Having travelled extensively across the African continent, I have seen first-hand what an exciting and vibrant marketplace it is.
We live on a continent where fast-paced business happens, people work hard and make decisions quickly, and get things done. This is contrary to how we are often perceived, even from South Africa.
There is common ground, though, and that is our collective African desire to get ahead and show the rest of the world that we have what it takes to lead.
For too long, Africa has been linked to backwardness, starving millions and refugees, and has been labelled the basket case of the world, whereas, in reality, it is thriving.