The 18th annual Harvard African Business Conference this past weekend was a success! The Harvard African Business Club team, led by Oare Avbuluimen and Humbulani Dombo, did a great job in selecting world renowned speakers to share their stories and wisdom. From H.E. Paul Kagame, Makhtar Diop to Sarkodie, many interesting personalities graced the conference with their presence. There were very informative panels on entrepreneurship, finance, branding, women in business, etc. If you’re looking for some inspiring quotes from these panels, take a look at the following:

  • “In entrepreneurship, if you genuinely do good you will do well”- Ashish Thakkar

  1. “Between your great innovations there need to be incremental ones. Otherwise you’re going to fail” – Charles Ifedi
  2. “Entrepreneurship is tough and it stays tough for many years. You have to constantly put in the work”- Khanyi Dhlomo
  3. “Africans are pioneers. We are used to being knocked over and getting back up”- Doug de Villiers
  4. “Stick to what you know and do it better than everybody else”- Doug de Villiers
  5. “The airline industry is always looking for the best minds. We compete with the best airlines in the world” – Chris Diaz
  6. “As Africans today, we want to change our narrative” – Diane Audrey Ngako
  7. “At the top it’s not about technical skills. It’s about people management skills” – Florence Larbi

The after party was another highlight of the event with performances by Iyanya and Sarkodie who told us that “A sidehustle must be something that you believe in”.

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