The Black Dragon, Vusi Thembekwayo

Businessperson, entrepreneur, international public speaker, and author Vusi Thembekwayo was born in 1985 in South Africa. He comes from a poor Christian family and was raised by his mother after his father was killed in front of him when he was only 13.  Barely managing to get through his preliminary years in school, his dire financial situation caused him to drop out of his first year in university. His first company, Global Professionals South Africa, was then birthed, allowing him to get through his Management Advanced Program at the University of Witwatersrand. Immediately after that, in 2010, he enrolled for a PDBA at Gordon Institute Business School and a Corporate Finance course with INSEAD. Later on, he got his MBA from Hult International Business School.

Vusi has exponentially grown in his career, believing that what anyone else has achieved can be achieved. His career first began in public speaking, when at 17 he was ranked number 1 and received third place in the world at the English-Speaking Union International Competition. He then learnt how to make his talent work for him and has reaped immensely from it. While learning about business, he ended up learning entrepreneurship instead and has founded several companies, the most famous one being MyGrowthFund Venture Partners where he is the CEO. Out of this is his well –known mentorship program dubbed #Top40, aimed at identifying, funding, and mentoring promising African entrepreneurs. There is also an entrepreneurship masterclass he runs with the aim of passing on the knowledge and skills he has amassed for success.

Along the lines of mentorship, Vusi has been able to author 2 books: The Magna Carta of Exponentiality and Vusi: Business & Life Lessons from a Black Dragon. The latter has been a best-seller the world over and has opened him up to platforms and opportunities that enable him to pass on his golden nuggets. One of the most repeated ideologies he holds is getting rid of the ‘small business’ mindset we seem to hold dear in Africa. Albeit the fact that beginnings might be small, the thinking and strategy for it cannot afford to be anything less than global. His challenge to entrepreneurs and specifically African ones is to have ideas that are beyond personal interests and current generations. They therefore must be willing to go beyond every excuse and obstacle, despite their validity, and thus conquer themselves. Then conquer the world!

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