DRC. The winner of each category will then have access to FSD Africa’s investment process with the possibility of raising up to US$130,000.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation, the leading African-funded and founded philanthropy committed to empowering African entrepreneurs, has announced its last call for applications into its prestigious 2019 Entrepreneurship Programme. Selected beneficiaries will join 4,470 current alumni and will receive $5,000 seed capital, access to mentors, bespoke training and numerous opportunities to impact policies at the local and global level.

The programs is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs, the Programme’s objective is to generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and create at least $10 billion in new business revenue across Africa. Applicants can apply on TEFConnect, the largest digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs by March 1.

HEVA Fund: HEVA has launched a Growth Fund in collaboration with Agence Française de Développement (AFD), targeting mature businesses in the creative economy – fashion, apparel and accessories; live cultural events (music, shows, venues, festivals); and digital media content production and distribution. – that have been in operation for at least 5 years, with annual revenues exceeding KES 10 million. The targeted businesses are in the following creative economy value chains:  HEVA will be investing a minimum of KES 5 million and a maximum of KES 10 million in each successful enterprise. Deadline is 13th March 2019. HEVA is also receiving applications for its Cultural Heritage Fund and for a Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund.

The Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) has launched the IREN Technologies and Innovations Platform 2019 (ITIC 2019) to promote the best mix of technology and innovation to processes along the agribusiness value chains. Innovators are expected to address the region’s challenges in value addition, energy, storage, logistics and marketing. The Lake region is known for fish, grain, vegetable, cash crop, dairy and livestock production. IREN welcomes Institutions and established companies to participate in the final ITIP 2019 Trade Fair to be held later in November 2019.

Edit MEST: Five promising start-ups from across Africa have been chosen as regional winners in MEST Africa’s annual Pan-African pitch competition, moving one step closer to winning $50,000 in equity investment, a place in the MEST Africa incubator of their choice and global mentorship to help their company scale. The winners who were chosen from over 1,000 applicants are AMPZ.TV – a ‘LinkedIn for Sports’ (Nigeria), OZÉ – a financial data insights company (Ghana), Snode – real-time cyber security (South Africa),  WayaWaya – a fintech company (Kenya) and Seekewa – an agricultural financing platform (Cote d’Ivoire).

Obama Founder Leaders Africa Applications are live for the Obama Foundation Leaders Africa Program which aims to identify a group of emerging African leaders from all sectors—government, civil society, and entrepreneurs—who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the common good. Apply by February 28, 2019.

Edit  Pivot East: East Africa’s premier entrepreneurs’ program is back for its 6th year after a two year break with a call for applications opening on 11th March 2019 and the startups pitching competition and conference event happening on 27th June 2019. Applicants can be in software and hardware in five categories of finance, enterprise, entertainment, social Impact and utilities.

Sanofi, the global pharmaceutical company, extended the registration deadline for entries to this year’s edition of the VivaTech innovation conference. 17 Kenyan start-ups have registered so far and are expected to participate in the conference.

Kenya’s Sportpesa joins the world of Formula One sponsorship

Today in Canada, sports betting company Sportpesa was unveiled as the title sponsor of the Racing Point Formula One team in its latest international sponsorship venture.

Others sponsors of the team are Bombardier, JCB, BWT and team officials also announced there was room for more sponsors to push the team forward to better performances on track during the season that begins in March 2019 in Australia. The team’s drivers said their realistic aim for the year was for fourth place in the constructor’s championship (i.e. behind the perennial top three teams – Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull), to get some podium finishes, and perhaps even a race win.

Racing point is the former Force India team that ran into financial difficulties during the 2018 season. The Force India team had its best performances in 2016 and 2017 when it finished fourth in the formula one standings.

This also ends an unfortunate joke era when the newly-elected governor for Machakos, Alfred Mutua, unveiled his dream for a formula one track in his county, back in 2013.

The RaceFans site which broke the story last month reported that SportPesa is understood to be paying $8 million (i.e. ~Kshs 800 million) for its first year followed by $10 million in 2020 and a further $12 million if they remain for 2021.

Twitter Business Voices from every African Country

Compiling a list of African voices on @Twitter who write about business with a bias to residents who live in the countries and actively tweet or write about finance, economics, investments, technology and other similar business topics.

Diaspora (marked as ‘d’), and government (marked as ‘govt’) writers are included and marked accordingly, but this is not to de-emphasise their ability to create authentic unique local content. There is also a  bias for people who tweet in English, and for individuals, not media or financial organizations, but these are not criterions for selection or exclusion. Feel free to suggest other names in the comments, by country, and to complete the gaps.

  • Algeria @omarelmohri (d)
  • Angola @CaipLounge, @isabelaangola
  • Benin @yacinebtchane
  • Botswana @Emma_Wareus @SiyandaWrites @BogoloKenewendo (govt), @JacoBank
  • Burkina Faso @bachirismael (govt), @ocomar
  • Burundi @ThierryU(d), @mKabeya
  • Cabo Verde
  • Cameroon @mankangwafo @dibussi @Mimimefo237 @dibussi
  • Central African Republic /CAR
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • The Democratic Republic of the Congo @congofriends (d), @Ley_Uwera @Noellacc @sindika_dokolo
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Cote d’Ivoire @nnenna? @nanaspio? @Laureenolsson @edithbrou @VictorOladokun @CandaceNkoth @kajenny @fayelle1 @ourmaninafrica
  • Djibouti @Ilyasdawaleh (govt)
  • Egypt @Gsquare86 @tchibota_fleur @G_Hammouda @Ibrahimsagna
  • Equatorial Guinea @GabrielObiang (govt), @Ameugn, @CesarAbogo(govt), @OscarBerniko
  • Eritrea @MesMehary(d), @MagdaBerheJ @tekerebanelim
  • Ethiopia @Zemedeneh @Kalkidafrique @deldeyoch @Mekmz @PreciseConsult @addisale @BethlehemAlemu @MuradAIssa @addis_fortune @GetachewSS ‏@EleniGabre @FlawlessinET
  • Gabon @Isdimak @caro_enilorac @prjeanping  @agueminia @mays_kinga @gloriamika
  • Gambia @fatimaj_j, @TheJamaJack @haddijatoujonga @Fatushow @maimuhyai
  • Ghana @MacJordaN, @ekbensah(d), @EFYA_Nokturnal @ethelcofie(d), @anasglobal
  • Guinea @diene_keita
  • Guinea-Bissau @raulcabr
  • Kenya @alykhansatchu @coldtusker @RookieKE @MainaT
  • Lesotho @mpolo_masenkane @BillyNtaote @charlesfogelman @Frank_Mothibe @Sthunya
  • Liberia @AxelAddy
  • Libya @MaryFitzger
  • Madagascar @lrakoto
  • Malawi @chiume
  • Mali @KamissaCamara (govt), @Si_Duchatelet
  • Mauritania @ahmed8687
  • Mauritius @mosesharding
  • Morocco @Startup_Morocco @MarieMarieNelly @helenranger
  • Mozambique @clubOmozambique @Casa_Barry @sandragaveta
  • Namibia @Dillish_lishy, @KalondoMonica
  • Niger @Aalyel @AmindehBlaise @SouleyMoutari
  • Nigeria @PaulWallace123 @NaijaFlyingDr @eggheader @toluogunlesi @tosinolaseinde @JasonNjoku @nonso2 @chikaoduah @elnathan_john @venerableladyB @OlufemiAwoyemi @BankyW @markessien @DrJoeAbah @LindaIkeji @toluogunlesi ‏@NuhuRibadu @eggheader @biolaa1 @rolakeakinkugbe @_yemia
  • Rwanda @LucyMbabazi @cakamanzi @DKarusisi @YolandeMakolo @RwandAnFlyer(d) @Fionambabazi1 @YvonneMakolo @Julio_Bizimungu @Contact_Makeda @mwasa @kayizarica  @TravelRwanda. Also President @PaulKagame, and in Rwanda, virtually all top government officials tweet as well.
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal @AliouneSambGR(d), @gayeadama000, @babacarjdiop(d), @MameKharyDIENE1 @kadediha @YannLeBeux
  • Seychelles President @DannyFaure (govt), @ronny_jumeau @FinesseMf @SeychellesTrade @BarryFaure (govt), @SeyInvest
  • Sierra Leone @UmaruFofana @IamIshaSesay(d) @memuna @VickieRemoe @KYumkella
  • Somalia @Fatumaabdulahi, @DrBeileh (govt)
  • South Africa @MichaelJordaan @alechogg @RanjeniM ‏@TheSoloWandera @PhutiMahanyele @ThuliMadonsela3 @Sentletse @ElanaAfrika @christopherM @rafiq
  • South Sudan @siinchol
  • Sudan @NesrineMalik (d), @YousraElbagir (d), @MagnusGTaylor (d)
  • Swaziland / Eswatini
  • Tanzania @CRBarretto @joachimm3 @moodewji @Arden_Kitomari @zittokabwe @Makambas (d), @carolinekere, @iMashibe @AnnieTANZANIA @MsigwaGerson (govt), @JMakamba (govt) @MikocheniReport @aeyakuze
  • Togo @Farida_N, @cinalawson(govt), @CarlManlan
  • Tunisia @benyeoma? @Rana_J01 @benyeoma @nanaspio
  • Uganda @KigoziMaggie @UgInsomniac @whthome @echwalu @ssanyaug @tufre80 @whthome @RosebellK @jssozi @echwalu @Ruthaine
  • Zambia @Muloongo @MissZambia @mulumba @missbwalya @monicamusonda @GNdhlovu @ictjournalist @cholamukanga @Mweshi
  • Zimbabwe @TrevorNcube, @MthuliNcube (govt), @SirNige @VascoDaGappah @elishabuffet

Turning Dreams into Hotels – Angama and Hemingways

From recent social media posts, we have two tales about how two award-winning hotels came to be built.

Angama: The story of Angama was published back in 2017 but was re-shared this week in a newsletter from the lodge. It was contained in a blog that was written by the founder on the putting together of finding the right partners and putting together a project team and how they managed to execute on a design and vision to build a 10,000 square meter lodge on a cliff in the Mara, in just ten months. This came after eight months of chasing funding.

Hemingways:  The story of Hemingways, is from an interview of the Chairman of Hemingways Holdings, Dicky Evans by journalist Joy Doreen Biira.

He narrates how they operated a hotel in Watamu on the Kenyan coast for 30 years before deciding that there was an opportunity to do a hotel property in the capital city of Kenya. Then, on to the search for an ideal location, acquiring the land, growth by acquiring other companies, working with planners and neighbours, sourcing environmental permits, utilities etc. all to build and fit out what became Hemingways Nairobi at a total cost $22 million. To do this, they also got some funding from I&M Bank, and also invested in other properties in the Mara and in Naivasha and are doing renovations and expansion into new apartments at Watamu.

The importance of partnerships comes in both stories; Hemingways at Watamu partners with other hotels in Nairobi, which don’t have properties as the Coast, to host tourists who want a  private luxury experience at the beach, while Angama, in another post, narrates how local airlines came together to reduce the flying time for their tourists moving between the Mara in Kenya and Serengeti in Tanzania to just a few hours – eliminating an extremely  long process of several flights through Nairobi, Kilimanjaro, and Arusha and airports.

In the two posts, there are unique insights you rarely hear local investors talk about such as how much money they put have invested into their projects, the process of acquiring land, and how infrastructure developments lead to new investment opportunities and possibilities. Also, the day-to-day running and management, and the use of expatriate project managers is a theme that runs through the stories of the two properties that were built quite fast and which are now receiving global accolades for excellence.

Some of the recent awards the hotels have been feted for include the “Best Resort in the Middle East and Africa” by Conde Nast Traveller for Angama, while Hemingways was named the “Best Hotel in Kenya” in three categories (top 10 hotel, top luxury, top service) by Trip Advisor.

Genghis Stock Picks for 2019

Nairobi-based investment bank Genghis Capital launched their 2019 “investor playbook” with the theme of embracing value. 2018 was a challenging year for the Kenyan economy and capital markets and that is expected to continue in 2019, but this also presents opportunities for investors.

Kenya has a relatively small number of stocks (65) on the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) – and Genghis chose nine stocks as their 2019 financial (banking & insurance) and non-financial picks for investors, in three categories:

  • Momentum stocks: Equity Bank, East African Breweries, KCB Group, Safaricom.
  • Income stocks: Stanbic, Barclays Kenya, Standard Chartered, KCB. 
  • Value stocks: Kenya Reinsurance, KCB, Bamburi Cement. 

They cited that Safaricom scored positively in every category while KCB and Equity banks had embraced digitization, high asset quality and low cost structures.

Other points from the playbook launch presentation:

  • They do not expect a repeal of interest rate caps this year, even though its impact has been negative on the economy.
  • Funds raised for infrastructure bonds are not all being used for that; some are going to retire other debts and they should be properly used
  • Public-private partnerships are not coming to fruition; paperwork for the Nairobi-Nakuru highway was submitted in April 2018 but there has been no decision.
  • To a question – “what is the regulator doing to increase the confidence of investors amid fraud incidents?” – the CMA can only do so much and the onus is still on the company directors. International markets have graver penalties than Kenya and perhaps it is time the Director of Public Prosecutions started looking at some cases here and following through on enforcement. 
  • While Kenya Re is a pick in the playbook, they generally don’t cover the insurance sector – it has challenges including fraud, price under-cutting, and low penetration levels (3%) and a lot has to happen to unlock value and growth in the insurance mass market. Kenya Re is there because it is under-valued (owing to lack of clear strategy and proper management) but would be desirable to other insurance investors if the government decided to sell its shareholding.
  • They expect one main listing and others on the smaller NSE boards this year. But while a number of planned privatizations have been mentioned  – Consolidated and Development banks, Kenya Pipeline, Kenya Ports they face numerous hurdles while others like sugar companies in Western Kenya have been on the pipeline since 2011.