Jack Ma capped a week-long tour in Africa with the awarding of the inaugural African Netpreneur Prize at a Shark Tank-like competition in Accra. Nigerian Temie Giwa-Tubosun won the top prize and $250,000 but there’s no doubt that the big winner from all this was Jack Ma himself.
Now that Ma is no longer CEO of Alibaba, the company he founded that is now one of the world’s largest eCommerce platforms, he’s re-positioning himself to become the next high profile philanthropist with supporting African entrepreneurs and wildlife conservation as his focus.
Ma’s Big Week in Africa
- NETPRENEUR PRIZE: It is impossible to overstate the excitement and goodwill that Ma’s $1 million competition generated on African social media. By focusing on young people, technology and entrepreneurship, Ma is tapping into a huge reservoir of youthful African energy that unleashed a torrent of excitement about the Chinese billionaire’s new Africa-focused initiative.
- RANGER AWARDS: In addition to the Netpreneur prize, Ma also hosted a second event in Ghana that recognized the accomplishments of Africa’s wildlife protection officers. 50 rangers from 17 different countries won $3,000 awards. Ma also recognized three fallen officers who died in the line of duty protecting African wildlife.
- MEDIA: During stops in both Togo and Nigeria, Ma’s presence was inescapable as he hosted forums, met with political leaders and gave countless interviews with local and international media declaring at every stop that “entrepreneurs should be the heroes of Africa!"
More on Jack Ma’s African tour:
- CNBC Afrique: Alibaba’s Jack Ma speaks on empowering future African entrepreneurs
- Bloomberg: Jack Ma Sees E-Commerce as Africa’s Big Business Opportunity
- Global Times: Let 100 ‘Alibaba,’ 1,000 ‘Jack Ma’ appear in Africa
- Pulse Nigeria: Jack Ma, China’s richest man, explains what he’s doing in Nigeria
Le poste Jack Ma 2.0 a officiellement lancé ce week-end au Ghana apparaît en premier sur Le projet Chine Afrique.