African entrepreneurs need to be “extra innovative”
Vickie Remoe is a young, ambitious media entrepreneur who views Africa’s national borders as a spur to corporate success rather than an obstacle. DW meets a determined diplomat’s daughter from Sierra Leone.
Vickie Remoe is a great believer in mobile offices. “I never buy office space. We camp out in hotel lobbies,” she said. “They have constant electricity and they have internet.” Renting office space, Remeo explained, is an added cost you need to avoid as an young entrepreneur.
Born in Sierra Leone, Remoe left the country when her mother, a diplomat, was posted to the Sierra Leonian embassy in Ethiopia in 1994. At that time a civil war was raging in Sierra Leone, it would later end in 2002.
After completing her university education in the United States, Remoe decided to return to Africa. She settled in Ghana in 2012 and began creating the magazine Gowoman, one of the few publications in the region that promotes women’s issues, which first hit the newsstands this year.
Remoe also publishes a news and entertainment blog called Swit Salone which covers stories from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia and other West African countries.