- Zimbabwean billionaire and businessman Strive Masiyiwa has joined the Netflix board in the United States
- The telecommunications mogul is the founder of Econet Group, which has investments all over Africa
- The Netflix co-executives are very excited to add diversity to their team and have Masiyiwa on the board
Zimbabwean telecommunications billionaire Strive Masiyiwa has been added to the Netflix, Inc board. Quartz Africa reported that the mogul would be joining the popular streaming site's board. Masiyiwa is the founder of Econet Group which has operations and investments in 29 countries in Africa and beyond.
Masiyiwa is very excited to be embarking on this new business venture and expressed his feelings about the deal in a statement:
"Netflix is at the forefront of bringing great entertainment from anywhere in the world to everyone in the world, and I look forward to working with the board,” said Masiyiwa.
Netflix has been venturing into Africa by adding a number of originally African shows to be watched on the streaming site. The company is adding diversity to its board by appointing Masiyiwa to the board.
Co-chief executive of Netflix, Ted Sarandos is thrilled to have Masiyiwa joining the Netflix team:
“I’m thrilled to have Strive join our board as we expand more across Africa and the world,” said Sarandos.
The move is a win for all of Africa as it sees a huge figure in African business joining a big corporate worldwide brand.
African social media users were excited to hear the news. Briefly.co.za compiled a few reactions:
@Panersh said: "Congratulations Mr Masiyiwa. This greatly reflects all the hard work and hopefully it will open doors for the Zimbabwean content creators."
@tcmanatsa commented: "Congratulations Strive. Now this is real inspiration for all hard workers."
@BlessingMasuk13 said: "Congratulations to this man. We appreciate your work especially with students. You are educating across the country. Together we are stronger."
In other inspirational news, Briefly.co.za reported that a young lady was filled with joy as her student debt got paid off. A local woman recently received the help that she didn't expect with paying off her student debt.
Taking to Facebook's ImStaying, Vivian West explained how a certain financial institution had offered to help her pay the debt even though she hadn't applied.
"I am staying because of ABSA. I'm still in disbelief since Friday I've been trying to digest the fact that all my fees have been paid for and I'm finally going to get my qualification."
"After owing A LOT of money for my tuition at the Vaal University of Technology and not getting a job, I had made peace with the fact that I'd never get my qualification because there was no way I could get the money unless I won the lottery."
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