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The Grinders Table
The Grinders Table
Uwem Uwemakpan

The Grinders Table Podcast is your opportunity to sit at the table with entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders who are shaking things up... more

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Navigating Success with Oyin Solebo

We had Oyin Selebo, MD of Techstars Lagos on the Grinders Table in the episode. Oyin shares insights on succeeding... more

06 May 2024 · 37 minutes
Repost: Clive Butkow's guide to navigating success in Business

This episode is a repost from Season 1 of our podcast. Clive Butkow shared his extensive journey from his early... more

01 May 2024 · 18 minutes
Investing in Africa's Future: Kola Aina's Path to Ventures Platform

In today's episode, I had the pleasure of speaking with Kola Aina, a Nigerian entrepreneur turned Venture Capitalist, who shared... more

15 Apr 2024 · 34 minutes
Building an effective company culture with Jem HR's Caroline van der Merwe

Join Caroline van der Merwe, co-founder of Jem HR, in a candid conversation with Uwem on the Grinders Table Podcast.... more

08 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
The African startup landscape, a conversation with Oo Nwoye (Part 2)

In the second part of my conversation with Oo Nwoye on The Grinders Table, we shift our focus to venture... more

25 Mar 2024 · 35 minutes
The African startup landscape, a conversation with Oo Nwoye (Part 1)

This week, I had the honour of hosting Oo Nwoye at The Grinders Table. Oo stands out as a key... more

18 Mar 2024 · 37 minutes
Building an Integrated Life with Kanini Mutooni

Today, we're celebrating International Women's Day by revisiting one of our favourite episodes. Joining me is the remarkable Kanini Matooni,... more

11 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
Scaling E-Commerce in Africa: Insights from Jumia's Ex CEO - Massimiliano Spalazzi

In this episode of the Grinders Table podcast, we're excited to feature Massimiliano Spalazzi, the former CEO of Jumia Nigeria... more

04 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Redefining Tourism Through Technology with David Gonahasa

Join us on an inspiring journey as David Gonahasa, Founder of Tripessa, takes us from his early beginnings on the... more

20 Feb 2024 · 33 minutes
Breaking Barriers and Building Networks: A Conversation with June Angelides MBE

In this episode of the Grinders Table podcast, I sit down with June Angelides MBE, a trailblazer and advocate for... more

12 Feb 2024 · 36 minutes
The Intersection of Tech, Policy and Entrepreneurship with Oswald Osaretin Guobadia

I am delighted to have Oswald Osaritin Guobadia as our guest on the Grinders Table Podcast today. He is a... more

06 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
Mastering the art of building a business with Anil Atma (CEO, Kreem Inc)

For this episode, I had a wholesome conversation with Anil Atma, a savvy entrepreneur and advisor to various venture funds,... more

29 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Turning lemons to lemonade with Seyi Abolaji (Founder, Wilson's Juice Co)

Join us on a captivating journey with Seyi Abolaji, who went from pursuing his football aspirations to becoming a leader... more

22 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
A Journey of Resilience: Joe Kinvi's Path to Pan-African Impact

On the first episode of this season, we dive into Joe Kinvi's inspiring story, a visionary whose roots in Togo... more

15 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
Unconventional Routes with Ikpeme Neto (Founder, Wella Health)

Join us in this insightful episode as we explore the journey of Ikpeme Neto, the founder and CEO of Wella... more

25 Jul 2023 · 36 minutes
Increasing the Odds with Cindy Ai and Mark Kleyner of DreamVC

In this enlightening episode, we have an in-depth discussion with Mark Kleyner and Cindy Ai, co-founders of Dream VC, as... more

17 Jul 2023 · 37 minutes
The Balance of Passion and Practicality with Eugene Nwoke (Country Manager, Roche)

In this insightful episode, we delve into the intriguing world of healthcare and the rich career of Eugene Nwoke across... more

11 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
Leading with influence: Babajide Duroshola (M-Kopa)

In this episode, we dive deep into the life and experiences of Babajide Duroshola, a seasoned operator who helps African... more

04 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
Bonus: Building in a Crisis

On this week's episode of The Grinders Table, I share insights from my conversations with guests on the podcast to... more

28 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Digitising the Hospitality Industry with Havar Bauck, CEO of HotelOnline

We dive into the fascinating world of hospitality with Havar Bauck, founder and co-CEO of Hotel Online, as he shares... more

07 Jun 2023 · 36 minutes
Launching in a pandemic with Mayowa Alli (Co-founder, Traction Apps)

In this inspiring episode, Mayowa Ali, co-founder of Traction Apps, shares his journey from studying engineering to launching a digital... more

23 May 2023 · 34 minutes
Creating Change with Angie Madara (Founding Partner, Athena FundX)

In this inspiring episode, we dive into the entrepreneurial journey of Angie Madara, a passionate advocate for women in tech... more

14 May 2023 · 33 minutes
Bonus Episode: Navigating Uncertainty with Yusufa Sey

I thought to share a conversation I recorded in 2016 with Yusufa Sey, founder of Northern Industries. In this BONUS... more

04 May 2023 · 28 minutes
Navigating Growth, Risk, and Empathy in Financial Services: Insights from Branch's Dayo Ademola

In this insightful episode, we speak with Dayo Odutale-Ademola, Managing Director for Nigeria at Branch International Financial Services, about her... more

18 Apr 2023 · 30 minutes
From Passion to Profession: Diji Aderogba's Inspiring Journey

In this episode I sat down with fast-rising Filmmaker and Creative Director, Diji Aderogba, where he shared his creative journey,... more

04 Apr 2023 · 34 minutes
Navigating Academia to Entrepreneurship with Hafsah Jumare, CEO of CoAmana

I had the pleasure of talking with Hafsa Jomari, CEO of CoAmana, an Agtech startup operating in Nigeria and Kenya.... more

28 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
Connecting the dots with Desigan Chinniah aka Dees

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

16 Mar 2023 · 35 minutes
Unlocking potential with Ashley Immanuel (Co-founder, Semicolon)

This week we had a chat with the amazing Ashley Immanuel, the Co-founder and COO of Semicolon. Semicolon's goal is... more

06 Mar 2023 · 36 minutes
The road less travelled with Oyinkansola Fawehinmi (Foza)

This week I had a chat with Oyinkansola Fawehinmi, a 'fast rising' entertainment business leader and lawyer from Nigeria, also... more

20 Feb 2023 · 37 minutes
Taking ownership with Caleb Maru, GP at Proximity Ventures

I am excited to start 2023 buzzing with Caleb Maru, Managing Partner at Proximity ventures, on the Grinders Table. Caleb... more

26 Jan 2023 · 28 minutes
Nurturing Tech Talent with Snehar Shah, CEO of Moringa School

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

20 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Navigating Career with Mouna Akefli

This week we had Mouna Akefli, Marketing Manager CU West Africa & Morocco at Ericsson. Muna discusses her journey of... more

29 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Championing Inclusivity with Solape Akinpelu, CEO of Hervest

Last weekend we spent time on the Grinders Table with Solape Akinpelu, CEO of Hervest. Hervest is pioneering inclusive finance... more

22 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
Scaling impact with Will Senyo, CEO, Impact Hub Accra

This week's featured conversation is with a 'true son of the soil' and Co-founder of Impact Hub Accra - Will... more

01 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
Transformation using digital skills with Martin Ndlovu

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

24 Oct 2022 · 32 minutes
Tackling emergency healthcare challenges with Folake Owodunni, Founder of Emergency Response Africa

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

15 Oct 2022 · 34 minutes
Building in uncertainty with Damilare Ogunleye

I had the pleasure of speaking with Damilare Ogunleye, the co-founder at FoodLama. FoodLama is a personalized genie that helps... more

13 Sep 2022 · 36 minutes
Enduring tough times with Thrive Agric's Uka Eje

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

30 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
Taking Risks with Yvonne Bajela (Local Globe)

Yvonne Bajela spent time with us on the Grinders Table sharing her experience building a career, following her intuition, taking... more

16 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Building Teams with Sam Sturm (Founders Factory Africa)

This week's episode features a conversation with Sam Sturm, Chief Venture Architect at Founders Factory Africa (FFA). FFA is the... more

09 Aug 2022 · 41 minutes
Zouheir Lakhdissi, The Accidental Entrepreneur

This week I had the opportunity of having a chat with Zouheir Lakhdissi, a Moroccan entrepreneur and founder with more... more

01 Aug 2022 · 34 minutes
Conversations with Kristin Wilson

It's officially season 2 of The Grinders Table and to kick off this 'summer' episode is Kristin Wilson. Kristin designs... more

25 Jul 2022 · 33 minutes
Conversations with Joseph Agunbiade

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

14 Jun 2022 · 34 minutes
Conversations with Prasanth Kumar

On the Grinders Table was Prasanth Kumar.  Prasanth has held leadership roles in India, Dubai, Morocco to Ghana with a... more

25 May 2022 · 32 minutes
Conversations with Kanini Mutooni

Today we had Kanini Mutooni on the Grinders Table and I was awed. Kanini has held leadership and board level... more

17 May 2022 · 23 minutes
Conversations with Olawale Adegoke

Today I had the pleasure of chatting with Olawale Adegoke, a serial entrepreneur, who runs two interesting businesses - an... more

10 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Conversations with Bola Lawal

This week we had Bola Lawal on the Grinders Table. Bola Lawal, an impact Entrepreneur focused on emerging markets, founded... more

26 Apr 2022 · 29 minutes
Finding Clarity with Tomilola Majekodunmi (Bankly)

This week I had the pleasure of having Tomilola Majekodunmi, CEO of Bankly, on the Grinders Table. Bankly, a Nigerian... more

19 Apr 2022 · 29 minutes
Conversation with Temitope Ekundayo

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

05 Apr 2022 · 47 minutes
Conversation with Tomi Solanke

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Tomi Solanke, Founder of Trove. Trove is one of the pioneer... more

29 Mar 2022 · 36 minutes
Conversation with Max Cuvellier

This week I'm sharing my conversation with Max Cuvellier, Head of Mobile for Development at GSMA and one of the... more

08 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Conversations with Eman Wahby

This week I had the opportunity of speaking with Eman Wahby, GP of Egypt-based fund Grow in Africa Fund and... more

01 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Conversations with Clive Butkow

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

20 Feb 2022 · 19 minutes
Conversation with Pamela Wagner

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with Pamela Wagner, founder of Ajala Digital, a certified Google Partner that... more

13 Feb 2022 · 19 minutes
Conversations with Blessing Abeng

This week we had a sit-down with Blessing Abeng, Brand and Comms expert who has worked with major brands across... more

08 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Conversations with Maxime Bayen

This week's conversation is with Maxime Bayen, a Senior Venture Builder for Catalyst Fund at BFA Global, aka The Data... more

30 Jan 2022 · 16 minutes
Making Impact: work-life, health and Balance with Anta Diallo (BPIFrance)

Today's conversation is with Anta Diallo, VC Scout, Start-up Advisor and Ecosystem Connector who helps African innovation players connect their... more

23 Jan 2022 · 20 minutes
Conversations with Oliver Blantern

Grab a seat and join the conversation as I chat with Oliver Blantern, Founder & CEO, Impact Rooms. Impact Rooms... more

17 Jan 2022 · 20 minutes
Coming soon: The Grinders Table Season 1

Tune in to The Grinders Table with Uwem every week to hear from Entrepreneurs, Innovators and C-suite leaders on how... more

06 Jan 2022 · 1 minute
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Making Impact: work-life, health and Balance with Anta Diallo (BPIFrance)
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Today's conversation is with Anta Diallo, VC Scout, Start-up Advisor and Ecosystem Connector who helps African innovation players connect their ecosystems with... more