AFRICANEURS, currently based in New York, is a platform promoting African Entrepreneurship through engaging online content and pan African events.
We had the opportunity to email interview the Founder of Africaneurs, Kalaria Ejindu, who’s part of the Africans Building Africa Community.
- Tell us about yourself and your organization
My name is Kalaria Ejindu. I am a value oriented, driven entrepreneur with years of experience in leadership and skill building training. I am the founder of Africaneurs Inc. a platform for promoting entrepreneurship in Africa and a platform for showcasing the greatness and creativity embedded in Africa. Through Africaneurs, millions of African Entrepreneurs can build their skills, expand their network and grow their businesses. Through our engaging online contents and events, we hope for Africaneurs to become the number one destination for African Entrepreneurs.
- How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital?
I started Africaneurs with a little over $4,000. Bootstrapping was my main source of capital. As a big fan of networking, I used that to my advantage. I literally shared my business idea and vision with a lot of family friends and my church members and they assisted me with some capital.
- What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?
My greatest challenge as an entrepreneur is time management. When I started working on executing this vision, I was a senior at Hunter College and I was working 2 part time jobs and trying to execute my business idea. It wasn’t easy but I learned to manage my time and I also made sacrifices such as going to bed super late in other to accomplish a task. I eventually told myself to start putting my passion first before any other thing.
- Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
Five years from now, I see Africaneurs as an International platform for African entrepreneurs. I see us taking tours to African countries teaching and mentoring entrepreneurs and emerging entrepreneurs. I see Africaneurs as the next big thing for entrepreneurs.
- What advice would you give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Africa?
Dear emerging entrepreneur, please know that starting a business is not as easy as it seems. So ensure that whatever you tend to do, you are passionate about it. Ensure to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you. Be patient with yourself and your level of growth. You will succeed at the appropriate time.
- How is your business participating to the development of Africa?
Africaneurs seeks to promote entrepreneurship in Africa through our engaging online contents and pan African events. We provide entrepreneurs and emerging entrepreneurs with the resources they need to be successful because we know that a successful entrepreneur create jobs in the society and they promote international trade by selling their products abroad and they contribute to the growth of the economy.
LinkedIn: Kalaria Ejindu