I’ve worked with African companies for over a decade and a half now. I’ve raised money for them, invested in them, and provided advisory to their management. I’ve worked in sectors as diverse as transportation, agriculture and financial services to manufacturing, construction and energy. You name it. I’m an advocate for Africa. I’m one of its cheerleaders. And most importantly, I’m a friend. But I’ve also learned some painfully exacting lessons along the way as well. Lessons that, when combined, provided me with an education that you simply could not get elsewhere. Unfortunately though, most of the curriculum was taught at the African chapter of the School of Hard Kn...

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