Strive Masiyiwa, a Zimbabwean telecommunications billionaire has been added to the Netflix, Inc board. Quartz Africa reported that the mogul would be joining the popular streaming site’s board.
Masiyiwa is the founder of Econet Group which has operations and investments in 29 countries in Africa and beyond.
Masiyiwa has expressed his feelings about the deal in a statement: “Netflix is at the forefront of bringing great entertainment from anywhere in the world to everyone in the world, and I look forward to working with the board,” said Masiyiwa.
Netflix has been venturing into Africa by adding a number of originally African shows to be watched on the streaming site.
The company is adding diversity to its board by appointing Masiyiwa to the board. Co-chief executive of Netflix, Ted Sarandos is thrilled to have Masiyiwa joining the Netflix team:
“I’m thrilled to have Strive join our board as we expand more across Africa and the world,” said Sarandos.
The move is a win for all of Africa as it sees a huge figure in African business joining a big corporate worldwide brand.
African social media users were excited to hear the news.
Briefly compiled a few reactions:
@Panersh said: “Congratulations Mr Masiyiwa. This greatly reflects all the hard work and hopefully it will open doors for the Zimbabwean content creators.”
@tcmanatsa commented: “Congratulations Strive. Now this is real inspiration for all hard workers.”
@BlessingMasuk13 said: “Congratulations to this man. We appreciate your work especially with students. You are educating across the country. Together we are stronger.”
Congratulations to our Co-Founder Strive Masiyiwa on his appointment to the @netflix Board👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾
— HigherlifeFoundation (@HigherLifeFDN) December 16, 2020