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How I did it: 3 stories from young entrepreneurs

Season 1, Ep. 30

Africans are known for their hustle. And on a continent where youth unemployment is high, they have to hustle. For this episode Claude speaks to three young entrepreneurs - a business woman in the music industry, a fashion entrepreneur, and a founder of a tech start-up now worth over $3billion.

Iyinoluwa Aboyeji who founded fintech start-up Flutterwave, now worth over $3 billion. He’s now head of Future Africa.

Zaid Osman, who founded the fashion brand Grade Africa which has stores in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

DJ Elly Chuva, one of Angola’s biggest DJs.

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