With access to funding of over $5 billion, Alkebulan Group invests in sectors that generate high long-term returns in Africa forward
Zimbabwe Digital Express Correspondent
Emile Heskey, Former England Footballer, has teamed up with entrepreneur and businessman Davison Simango to launch Alkebulan Group.
Alkebulan Group is dedicated to the development of humanitarian projects and transforming Africa by sourcing and brokering investment opportunities in a portfolio that includes Energy, Healthcare, Mining, Infrastructure, Oil and Gas, ICT, Agriculture and Banking Solutions.
With access to funding of over $5 Billion, Alkebulan Group invests in sectors that generate high long-term returns in turn helping to move the economy of Africa forward.
To achieve superior risk-adjusted returns, the group blend professional industry experience and manufacture the best practice in operational management.
At the heart of the group’s ethos is the power to make lasting change.
As part of a dedicated interview for this press pack, Emile’s passion for leaving a legacy in Africa is a fundamental part of his involvement in the group: “It’s one of the first things we spoke about when setting up Alkebulan Group was giving back, what can we do to give back? Whether it be hospitals, whether it be education. Whatever it may be, where can we give back? That was one of the major things because that is something that aligns us both that we’re adamant about.”
Davison Simango said that there there was no better time to invest in Africa as it has huge potential, and he knows that the work Alkebulan Group will do will have a lasting impact:
“Looking at job opportunities, over 60% of the population in Africa is under 30 and a lot of them don’t have employment or have skills. I think the long-term impact that the group is going to bring is helping education and job opportunities. We can make it easy for them to do business, and in itself that is a contribution to the economy and growth of the country.”
Both Simango and Heskey also jointly believe in the power of gender equality and this issue is a major part of the philanthropic work they wish to invest time and money into: “Gender equality is a human right. Countries and societies that value woman and men as equals are safer and healthier.
A woman brings stability and structure to a business, it’s in their nature. If we put women in the business world then they will flourish and its very important that they’re given equal opportunity. At the same time, gender equality prevents violence against women, and we want to be at the heart of nurturing gender equality in all that we do.”
Alkebulan Group are already in talks with major investors to get the ball rolling and they have had a number of meetings with diplomatic figures in key parts of Africa. They are keen to build on this and will motor into phase two of funding when the pandemic restrictions lift later this year.
Davison Simango: Co-founder and CEO
Davidson is a Manchester-based Zimbabwean Entrepreneur. A present-day renaissance man who has proficiency in Business, Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy.
Turned his passion for aeroplanes into a lucrative private jets charter business DafloJets.com With his background in music, event management and promotion he had the capability to captivate an audience and add the perfect nuances to make an event flourish. Simango went on to work with an array of artists as a promoter.
One of which was former professional boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. Simango is driven to mitigate the suffering of those who are impoverished on a global scale by providing essential necessities and valuable resources.
Davidson has witnessed first-hand the conditions of underdeveloped countries through his childhood and is invested in transforming the lives of individuals and families in need.
He empathises with individuals who may endure hardship. In the larger scheme of things, he believes that his patience, tenacity, prayer & fasting, determination and having a vision has allowed him to persevere.
He desires to inspire and motivate people to reach their full potential in life.
His true passion is creating a lasting change in the lives of individuals who are underprivileged.
Football ambassador Emile Heskey
Upon retiring from professional football Emile Heskey has emerged as a global entrepreneur. He has been involved in many different areas of business and also continued his involvement in football as a regular media pundit and studio guest for various sports outlets across the world.
Emile’s business interests have also introduced him to the Genoil group where he sits as Senior Vice President for Business Development in the Caribbean Region.
Emile is working with Genoil to raise finance for much-needed reconstruction and to help the local economy to get back on its feet and will assist in sourcing project opportunities where Genoil and their partner companies can do energy related reconstruction work.
Emile is also a Club Ambassador for Liverpool and Leicester City.
Heskey was born in Leicester to a family of Antiguan descent.
He knows what it takes to win, and he brings to Alkebulan Group his worldly expertise and strong international contacts.
Emile had a sensational career as a professional footballer when he played as a striker.
He made more than 500 appearances in the Football League and Premier League over an 18-year career and represented England in international football. He also had a spell in Australia, playing for the A-League club Newcastle Jets.
Born in Leicester, Heskey started his career with Leicester City after progressing through their youth system, making his first-team debut in 1995.
After winning the League Cup in 1997 and 2000 he made an £11 million move to Liverpool in 2000, which, at the time, was the record transfer fee paid by the club.
At Liverpool, he won multiple honours, including the FA Cup in 2001. He moved to Birmingham City in 2004 and after their relegation from the Premier League signed for Wigan Athletic for a club record £5.5 million fee in 2006.
He signed for Aston Villa in 2009 and was released in 2012 before signing for A-League club Newcastle Jets. After two years, he returned to England, finishing his career with Championship club Bolton Wanderers.
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