Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse
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African Dream: Herman Chinery-Hesse

Ghanaian businessman Herman Kojo Chinery-Hesse, often called the Bill Gates of Ghana, is the first person to be profiled in the BBC series African Dream, looking at enterprise on the continent.

The company that he co-founded two decades ago, SOFTtribe Limited, may not have the global reach of Microsoft but it has become one of the best-known software houses in West Africa.

"I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I thought that was a way to develop Africa and to get wealthy," he told the BBC.

"I don't think I'm a genius. I think anybody can do it if their head is in the right place, and they're prepared to wait the years. The trick is that I went into business not expecting to get rich in two years."

  • 06 Sep 2011
  • From the section Africa