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Meet Africa's greatest entrepreneurs

18 February 2009

Who are the real power brokers in Africa? Who are the dynamic entrepreneurs making things happen on the continent? How did they do it and what are their personal stories?

Africa's Greatest Entrepreneurs is a unique collection of stories about 16 of the most successful entrepreneurs and business visionaries currently operating in Africa. Each chapter is dedicated to a single entrepreneur and focuses on a sometimes tumultuous but mostly exciting journey to success.

Moky Makura, author of Africa's Greatest Entrepreneurs, shares her findings with Zoopy TV. Click arrow to play interview.

Published in November, this well-researched book examines the life of each entrepreneur and maps out the path each chose to follow in tackling the obstacles that stood in their way.

Meet Kagiso Mmusi, the Motswana transport millionaire; Richard Maponya, the South African behind Soweto's Maponya Mall; Kwabena Adjei, the rags-to-riches Ghanaian millionaire; Wale Tinubu, the Nigerian head of the Oando oil and gas giant; Ndaba Ntsele, the South African king of high finance; Mo Ibrahim, the Sudanese-born telecoms millionaire; and more.

Each story is inspiring and informative in its own unique way. Author Moky Makura sheds light on the different historical, political and economic power structures that helped create and in some cases frustrate these business heroes.

Makura was born in Nigeria, educated in England and now lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. A TV presenter, producer, writer, actress and successful businesswoman in her own right, Makura holds an honours degree in politics, economics and law from Buckingham University in the UK.

After a career in public relations in both the UK and South Africa, Moky started her own consultancy in 1999, which she subsequently sold to one of the largest advertising communication groups in South Africa.

Since then she has worked as the African anchor for South Africa's award-winning news and actuality show Carte Blanche, and recently produced a television series called "Living It" on the lifestyles of Africa's wealthy elite.

Richard Branson comments: "I truly hope that this book inspires many more people to use their entrepreneurial energy to change the world through creating opportunities for others."

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