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Business Africa Online Announces Its Strategic Advisory Board

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Business Africa Online (BAO) Board Members – Joy Harrison-Abiola, Amb. Olivier Arrindell and Prof. Remi Duyile

Business Africa Online very pleased to announce that Joy Harrison-Abiola, Amb. Olivier Arrindell and Prof. Remi Duyile recently joined its Strategic Advisory Board on the 15th of January 2021. Mrs. Joy Harrison-Abiola is a legal management professional with about 23 years’ experience in the legal industry. Currently, she is the Practice Administrator of a leading law firm in Nigeria, Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (“ACAS-Law”). Amb. Olivier Arrindell was the Managing Director of Financial Planning, Investor Relations, & Corporate Planning for Grace Aviation Holdings, LLC, and in December of 2019 was appointed as the CEO of Ava Airways by its Board of Directors. While Amb. Remi Duyile who was recently appointed into the Forbes Coaching Council is a seasoned Mentor, business owner and an influence strategist who is passionate about helping people maximize their potentials.

They join Business Africa Online in an exciting and challenging times as we continue to drive our omni-channel forward and build deeper relationships with our critical stakeholders to fulfill our vision of enabling emerging leaders and businesses especially in Africa.

“We are confident they will provide valuable perspectives as we continue to execute our strategy, build an agile brand and make greater impact.  We look forward to their contributions and are excited they chose BAO” said Alaba Ayinuola, Business Africa Online Founder and CEO.

Get to know them better in this recent interview.

Mrs. Joy Harrison-Abiola

Could you briefly tell us about yourself and current engagements?

My name is Joy Harrison-Abiola. I am a legal management professional with about 23 years’ experience in the legal industry.  Currently, I am the Practice Administrator of a leading law firm in Nigeria, Adepetun Caxton-Martins Agbor & Segun (“ACAS-Law”). I am very passionate about leadership and business best practices. In 2008, I was instrumental in putting together the first law firm management development program (MDP) at the Lagos Business School (LBS) Pan-African University in collaboration with the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Lincolnshire Illinois USA. I serve in the leadership of the International Relations Committee of ALA.

I am a Fellow of the Institute of Strategic Management Nigeria (ISMN). I am serving a two-year term as the President of the Association of Law Firm Administrators, Nigeria (“ALAN”). I started off my career about 25 years ago writing copy for an advertising company. Today, I still enjoy writing a great deal. It is therapy for me – Presently, I am a columnist with Thisday Newspaper. I am married with two sets of twins.

What excites you about our organization and attracted you to join our Board?

The entrepreneurial spirit BAO exudes, embodied in its founder is attractive. BAO is very future focused. That is also attractive. What is also attractive is its social impact agenda, its concerted efforts at collaboration and bringing together different segments of the society. Last but not least, its Pan-African focus – I am a strong advocate of preserving what is beautiful in our heritage even as we embrace globalization.

You are joining at a particularly challenging times (global pandemic) What are your expectations in terms of growth?

Crisis provides a good backdrop to excel. It puts values and vision to the test yes but its also a good time to thrive. I am optimistic.

What is your view on entrepreneurship as a catalyst for Africa’s development?

Entrepreneurs think differently. They have a mentality that can turn trash to treasures. Entrepreneurship, innovation, are therefore critical to any country’s economic development; and certainly Africa’s. Africa is the last frontier for global growth. Entrepreneurship will prise open sectors such as agriculture, mining, trade, tourism, financial sector etc. Entrepreneurs are playing an important role in creating wealth and reducing the unemployment rate in Africa. Entrepreneurship will enhance the standard of living of our people   Botswana and China are good examples to reference – It is a viable developmental agenda for Africa to pursue.

How do you relax outside work and what books do you read?

I love listening to Jazz music – John Coltrane, Louise Amstrong, Nat King Cole, Asa, Sade Adu, Bez, Michel Buble, etc. Leadership books – Robin Sharma, John Maxwell, Dale Carnegie, Steve Murrell, etc. and of course my Bible.

Amb. Olivier Arrindell

Could you briefly tell us about yourself and current engagements?

Olivier Arrindell was the Managing Director of Financial Planning, Investor Relations, & Corporate Planning for Grace Aviation Holdings, LLC, and in December of 2019 was appointed as the CEO of Ava Airways by its Board of Directors. In this role, he is responsible and accountable to the Board of Directors for carrying out his duties and possesses a demonstrated track record in interacting with a policy board. Mr. Arrimdell plans, coordinates, directs, and is responsible for all activities associated with the operation of Ava Airways and its related economic development activities.

During his career, Mr. Arrindell has been instrumental in several initiatives including the development of Antigua & Barbuda’s new International Airport and many others, in addition, he has led the communications efforts around Grace Aviation’s company’s investment negotiation with investment partners and debt offerings. Most recently, he played a key role in the development and communication of Ava Airways balanced capital deployment strategy plan for its commercial airline plans which have resulted in favorable terms and conditions through a dividend principle policy.

What excites you about our organization and attracted you to join our Board?

What attracted me to your organisation is the fact that it is under the management and lead by young bright Africans. One of my goals is to give guidance and support Africans, Diaspora, Investment and community.

You are joining at a particularly challenging times (global pandemic) What are your expectations in terms of growth?

The current global pandemic is relevant to the growth and situation. I believe the expectation should organic. That’s growing organically regardless the pandemic. There are opportunities in challenging times.

What is your view on entrepreneurship as a catalyst for Africa’s development?

I believe that entrepreneurship is the machine that will move Africa forward. Government and African leaders should support the development of these entrepreneurs with policies that support the ecosystems.

Prof. Remi Duyile

Amb. Remi Duyile is a seasoned Mentor, business owner and an influence strategist who is passionate about helping people maximize their potentials. Remi’s unique value proposition is her ability to excel in Corporate America to the pinnacle of her career and transition to a successful serial entrepreneur with intentional impact. She enjoys the support of her loving husband and friend of 28 years plus and their adorable grown children of repute.

Remi is a certified trainer, Les Brown Platinum Speaker, and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council. She is also an author of the book titled “Perseverance the winning key to your destiny”

She has invested in herself in the area of human capital and personal development from a successful corporate executive who was the cynosure of eyes due to her commitment to mentorship and career growth of others to better serve the needs of individuals and business leaders in quest of growth and sustainability in their life journey. 

Remi is a certified human behaviour consultant with specialization in the DISC personality profile assessments for individuals, professionals, businesses and religious organizations.

She currently serves as a commissioner in the great state of Maryland USA, sits on several local and international boards in influential capacities for impact.  Member of the National Coalition of 100 Black women and other Notable associations. As a serial entrepreneur with social impact, she doubles up as President and CEO of Image Consulting Group and Founder of Legacy Premier Foundation in the USA.

Remi’s passion, dynamism, energy and the power in her story is evident in all her engagements with her clients. She is so fired up to helping develop leaders with succession and transformational leadership mindset so they can fulfil purpose, pay it forward and leave a legacy.

She is an example of faith, hard work, perseverance leading to countless blessings. Remi enjoys the support of her loving and supportive husband with her amazing adult children.

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Journey Wellness, an AI-Enabled, Personalised Healthcare Platform Launches in South Africa

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Journey Wellness Co-Founders, Dr. Jacques Ludik and Laura Wayburne (Image: Nomsa Mdhluli)

Journey Wellness, an AI-Enabled, Personalised Healthcare Platform set to Revolutionize Wellness & Healthcare in South Africa. The Platform will transform business employee benefits and medical schemes’ approach to offering wellness for employees and medical aid members.

A revolutionary new approach to offering Ultra-Personalised, Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Healthcare from tech-trendsetting company Cortex Logic is set to transform the way medical aid schemes, consumers and corporates offering employee benefits as part of their EAP (Employee Assistance Programmes) view their current healthcare offering.

The Journey Wellness platform is perfectly timed to coincide with the current global shift in Healthcare, as the focus moves from a disease-management model to one that encourages optimum health and disease-avoidance, targeting younger as well as existing members with a holistic, pro-active offering.

Corporates and medical schemes are realising that they need to offer their employees and members wellness and EAP benefits that move beyond expensive, reactive, chemical care to cost-effective, proactive preventative primary care.

“Globally, an ever-increasing portion of healthcare spend and focus is shifting to promote wellness and wellbeing, rather than responding to illness,” says Lara Wayburne, a respected Healthcare Actuary consulting to Cortex Logic and part of the development team of the Journey Wellness Platform.

“Healthcare analysts predict that over the coming decade the focus on wellness and wellbeing can reduce overall healthcare costs by as much as 30%.”

“Journey Wellness enables that future by empowering and engaging consumers to better understand the drivers that impact their health and therefore be more actively involved in managing their own health. By doing so, the Journey Wellness ecosystem encourages positive health seeking behaviour, promoting better physical and mental health,” says Wayburne.

The driving force behind Journey Wellness, Dr Jacques Ludik, Founder and CEO of Cortex Logic, who has also recently written a book called ‘Democratizing Artificial Intelligence to Benefit Everyone’, says that the Journey Wellness platform will provide more healthcare, to more people, faster.

“Essentially, Journey is a cost-effective, pro-active, personalised and engaged AI health companion that will improve health outcomes for everyone involved – the medical scheme provider, employers, employees, healthcare providers and ultimately the end-user consumer who will benefit from personalised, proactive healthcare with the added benefits of cost savings all-round,” says Dr Ludik.

Journey Wellness offers a number of benefits for Medical Schemes, Corporates and End-Users:

Employer Groups and Medical Scheme providers will benefit from the cost savings inherent in moving from expensive, reactive, chemical care to cost-effective, proactive preventative primary care for their members and employees. This will result in increased productivity, increased employee engagement, reduced absenteeism and cost-savings to all involved.

Healthcare Providers will benefit from having a 360-degree view of their patients that will improve wellness proactively without costly chemical intervention, usually at the reactive stage and will also empower patients with continuous self-care.

And, Consumers will benefit from a Holistic Wellness Solution and the reduced need for expensive healthcare options, improved wellbeing, rewards for engagement and ultimately having a personalised wellness coach on hand at all times to help them understand their health status and associated risks and better manage their health and improve quality of life.

“Overall, it’s a win-win scenario in which technology, data and analytics foster a collaborative and progressive healthcare environment, creating an ecosystem for improved wellbeing one step at a time that benefits everyone,” says Wayburne.

Journey Wellness has also made an exciting announcement around making the Platform’s Mental Health Module available for free to users from 1 September 2021.

“We realise that the current state of affairs globally, and in South Africa in particular, with pandemic lockdowns and economic uncertainty foremost on our minds, places an enormous amount of pressure on people. So, we’re offering free access to our Mental Health Module to users, where they can access an AI-enabled mental health companion 24/7,” says Dr Ludik.

The Journey Wellness Demo Platform for Corporate Employers and Medical Schemes is available at www.journeywellness.co.za, and for Consumers, the User App is available as a free download for Android and iOS devices at Google Play and App Store. Medical schemes and Employers looking to offer Journey Wellness to their members can interact directly with Journey Wellness by requesting a demo via the website.

 

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Chaka secures $1.5M pre-seed round to power digital investments and wealth management opportunities across Africa

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Chaka CEO, Tosin Osibodu at a press briefing (Image & Press Release: Chaka)

Chaka is thrilled to announce its $1.5M pre-seed funding round led by Breyer Capital, a global venture firm focused on catalyzing growth in high-impact companies like Spotify, Facebook, and now, Chaka. Other participants in the round are 4DX Ventures, Golden Palm Investments, Future Africa, Seedstars, and Musha Ventures.

Chaka is a technology solutions company on a mission to enable every business and person in Africa to access borderless digital investment and wealth management opportunities. The team combines investment expertise and best-in-class technology to provide reliable digital Investing, trading and wealth management solutions that are easy-to-use and easy-to-integrate.

Their mission is to enable digital border-less investing for African businesses and individuals. They’re powering the digital investment landscape in Africa through partnerships with asset managers, financial technology firms, and regulators with whom we have a shared mission. We achieve this by providing trading solutions that are easy to use and easy to integrate.

With this capital, they will focus on the goals to build a roster of formidable partners and accelerate expansion to other markets within West Africa. This investment also enables them to hire top talent and integrate more advanced functionalities into our investment and wealth management solutions.

Jim Breyer, CEO of Breyer Capital, shared his view on this investment and it illustrates their shared vision: “We are proud to align ourselves with a company that is leveling the investment playing field for Nigerians (and Africans at large). We’re confident in the value Chaka provides through its digital tools, and we look forward to playing our part in supporting Tosin, Bo, Olaolu, and the Chaka team.”

This is a significant milestone for Chaka and could not have come this far without their users, partners, early investors, and a talented, achieving team of Champions.

They see digital investments as a means to boost economic transformation in Africa, and we’re very keen to bring this vision to life.

 

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Emmanuel Penneh set to lead the Ghanaian team that will re-assemble the first Nissan Navara made in Ghana

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Emmanuel Penneh (Image: Lusawovana Pius- edelman) 

Emmanuel Penneh arrived back in Accra this week, ready to start the next phase of a journey that’s taken three years so far and still has an intensive eight months to run. On Thursday 3 June 2021, the married 44-year-old father of three graduated with his team of 11 Ghanaians from an intense eight-week course at Nissan South Africa’s Rosslyn manufacturing plant outside Pretoria. That was just the first step for them. Now the hard work begins, getting Ghana’s brand-new Nissan assembly plant in Tema, outside Accra, ready to begin re-assembling the first ever Nissan Navaras to be built in Africa early in the New Year.

The graduation is a critical milestone in a process that began back in 2018 with the signing of the landmark Memorandum of Understanding between Nissan and the Government of Ghana, followed by the drafting and promulgation of Ghana’s automotive development policy the following year and then the appointment of Japan Motors Trading Company (JMTC), as Nissan’s preferred partner last year to ensure that the new facility will be 100% Ghana owned and run.

Penneh is up for the challenge. Speaking at the special graduation ceremony held at the Rosslyn, SKD plant, he said he and his team were proud and honoured, excited and delighted. “This is a historic evolution for Nissan Ghana, Nissan South Africa and Nissan worldwide. This is the plant where the Nissan Navara is being made for the first time in Africa, by Africans for Africa, now we are going home to re-assemble the first Navara made in Ghana for Ghana by Ghanaians!”

Penneh will be the plant manager. It’s a feather in the cap for the 10-year JMTC veteran. Before being approached to lead the team, Penneh was service co-ordinator for the group’s aftersales operations, overseeing five workshops across Ghana. He’s been in the automotive industry for 14 years, with four years at Man Truck Ghana before he joined JMTC.

“It’s exciting,” he says, “it gives a new dimension to my career. After concentrating on the after sales aspect, I’m now coming into the industry that actually builds the vehicles.”

The eight-week training that the team underwent in South Africa had been gruelling, he said, they had no idea what to expect. “It was challenging coming fresh into this industry and discovering so many processes and rules and mastering them, but it’s been exciting.”

He’s exceptionally proud of the team he led to South Africa and the way they’ve conducted themselves. “This (the creation of a Nissan assembly plant in Ghana) is going to be a game changer for ourselves, but also for our country, creating jobs, upskilling people and creating opportunities for local brand ownership.”

 

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