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Africa Rise and Shine

By: Jim Ovia
Narrated by: David Applefield
Length: 4 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Business, Management
4.5 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The road to success is rarely linear and never easy. But with courage, hard work, perseverance, and dedication to duty, Jim Ovia, founder and chairman of Zenith Bank, proves we can achieve the unthinkable. 

Jim has been called the Godfather of Banking by Forbes Africa. And this should be no surprise. In a time of tension between military and civilian regimes, periods of incredible economic instability, and a decaying infrastructure, Jim founded Zenith Bank in Nigeria. Under Jim's leadership, what started with $4 million in shareholders' funds, grew into one of Africa's largest banks, an internationally recognized institution with more than $16 billion in assets. His story is a living testament to his message that success results when we act with courage and dare to try. 

Africa, Rise and Shine is part-memoir, part-inspirational business guide, reminding entrepreneurs and investors around the world of this valuable lesson : you must never allow the perceptions of others impact your own vision of what is possible for the future.

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©2018 Jim Ovia / Forbes Books (P)2019 Hardigan

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"Jim Ovia's entrepreneurial flair demystifies Africa. 'Africa Rise and Shine' shows his meteoric rise from humble beginnings to building a formidable bank. This is a wonderful African success story."
-- Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, Investor and Philanthropist

"Jim Ovia has been my personal friend and trusted banker over the last twenty-five years. Africa Rise and Shine lays bare the secrets to Zenith Bank's success from one of Nigeria's most respected businessmen. Jim's inspirational tale of success against all the odds is an important lesson of how adversity can always be surmounted. His principles of doing business can be applied globally as demonstrated by Zenith Bank's London Stock Exchange listing. This book is an essential read for anyone that wants to do business in Africa."
Aliko Dangote, GCON, Founder and President, Dangote Group of Companies

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EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE

Best way to start the year. Jim Ovia outlined the steps that every entrepreneur willing to succeed in Africa should take. A great Listen. Highly inspirational.

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Inspirational

Thanks, Jim, for sharing your story and knowledge.
This will help this younger generation.
I am inspired by it.

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This is History

Jim brought to my knowledge how and why a lot of things in Nigeria today came into being. The part of the role he played in pioneering the internet in Nigeria was very illuminating.

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Beautiful

Every Africa business leaders should write more so younger generations can learn, Thank you Jim for sharing this part of your life and so much more.

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  • 01-08-20

IF HE COULD DO IT, I CAN TOO

The narration was cool and solemn.
Picking up the book, I thought too learn more about the struggles of starting a bank from ground zero and making it one of the most profitable on the continent but I learnt that and I learnt a lot more about starting a business generally.

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  • ovbioba
  • 11-26-19

Once i started, couldnt stop until i was done

Interesting and relevant lessons in Entrepreneurship from Jim.

David did a great job with the narration.

Thoroughly enjoyed it!