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African-American Entrepreneurs Drive Black Global Unity

Sharon Simonson | Silicon Valley One World   in 
November 16, 2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — When you set out to change the world — or just to start a new business — it helps to have “some audacity about you,” Fiifi Deku advises.

It’s true, agreed Jullin Egbuji and Uzo Amaka. “You have to have passion,” Egbuji explains, “because you are going to hear, ‘No,’ more times.”

“One thing I say to myself often: it’s another human being who told me no. Unless it is impossible, I think that I can do it,” Amaka counsels.

The trio, entrepreneurs with one foot in the United States and the other in Africa, dispense their hard-won wisdom at the first annual Innovate Africa Forum. The event at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View is a new addition to the six-year-old Silicon Valley African Film Festival, founded by the day’s master of ceremonies, Chike Nwoffiah.

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