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The Grinders Table

34 EpisodesProduced by Uwem UwemakpanWebsite

The Grinders Table Podcast is your opportunity to sit at the table with entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who are shaking things up in their industry. Each week Uwem will interview these amazing thought-leaders to uncover how they've done it and learn something new in the process. Join me on the… read more

34 Episodes | 2022 - 2023

From Acadamia to Entrepreneurship with Hafsah Jumare, CEO of CoAmana

March 28th, 2023


I had the pleasure of talking with Hafsa Jomari, CEO of CoAmana, an Agtech startup operating in Nigeria and Kenya. We discussed her inspiring journey …

Connecting the dots with Desigan Chinniah aka Dees

March 16th, 2023


We spent time with Desigan Chinniah aka Dees or Cyberdees, a successful technology entrepreneur and investor in under-represented minority founders. …

Unlocking potential with Ashley Immanuel (Co-founder, Semicolon)

March 6th, 2023


This week we had a chat with the amazing Ashley Immanuel, the Co-founder and COO of Semicolon. Semicolon's goal is to turn Africa's vibrant youth …

The road less travelled with Oyinkansola Fawehinmi (Foza)

February 20th, 2023


This week I had a chat with Oyinkansola Fawehinmi, a 'fast rising' entertainment business leader and lawyer from Nigeria, also known as FozaDoza. She …

Taking ownership with Caleb Maru, GP at Proximity Ventures

January 26th, 2023


I am excited to start 2023 buzzing with Caleb Maru, Managing Partner at Proximity ventures, on the Grinders Table. Caleb also writes an amazing newsletter that tracks the African tech ecosystem called Tech Safari. Caleb …

Nurturing Tech Talent with Snehar Shah, CEO of Moringa School

December 20th, 2022


This week we had the pleasure of chatting with Snehar Shah, the CEO of Moringa school. Snehar is passionate about spearheading the development of …

Navigating Career with Mouna Akefli

November 29th, 2022


This week we had Mouna Akefli, Marketing Manager CU West Africa & Morocco at Ericsson. Muna discusses her journey of finding purpose in life and her deep-rooted love for Africa. She talks about purpose-led marketing …

Championing Inclusivity with Solape Akinpelu, CEO of Hervest

November 22nd, 2022


Last weekend we spent time on the Grinders Table with Solape Akinpelu, CEO of Hervest. Hervest is pioneering inclusive finance for the African woman! …

Scaling impact with Will Senyo, CEO, Impact Hub Accra

November 1st, 2022


This week's featured conversation is with a 'true son of the soil' and Co-founder of Impact Hub Accra - Will Senyo. Will shares tips for founders, his thoughts on the over-fixation on Fintech,  revitalising dying …

Transformation using digital skills with Martin Ndlovu

October 24th, 2022


Martin is a technologist and PanAfricanist who believes in technology's ability to put Africa on the map as the most significant workforce in the …

Tackling emergency healthcare challenges with Folake Owodunni, Founder of Emergency Response Africa

October 15th, 2022


Folake Owodunni is the Co-founder and CEO of Emergency Response Africa (ERA), a health-tech company dedicated to saving lives one emergency at a …

Building in uncertainty with Damilare Ogunleye

September 13th, 2022


I had the pleasure of speaking with Damilare Ogunleye, the co-founder at FoodLama. FoodLama is a personalized genie that helps you find the best food for you, based on your preferences and your lifestyle choices. …

Enduring tough times with Thrive Agric's Uka Eje

August 30th, 2022


This week I caught up with the founder of Nigeria Agritech, ThriveAgric, while playing football. ThriveAgric provides access to finance, …

Taking Risks with Yvonne Bajela (Local Globe)

August 16th, 2022


Yvonne Bajela spent time with us on the Grinders Table sharing her experience building a career, following her intuition, taking risks and pivoting …

Building Teams with Sam Sturm (Founders Factory Africa)

August 9th, 2022


This week's episode features a conversation with Sam Sturm, Chief Venture Architect at Founders Factory Africa (FFA). FFA is the go-to innovation partner for startups, investors, governments, and corporates — throughout …

Zouheir Lakhdissi, The Accidental Entrepreneur

August 1st, 2022


This week I had the opportunity of having a chat with Zouheir Lakhdissi, a Moroccan entrepreneur and founder with more than 22 years of experience in the digital industry and more than 15 years in C-Level positions. …

Conversations with Kristin Wilson

July 25th, 2022


It's officially season 2 of The Grinders Table and to kick off this 'summer' episode is Kristin Wilson. Kristin designs solutions at the confluence …

Conversations with Joseph Agunbiade

June 14th, 2022


I spoke with Joseph Agunbiade, Co-founder of BudgIT and founder of Univelcity. Joseph explains his love for physics and how it has influenced his …

Conversations with Prasanth Kumar

May 25th, 2022


On the Grinders Table was Prasanth Kumar.  Prasanth has held leadership roles in India, Dubai, Morocco to Ghana with a career spanning over 20 years. …

Conversations with Kanini Mutooni

May 17th, 2022


Today we had Kanini Mutooni on the Grinders Table and I was awed. Kanini has held leadership and board level positions in East Africa, Europe and the US. She shares with us her 'behind the scene' story as well as …

Conversations with Olawale Adegoke

May 10th, 2022


Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Olawale Adegoke, a serial entrepreneur, who runs two interesting businesses - an outdoor advertising agency and a fantasy sports platform. Olawale shares his journey from …

Conversations with Bola Lawal

April 26th, 2022


This week we had Bola Lawal on the Grinders Table. Bola Lawal, an impact Entrepreneur focused on emerging markets, founded ScholarX (LearnAm), an …

Finding Clarity with Tomilola Majekodunmi (Bankly)

April 19th, 2022


This week I had the pleasure of having Tomilola Majekodunmi, CEO of Bankly, on the Grinders Table. Bankly, a Nigerian fintech startup digitizing cash …

Conversation with Temitope Ekundayo

April 5th, 2022


This is the longest and most interesting episode yet!!! This week I spent some time chatting with Temitope Ekundayo, co-CEO of Printivo and …

Conversation with Tomi Solanke

March 29th, 2022


This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Tomi Solanke, Founder of Trove. Trove is one of the pioneer apps in Africa that gives access to …

Conversation with Max Cuvellier

March 8th, 2022


This week I'm sharing my conversation with Max Cuvellier, Head of Mobile for Development at GSMA and one of the publishers of one of my favourite newsletters - The Big Deal. Max shares how he grew career-wise, the …

Conversations with Eman Wahby

March 1st, 2022


This week I had the opportunity of speaking with Eman Wahby, GP of Egypt-based fund Grow in Africa Fund and worked for 13 years in international development with the World Bank. She has experience in working with …

Conversations with Clive Butkow

February 20th, 2022


This week, we have Clive Butkow on the Grinders Table. Clive is the CEO of Kalon Venture Partners, a disruptive digital technology Venture Capital …

Conversation with Pamela Wagner

February 13th, 2022


This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Pamela Wagner, founder of Ajala Digital, a certified Google Partner that specializes in mobile, search, video, and display ads. She has helped over 2000+ advertisers from …

Conversations with Blessing Abeng

February 8th, 2022


This week we had a sit-down with Blessing Abeng, Brand and Comms expert who has worked with major brands across industries like Seedstars, Facebook, …

Conversations with Maxime Bayen

January 30th, 2022


This week's conversation is with Maxime Bayen, a Senior Venture Builder for Catalyst Fund at BFA Global, aka The Data King (my nickname for him). He leads the venture building support to Catalyst Fund early-stage …

Making Impact: work-life, health and Balance with Anta Diallo (BPIFrance)

January 23rd, 2022


Today's conversation is with Anta Diallo, VC Scout, Start-up Advisor and Ecosystem Connector who helps African innovation players connect their ecosystems with the European and international tech hubs. She shares her …

Conversations with Oliver Blantern

January 17th, 2022


Grab a seat and join the conversation as I chat with Oliver Blantern, Founder & CEO, Impact Rooms. Impact Rooms offers well-rounded solutions for …

Coming soon: The Grinders Table Season 1

January 6th, 2022


Tune in to The Grinders Table with Uwem every week to hear from Entrepreneurs, Innovators and C-suite leaders on how they've succeeded in their business or career, failed, pivoted and why they are on the brink of …

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