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Billionaire of tomorrow!

Publishing Date : 04 July, 2017

Author : DAVE BAAITSE

Celebrated local young entrepreneur who made history last month by making it to Forbes Africa magazine as one of Africa’s promising young entrepreneurs in March this year Knight Ganje was this past week listed on 30 under 30 list. At only 29 years of age, Ganje has managed to turn what once was just an idea into a successful, lively, profitable business.


A statement from H&G describes Ganje as a self-driven individual with zeal to reach greater heights. Born and raised in Harare and moved to Botswana at the tender age of 17, this young man sought opportunity to make something of himself. Having always had a passion for advertising, he was hungry for the opportunity to set up a communications and media agency. In 2009, H&G Advertising was born, with Shoprite as its first client.


According to the author of the list, Ancillar Mangena, “the list celebrates young Africans who are working hard to turn the continent’s fortune”, refers to all the listed entrepreneurs as “the billionaires of tomorrow”. This year’s list was published in the June Edition of Forbes Africa Magazine, and 53% of the listed entrepreneurs are Southern African. RiseAfricaRise.com has described this list as one of the most prestigious an entrepreneur could be listed on. When asked what criteria determined selection of the 30, Mangena mentioned business size, location, potential, struggles and determination as some of the factors considered by the specialized panel of judges.


Ganje owes this honoring to his brain child: H&G Advertising, a pan-African communications agency based in Gaborone, Botswana. He was born and raised in Harare and moved to Botswana at the tender age of 17, seeking an opportunity to make something of himself. Having always had a passion for advertising, Ganje was hungry for the opportunity to set up an agency. In 2009, H&G Advertising was born, with Shoprite as its first client.


Today, H&G Advertising services its clients in over 13 markets across the continent, offering services in media strategy and placement, brand activations, creative and digital marketing. Ganje has gone from living in a tuck-shop when he first moved to Botswana, to being the founder and Managing Director of one of the most fascinating advertising success stories.


“It was key that we were open to doing things differently” he says. Rather than seeking an affiliation with global agencies like most local agencies have done, Ganje refused to give up the agency’s autonomy, growing it into an independent pan-African agency.  “We have put understanding the context of various African markets at the core of our operations, which has enabled us to service multinational brands in a way that suits their regional approach to business”, said Ganje. He says he is humbled by the recognition of Forbes Africa, seeing it as an opportunity to further the reach of the H&G brand across the continent.


After 3 years of successfully operating in Botswana, Ganje decided it was time to venture into the rest of Africa, directly handling media placements in Zimbabwe and Namibia. Today, H&G Advertising services its clients in over 13 markets across the continent, offering services in media strategy and placement, activations, creative and digital marketing. Ganje has gone from living in a tuck- shop when he first moved to Botswana, to becoming a success story made right here in Gaborone.

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