With all the current hype about entrepreneurship in Zambia and the world in general, Jay Chikobe adds a sober voice to the discussion with some fundamental ideas concerning the subject. He has practical experience in the art of enterprise both in the implementation and mentoring realms. Additionally, he has a fantastic way of looking at business which I found particularly refreshing.
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- What the essence of a start-up is (02:12).
- What type of people should start a start-up and the necessary skill set (03:45).
- Why anyone should consider starting a start-up especially in Zambia (06:48).
- The Importance of having a contribution mind set (09:15).
- The dangers of bad start ups (13:48).
- Some companies that Jay admires (16:52).
- The importance of focus (19:15).
- Where enterprise in Zambia is going (25:53).
- About bootstrapping and its importance (30:30)
- On learning about financing and peoples attitude toward it (34:31)
- Why Zambia needs to step up and risk more (41:09).
- The importance of a good business module (42:54).
A master conversationalist gives pointers on the art of communication.
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The super talented Mwaka Mugala! She’s a sculptor, a painter, a radio personality, a designer, a model with a degree in mass communication…its easier to say what she doesn’t do. So how does she manage? Find out in this episode of the show.
You can stream and download this episode by following these links.
Part 1, Part 2
- She describes growing up in the Mugala household (03:20).
- Mwaka talks about how her dad encouraged learning-taking walks (05:15).
- Mwaka describes what she does( 07:06)
- How she handles the public speaking jitters (10:50).
- We discuss some of the misconceptions of being a model (14:09).
- Mwaka talks about her life in art (20:44).
- When she became suspicious of convention. And, the beauty of making mistakes (28:19).
- We talk about Mwaka’s learning process and the book she is reading currently (38:01).
- Does Mwaka believe in the concept of a genius? (03:53)
- Mwaka describes what drives her (07:16).
- The advantages of working with people you get along with (09:02).
- How Mwaka deals with distractions/ she has laser focus (12:29).
- Mwaka talks about learning Vs. Education (19:21)
- We talk about specialisation and some of the issues that arise (22:33)
- What can parents do to encourage wider learning (29:09)
- The projects Mwaka is currently working on (35:19).
- How Mwaka decompresses (40:05)
- She talks about the book she’s reading and makes a recommendation (48:10).
- Mwakas daily routine (54:01).
- Zambia fashion week.
- Chaminuka lodge
- The Mundane Kid
- Remember the African Sky’s.
- The War of Art- Steven Pressfield.
- Robert Rodriguez
- My happy ending
- ASA- Jaile
- Enid Blyton- The wishing chair collection
- He came to set the captives free
- Facial yoga
instagram Mwaka Martha
Mazuba is a social media maven, a super connector and a true pioneer of expression in Zambia and beyond!
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- Mazuba describes herself, the work she does and some of the organisations she has worked with (02:22).
- Mazuba talks about her life before returning to Zambia (08:30).
- Mazuba talks about some of the lessons she has learnt from her time outside Zambia (11:20).
- Mazuba describes the qualities she likes about Zambia (18:27).
- She gives her opinion on some practices creative companies must employ in their operations –Being world class (23:50).
- She talks about some of the misconceptions about people from the diaspora (28:55).
- We talk about the festivals she has been to and her favourite one (35:15).
- The festival she would advise a Zambian to attend (44:17)
- She describes some of the benefits of going to festivals (48:07)
- The interesting birth of the Fest gurus and the future of web series in Africa (54:15)
End of Part 1
- Mazuba talks about her writing and the projects she is involved with-Including The Kapambwe’s (00:54)
- We talk about her writing style (09:45)
- She gives her opinion on long form writing (12:05)
- Mazuba tells us why she writes (16:36)
- We discuss her favourite writers (18:36)
- We discuss her future plans for writing(24:49)
- What her writing process looks like (28:50)
- What she thinks about screen shots ,plagiarism and online shaming from Zambia (33:17)
- What her social media management work entails and The Zed Social media awards (39:45)
- Talks about how she has gravitated to being a connector and the benefits of such a mindset (45:45)
- We talk about Mazuba’s dogs Axum and Bae and what she has learnt from them (52:00).
- What her typical day looks like and some of her routines and what she does to decompress (57:08).
- The idea Mazuba believes that she thinks most people don’t (01:02:17).
- Some quick fire questions (01:04:53)
- Her favourite interview question (01:07:35).
Benny Blow: On quitting jobs, taking over the world and draught beer.
Benny Blow is one of Zambia’s foremost creative impresarios. He is a representation of the new wave of Zambian- Self-aware, courageous and proactive. He is the co-creator of the Mundane Kid, a freelance writer and overall cool guy.
This episode is brought to you by
- Kwitu Photography
- The Natives
- Dindo photography
- Mapaalo Musonda
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- Benny explains who he is (06:26)
- Benny gives a brief education history and when he started writing seriously (09:19)
- When he started writing for Flip magazine and other publications 14:16
- Where the name Benny Blow came from (20:23)
- Why and how he quit his accountant job (24:00)
- The people who made him comfortable to quit (28:03)
- How the people closest to Benny took the news (31:30)
- The first thoughts after quitting his job (33:47)
- Talks about how London indirectly influenced him to leave his job (36:18)
- How Benny created a networking system (39:50)
- How Benny primed his mind for opportunity and the work environment (45:00)
- His perspective on why networking events are growing slowly (49:20)
- The origins of the Mundane Kid (51:44)
- Who Mundy is (54:02)
- How Mundy was first an idea for a clothing line (56:20)
- Who the Mundane kid is based on (1:00:28)
- Mundy’s universe 1:02:50
- How many editions have been created so far (1:03:00)
- Benny’s writing process- how he uses procrastination to his advantage and his style (01:05:00)
- The apps Benny uses (1:10:26)
- What books he has felt the most impact from (1:12:15)
- A book he would advise people to read that would change perspectives ( 1:13:33)
- His perspective on reading fiction and non-fiction books (1:15:37)
- What Benny does to decompress (1:18:19)
- When he met Reason (South African) rapper and festivals (1:19:18)
- Why he thinks Festivals are great (1:21:23)
- What plans Benny has for the future (1:23:28)
Selected Links from this Episode
London Kamwendo (Inkerblood)
Chola Chisengalumbwe (Jimmy Casablancas)
Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare
Mort by Terry Pratchet
If I should die blog
Best of Zambia blog
The moment with Bryan koppaman
Pocketbook heroes number
Nkwazi In flight magazine
The Bulletin Magazine
Benny blow contacts (and London)
This week I linked up with the amazing Petra Chikasa. Check out the conversation in the link below.