Knight Ganje spent merely one year at high school and went on to make millions of dollars a year before he turned 30. At 18, with little but a dream of a media empire, he turned to odd jobs like painting window frames, to survive. The goal was clear, but the going hard. For a start, he was lucky to get help from a mentor in entrepreneurship. He started out by sleeping in a tuck shop-cum-office. With no money, support or a registered company, he managed to convince Shoprite to be his first client. The opportunity ushered in the birth of H&G advertising.
Today, H&G Advertising, the Botswana-based ad agency, counts Unilever, Emirates, Coca-Cola and Samsung among its clients. It operates in Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe; has 80 permanent employees and 600 temporary staff and turns over $38 million a year.
The now 30 year old Zimbabwean didn’t stop there.
Ganje is now a serial entrepreneur that counts H&G OutDoor, H&G Activations, Zonke Ignition and H&G Express among his businesses. He was named among Forbes Africa 30 under 30 entrepreneurs and forbes.com 30 most promising entrepreneurs.