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Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity in BoP Markets: Strategies for Business and Economic Transformation by Eric Kacou

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Epilogue: A Call to Action: Embrace Entrepreneurial Solutions for Prosperity

Enugu, Nigeria, April 2000. I had flown to Nigeria to help facilitate consultations on the country’s economic priorities. Little did I know that lunch with an old man would challenge me to become a fighter for Africa’s prosperity!

This man was the Iyase of Benin, Prime Minister of the Yoruba Kingdom in Nigeria. Our lunch started on an unusual footing. “You don’t look like the consultants they usually send. Where are you from young man?” A dozen questions followed in a quick burst.

After his due diligence, the Iyase opened up about his own story. At the call of his people, the Iyase had voluntarily quit his job as senior police officer. When I asked why, he replied: ...

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