Welcome to Rare Birds TV and the third installment of the Rare Birds Emerging Market Video Podcast, episode #002. The Rare Birds Emerging Market Video podcast complements, the Rare Birds Emerging Market Audio podcast, which interviews early stage startup founders, ecosystem builders, innovators and investors from across emerging markets. In this episode, #002 our host Jo-Ann speaks with South African-based Yaliwe Soko.
Yaliwe is an Ecosystem Lead at cLabs, Chairwoman of United Africa Blockchain Association, Founder Essence Crypto Consultants as well as United Africa Women in Blockchain and Ethereum Foundation Devcon Alumni. Ms Soko is one of the very few African women to be fully involved in the Blockchain and cryptocurrencies and was awarded 2019 Devcon V Queen by attaining top learner status at the 2019 Devcon through the Ethereum Devcon Scholarship program. She took up interest in Blockchain technology since 2016 and has worked as a freelance Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Consultant for an online investment firm. With the help of her qualification as a training facilitator and assessor, she has been able to create a number of YouTube tutorials and has currently completed a Blockchain and Cryptocurrency learner guide for beginners. She is currently an ICO advisor for a number of projects. With a background in Finance and Administration, Ms Yaliwe Soko has served as a Financial Administrator and Operations Manager for reputable companies such as Oando Trading Limited a subsidiary of Oando PLC, Kuluvuyo Consultancy and Wellness as well as Blandford Africa and has sound knowledge of the oil and gas industry as well as corporate governance and corporate policies.
In this conversation Yaliwe + Jo-Ann discuss:
- Her Background
- Her Journey to Entrepreneurship
- Building Businesses’
- Learning From the Ground Up in Blockchai
- What’s Next in Her Journey