This year is a leap year and it’s your chance to leap forward to bigger and better things. Here are a few people around Africa who are making leaps in their respective industries.

Hatari Sekeko, (Rwanda)

Mr. Hatari Sekoko famously known for his Doyelcy limited was born in October 1960, and at the age of 20, was a truck driver, but later quit the job to start his own business.

In 2006 he founded Doyelcy Ltd. And is its Executive Director today. it’s a multimillion-dollar holding company and among one of the top emerging private firms in Rwanda. It currently focuses on investments in hospitality industry, property development, insurance, renewable energy and agriculture. He constructed the tallest building in Kigali, called Kigali City Tower (KCT), a 20-floor tower, which cost him over $33 million. It currently has space for retail and office.

Sakumzi (Saki) Macozoma (South Africa)

He was born in Port Elizabeth on May 12, 1957. He studied Political Science, Economics and Journalism at the Universities of South Africa and Boston in the United States of America. After spending five years in prison on Robben Island he joined the South African Council of Churches. He also worked for the ANC and South African Breweries. He became a Member of Parliament in 1994 and left the Legislature to take up a position as Managing Director of Transnet Limited, a job he held for five years. He is Chairman of Liberty Holdings, Deputy Chairman of the Standard Bank Group, Non-Executive Chairman of Safika Holdings and Chairman of the Council of Wits University. Mr. Macozoma is also President of Business Leadership South Africa, Chairman of the Presidents Big Business Working Group.

Strive Masiyewa (Zimbabwe)

He is the CEO, Econet Wireless. It usually does not often happen that an indigenous Black African company is granted a license to provide sophisticated services in an advanced economy, in a foreign country. So it was quite the accomplishment when in 2001 when the Zimbabwean mobile phone company, Econet Wireless, won a license to provide GSM mobile phone services to New Zealand, of all countries. After that successful bid overseas, it went further to launch into the Kenyan market amid frustrations by that market which later saw it rebrand to Yu network. By 2001, Econet Wireless was the third largest mobile phone company in Africa and still growing at an unbelievable quantum leap speed.

Mohammed Ibrahim (Egypt)

He is the Chairman, Mobile Systems International (MSI). With just $50,000, he started his own telecommunications consultancy and one of Africa’s largest mobile phone companies, MSI entered the Tanzanian market in 2001 and became one of the strategic partners selected by the Tanzanian government for the state-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Company. MSI, together with another firm Detecon, offered US$ 120 million for a 35 percent stake in an expanded Tanzania Telecommunications Company, and made a commitment to increase the number of phone connections from the present 162,000 to 810,000 within four years. In just under ten years, the firm boasted 800 employees and 17 global subsidiaries. Detecon and MSI are already operating telecommunications networks in 13 African countries. In 2000, Mo Ibrahim sold MSI to Marconi Plc for $916 million, reinvesting the funds into Celtel, an earlier spin-off of MSI. Ibrahim’s Celtel was formed in 1998 to build and operate mobile networks in Africa.

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