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BOAF is pleased to induct Mr. Tendai Chitapi to the 10,000 Points of Light

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Mr. Frederick Koomson said: “It is my distinct honor and privilege to induct Mr. Tendai Chitapi, a highly experienced Agritech Specialist with a Corporate Finance and Project Management background, to the 10,000 Points of Light in recognition of his contribution to provoke, inspire and ignite awareness on the urgency and importance of building an African bank of hope.

Africa is dark at midnight and the few actors in value chains even in this exciting digital era, remain hidden in small and inward-looking groups when the continent’s majority inhabitants are divided on the real causes of the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment, and inequality.

We are privileged to be endowed by the creator with the earth’s greatest treasures yet in terms of output the personality of the majority of indigenous people rarely shines.

When I look at Mr. Chitapi’s impressive resume, I am comforted that represents a rare breed of actors who see the need to aggregate, accelerate outcomes and optimize process and efficiency issues to make African people live up to the promise intended by the creator.

When I was inducted into the 10,000 POL, I understood that there is nothing that stops us from organizing instead of agonizing about so-called foreigners in creating chains of diverse actors all connected by a single thread of being part of the solution and not part of the reason why things are not done.

I am excited to have Mr. Chitapi in our midst as we seek to be problem solvers through converting idle and sterile connections into community power.”

Mr. Chitapi said: “I am so excited to be surrounded by persons who share a common belief that the best days for Africans are yet to come. I believe that if we all put our hands on deck, there is no problem that can escape our individual creativity and innovation.

I was co-Founder at Kuronga, an award-winning agritech startup, that is using A.I. to build technology that validates crop quality and optimises market access for small farmers in Africa.

My passion lies in understanding and improving food systems, locally and globally, particularly using technology to enhance market efficiency and bring maximum value to small farmers.

In addition, I am also interested in researching and developing orphan crops and new crop varietals/cultivars that are specifically adapted to resist the increasing effect of climate change.”

Mr. Chitapi holds an MBA from HULT International Business School, having studied at their Shanghai campus.

He is fluent in English, French, Shona, Zulu and has professional knowledge of Portuguese and basic Mandarin.

In 2020, he co-Founded Kuronga in 2020, along with former high schoolmate Oliver Windram.

They are committed to using technology and A.I. to disrupt and revolutionize the agricultural value chain.

Having originally built a digital logistics solution, they have spent the last year on the ground with farmers in South Africa understanding the grassroots needs of farmers, and taking a human-centered design approach to developing their solutions.

This discovery process led to an evolution of their business to focus on optimizing quality validation to maximize value to farmers, by connecting them directly with buyers, and reducing post-harvest crop losses. 

They were recently selected as a Finalist in the prestigious Milken-Motsepe Prize in Agritech where they are competing for a USD 1 Million grand prizes to be awarded in 2023. https://milkenmotsepeprize.org/agritech-prize/

Their work at Kuronga, particularly their engagement with a diverse range of farmers, has given rise to the creation of a non-profit farmer organization named Demeter Agricultural Coalition Africa, currently at over 200 members, whose purpose is to be a platform that brings together farmers to share knowledge and experiences and, in this way, collectively advance and shape the future of farming in Africa.

Please follow this link to learn more about Mr. Chitapi in action: https://kuronga.com.

Mr. Chitapi is one of the founders of the Diameter Network group that is converting individual operators into a community of shared wisdom and knowledge in the agri-value chains:

https://demeter.africa

Please take the opportunity to follow our POL on twitter: https://twitter.com/JustTendai?t=7OpSyiRqcf81mzeak5zjIw&s=08.

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THE AFRICA I WANT – THUMBS UP TO MS. JANICE GREAVER, A MEMBER OF BOAF, ON HER APPOINTMENT TO THE INTERIM COMMITTEE OF THE GAUTENG BOXING PROMOTERS ASSOCIATION

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Mr. Frederick Koomson, Director of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) congratulated Ms. Janice Greaver, a member of BOAF, on her appointment on 14 December 2022 to the Interim Committee by the National Executive Committee of the National Professional Boxing Promoters Association following the disbandment by the NEC of the Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association.

He said: “On behalf of BOAF, I wish to congratulate Ms. Greaver on this important appointment as a bridge to the AGM to be held in March 2023 to be part of the interim committee to administer the affairs of a sport in which the marginalization and exclusion of women in professional boxing is a substantial national and international problem and a negation of the constitutional promise of equal participation in all spheres of human endeavor.

Against an uncontested backdrop that male boxers compete in 10 out of 10 possible weight categories, female boxers have gained access to this previously closed realm, discrimination, exclusion and unequal treatment of female athletes and administrators remains a widespread problem in SA professional boxing.

This development should provoke, inspire and ignite interest more women to step forward and up to the plate as administrators of this important sport.”

Set out below is a conversation with Ms. Greaver as part of the initiative to promote and celebrate the building of an inclusive Africa that speaks to the Africa I Want as a member of BOAF but also as an African who believes that any ripple that shakes the status quo should be noted, profiled, showcased and celebrated.”

[12/18, 5:50 AM] BOAF00012: Good morning Ms. Greaver. Can you briefly explain your association with the Interim Committee as reported in an article published by the Sowetan under the title: “Boxing association hits back at claims of sabotage over botched Mayweather trip?”

[12/18, 6:09 AM] Janice Greaver: Good morning Caroline. I have been appointed as Treasurer of the interim committee.

[12/18, 6:11 AM] BOAF00012: Who appointed you?

[12/18, 6:14 AM] Janice Greaver: I was appointed by the NEC of the National Professional Boxing Promoters Association

[12/18, 6:14 AM] BOAF00012: When was the appointment and what informed the appointment?

[12/18, 6:21 AM] Janice Greaver: The appointment was made on 14 December 2022, following the disbandment by the NEC of the Gauteng Boxing Promoters Association – a structure not recognized in terms of the South African Boxing Act, 2001.

[12/18, 6:22 AM] BOAF00012: Thanks. What is your personal and professional relationship with the sport of boxing and also is this your first relationship with the administration of the sport?

[12/18, 7:16 AM] Janice Greaver: My personal relationship with Boxing began years ago when I stepped into a Boxing gym for the first time, determined to get into the best shape of my life.

Stepping into that Boxing gym changed my life – I was introduced to a version of myself that had been dormant my whole life, a version of myself that woke up at 4am every day to be in the gym, a version of myself that was disciplined beyond what I had ever been before, and a version of myself that lived and breathed Boxing. 

Given that I’m a professional in the corporate world, I had no desire to become a boxer myself, but knew I had to get involved in the sport somehow.

I had been involved with Boxing only for fitness, but I gradually got introduced to professional Boxing, where I saw a world of opportunity to get involved in promoting the sport.

I then got licensed as a Boxing Promoter with Boxing South Africa (BSA) and my relationship with boxing graduated from being a purely personal one to a professional one, where my interest now revolves around how

I can best utilize my skills to serve and advance the sport. This appointment as Treasurer of Gauteng’s interim structure, which to answer your question is indeed my first administrative role in Boxing, is therefore a very important one because it places me in a position to utilize my most relevant skills to advance the sport of Boxing.

With my background in Investment Banking, my two relevant degrees (finance and law) and my experience as a management consultant, I am very well positioned to add value to the sport and I look forward to doing so.

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Mr. Terry Mhungu asserts that: “Contrary to popular opinion it’s the engineers changing the world..”

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Mr. Terry Mhungu posted the above in a WhatsApp group with the title Business Innovation Club that was created by Dr. Raymond Chamba, asserts that: “Contrary to popular opinion it’s the engineers changing the world..” to assert a point of light (POL) that the address of the true genius and the driver of change is the human mind driven by self-interest.

Mr. Frederick Koomson, Director of Public Engagements of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF) said: “I applaud people like Terry for generously sharing insights, albeit it, in closed WhatsApp groups and thanks to a member of BOAF, this powerful message can be shared widely on the www.

It is instructive that a mind is like a bank yet cashing out without depositing can be very tricky hence those who choose to cash out hold a better promise because by downloading content that would otherwise be sterile, minds and worldviews can be be provoked, ignited and inspired to think and act out of boxes.”

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BOAF salutes Ms. Nicole Roos, Nestle’s CEO for East and Southern Africa Region

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