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10 Books Every Aspiring African Entrepreneur Should Read in 2019

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10 Books Every Aspiring African Entrepreneur Should Read in 2019

Warren Buffet was once asked what the key to success is; he pointed to a stack of books and said that he reads 500 pages of books every day and allocates 80% of his daily time in reading books.

Every year we provide a list of books that entrepreneurs should consider reading to quench their own intellectual curiosity not just in their own fields but far much more.

Below are some of our top ten preferred books you should consider reading in 2019.


Risk and Return: A Journey of Entrepreneurship and Self-discovery in Africa – Yomi Jemibewon                  

In this book, the author–Yomi Jemibewon shares a dramatic journey of self-discovery evolving into an entrepreneurial adventure while offering an account of what it feels like to chase a dream under highly uncertain circumstances. 

As a founding partner of CardinalStone, a leading independent multi-asset investment management firm in Nigeria, Yomi Jemibewon paints the picture of what it takes to build a business in the unforgiving, African environment. He shares the failures, lessons acquired and provide readers with anecdotes of building his own business.


Principles: Life and Work – Ray Dalio

Ray Dalio is an American billionaire and investor behind Bridgewater Associates, the most successful hedge fund firm in history.

In this book, he shares life lessons learned over the course of his outstanding career. Through Principles, he argues that everything to do with investing, economics and life can be systemized into rules and understood like machines.

He also shares some practical lessons on management including building effective teams for organizations and individuals, bringing ideas into life and even computerized decision-making systems to make believability-weighted decisions.


Rise and Grind: Outperform, Outwork, and Outhustle Your Way to a More Successful and Rewarding Life – By Daymond John, Daniel Paisner

In this book which we also featured in our 2018 listShark Tank star explores how grit, persistence, and good old-fashioned hard work are the backbone of every successful business. Rise and Grind revoke the belief that you can short-cut your way to the top and highlights that hard work is the key. He and inspires the readers to out-think, out-hustle, out-perform everyone around them.

Daymond also takes a closer look at the hard-charging routines and winning secrets the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk, Joel Osteen, and Russell Simmons among others who have ground their way through the challenges in their act.


How We Made it in Africa: Learn From the Stories of 25 Entrepreneurs Who’ve Built Thriving Businesses – Jaco Maritz 

This book details the stories of 25 African entrepreneurs who have built thriving businesses on the continent.

Jaco Maritz delves inside each entrepreneur story providing a sober account into their journey while not shying away from the mistakes made and the considerable hurdles they had to overcome including some who were betrayed by their managers to losing vast sums of money; to the other one went far much broke to even afford diapers for his baby.

The book simply provides real and practical insights into what it takes into building a continental business.


How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

The first edition of this book was published in 1937 and has to date sold over 15 million copies worldwide.

This book shares timeless advice on to build and improve your relationships for success. Dale Carnegie highlights different techniques you can apply when handling people, making people like you and win people with your way of thinking.

The book which has continued to remain at the top of best-seller lists also shares invaluable leadership traits that anyone can adopt.  

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The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch – Dan Norris

From generating ideas to gaining your first paying customers, The 7 Day Startup book has been touted as the bootstrapper’s bible for launching your next product.

Dan Norris shares how he built cash flowing small business startup from scratch in 7 days. The book is rich in resources valuable for any first-time entrepreneur to learn how to start, build and grow a successful business.

You will learn how to quickly check the profitability of your business and build a company with growth in its DNA, proven ways to market and grow your business quickly with examples from successful founders, choosing your business name and much more.


Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup – John Carreyrou

John Carreyrou shares the full inside story of the breath-taking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup.

The book details the dramatic and chilling narrative of how Elizabeth Holmes, who was already feted as the biomedical version of Steve Jobs who while building a fantastic idea of providing faster, better blood tests with only a drop of blood duped the world with a scientifically dubious product.

The book basically captures the rise of Holmes’s career, dissolution of her company, and the subsequent fallout.


The Dream is Free But the Hustle is Sold Separately – George “GK” Koufalis

What would it take you to achieve a real breakthrough in your life, be happy, and win the “battle of your mind?” What are the mysterious forces that conspire to cripple us emotionally, psychologically, and socially?

George “GK” Koufalis shares his own developed success system to overcome adversities in life, some of which he faced.  His 21-Day Blueprint provides practical steps to reprogram your philosophy to drive new actions and deliver desired results.

This 162-page book is complemented by workshop based exercises to aid in your personal journey and discovery.


The Magna Carta Of Exponentiality – Vusi Thembekwayo

In this book, venture capitalist, Vusi Thembekwayo takes a look at teams, leaders and organizations that have managed to deliver phenomenal market-beating results in the face of extreme uncertainty, severe resource constraints and socio-political instability.

The book details the managers who turned into entrepreneurs, seized opportunities and built businesses to rival their old employers. The book answers the questions: how did they do it, what they did and what you can learn from their ingenuity, luck and guts. 


Soar! Build Your Vision from the Ground Up – By T. D. Jakes 

In this book which we had also featured in our 2018 list, New York Best Selling Author Bishop T.D Jakes seeks to inspire readers that there is neither no dream that too big to fulfil nor no burden too heavy to bear for God’s children. Blending the practical business acumen of a successful, global CEO with the dynamic inspiration of a life coach, Soar challenges readers to maximize their God-given abilities by activating their dreams into reality. The book offers practical and easy-to-follow steps for launching the entrepreneurial drive while offering transformative services and fulfilling God’s destiny.

“Too often we remain in jobs that stifle our souls and leave us on the runway of opportunity with the engine of our deepest passion stalled, watching others make their personal vision a reality and build a legacy for their children-the opposite of what God intends for us. But it’s never too late to get your dreams off the ground!” T.D Jakes. 

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