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Alibaba Founder, Jack Ma to Send 2,500 Africans to China on Exchange Program

Asia’s richest man and Chinese e-commerce guru, Jack Ma, on Thursday announced plans to send 2,500 young Africans to China for an exchange program, to acquire entrepreneurial skills.

Jack Ma, Asia’s Richest Man Visits Kenya , Jack Ma Visits Kenya

Ma made the announcement during a speech he gave at The University of Nairobi in Kenya, where he had made a stop before heading to Rwanda.

The 52-year-old is in Africa for the very first time in his life.

Ma’s visit was organized in collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), whose Secretary General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi accompanied the richest man in Asia.

Ma is UNCTADs special advisor for youth entrepreneurship and small businesses.

Before his public address, Ma paid a courtesy call to President Uhuru Kenyatta at the country’s State House, where they discussed ways of empowering the youth through entrepreneurship.


Ma is known worldwide for his business acumen, creating a multi-billion enterprise from very little, and is now personally worth more than $30 billion.

The Alibaba founder and executive chairman has an inspiring life story depicting his struggles through the years to become who he is now.

He has in past interviews recounted how he got rejected from Havard 10 times, as well as got snubbed by recruiters. He notably talked of how he and 23 others when to seek a job a KFC when it opened in his home town, but was the only one rejected.

While talking to hundreds at The University of Nairobi, Ma urged the youth to overcome such challenges if they are to make it in life.

He noted that dealing with rejection gave him a stronger resolve in his quest to become successful in life.

From almost nothing, Ma has created an e-commerce giant company, now delivering more than 65 million packages daily, and employing 56,000 people.


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