EP. 57: How Building the Amazon of Africa Put This Entrepreneur on Interpol's Most Wanted List

Imagine if you were at the height of your entrepreneurial career and overnight wrongfully accused of "large scale fraud" and get put on Interpol's most wanted list. Sounds like a nightmare, right?!





Growing up with humble beginnings in Poland, Marek Zmyslowski found early success as an entrepreneur in various industries, which later took him to Africa where he focused on online businesses and renewable energy. He built Jumia Travel - Africa's biggest hotel booking portal listed on the NYSE. Marek is also a multiple times Tedx Speaker. One of his talks called Africa, Stupid! debunking common myths and stereotypes of Africa has garnered more than 1.8MM views. His impressive success, unfortunately, made him some enemies and illegally put him on Interpol's most wanted list. He shares part of his Hollywood-movie-like story of how unlawfully being accused turned a terrifying experience into the biggest test of his character, mental strength and resilience to overcome an unimaginable adversity. Marek's story will hook you, but his humility and lessons in mental resilience will inspire anyone who has experienced any level of adversities in their life.

"I had absolutely no idea what would happen to me, nor any knowledge of what the procedures looked like in such a situation. Up to then, my greatest crime had been breaking the speed limit in urban areas. I became enveloped by the greatest fear, concerning if or when I would ever see my family and my beloved again, and whether I would be able to survive doing time in a Nigerian prison."



You don't want to miss this fascinating conversation with Marek Zmyslowski that might just have you on the edge of your seat!


To connect with Marek, buy his book, Chasing Black Unicorns, (where 100% of the proceeds goes to the Maya Foundation - to support underprivileged children in Africa) click here, chasingblackunicorns.com. You can also connect with Marek on Instagram, here.


And, if you're interested in the fascinating Tedx Talk debunking common myths and stereotypes about Africa, click here.



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