Volume 1, Spring 2007 The Drum Page 1 CLUB NEWS AND One era ends and another ushered in: ANNOUNCEMENTS Welcoming the new WASA leadership team By It is hard to imagine that a year goes by so Club News Selorm Adadevoh soon. While it has been an enjoyable and - One era ends and WG ‘07 challenging year in leadership, it has been another ushered in Ghana very rewarding also. My term in office was - The new leadership team successful only because of the incredible is on board WASA President, support from everyone. - Words from WASA alum 2006 to 2007 - 1st year, 2nd semester Firstly, I had a great team and the strong - Clash of the titans: and dedicated leadership helped to ease Soccer showdown A year ago by this time I was sending out the passage. Secondly, I had a lot of - My two years at Wharton the first Drum edition under the Class of support from the WASA family, from - WASA member leads 2007 leadership. I had no idea what the year AAMBAA and from Caribiz, all of whom WICS had in store for us and what challenges the treated me and WASA as part of a bigger - WASA members off to road we were about to travel held. Today, I family. Finally, alumni support was winning ways take off my hat with the honor of undoubtedly significant. Throughout the - WASA Speaker Series is introducing the new WASA leadership and year alums have been there in many ways re-launched… in so doing will like to congratulate Bolaji and it is great to know that the family - Class of 2009: Make some Lawal for his appointment as the new extends beyond the walls of huntsman. I noise President of WASA. Welcome aboard oga!! will like to say a big THANK YOU, to all of - Business News in Africa you for your support throughout our year I will also like to welcome aboard Bolaji’s in office. executive team comprising of a strong and ------------------------------ enthusiastic group of talented individuals Looking forward, I have no doubt that the Editor: who by their contribution so far have left no new leadership team will take WASA to Selorm Adadevoh (WG ’07) doubt on my mind that this leadership team new heights. So far the team has has a lot to offer WASA. Welcome and represented well. This year at WICS, the Contributors: congratulations!! African act was a Congolese dance which Eric Kacou (WG ’04) Bolaji Lawal (WG ’08) totally rocked!! We also took a break to Victor Petenkemani (WG ’08) WABF 2006 was undoubtedly a great explore East Africa and spent an evening Buddy Buruku (WG ’08) success, thanks to Gilles Sablin and Alberta feasting in true Ethiopian style in West Vivian Nabeta (WG ’08) Tete-Lartey, the Chair and Vice Chair Philly devouring truck loads of injera. Gavin Oxman (WG ’07) respectively, who elevated the experience There’s certainly a lot more to come so I Kai Chaza (WG ’07) Rekia Maikarfi (WG ’07) by further stretching the legacy that was left strongly urge you, to continue to support Kedrick Brown (WG ’08) behind. The new WABF leadership, Victor the WASA family as we’re definitely Charles Njendu (WG ’08) Petenkemani and Buddy Buruku, Chair and bound for greatness. Chi Onyewuchi (WG ’08) Vice Chair respectively, despite the big Ama Karikari (WG ’08) shoes to fill have already taken serious Thank you for the honor to serve you and Hamet Aguemon (WG ’09) Dokun Adewole (WG ’09) strides and sent strong signals of the for your support and guidance throughout. footprints they intend to leave behind. Once again, congrats and all the best, to Date: April, 2007 Welcome and all the best to you and your Bolaji and his team!! Au revoir… team!! The Drum Page 2 The new leadership team: The core committee, in fine form... Reading from left to right… Back row: Victor Petenkemani (WABF Chair), Anthony Okoro (VP, Careers), Obinna Obilo (VP, External) Front row: Vivian Nabeta (VP, Internal), Bolaji Lawal (President), Moji Shoyinka (CFO) Message from Bolaji Lawal – Message from the new WABF Chairs, New WASA President (‘07 to ’08) Victor Petenkemani & Buddy Buruku I am honored to be elected as the President of WASA. Ever To perpetuate a tradition which dates back to 1993 when the first since I started the application process for Wharton, my edition of the Wharton Africa Business Forum (WABF) was experience with WASA has been very enriching; it is truly a organized, the Wharton Africa Student Association class of 2008 magnificent organization. First, I would like to give a big invites you to the Nov. 10, 2007 edition of WABF with the theme: THANKS! to Selorm “Papa Sel” Adadevoh, his executive “Africa Rising: The New Dawn of Trade and Investment”. team, and all the WASA second years for really showing us the ropes throughout our first year. I don’t know what we Africa is no exception to current development trends in Emerging would have done without you guys. Markets. From 1999 to 2005, 34% of African countries had annual GDP growth of 4.5% or above. Fueled by high commodities prices This year, we plan on continuing on the path that Selorm’s and the implementation of sound macro economic reforms, team has set, in continuing to raise awareness about Africa in Foreign Direct Investments to the continent have soared to Wharton’s community, and building a family bond within unprecedented levels: $30 billion net inflow in 2005. While S. the WASA community. For example, we have already Africa, Nigeria, Egypt and Morocco remain the main destinations started a dialogue with the administration and core of these investment flows, many other African countries are curriculum faculty about including more cases about Africa attracting new capital particularly from Asia. in the core classes (outside of just dire cases about River Blindness and HIV/AIDS). We have brought a speaker to This year, the Wharton Africa Business Forum takes a more speak about VC and Tech investments opportunities in vigorous approach at identifying viable and attractive areas for Africa to a packed room. We have launched a “Heart of investment and trade with Africa. Within the context of Africa” initiative to encourage members to write more discussion about business opportunities, the changing economic articles in the Wharton Journal about Africa. We have had and geo-political landscapes, and examples of success stories, we several social gatherings, and as you can see from the hope that our panelists and speakers will enlighten the audience adjacent article, Victor and Buddy have a fantastic on Africa’s future, and how we personally can affect it both conference planned for the fall. I am very excited about this positively and profitably. year and I hope to connect with as many alumni as I can over the course of the next 12 months. Please continue with your We hope you will enjoy this year’s conference, find it useful, and much appreciated support and I look forward to working take this opportunity to meet with the many participants, all of with you. whom share a common interest in Africa’s development and prosperity. Look out for more correspondences from us as we will soon be reaching out to you to get your feedback and input to make sure that we have a successful 15th edition of WABF. The Drum Page 3 Words of Wisdom from WASA alum: First year, second semester: “Africa is calling…” “Mixed emotions” By By Eric Kacou Vivian Nabeta WG ’04 WG ‘08 Cote d’ivoire Uganda Spring 2004: “working in Africa is a big sacrifice!” a After a well deserved two week Christmas break, which classmate of mine asserted shortly before graduation. My many of us enjoyed in our home countries, the second experience at OTF Group suggests the opposite. The OTF semester started! Now, the second semester for a Group is the competitiveness consulting firm that brings second year at Wharton typically means “the Wharton the deepest experience in building prosperity in experience just gets better – I have a job, a sign-on developing economies. bonus and a ticket for beach week” Embracing Africa’s struggle for prosperity has For a first year student at Wharton, however, the been the most rewarding choice in my life. Every second semester is a far different story - where Wharton MBA can choose to become a positive every third word in conversations is “DIP” and/or force for Africa to win this struggle. “recruiting” Rwanda is now selling its coffee to Starbucks. South For a first year student at Wharton, however, the Sudan’s leaders are embracing competitiveness to rebuild second semester is a far different story - where every their country. In Mali, the government is engaging the third word in conversations is “DIP” and/or “recruiting”. private sector on to grow its economy. Post-conflict Burundi is bracing itself to create prosperity for its The second semester is typified by high stress levels citizens. (depending on where on the recruiting chain one is), shot nerves and a generally compromised focus on As a Wharton MBA, I served as a catalyst in each case and things outside summer careers. But this is an a dozen more. Let’s face it: Africa’s battle with destiny is experience well worth undertaking, for how else do we the continent’s struggle for prosperity. Embracing get to second year and appreciate the Wharton Africa’s struggle for prosperity has been the most experience. rewarding choice in my life. Every Wharton MBA can choose to become a positive force for Africa to win this Hmmm, I’m not sure whether I should be excited struggle. The jury is in: for those of you still debating a about completing my first year or sad that I only return to the continent, each day you wait is a sacrifice! have one year left at Wharton. The Drum Page 4 Clash of the titans – The soccer tradition continues and the Class of 2007 still rocks… by Selorm Adadevoh (WG ’07, Ghana) As most of you would probably remember, the WASA first What was interesting and slightly funny also was the fact year and second soccer clash is a true test of manhood that the ’07 guys were wearing simple trainers whilst for the first years. each of the ’08 guys had full blown soccer boots with shin protectors and fake jerseys… Someone even had the With their year almost complete, their confidence in nerve to wear an Arsenal top after they had been sadly between their legs and their career goals all in the twist, kicked out of the European champion’s league by this is usually an opportunity for the first years to vent minnows, PSV Eindhoven. but this year the Class of 2008 took a different route. The second years, of course, with the end in sight and nothing to play for and an obviously unjustified confidence after last year’s abysmal performance against a weak Class of 2006, it was no doubt that the Class of 2007 sought revenge and contrary to expectations took this match very seriously. The build up to March 30th was intense. The emails were strong but the class of 2008 failed to respond. It was left to the current WASA CFO, Moji Shoyinka, to throw some dirt and make some noise but in doing so grossly exposed her lack of knowledge of the beautiful game. We forgive her though, because it’s all WASA love. In the spirit of brotherhood and family, we split the teams and enjoyed an hour of accelerated, African styled scintillating soccer clad with unnecessary showmanship. What was interesting and slightly funny also, was the fact that the ’07 guys were wearing In true WASA style, the loving, caring and dedicated simple trainers whilst each of the ’08 players WASA ladies were in full effect, supporting the “noble” had full blown soccer boots with shin protectors men who could barely go 10mins without a break. Bless their heart… There were a lot more ’07 ladies than ’08 and fake jerseys... ladies, so we conclude that ‘07 still rocks… Traditionally, the match has always been played at the To sum up, we had a wonderful day playing soccer and left bank field but this year the “newbies” refused to play through this developed an even stronger bond. It also on such a crap field and insisted on Franklin field, the became evident that, stamina and fitness had been professional UPENN sports stadium. After raising the bar introduced into Wharton’s admissions screening for ’08 so high, it was not surprising to find only two members or taken out for ’07. At the end of it all, we shared a lot of the ’07 team at the field at 12noon on the day of the of WASA love and left with an even stronger, happy match compared to eight for ’08. ’07 didn’t show!! family. Please keep the tradition going!! The Drum Page 5 My two years at Wharton: My two years at Wharton: “Giving back to WASA…” “It’s all about the family…” by Gavin Oxman (WG ’07, USA and Togo) by Kai Chaza (WG ’07, Zimbabwe) When Selorm asked me to write about what WASA You mean it's been two years! meant to me, my schedule was totally packed, and I instinctively moved my cursor to the ‘delete’ button in "I guarantee you, there'll be golf courses in Philly", April Outlook. Then I paused, and realized what a large part 2005, that was the first time I met Selorm, trying to WASA has played in my Wharton experience. Thus, I convince me to come to Wharton at the London admit write these paragraphs as a capstone to my experience drinks. At the same time, I’d just received an e-mail from – not only to get Selorm off my back, but also to give Ije Ikoku, then another one from Pam Codo, welcoming something back to the club that has given me so much me to Wharton. Then I bumped into Kuda on the over the past two years. admissions notice-boards and started e-mailing back and forth in Shona. Although I was living in London at the So, one of the greatest contributions that WASA has time, my excitement about going to LBS waned because given me has been the reinforcement of my interest in of all these interactions with Africans at Wharton. The Africa. Working on two WABF conferences, writing 3 rest is history. term papers and my Lauder thesis on Africa has significantly broadened my understanding of business and culture in African countries. Additionally, “Mwana ashinga cheme anofira mubereko”- attending those random Thursday afternoon the baby that doesn’t scream out loud won’t presentations on Africa-focused topics (e.g. Wangari get fed. Maathai, William Easterly) has been a huge highlight for me. I truly feel that because of WASA and the Africa-focused events on campus, I am more From sitting through Sunny and Ade’s i-banking knowledgeable and prepared to work in Africa again seminars, spending all night working with Jerry and someday. Femi preparing for i-banking interviews, getting Okezie’s philosophy on Wall Street, learning the hard I fear that WASA’s 2nd greatest contribution will sound way that “business plan” in the US is not like back home like a rehash of a bad consulting EIS; It’s the people! in Africa, I somehow survived first year. It was strange, As cheesy as that sounds, it is incredibly true. I have all of a sudden I was a second year trying to give case been thrilled to meet, work, and play with everyone in studies to WASA first years-what do I know? I just got WASA during my time here. I have found it here. fascinating to get to know Africans in the Diaspora and learn about their histories, opinions, and dreams. Best experience will always be being locked in a room When I first arrived at Wharton, I was fresh of the boat for hours with Gilles and Felix trying to come up with from Togo where I had lived and worked for two years imaginative ways of getting American companies to with the Peace Corps. Although I loved my experience donate money to an African conference focused on a there, the problems, poverty, corruption that I region where they generate 5% of their revenue. As they witnessed were quite depressing. I was amazed to say in Shona, “Mwana ashinga cheme anofira meet Africans at Wharton who were incredibly mubereko”- the baby that doesn’t scream out loud won’t talented, diverse, and optimistic about the future of the get fed. Keep on screaming WASA; we’re off to the big continent. You all have inspired me and reinvigorated ol’ “real world”….aagghhhhh!!! my desire to return there as soon as possible. Thanks for everything…and as they say in Togo, “du courage!” The Drum Page 6 WASA member, Rekia Maikarfi, leads WICS to great success!! by Rekia Maikarfi (WG ’07, Niger) I am absolutely honored to have worked on this year’s I felt proud because I have insisted that a specific production of one the most talked about event at country from the continent be represented, just as Wharton: the Wharton International Cultural Show countries around the world are represented. (WICS). WICS strives to promote the sense of cultural diversity, creative spirit and unmatched talents that have become known as a true part of the Wharton identity and brand name, through the performing arts. The club provides a forum through which Wharton students and partners can showcase their culture and international diversity. This year, more than 300 students and partners took the stage in a 3-hour extravaganza to pay tribute to the myriad of international cultures represented by the Wharton community, to promote cultural awareness and to celebrate diversity. …I would encourage more WASA members to get involved in leading Wharton wide The WASA troupe shaking to Makosa, a traditional dance initiatives as it is an outlet to bring from Congo, featuring Buddy Buruku, Vivian Nabeta, Anne Ogunrinde, Moji Shoyinka, Ifeoma Mba, Bolaji Lawal, awareness to the continent. Omar Stevens, Victor Abiola, Jonathan Ojany and Wole Faroun A team of seven talented students of the class of 2007 worked diligently, tirelessly and passionately to bring Seeing all the acts come together including WASA’s the show live. We dedicated most (and sometimes all) performance of a Congolese dance was a valuable of our extra curricular time to the realization of the moment and I would encourage more WASA members show. As the producer, my role consisted of to get involved in leading Wharton wide initiatives as it overseeing all aspects of mounting the theatrical is an outlet to bring awareness to the continent. production of the show, which included developing a business and financial strategy, promoting the creative Leading this year’s WICS production has been my most realization of the artistic directors’ visions, and rewarding Wharton experience to date. Indeed, in my overseeing the operation and marketing & advertising mind, the unprecedented talents of the performers this plans. year, their dedication, enthusiasm and preparedness and the untiring, industrious, devotion of the As a member of the Wharton Africa Student organizing team made possible a truly great show. It Association (WASA), I wanted to personally bring will be a constant reminder that in signing up to lead more awareness to my continent. That moment came WICS this year, I achieved only one great thing: I made when the stage manager at the Annenberg Center for many, many good friends with whom I will share Performing Arts remarked that there has never been an stories about their grandchildren and their golf illustrative act from Congo in WICS in the past; it had handicap, many, many years from now. always just said “Africa”. The Drum Page 7 WASA Members off to Winning Ways: Congratulations!!! Winning team of the 10th Annual Winning team of the 2007 National Graduate Business School Champions of the McKinsey Business Financial Eng. Competition Technology Challenge features not features WASA member: one, but two WASA members: Kedrick Brown (WG ’08, Liberia) Charles Njendu (WG ’08, Kenya) and Chi Onyewuchi (WG ’08, Nigeria) For the first time in 7 years, Wharton emerged victorious A team consisting of four Wharton MBA students, two of at the 10th Annual Graduate Business School Financial whom are Wharton African Student Association (WASA) Eng. Competition, held on April 13 at Lehman Brothers members have won the first McKinsey Business HQ in NY. It was organized jointly by the Tepper School Technology Challenge. The team, called Inflection Point, of Business at Carnegie Mellon University and the consisted of Tammy Hensel, Charles Njendu, Chijioke Lehman Brothers Quantitative Research Group. Onyewuchi and Komal Rathi. Inflection Point won the National McKinsey Business Technology Challenge held The competition attracted teams from 7 of the country’s in McKinsey’s New York office on Friday, April 20th, 2007 top graduate schools, including Chicago, NYU Stern, and was awarded the National Champions 2007 award. CMU Tepper, UC Berkeley, Columbia and Princeton. Wharton’s triumph brought to an end UC Berkeley’s run The Challenge started on Friday, April 13th, 2007. The of two successive victories in the competition. theme of the Challenge was to pick a company from the Fortune 100 and show how any mix of four technologies The Wharton team was Sandra Fontaine Moya, Kedrick can dramatically improve revenue and/or productivity Brown, Mohit Mittal, Paul Morris and Sid Khanna. over the next five years. The four technologies were Shailendra Sapra and Dominique Toublan also crowd sourcing and co-creation, ubiquitous broadband accompanied the team to provide support and and persistent connectivity, virtual worlds for encouragement. The team was coached by Professor commercial use, and smart network elements and Domenico Cuoco. sensors. Each team took the perspective of an investment bank, Five business schools were represented in the Challenge: and was presented with a client that needed to hedge an The Wharton School, MIT Sloan School of Management, upcoming equity issue in a specific set of future market University of Chicago GSB, Haas School of Business, and conditions. All teams financially engineered solutions to Kellogg School of Management. 116 teams competed the client's problem by applying aspects of product through three rounds to get to the McKinsey Business structuring, valuation, and hedging of market risks. Technology Challenge, National Champions 2007 award. Teams were judged on the quality of their analyses, the logic of the derivation of their answers, the On behalf of the entire WASA family, I would like to professionalism of their presentation to the panel of CONGRATULATE Inflection Point for their great Judges and their responsiveness to Judges’ questions and achievement and for representing for WASA in this feat. comments. The Drum Page 8 WASA Speaker Series is re-launched!! Featuring WASA Alum, Kunle Malomo (WG ’00, Nigeria) by Ama Karikari (WG ’08, Ghana) The Wharton School is the most imminent breeding There were over 45 Wharton students in attendance. ground for the world’s business leaders. As members of Malomo told listeners that democratization, political the Wharton African Students Association (WASA) we stability, deregulation, privatization, and reforms in the recently felt compelled to ask ourselves “What are we pension and banking sector are enabling substantial doing to ensure that these future business leaders business growth in Nigeria and other African countries. understand the rich economic opportunities that the continent of Africa provides?” The Wharton Africa Moreover, these businesses are in need of Business Forum and Africa GIP are certainly solid communication infrastructure and as a result mobile examples of WASA initiatives that are serving to change phone penetration in Africa increased 54% between 2000 mainstream Wharton perceptions of Africa. However, and 2005. Nigerian subscribers now account for 83% of WASA membership believed that there needed to be a all telephone subscribers on the African continent. Thus, more frequent initiative that would reach those people MTN’s 2001 investment of $285M for a Nigerian GSM who could not attend the annual events of WABF and or license that at the time seemed over-priced has proven Africa GIP. It was this idea in mind that the WASA to be a bargain and MTN’s private equity partners are executive board of 2008 decided to re-launch the WASA reaping rewards. But before the Wharton audience speaker series. Once a quarter, WASA will invite current members became too excited about striking gold in the professionals to speak to the Wharton community about African telecom sector, Kunle Malomo warned that issues as diverse as venture capital investing in Africa investors should take baby steps as exit opportunities in and marketing consumer goods in African markets. the African venture capital landscape are often few and far between. If you would like to speak on the Kunle Malomo’s talk was met with rave reviews by all panel please contact the Speaker those in attendance with several students demanding Series Chairperson, Ama Karikari Kunle Malomo’s contact information in the hours at email@example.com following the talk. The West African lunch menu of joloff rice, fried plantains, ginger chicken, and bread shrimp The first speaker event of this renewed initiative took place was also a hit among the students. The next speaker on the afternoon of April 17, 2007. Kunle Malomo, WG series event would take place in late September or early ’00, integrated his experiences as a Co-Chairperson of the October of this year. The topic will be African Health African Venture Capital Fellows Program and founding Care: Creating Win Wins for Both Pharma Companies and president and CEO of Mobile AppsTech, Inc. to discuss the Citizens. If you would like to speak on the panel please African private equity and venture capital technology contact the Speaker Series Chairperson, Ama Karikari at investing environment. firstname.lastname@example.org. The Drum Page 9 The Class of 2009: Make some noise!!! Why Wharton?: Why not Wharton?: “How WASA has impacted me” “WASA played a key role…” by by Hamet Aguemon Dokun Adewole WG ’09 WG ’09 Benin Nigeria Although I came for Welcome Weekend with my mind WASA has meant a lot to me throughout my decision completely set on Wharton, the four days I spent on process. Actually, WASA played a great role in making campus made me realise the outstanding community I Wharton the best school for me. I knew any of the top was about to become a part of. Wharton’s biggest asset schools would provide a great education but I was is its people and I was fascinated with the speed with looking for the unique school that would continue to which I could build a connection, exchange experiences provide benefits throughout a lifetime; I was looking and plan future trips. Having said that, I would like to for a strong network in Africa. share with prospective African students, my experience with WASA. In one word, it was “great” and once … I saw the type of engaged community again, I am very proud I’d be part of the WASA that I wanted to be part of at Wharton. community. First of all, the dedication of its members to welcoming Preview Wharton: With the Global Immersion new students, their availability and the whole Program (sponsored by WASA) that showed a unique organisation was just excellent. Secondly, there is one dedication to Africa among the top schools. Then, an aspect of the job that we don’t necessarily see when we admissions director visiting several African countries apply to Wharton, the devotion of WASA to get more to promote Wharton to the talent (future students) at students to the school and I know that when fall events co-hosted by WASA alumni. I saw the type of begins, I will become an active member of the engaged community that I wanted to be part of at association. Finally, I would like to thank the whole Wharton. WASA community for all their warm reception during WWW especially the dance show at Wharton live and Enter Wharton: I have been even more thrilled with my the brunch on Sunday with delicious African dishes, decision since accepting the offer. At Welcome special thank to Selorm, Bolaji and Adrian (President of Weekend, I asked a 1st year “Are WASA members AAMBAA). tight” … a couple members laughed then she replied: “Tighter than tight”. And the best is that these four days was just the beginning of the tremendous two years to come, and I am looking forward to it! To our fellow WASA Class of 2009 colleagues, we look forward to joining you soon to continue the legacy of the WASA family… WASA, here we come!! The Drum Page 10 Business News in Africa: Stay connected… WABF 2006: “New partnerships in Africa Kenyan investors trade stock for stocks: play key role in global economy” Nairobi - The 'herd mentality' of private investors has been On November 11, 2006, the 14th Annual Wharton Africa observed worldwide, but has taken on a new dimension in Business Forum (WABF) run by the Wharton African Students Kenya. According to Imara, the Botswana-registered financial Assoc. (WASA), hit new heights by becoming what many services group, the East African boom in local shares became believe to be the most successful conference in the 14th year so enticing that cattle-owners began selling their four- history of this event. This year's forum focused on the recent legged stock to buy the equity variety. trend of partnerships on the African continent and the impact Link: http://www.businessinafrica.net/news/east_africa/797742.htm these alliances are having on the global economy. The conference theme, "Africa: Building New Partnerships, Impacting the Global Economy," accurately emphasized this Expansion of trade creates jobs: key message. Ethiopia Link: http://media.www.whartonjournal.com/media/storage/paper201/ne Addis Ababa - The expansion of trade and industry across ws/2006/12/04/News/New- Ethiopia has been creating thousands of new job Partnerships.In.Africa.Play.Key.Role.In.Global.Economy- opportunities both in rural and urban areas, the Minster of 2520181.shtml Trade and Industry said. Link: Chad signs $80M deal with China: http://www.businessinafrica.net/news/east_africa/797607.ht China has signed a series of loan, debt relief and economic m cooperation agreements worth $80 million with Chad, less than six months after the oil-producing central African Kenya: Financial Firm Raises $300M for country restored diplomatic ties with Beijing, according to Bank Reuters. A financial services group which recently applied for an investment banking licence in Kenya, has raised $300 million, Microsoft and Nigeria sign 3-yr an equivalent of Sh20.4 billion in equity capital for Nigeria's Agreement: largest bank. The Federal Government of Nigeria has signed a three-year Link: agreement with Microsoft for information and http://allafrica.com/stories/200704230051.html communications technology to accelerate the country’s economic growth. The partnership agreement signed in Abuja will help in building the skills of the nation’s software --------------------------------------- industry to streamline the Federal Government's use of Editor’s Note Microsoft's software tools. The new agreement builds on one We hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter and are excited implemented in 2003. about receiving the next edition. In the spirit of continual Link: improvement, we strongly encourage you to send us any http://www.reconnectafrica.com/March-BusinessNews.jsp feedback you may have, as this will help us serve you better. Thank you for your time. Please email: Selorm Adadevoh at email@example.com with any feedback or ideas.