Making Futures brings together 17 young entrepreneurs from 14 countries doing incredible work across the continent. Their stories are both inspirational and aspirational; providing a template for readers who might be interested in embarking on their own entrepreneurial journey, and allowing others to see the incredible energy and work that is happening across the continent. There’s the story of David Sengeh, who has worked on combatting malaria and lack of energy in Sierra Leone before turning to custom-made prosthetics, to Farida Bedwei, co-founder of the largest microfinance banking software platform in Ghana.
These are entrepreneurs who are helping to reconfigure the narrative about Africa by simply making things for the masses of their population. They represent what is possible and what can be scaled up in different African contexts, despite the dysfunctionality witnessed across the continent. With such diversity of stories, readers have access to potential business ideas, while learning a little about the history of that country and what it takes to build a business in an emerging economy. These men and women have done it and are doing it!
Born in Ghana, Sangu’s childhood home was a refuge for victims of torture and violence from neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone. After attending Christ the King and Ghana International School in Accra, Sangu was fortunate to have been awarded a full merit scholarship to attend the Peddie School, a boarding school in New Jersey. He then went on to Harvard University, where he was inspired to pursue social and economic entrepreneurship. Sangu graduated from Harvard College with highest honors in African Studies and Economics, where he was awarded the Thomas Hoopes Prize, the Reverend Peter Gomes Prize, the Philippe Wamba Prize, the Deshaun Hill & Harvard Stephens, and the Maurice Sedwell Prize among others. Sangu also graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Doctor of Law from Harvard Law School where he was awarded the Soros Fellowship and the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership.
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