Years back (when snail mail still ruled) I would read a magazine story of, say, a top CEO that inspired me, and I would get their address at the bottom of the page, possibly write to them, and wait for ages for their response.
Today, social media platforms like Face book and Twitter give us a far easier opportunity, with just a click to connect with just about anyone (and most times get instant feedback).
But like every opportunity, this hasn’t come without peril. Many follow personality pages not to keep up with particular persons or brands, but because their friends are following them or because they’re recommended by the social media platform.
In this piece, I bring you seven people who are worth following on social media irrespective of who you are or what you do.
Masaba “Mas” Yunus
At 24, Masaba “Mas” Yunus is the Chairman of Mas Group of Companies a conglomerate of successful companies like Pomp Motion Studios, Blue Magic Inc and Transporter Corporation that he launched early in 2015. He is also the President of Uganda Youth Entrepreneurs League, a networking platform for young entrepreneurs.
After getting good grades that could get him virtually anywhere, Mas decided to instead concentrate on growing Blue Magic Inc, a company he founded in 2009 in his senior six vacation, just before joining Makerere University.
Masaba’s companies (Blue Magic Inc and Mas Consults & Associates) were crowned Junior Achievement Company of the Year and Most Promising Young Employer of the Year in 2011 and 2014 respectively.
Mas has made an appearance on TEDx, a global set of business conferences devoted to sharing ideas and his story inspires everybody, from young and upcoming entrepreneurs to renowned business people.
Follow Masaba Yunus: Facebook Twitter
Eric Kinoti is one of the richest young people in the East African region. He has a string of successful businesses, most prominent ones being Shade Systems (K) Ltd, SafiSana Home Services and Bag Base Kenya Ltd. He was recently named among 30 Most Promising Entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes.
A very successful, yet down to earth person, Eric has in recent days invested a lot of his valuable time into mentoring young entrepreneurs. He is a regular social media user who inspirationally writes about his experiences on his way to the top.
In 2014, Eric Kinoti hosted a 4 day Entrepreneurs’ Boot Camp in Masai Mara National Reserve that brought together young entrepreneurs, mainly from Kenya to meet and share ideas and experiences.
Follow Eric Kinoti: Facebook Twitter
Patrick is Founder and CEO of Simba Group of Companies which is comprised of Simba Telecom, Simba Dairy Farm, Simba Safaris ,Electomaxx, Simba Mining and Protea Hotel – a 5 star Hotel in Kampala. He is, among many other things, the Chairman Board of Directors of UMEME, an Electricity Distribution company listed on Uganda Stock Exchange and Nairobi Stock Exchange.
Through Makerere University Business School Entrepreneurship Club to which he is Patron and on social media, Patrick mentors young and upcoming entrepreneurs by sharing inspirational stories, business tips and advice.
Follow Patrick Bitature: Facebook Twitter
Ashish J. Thakkar
Ashish is a very successful Ugandan Entrepreneur. He is the founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. Not many people know Ashish on the local scene, perhaps because he spends most of his time trotting the globe in mentoring leaders and entrepreneurs, and also probably because he resides in Dubai.
Ashish was named among 40 under 40 by Fortune Magazine in 2013 and is a member of World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.
Ashish is one of those capable of challenging you to believe in yourself, appreciate who you are and understand that you can start where you are, with what you have and make it to the global stage.
Follow Ashish Thakkar: Twitter
Thai Nguyen “The Utopian Life”
Thai Nguyen is a very admirable writer with a background in theology whose articless you will personally connect with, consequently helping create a better version of yourself relationally, personally and entrepreneurially.
Thai writes for The Utopian Life but his articles have featured in The Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post and Elite Daily, among other magazines.
Follow Thai Nguyen: Facebook Twitter
Mark Cuban is a serial entrepreneur who among other businesses owns Dallas Mavericks, a professional basketball team based in Texas.
Whereas he may be worth $3billion, Mark still believes he in hardwork as a strategy of staying on top without playing nice with competition.
He has appeared on several Entrepreneurship TV shows and Entrepreneurship conferences discussing business and success.
On social Media, Mark not only posts to inspire but also “flashes it” abit to implicitly let you know he’s made it.
Follow Mark Cuban: Facebook Twitter
Richard Branson has taken it upon himself to inspire and motivate entrepreneurs globally. Through his book The Virgin Way, the Virgin Group Founder shares tips on business leadership based on how he manages his over 400 Companies.
He has on several occasions hosted Q&A sessions with his followers on social media.
Follow Richard Branson: Facebook Twitter
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