Leadership In Africa

Rodrick Nabe, CEO and founder of Road To Success Initiative, Tanzania

Rodrick Nabe, the Founder and CEO of Road To Success Initiative, an organization based in Tanzania talks to Afripreneur Conference about leadership in Africa and how the continent needs to restructure it’s educational system and teach finance at the family level to spark wealth and prosperity across the continent.

Rodrick is also a member of the advisory board of Africa Entrepreneur Conference headquarters in Accra, Ghana.

What was your journey like to get where you are?

The journey was not a straight line and not that easy but its worth it. I have not reached the climax but I have a lot that I have learned along the way.

I studied education, law and counseling at University between 2006 and 2013. I worked as a primary teacher since 2008 to 2016 when I resigned and decided to follow my dream of educating the public through public speaking and writing books.I am now the founder of Road to Success Initiative and the country director of TANZANIA INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC SPEAKING. I am published author of 9 books and an event organizer. I have mentored a lot of youth. I also do corporate trainings and family coaching. So, from being an ordinary teacher to become a public figure is quite a journey of sweat and blood.

How did you build your personal reputation?

I have built my reputation on two foundation stones; Giving value and Keeping my word.

Most people who know me resonate with me because I give a lot of value to people before I sell them something. This principle has connected me to very many influencers.

Keeping one’s word is not that easy most times but I have adapted that as a principle. That has also cemented my personal reputation.

Can you share a brief about Road To Success Initiative, what services does it render to its clientele?

Road to Success Initiative is an organization that educates women, youth and entrepreneurs on various topics especially personal development, career guidance, entrepreneurship and financial education.

Our main technique is using events to reach our goals. We organize over 10 live events and over 30 online classes per year.

Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe some one who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?

One of my mentors is a Tanzanian business man called ANTHONY LUVANDA. He is a public speaker, entrepreneur and event planner.

Anthony gave me the courage in 2016 to quit my job if I really wanted to live my dreams. He did not force me but his mentorship gave me the courage to make the hardest decision in my life. 8 months after meeting him, I quit my job. He has been my mentor since 2016.

What is one characteristic that you believe every leader should possess?

Every leader must have EMPATHY. Without empathy, a leader’s influence is not that powerful.


What is the biggest challenge facing leaders today, especially in an African continent?

The biggest challenge facing African leaders is believing in themselves. African leaders have failed to make sole decisions for their countries. They have accepted foreign influence in many policies that affect their citizens.

What are you doing to ensure you continue to grow and develop as a leader?

As a leader, I continue to read, watch positive content and connect with quality people.

I also teach what I learn because that is how I learn more.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the SPEAKERS CONFERENCE. This is an event that brings together public speakers once a year. I founded the event when I was still new to the industry of public speaking but it has now attracted speakers from other African countries.

How do you measure success for you as a leader?

I measure success as a leader by the number of great leaders that I have created.

Tell us about your books, what led to a decision to end up writing it?

I have been a writer since my childhood. The only challenge I had was to get a guide of how to monetize my writing. I used to write short stories that were liked by my teachers and classmates. I also won different writing competitions in schools.

I feel like writing is a talent that I have . I can write better content than speak it. Writing is in me.

I believe that books can reach out to anyone regardless of age, religion or colour and I have written 7 books so far with 5 in English and 2 in Swahili.

The title of the ones in English are; Things I didn’t learn at school, 7 doors to personal greatness, The Road to success workbook, The art of public speaking and Who stole my success.

For our readers across the globe that are interested in getting a copy, where can they find it?

My paperback copies are available at the moment in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Ghana.

But the Ebooks can be bought via the following websites:


What are the most significant constituents that make Tanzania business culture more unique from other African countries?

Tanzanian business culture is made unique by the language.

Swahili language has not only made Tanzania famous but it has attracted many people to come and do business in the country.

Speakers Conference, I believe the upcoming one will be the third one? What is its main objective?

This year’s Speakers conference is the 3rd Edition. Its main objective is creating value for public speakers.

Speakers get mentorship and connections during the event; both local and international.

Why is it important for entrepreneurs to attend Africa Entrepreneur Conference?

It is a platform that offers countless networking opportunities to African Entrepreneurs as networking is key to businesses in the 21st century. There is also the opportunity for them to find potential investors and forge partnership and collaboration with other African Entrepreneurs. And lastly, learn how to scale their businesses via the Africa Entrepreneur Conference.

What has been your greatest career disappointment? What did you learn from it?

My greatest is believing people’s opinions. I have learnt to accept advice but not opinions.

What are a few resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into becoming a better leader?

I would recommend all books of John C. Maxwell because I have learnt from him. But leaders should also study our fore fathers; the likes of Nelson Mandela, Kwame Nkrumah and the rest.

If you could meet any business leader from the present or past, who would it be? What would you ask if you had only one question?

I would choose Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and ask him how he was able to hold on to his dream for 27 years.

If you were to advise African leaders, what would be the key priorities you would recommend for dealing with poverty and unemployment?

I will recommend to them to restructure the education system in the continent and teach financial education on family level.

If I were to call three people who have worked with you, how would they describe you?

They will tell you he is very focused, empathetic
and creative personality.

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