5 Tips To Succeed In African Business From Ashish J Thakkar – At 31, Ashish J. Thakkar is one of the wealthiest, most successful entrepreneurs of Ugandan origin. He is the founder and CEO of the Mara Group, a conglomerate with tentacles in everything from Real Estate and tourism to financial services, information and communications technology, agriculture, BPO services, renewable energy and manufacturing. The group’s operations span 16 countries in four continents, including Asia, and he employs over 6,000 people. As a successful global entrepreneur and native son of Africa, Ashish has learned quite a bit over the past decade and a half since he started his first business at age 15 selling computers.
I recently caught up with him in Kampala. I asked him for 5 tips for succeeding in business in Africa. Here’s what he told me, in his own words: