A number of African executives are using micro-blogging platform Twitter to communicate their thoughts on business, politics and Africa’s development, as well as some more trivial subjects such as football.[hidepost=9][/hidepost]
Here are ten African business leaders and thinkers worth following on Twitter:
1. Bob Collymore @bobcollymore
Position: CEO, Safaricom (Kenya)
Number of followers: 36,799
Interesting tweet: “@yegonstar: Hey @bobcollymore can i call you bobby for short???” How on earth can BOBBY be short for BOB??
2. Michael Jordaan @MichaelJordaan
Position: Chief Executive, First National Bank (South Africa)
Number of followers: 8,027
Interesting tweet: Rating agencies are paid to formalise the blindingly obvious, long after the markets have figured it out.
3. Trevor Ncube @TrevorNcube
Position: Chairman and Deputy Executive Chairman at Alpha Media Holdings (Zimbabwe) and M&G Media (South Africa)
Number of followers: 6,590
Interesting tweet: Am I the only one who thinks Sir Alex is enjoying gum more than football? #ManU #N’Castle
4. Chris Kirubi @CKirubi
Position: Africa’s 31st richest person (according to Forbes) with interests in a variety of industries (Kenya)
Number of followers: 21,693
Interesting tweet: A friendship founded on business is better than a business founded on friendship… What do you think? True or false?
5. Grant Pattison @GrantPattison
Position: CEO, Massmart (South Africa)
Number of followers: 775
Interesting tweet: Never Argue With A Fool – They Will Drag You Down To Their Level, Then Beat You With Experience!
6. Ashish J. Thakkar @AshishMaraGroup
Position: Founder and MD, Mara Group (Uganda)
Number of followers: 63
Interesting tweet: Being in #Dubai airport makes you think why we don’t have airports like this in #Africa. We need to adopt PPP’s and be more innovative.
7. Ory Okolloh @kenyanpundit
Position: Policy Manager, Google Africa (South Africa/Kenya)
Number of followers: 21,277
Interesting tweet: So if any reporter out there wants to do a non-overdone future of Africa story (hint don’t mention mpesa), youth bulge and farming is it.
8. Mteto Nyati @mteton
Position: MD, Microsoft South Africa (South Africa)
Number of followers: 329
Interesting tweet: Human beings try to control others but the human soul is hard wired to be free. Why do we waste time and effort ???
9. Mthuli Ncube @MthuliNcube
Position: Chief Economist and Vice President, African Development Bank (Tunisia)
Number of followers: 138
Interesting tweet: Africa’s ageing population is an opportunity for policy reforms and business opportunities in medical insurance and life assurance.
10. Linus Gitahi @LGtwits
Position: CEO, Nation Media Group (Kenya)
Number of followers: 2,566
Interesting tweet: It’s a paradox that the more disciplined I am, the more freedom I have…..similarly, the more I give, the more I seem to create wealth.