11. How Balkissa Mahamane Founded a School in Rural Niger While Working Full-Time and Running a Consulting Business

In episode 11, I had a wonderful conversation with change-maker Balkissa Mahamane. When she’s not at her corporate job working as a Business Transformations Analyst, she consults businesses and entrepreneurs through Excellence Insights, LLC. She currently serves on the board of directors for Agaji, a nonprofit organization connecting active global citizens in the USA and Africa. Balkissa also serves as the Executive Director of La Grande Académie in Niger, West Africa. 

A successful entrepreneur herself, she is an alumnus of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program, where she was awarded for La Grande Académie School. She decided to start this school to create an environment that will enable children and parents to experience better, to aim for a higher purpose and to own and improve their living conditions.

During the episode, we had a great conversation about the lessons she’s learned managing and overseeing projects in her native Niger, how she balances her full-time gig, her business and her passion projects, as well as what excites her about Africa’s future. 

“What excites me about Africa is that Africans are about to take charge of their own value.”

Resources mentioned in the episode

The Grand Academy: https://www.tgainc.org

Balkissa’s LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/balkissa-mahamane-5a055143/

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