'Mo Ibrahim is an individual who found an opportunity where no one else did. As someone who was running a successful consulting firm, he could have decided to place his focus only on Sustaining or Efficiency Innovations within and outside of his industry. However, by creating a pan-African telecommunications network back when none existed, he instead chose a more impactful route to develop a Market-creating Innovation against all odds by providing affordable telecommunication services to Africans.'
'This innovation transformed the continent in the immediate-term and the long-term. Without his idea at the time and the sheer determination to turn his plans into action, Africa would have been further behind the rest of the world in economic and technological development. In addition to his entrepreneurial success, he created a foundation that has fellowship programmes designed to mentor future African leaders, and also has scholarships to support and develop the talent of young Africans.'
Nominated by Ishaq Bolarinwa, Oxford MBA 2021-22
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