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Obtain access to our exclusive content from our previous conferences.

Here at Business in Africa Pays we record every session we host at our conferences. Most of them will appear here at some time or other, although they may not be permanent fixtures as the content is often rotated.

You can purchase each individual audio recording below, just click on the relevant links to hear some of the leading thinkers in Ghana discuss their success and plans for the future.


Developing IT Solutions in Ghana

Just over a year after attending our “Business in Africa Pays: Ghana” event in 2014, Lena Rosenior returns to talk about the contacts she made at the event that have lead to a successful foray into the Ghanaian software market.

Lena has spent the last 18 months developing a property development platform. But it was only through a “solid-gold contact” she made via Business in Africa Pays that she got to meet the Ghanaian decision-makers that helped her make her dream a reality.

Lena’s past year in Ghana has been extremely positive. On her meetings with the Ghanaian companies she says “I felt valued in Ghana, I felt that people listened, I could see the value that we were giving them and I actually feel that we’re making a massive change…” On the prospects of IT in Ghana she says “there are huge opportunities in Africa at the moment. Ghana is booming.”

In this free podcast, you can hear, in detail, about her journey in Ghana and why she is so excited about the future

Click to listen to an audio recording of the interview.


Nigeria: A World of Opportunity

Steve Murphy, Vice President of Emerging Markets at Hitachi Data Systems took time out to explain to delegates at Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria 2014 why he feels Nigeria is such a fantastic opportunity for business people in the west.

Steve explains why he feels Nigeria has the potential to be the new Asia, why education is so important in the region… but he also emphasises that students need to be trained to be able to do more than program an iPhone app!

If you want to feel enthused about investing in Nigeria, this very entertaining and educational video is a great place to start.

This presentation was originally recorded in January 2014 at Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria

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Africa’s Rising Middle Class

Much has been made of Ghana’s rising middle class, but what do we mean when we use that term? How does Ghana’s middle class differ from how we understand it in The West?

With more disposable income becoming available to the general public, what does this mean for business opportunities in the region and how should you position yourself to make the most of them?

In this podcast, Samantha Clarke, Founder & Chief Connector of Meet Your Niche will talk you through the finer details of this sector.

You can either download the podcast to listen to on an MP3 player at your pleasure, or you can listen on your computer and follow along with the slides Samantha has kindly provided for us.

Click to listen to an audio recording of the presentation and see the slides that were used on the day.

This presentation was originally recorded in preparation for Business in Africa Pays: Ghana in June 2014


The Changing Real Estate Landscape in Ghana

Elvina Quaison is the Director of Silk Solutions a company that makes moving into Ghana easier and opens the market to the small company wanting to expand into a new exciting sphere. Reaching this point has followed a path of working with and in African countries for over 11 years in various capacities.

Elvina has worked with social organisations and private companies organising large scale conferences to intimate networking events, carrying out research studies, sourcing business partners and sources of funding among other things for organisations and individual clients.

In this podcast, Elvina discusses that, even though there is a potential yield of 11% on property investments, care and consideration should be at the forefront of your mind when delving into this arena… in other words DO YOUR HOMEWORK!

You can either download the podcast to listen to on an MP3 player at your pleasure, or you can listen on your computer and follow along with the slides Elvina has kindly provided for us.

Click to listen to an audio recording of the presentation and see the slides that were used on the day.

This presentation was originally recorded in preparation for Business in Africa Pays: Ghana in June 2014


How to Make it in Ghana

Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse has been listed as one of the top 100 global thinkers by the US based publication, Foreign Policy Magazine. He and his companies have won numerous awards and accolades including the GUBA award in the UK, the Ghana Millennium Excellence Awards for IT, the Ghana Club 100 Award for the most innovative company, the “SMS App of the year” award, the Mobile World Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Entrepreneur in Information and Communication Technology and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Texas State University.

He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Technology from Texas State University and is considered a giant in African technology and innovation. INC magazine and other international publications have referred to him as “The Bill Gates of Africa.”

In this interview, Elizabeth Blake spoke to Herman in his Ghanaian home, and Mr Chinery-Hesse revealed some fascinating insight into the business operations of country. He reveals what he thinks is required of a person to make it there and on the way offers some insight into the political landscape of the region.

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This presentation was originally recorded in preparation for Business in Africa Pays: Ghana in June 2014


Starting-Up in Ghana… A Practical Perspective

In this Ghana-focused podcast, Elizabeth Blake spoke to Jodi Barima about her experiences setting up a leather-goods factory in Ghana. Listen to the article and learn why nobody in Ghana turns up to work when it rains! The reason why may be surprising to those raised in The West.

Listen to Jodi talking to Elizabeth about how she learnt to present herself when taking charge of her Ghanaian workforce. She discusses mistakes she made when initially setting up her business and how she managed to deal with the unfamiliar work culture of her Ghanaian colleagues.

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This presentation was originally recorded in preparation for Business in Africa Pays: Ghana in June 2014


What Legal Support do You Need if You Are Operating in Sub-Saharan Africa?

In this podcast, which Neil first presented at Going Global May 2014, you can learn how you should take into consideration the local laws of the countries you want to be operating in. Neil explains the virtues of finding the right partners in the country you’re targeting AND in the country you’re based in.

Neil is a director at Emerging Law, a London-based law firm regulated by the SRA. He has spent the last 9 years travelling in Africa, South East Asia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe to help clients win and deliver projects to governments in these regions.

Neil has also helped clients deliver donor-funded consultancy and IT projects in some of the most challenging parts of the world. Neil’s expertise is broad based with an emphasis on strategic alliances (including joint ventures) and commercial contracts (in particular cross border supply of services agreements and IT contracts). Neil also has extensive experience in dealing with the acquisition and disposal of companies.

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This presentation was originally recorded in preparation for Business in Africa Pays: Ghana in June 2014


Business Etiquette in Ghana

With more than 15 years of experience in business development serving a diverse mix of clients in Russia, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Robyn has traveled extensively as a consultant for Russian, French and U.S. companies.

Robyn most recently presented at the UK Banking Forum, Google/UK and Thomson Reuters.

She is the cultural etiquette expert for JFW magazines. Her clients include Hewlett Packard, Mckinsey, and Google UK.

Robyn holds a degree in law and International Relations from the International School of Protocol and Diplomacy Brussels and the Protocol School of Washington.

Robyn said… Today, more than ever, we are part of a global community, and our business strategies necessarily focus on how best we conduct our activities with our partners, customers and constituents across the world. One of the most critical factors in competing successfully in this global arena is being able to work effectively across cultures.

In this podcast, Robyn speaks about how Westerners should almost reverse their approach to business when engaging with Ghanaians. The relationship comes first and the deal will almost be considered as done.

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This presentation was originally recorded in preparation for Business in Africa Pays: Ghana in June 2014


Constant Change in Ghana Creates Constant Opportunities

Willbaforce is a consultancy that helps other companies to plan new business ideas and assists in transferring these ideas into a rational and reliable business plan. Additionally Willbaforce can help with the presentation techniques required to promote and publicise business concepts ensuring goals, targets and objectives are articulated effectively.

Jennifer has helped develop creative industries both in the UK and in Ghana and has worked on projects from the small to the large, including some for the the British Fashion Council and the UN.

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This presentation was originally recorded in preparation for Business in Africa Pays: Ghana in June 2014


Accounting for Business Operations in Nigeria

Dr Olugbenga Coker took charge of the accounting section of Business in Africa Pays Nigeria 2014 to explain to delegates how they can use accounting techniques to protect themselves against fraud and corruption.

Click to listen to an audio recording of the presentation and see the slides that were used on the day.

This presentation was originally recorded in January 2014 at Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria


Nigerian Utilties: ICT, Power & Water – Foundational Infrastructure

Tolu Odugbemi of Africa Matters Limited presents to Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria 2014 explaining why you shouldn’t be afraid of investing in the region.

Tolu discusses corruption and power cuts and how you can overcome the challenges of competing in this burgeoning market.

Click to listen to an audio recording of the presentation and see the slides that were used on the day.

This presentation was originally recorded in January 2014 at Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria


How Currency Fluctuations Can Affect Any Deal

Gary Hasell from CentralFX explains to the crowd at Business in Africa Pays how they should plan their financial transactions.

If you’ve completed an international deal, you must consider how to protect your investment from the fluctuations of the currency markets. Here Gary explains to the full time exporter how it should be done.

Click to listen to an audio recording of the presentation and see the slides that were used on the day.

This presentation was originally recorded in January 2014 at Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria


Doing Your Due Diligence When Hiring Senior Executives

Richard Putley, Director of Executives in Africa spoke to the delegates of Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria to explain the finer points of securing the right people for your business abroad.

Richard explains how you should be addressing all the decision makers in the family unit, spouse included, rather than just the candidate.

He also warns of the dangers of underestimating locals, suggesting that you must pay them the equivalent of foreign talent, despite any temptation to do otherwise.

Click to listen to an audio recording of the presentation and see the slides that were used on the day.

This presentation was originally recorded in January 2014 at Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria


A Legal Perspective Doing Business in Nigeria Lawfully

Mr Dele Ogun, Partner at Akin Palmer LLP, spoke elegantly at 2014’s Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria, guiding delegates through the finer points of setting up a business in Nigeria.

Mr Ogun has been a litigator both in the UK and in Nigeria and his experience is demonstrated beautifully in this must hear lecture.

There are no slides to download currently for this talk, but when you listen to Mr Ogun, we think you’ll realise why he didn’t us any. Mr Ogun is a fascinating and funny speaker and this lecture is well worth a listen.

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This presentation was originally recorded in January 2014 at Business in Africa Pays: Nigeria