Akin Sawyerr

The Exponential Effect of Innovation in Africa
Features
27th February 2015

Innovation is allowing frontier markets like Nigeria leapfrog the advances of the 20th century, and run full speed into the 21st century. Newly emerging frontier economies can establish rules as they go along that are relevant for the world we live in today.

Why Olamide Is More Important Than Steve Jobs
Cabal
24th April 2014

I have been hustling since I was a kid like I was a man of 35 – Olamide, Voice of the Streets Hear me out.  The context matters.  Olamide is a Nigerian rapper, arguably one of the biggest hip hop artists in Nigeria, you can read his bio here and sample his music here.  Music, […]

There Is But One Ecosystem
Cabal, ecosystem
4th April 2014

I have the good fortune to interact with local, regional, and global networks that are focused on building sustainable companies thereby creating lasting social change. I have spent the greater part of the last year trying to understand the barriers that limit our ability to integrate disparate networks into a singular construct that work in […]


The Makings of a Great Generation
Cabal
1st April 2014

In no Nation in the world does technology have the potential to unleash an unbounded future like Nigeria Nigeria has always been a country of potential. I grew up in the 80s fresh from the first oil boom. Our nation was awash with cash, and tickets to New York were $180 (round trip). Nigerians garnered […]

One Size Does Not Fit All – Accommodating Diverse Opinions In Our Startup Ecosystem
Cabal, ecosystem
12th March 2014

Debate is healthy, some arguments are necessary, defamation is damaging If I had a dollar for every time I have heard someone gripe about other people in the local start-up scene I’d have enough to double my seed fund. I’ve read all sorts of comments — from charges that label some as “Empire builders”, to […]

Lessons From The Road – The Importance Of Failure
Cabal
25th February 2014

I’d rather invest in an entrepreneur who has failed before than one who assumes success from day one. — Kevin O’Leary We live in the internet age. Everyone wants something yesterday, and some entrepreneurs expect success to come quickly because they have a good idea. Why not? After all there are many supposed examples of […]


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