Monday, 25 May 2009

First Ooqoo Meeting in London

The First Ooqoo Meeting of the Viadeo Africa hub is scheduled for Saturday 15 August 2009 from 1PM to 4PM in an afro caribbean restaurant in London.

Aims: to maximize the Ooqoo network by going from virtual to reality in order to identify possible synergies between participants.

We are looking for people / companies / NGOs wishing to present their activities/projects in an exposé.

The program of this meeting is as follows:
- Greetings - Round Table - Presentation (0.5 H)
- Speed Networking(1H)
- 4 exposes and debates (1H)
- Presentation of Viadeo Africa's projects (0.5 H)
- End of meeting

To register as a regular participant, or an exhibitor, please contact Francis (

Hurry up because the number of exhibitors is limited to a maximum of 4. The configuration is the following: 2/5 NGOs and 3/5 Business

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Thursday, 23 April 2009

Phila Thikazi [2/2]

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But the 49-year-old had a burning desire to succeed and persevered despite the constant rejections. Phila continued to knock on doors and word quickly spread about his car valeting service. Eventually, he landed a money making contract at Luton Airport.

“One day when I was knocking I came across a certain gentleman who I never knew, and he asked me if I was a big company. I said I was, and he said that he was looking for a huge valeting company so that they can give them a contract to wash people’s cars whilst they were on holiday,” he said.

Success came at a rapid rate. Phila now employs 10 people and valets 1,500 cars each month around the UK. Last year, his business turned over a profit of £120,000. “I am excited and very proud of what I have achieved,” he said. With a successful business and a six-figure salary, Phila decided to write a book, You live in Great Britain: why are you broke?, telling others how they too can be successful.

“There are so many other people out there who are struggling like I was. I am interested in personal development and it made me realise that I don’t need to work for anyone in life,” he explained.


Phila believes that people who are poor in Britain choose to be, and he hopes the book will inspire people to take control of their future through positive thinking. “I want people to know that it doesn’t matter where you come from. Your background has nothing to do with what you want to achieve in life. After this recession, the brilliant thinkers will be so rich that it would seem that they weren’t affected by this recession, but poor thinkers will come out worse off,” he said. Despite running a successful business, motivational speaking is Phila’s real passion. He has set up a mentoring company called Positive

Impressions Coaching Academy. Phila believes he can help participants make £100,000 in a year. “You can make a fortune, and in my academy I tell people that you can make £100,000 in 12 months instead of settling for £20,000, because I have done that.

“The coaching is about upgrading your mind and not listening to the voices that are coming from outside. Just listen to the positive voice within,” he said.

Phila shares the fruits of his success with his proud family. Both of his sisters died of Aids – in 2007 and 2008 – and he helps to financially support their children.


“My sisters left behind a total of six kids and in African culture we look after one another, so my sisters’ kids become my kids. The money goes towards their education and I have ended up helping 25 children go to school,” he explained. Despite the economic downturn, Phila is determined to achieve his goal of becoming a millionaire by his 50th birthday next year. “I want to concentrate on my coaching academy, where people can learn a lot and move on with their lives, because that is my passion,” he said. For more information visit and
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Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Phila Thikazi [1/2]

A dream for Phila
BY Maxine Myers
How a South African migrant to the UK went from car washer to six-figure money making mentor
SEVEN YEARS ago Phila Thikazi left his native South Africa with dreams of a better life in England.
With a strong economy and currency, he believed the streets of Britain were paved with gold. However, he was soon disappointed. Phila found himself working menial jobs making less than £11,000 a year.
“I came over here to better myself financially because I thought the UK represented one of the richest nations in the world. So in my mind I thought if I could get there I can have a better life,” he explained. But working long hours at two jobs and taking home just £350 a week, Phila soon became frustrated, especially as he had made a promise to his mother when she died that he would make something of himself.
“I cried when it dawned on me that I was not only behind with my bills but also behind on the many promises I had made to my immediate and extended family. The reality was that I was deep in poverty and people couldn’t understand it,” he said. At times Phila was tempted to return home after realising his dream of making a fortune was slipping away from him.
But he decided to stay and change his situation.
“I said to myself ‘now that I’m here I think I am making a mistake. Like everyone else I am looking for jobs instead of looking for opportunities,’” he said.
It was while he was reading billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson’s book about how he became rich that Phila realised he could be as successful.
“There was one statement from that book when a reporter asked him [Richard Branson] ‘How do I become a millionaire?’ and he said, ‘It’s easy to be a millionaire these days, stop everyone and ask them for £5,’” Phila said. He believed that if he offered a service instead of asking people for money, he could be on his way to riches.
However, with no start-up capital he found himself struggling to come up with a business he could launch. Then, while at his local supermarket in Luton, a man who wanted to wash his car approached him. Phila realised that car washing could be a successful business and asked the man to teach him the ropes.
Once equipped with the relevant skills, Phila had £1.50 available to him and bought himself a bucket, sponges and washing up liquid. But he faced difficulty.
“I got so many ‘No’s on that first day I ended up washing only one car, after knocking on 50 doors. There was so much discouragement I was unwilling to go back to knocking the next day. I hated being rejected by so many people,” he said.

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Friday, 27 March 2009

Saoti Finance on line

Saoti Finance is a consulting firm dedicated to serving the needs of the markets of sub-Sahara Africa, especially West and Central Africa.
We are energized by the belief that, for Africa's businesses and entrepreneurs, the winds have hardly ever been more favorable than today. This is the time to dare, go for growth and productivity gains and compete in regional or global markets.

We are confident that, in Africa as elsewhere in the world, the tools and disciplines of finance -appropriately used- bring a fundamental contribution to the controlled growth of economic activities. We command a thorough understanding of these tools and disciplines, just as we do of the markets we operate in.
Saoti Finance puts its financial skills to work for industrial companies, financial institutions and private equity investors active on the continent.

In doing so, we expand the scope of possibilities in Africa.

Contact :
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Monday, 23 March 2009

Sebastien Negy | Insurance Broker, Tanzania

What is the secret of success in business? During Africa Economy week, BBC News asked entrepreneurs across the continent to give us their “top tips”. (Source IT News)

Set goals and go after them.
Value your customers - deliver what you promise.
Have confidence and believe in yourself. I always go for what people think is not possible.
Courtesy By BBC NEWS

Friday, 20 March 2009

Dinah Binah | Florist, Tanzania

What is the secret of success in business? During Africa Economy week, BBC News asked entrepreneurs across the continent to give us their “top tips”. (Source IT News)

You have to network, network, network.
Families, friends, classmates, schoolmates, the people you met in church neighbours - they are all your prospective customers.

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Stani Muke | Graphic Designer & Animator, Dr Congo

What is the secret of success in business? During Africa Economy week, BBC News asked entrepreneurs across the continent to give us their “top tips”. (Source IT News)

Stani Muke, Graphic Designer, DR Congo
Stani Muke set up a successful graphic animations company in DR Congo
You need lots of patience and nerves of steel.
When you’re setting up a business in virgin territory, you are on your own.
Six years ago I set up a small company, producing TV, radio and graphic design for the local market.
We needed the help of the government and private sector.
It hasn’t happened yet. There are no structures in place to support local productions.
I feel discouraged. But at the same time I understand the country is in transition. Maybe soon we will reach that point.