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What the Redwood Business is Like in Africa – Risky But Worth It

Long Wanchen outside his timber warehouse in Ogun State in Nigeria. Source: Weixin

Although the world is aware of the Chinese private sector’s growing influence in African markets, there is rarely any information on Chinese people’s experience being an entrepreneur on the continent. 

The Congo Online WeChat Account (微信公众号 刚果在线) – a WeChat channel for aspiring Chinese entrepreneurs seeking to move to Africa – recently published a fascinating article that illuminates the motivations behind and the process of Chinese people opening their business in Africa. 

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