Explain your job to a five-year-old
I help people with big ideas turn them into something real.
What keeps you up at night??
Haha, honestly a lot of different things – but they all boil down to economic growth in Africa and how to facilitate it. Currently obsessing over how local capital can be reallocated to fund local entrepreneurs, and catalyse our economic growth. An Africa funded and built by Africans – that’s the dream.
What’s something you wish you knew earlier in your career/life?
An existential crisis here and there is healthy and completely normal. Also, mental health is extremely important, and therapy can be really helpful.
What are you currently reading?
Brand New Nation: Capitalist Dreams and Nationalist Designs in Twenty-First-Century India by Ravinder Kaur
A genie gives you one wish for the African tech ecosystem, what would yours be?
Frictionless movement across borders for everything (workforce, capital, etc) – think of the economies of scale! I’d happily spend my only wish on that!
*Lewam is an Investment Director at Village Capital & Co-Founder at The Africa Playbook