This session of the African Townhall meeting aimed to discuss:
How can we better collaborate as Africans for business.
How can we productively promote our businesses.
Collaboration has to be for mutual benefits. When thinking about collaboration, it’s important to understand that it involves two or several entities coming together for a greater good which could be either growing a business or for a cause.
Collaboration involves people taking themselves out of the centre and considering reciprocity. People sometimes forget that collaboration means reciprocity. Reciprocity amplifies what both parties are doing and causes a greater impact. It’s a collective build that inadvertently means that what you’re doing grows as well.
There is a lot of value in African founders and interconnection. We need to find a way for that discovery to be fruitful and productive.
To better collaborate, we have to see each other as equals.
The issue of patriarchy in the African community hasn’t been tackled. It’ll be difficult to collaborate with this issue. It would be good to hear stories of inter-gender collaborations, where we all see each other as equals and be able to respect what we all bring to the table.
For collaboration to be 100% effective., there has to be representation and diversity in collaboration.
Sometimes with collaboration, you may not necessarily see the reward or monetization initially, but it’s important to note that you’re creating something of value that either people or businesses want to engage with. And sometimes as Africans, we struggle with the concept of creating something of value upfront and trusting that maybe the monetization or something will come later.