Reading is honestly “food for the soul”. In the book, A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R Martin, the character Jojen says, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”
My book of the year
The Lion Awakes: Adventures in Africa’s Economic Miracle by Ashish Takker.
This informative book is a must-read for anyone who wants to find out about Africa’s business climate and where it is headed.
Africa is currently the fastest growing continent in the world, with average GDP growth of 5.5% over the past 10 years, Takker tells us in the book. In addition, death from malaria has declined by 30% and HIV infections are down by 74%. Then there’s the fact that currently, Nigeria is producing more successful movies than America.
Takker finds thriving economies as he travels from his home in Uganda, East Africa across the continent to West Africa to experience the economic growth there, then down to Kenya and Rwanda, where business is booming. He meets various members of Africa’s new generation, of which he is a part, and explains the growth Africa has experienced over the past two decades.
The book gives Western readers an excellent insight into the continent from an economic and political perspective. Takker interviews numerous entrepreneurs and self-starters and lets them tell their personal success stories in the context of their particular market. Many of these businesspeople are currently changing the face of Africa’s economy. They are ambitious, young, innovative, tech savvy men and women from all over Africa who are making their mark on the continent. Their businesses involve everything from manufacturing bicycles out of bamboo to creating unique iPhone Apps.
These young people are pioneers in their particular fields, a selection of inventors and artists, architects and filmmakers with passion and enthusiasm who turn everyday objects like scrap metal and rubber into windmills that create electricity.
Some of the success stories feature educated people who have learned their skills elsewhere and have now returned to use this knowledge and assist in making Africa an economic force to be reckoned with. Every one of them has the same philosophy: to them, 21st century Africa offers more opportunity than anywhere else in the First World.