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Africa Investment Horizons, like all films, happened because of the hard work, expertise, and generosity of so many people and organizations.  For most, this journey was personal.  It was about a deep belief that there needed to be a different story told on Africa.  This film could not have happened without them. 

Africa Investment Horizons was entirely funded by African sources, which proves Africa has indeed become a player in the global marketplace.  The companies and foundations underwriting production are not just funders, they are a part of the story of Africa as an investment destination. 

Ethiopian-born Noah Samara, CEO of Worldspace, founded his global digital satellite radio company because he couldn’t sit still while millions of people died from AIDS, a disease which could easily be prevented if only people had information on how to stop transmission. He started his company in 1990, launching the first satellite to specifically cover Africa.  Today, Worldspace is listed on NASDAQ.

The South African synthetic fuel giant, Sasol, is a truly global company with listings on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as well as the NYSE.Sasol’s CEO, Pat Davies, has been a strong advocate of rebranding Africa’s image in the world.

Throughout Africa, even in the smallest villages, you can always find a bottle of Coke. With Coca-Cola’s business model of local ownership, everywhere you find the familiar bottle, you’ll also find people earning a living.  Coca-Cola Africa is the continent’s largest employer, with more than 55,000 people directly employed and tens of thousands more indirectly employed through bottling, delivery, sales, and more.

The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), has financed well known films like Hotel Rwanda and funded companies operating in South Africa as well as throughout the continent.

Trust Africa and Open Society South Africa, came from foundations based in the US, but both are based on the continent and managed by Africans, thereby ensuring that Africa’s priorities are addressed.

Outreach Sponsors
Outreach for the film is supported by USAID, which through trade hubs in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, and Senegal, helps facilitate investment into Africa.  The African Development Bank (AfDB), also an outreach sponsor, is the premiere development bank for the continent and has been instrumental in improving the investment climate by strengthening financial systems, building competitive infrastructure and promoting trade.

Another key sponsor is IBM.  In 2007, their Global Innovation Outlook (GIO) focused on Africa, which culminated in a conference and dinner in New York attended by international business leaders.  On the menu was Nigerian cassava-crusted shrimp, Sudanese garam-scented lamb and Congolese banana fritters.  IBM understood if you want people to like Africa, you connect Africa to what they like.

Production Team
Mark Thalman of Ventana was the Director of Photography.  Additional footage from Nigeria was provided by Vivid Pictures and Nairobi Stock Exchange footage from Camerapix.  James Curry and Adam Hamer of Ventana shot the New York segments.  Jay Danner-MacDonald did the principal editing, with Toby Hayman adding final touches.  Nkeng Alemanji (Songs From Above), a talented Cameroonian composer living in the US, provided the song for the film finale.  Celsius+ President, Rodrigue Koeda Lawson, a creative DC-based graphic artist and web-designer originally from Togo, brought the website to life. And throughout the process, Project Coordinator Ashley Smith has kept it all together.

Special thanks…

Special thanks go to Callisto Madavo and Jeff Katz, both now retired from the World Bank, who started the ball rolling by funding Africa Open for Business.