Monthly Archives: January 2016

Kofi Wayo – a Politician against Politicians – AfricanPod Ep 12

Welcome to this episode of AfricanPod, where we meet a Politician who says most African Politicians are incompetent,

Kofi Wayo
Phillip Nyakpo interviewed Kofi Wayo a few times in the last one-and-a-half decades

greedy and selfish. 

Kofi Wayo from Ghana is the politician. He differentiates himself by the fact that he has spent most of his life in the United States and became self-sufficient by making a lot of money as an International business man.
He attacks other politicians like no other and claims common sense is the one thing lacking among African leaders.
As fresh as this interview sounds, it was conducted in December 2001. That is 15 years years ago.
Perhaps the one thing you can take away from this interview is that the more things change, the more they remain the same.
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I was speaking there to Kofi Wayo, who charges that African leaders hide their incompetence behind high level, but meaningless language. That was in December 2001, fifteen long years ago. My name is Phillip Nyakpo.

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Novelist TM Clark Writes for Africa and the World – AfricanPod Ep 11

This edition of AfricanPod is a fascinating conversation with a free-spirited Novelist who writes with authentic African themes. 

My name is Phillip Nyakpo your host, and we are about to meet T. M. Clark the Novelist, born in Zimbabwe with the experience of living in South Africa and the United Kingdom.

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Tears of the Cheetah – a novel with an African theme by T. M. Clark

Now she lives in Australia from where she writes with African themes, straight from the heart.

It is not often that you meet a Writer who writes a novel with a mixture of modern life and deep rooted stories from Africa, told with an uncommon passion.

Tina Marie Clark, or T. M. Clark is that Novelist with a unique experience, perspective and passion which she draws on to write.

Her latest book, Tears of The Cheetah released in late 2015 is described by one reviewer as is “a thriller and the story of a fierce fight to save Africa’s threatened wildlife,” a suspenseful journey into the dark world of African game poaching.

From her home in the Australian State of Queensland, T. M. Clark spoke to AfricanPod about her life, what she has learned living on three continents as well as what she lives for. First, she told me about her early memories of Africa, a continent she still calls home.

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T.M. Clark – Novelist

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The Pain of African Entrepreneurs – AfricanPod Ep 10

On AfricanPod today, a peculiar pain known only to those who are running a business. 

My name is Phillip Nyakpo, and our guest on AfricanPod is a Pharmacist and Business Owner who knows the aggravations of being in business. 

He will tell us about his experience trying establish a business in Africa, the incredible challenge he faced and what it takes to prevail.

It is the good news, and the bad news about Africa, here on AfricanPod.

My guest is the Managing Director of Kinapharma Group of Companies, and I interviewed him shortly after he was declared Marketing Man of the year.
And listen to this – that was in the year 2004 – about 12 years ago, and it was subsequently broadcast on Skyy TV in Ghana.
So why is the interview relevant today?
Because not much has changed regarding the unique challenges faced by Entrepreneurs like him who employ hundreds of people.
They are often frustrated by hostile business environment, a banking system that mostly fleece hardworking people as well as mindless government regulations and sheer lack of support.
Then there is the pervasive drunken and blinding politics that undermines business.
The interview has references to currency valuations, as well as situational facts that reflects the realities on the ground a decade ago. These of course should be taken in the appropriate context.
At the time of the interview, Kofi Nsiah-Poku had been running his group of companies for 15 years. I started by asking him to reflect on his journey as an Entrepreneur:
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The more things change, the more often they remain the same. In may cases, they become worse than before. But then there are a few, who in spite of it all still make a difference. My guest, the Managing Director of Kinapharma Group of Companies, Kofi Nsiah-Poku, made a difference.

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