JANE BWYE: GOING ‘CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVAE’?
THIS WEEK ON #ADMP: We do not do thing the ‘conventional way’. You probably don’t either. #ADMP has always been at the cutting-edge of innovation in Blogging and as a virtual incubator.
This state of the affairs, started from our early days as growth hacker. You’ve guessed it by now. If not, we will invite you to read more than 100 000 words written on this ‘CardiB/Nicky Minaj beef’-free BLOG . –
So, we’ve figured out at ADMP that ‘intelligence is everywhere’ as a ‘super-power’, and that it has been shared evenly amongst women and men. Having said all of that, today’s guest is probably a masterful-living proof of it:
A writer and business-angel, hailing from the UK, but with a corner of Africa almost ‘tattooed on her soul’, with a complex professional background, zig-zagging between writing books for the Kenyan Museum society, to freelance journalism, to visiting Zimbabwe, to setting-up her own riding school, or building a successful management consultancy firm, to later, traveling back to Egypt and Namibia….
Please, give the LIKES and the SHARES to our guest, JANE BWYE, storyteller and business consultant ‘extraordinaire’:
ITW & Electronic counter-punch by Hermann Djoumessi, MA
#ADMP #Blockchain & StartUP Analyst.
1.#ADMP AWARDS: Please introduce yourself and your latest project ?
I have always been interested in people, and in my latter years I’ve found great satisfaction from one-to-one mentoring. I encourage people who want to start their own businesses. When my publishers asked for a non-fiction book, it was easy to write my little handbook, Going It Alone .
I just wrote as if I were sitting there beside my clients, and as I am a storyteller, I’ve drawn from their experiences to illustrate my points.
2.#ADMP AWARDS: (Cautious) Always a ‘dreamer’? Uh? → Here, we were trying to inject some ‘common sense business practices’ into our very innovative group of startupers and entrepreneurs.
Although we’d agree with you, that ‘creative thinking’ is important, in the innovative field…
Let’s read further and see for ourselves, where that one goes…
-Is this your first book? What was the previous book about?
JB: Going It Alone is my first “how-to” book. Previously, I’ve written mainly novels. I lived for 55 years in Africa, and when I came to the UK, I wallowed in nostalgia while writing the saga of a multi-racial family against the glorious backdrop of Kenya.
3.#ADMP AWARDS: #DANG! 55 years on the continent… – Let’s feed the chatbot, first: Give us your TOP 5 African dishes?
JB: Did you know that I wrote a book in aid of the Kenya Museum Society in 1989, containing exciting recipes from contributors!
4.#ADMP AWARDS: Gotcha! But we’ve got to feed the BOT, first Jane! -> TOP 5 African dishes?
JB: Dr. Louis Leakey was renowned for his expertise in the kitchen, and his simple stuffed green peppers, using mincemeat and readily available herbs and spices, is definitely a winner.
-My favourite for hot African evenings is chilled avocado soup made with stock, milk, mayonnaise and lemon juice.
-Once, my husband caught a six-pound rainbow trout high up in the Aberdare Mountains of Kenya. I placed it in buttered kitchen foil, stuffed with onions, mushrooms and herbs, and baked it.
-So simple – so delicious!
5.#ADMP AWARDS: Indeed, indeed, carry on…we’re hum…’eating your words’…
-JB: All right, so, where was I?? … Sukuma wiki beef (or goat) stew is the staple dish in Kenya. Sukuma wiki, translated as “push the week”, is a spinach-like vegetable, which can be grown in the most arid of places, and is the last resort for people existing on a weekly wage. The spices can be varied to suit all tastes. Sometimes barks and roots with medicinal qualities are added. The stew is served with ugali (maize meal), matoke, (cooked bananas), or rice.
-Talking about bananas, I would often give them to my hungry family as dessert, baked in their skins with a strip removed, basted with honey, melted butter and lemon juice, and served very hot, with cream.
6.Thank you, on behalf of the bot! :)) – Have you started any business in your rich and adventurous past?
JB: Yes – several. Freelance journalism was my first venture into self-employment, which I’ve been doing throughout my life; I was widowed at a young age and ran my own boarding house in Nairobi, which I subsidised by doing freelance secretarial work.
After remarrying, I had a riding school for children from local schools. Once the family left the nest, I did a distance education business degree, and started a management consultancy business, which I have continued since coming to the UK.
I’ve been mentoring small business start-ups for fifteen years.
7.#ADMP AWARDS: Word! Finding a mentor is key for a startup! Finding 2 or 3 per year, is a healthy number. Then, you should change mentors, too, once you’ve outgrown’ them!
-Another one for the bot, this time around: Give us your top 5 African countries to visit?
-JB: Kenya is of course the tops! It has everything you’d wish for: wonderful sandy beaches, high mountain ranges, and even a snow-topped mountain, miles of desert, tropical forests, game parks with the “big five” animals as well as over a thousand identified species of birds.
A good variety of ethnic traditions can be observed; well-designed and documented chain of museums; archaeological sites; volcanos; lakes; and the Great Rift Valley.
-I visited Namibia for a couple of weeks, and was impressed by the friendliness of the people, and the vastness of its sandy desert and dunes. The game parks reminded me of those in Kenya.
One place I’ve always wanted to visit is Botswana and the Okavango delta. You can see I love the wide-open spaces and the wildlife.’ (JB)
8.#ADMP AWARDS: You must have a family. Family is part of the closed support-network of the entrepreneur. Probably its ‘backbone’, even!
-Where is your family, based ?
–JB: My daughter and her family lived in Zimbabwe for fifteen years, and I visited there several times. Although generally not as spectacular as Kenya, the Victoria Falls is an experience not to be missed, and the Kariba Dam is a modern engineering marvel.
The bird-life there is amazing, and I’ve spent many a day houseboating on its waters.
-Egypt. My three weeks visiting the pyramids, exploring ancient catacombs and sailing down the Nile stand out in my memory.
How would you define a 21st century Millennial?
JB: I’ve had to google this:
“Millennials comprise the generations born between 1980 and 2000, who are now entering the employment field.”
JB: Okay – That makes my youngest son a Millennial, and he is a teacher. I taught IT/computer studies to him, and about five hundred other 21st century Millennials for five years at a Nairobi secondary school.
They are a vibrant group, not afraid to break with tradition and find their own way. I admire their embrace of technology but question their tendency to rely on it for social communication.
They are refreshingly unprejudiced and optimistic.
9. Interesting outlook. :)) – What’s the biggest challenge faced by a would-be startuper?
Lack of confidence…. (She hesitates) Hmm.. Lack of confidence and…
#ADMP AWARDS: Thank you, you’re far too kind!
#END of PART 1/2 .
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