Competence. Character. No cutting corners. This is Alfred Okugbeni’s vision for the haulage and logistics industry in West Africa. Believing that a worthy witness of God demands excellence, he has worked for more than 15 years to raise the standard – one truck, one customer, one technician at a time. And by now word has spread all the way to China, “Those guys at Sinotruck do things differently.”
In the previous episode of Why Work? Sibs Sibanda and Paul Kim discussed Dorothy Sayer’s first proposition that work is what we were created to do, not just something we have to do. In this episode they explore its implications for integrating work and rest, and taking pride in producing quality work.
Growing up in both Ghana and the UK has given Kwabena a unique outlook on life. Convinced that with great opportunity comes great responsibility, he is passionate about finding (and financing) entrepreneurial solutions that bring systemic change to African economies.
A successful career demands deep commitment – the kind of dedication that can easily take over your life. Especially when the husband is an award-winning architect, and the wife is a CA travelling all over the world. Yet James and Valentine Gitoho mastered the art of doing excellent work, without becoming slaves to it. Be encouraged by their remarkable story!
"It's not putting a marble in a glass of water, it's putting a drop of ink in a glass of water - it changes everything." Every single day, our work gives us opportunities to ‘add kingdom life’ to our colleagues and communities. This is fundamentally because business provides the wide-ranging products and services that people need, together with sustainable employment. A passionate couple whose convictions have been refined by real-life experience, Dr Dennis Tongoi and Irene Tongoi challenge conventional perceptions about the interaction between entrepreneurs and the church.
This short documentary tells the tale of two brothers, who chose to walk away from a multi-franchise family business founded in 1944 – to find their own blueprint for life. Years of carefully calculated choices have added up to redefine success in an industry known for shadiness and predatory practices. And as their staff and clients attest, they truly put people before profit, every day.
Few people remember the 2014 demise of African Bank as acutely as Sam Houlie. Overnight, he was no longer celebrated as an icon of success, but shunned as a marked man with no future. Yet there is much more to this story than personal resilience in the face of public failure. This is the powerful testimony of how God used the despair and ashes of one family – to bring hope and beauty to many.
Hope. Hard work. Not handouts. This is Nelson Ashitiva’s plan for a prosperous Africa. Rising from a one-man band in a notorious Nairobi slum, to an award-winning advocate and founder of a Top Ten law firm in Kenya – he knows what it takes. Passionate about creating opportunities for others to scale their businesses from kiosk to corporate, he illustrates an inspired way of loving your neighbour.
This short documentary film artfully blends two uplifting stories of entrepreneurial grit and passion. Three trailblazers – Sandy Barlow and Pete Howie, co-founders of Seattle Coffee Co., and contemporary artist Philip Barlow – recall their 20-year journeys of highs and lows in business, and God’s faithfulness along the way. An incredible testimony of finding beauty in the mundane, rooted in an enduring calling to create.
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