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Improving Financial Literacy in Africa With Arese Ugwu (Founder of Smart Money Africa)

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Quote: "Afropolitan means showcasing the brilliance of Africa on a global stage."

The Afropolitan Podcast highlights Afropolitans who embrace the unknown and walk with purpose. Through this podcast, we aim to empower Africans in the Diaspora to maximize their potential and contribute to the development of a vibrant and progressive black community.

In this episode, we sit down with Arese Ugwu, Founder of Smart Money Africa, an edutainment platform focused on providing financial literacy and education to African millennials. Arese is a graduate of Aston Business School and University College London, and she has worked with leading African financial services brands before transitioning to Smart Money Africa.

Arese is passionate about creating content and resources that break down financial barriers for African youths, especially women. Tune in as she shares her journey with Smart Money Africa, the challenges of self-publishing a book, and her insights on financial literacy for African millennials.

Arese's Reading List:

  1. The Smart Money Woman: An African girl's journey to financial freedom by Arese Ugwu -
  2. The Rich Are Different: A Priceless Treasury of Quotations and Anecdotes About the Affluent, the Posh, and the Just Plain Loaded by Jon Winokur -
  3. Sex and Vanity: A Novel by Kevin Kwan -

Show Notes:

1:30 Arese's upbringing and early background
2:59 The beginnings of Smart Money Africa
6:35 Challenges and process of self-publishing a book
12:24 The Smart Money Woman series being picked up by Netflix
16:26 Balancing multiple professional and personal roles
17:50 Arese's financial advice for young people
19:11 Plans for season two of The Smart Money Woman
19:57 Arese's first encounter with failure and the lessons she learned
20:45 Hypothetical title of a book about Arese's life
21:45 Books that have profoundly impacted Arese’s life
23:20 Arese’s perspective on what it means to be Afropolitan
24:00 The beauty of South Africa

Join us for this episode of the Afropolitan Podcast hosted by Eche Emole, co-founder of Afropolitan. You can listen and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Jamit, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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