Entrepreneurial journey and AFCON 2023 partnership

In the dynamic world of entrepreneurship, every journey is an exploration, and every partnership is a step towards shared success.As an entrepreneur passionate about creating impactful ventures, there are moments in our journeys that stand out as transformative. One such pivotal chapter in my entrepreneurial story took place seven years ago during a partnership visit to Côte d’Ivoire. The purpose? To contribute to the construction of stadiums for the upcoming African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in 2023. Today, I’m excited to share insights and experiences from that remarkable journey, one that goes beyond business to touch on the spirit of collaboration and nation-building.

A Meeting of Minds

As an entrepreneur, I have always believed in the power of collaboration. The prospect of contributing to the infrastructure of one of Africa’s most significant sporting events was not just an opportunity; it was a chance to be part of a legacy. Meeting with Mr. Amichia was a revelation – his passion for sports and commitment to fostering development through athletics resonated deeply with my own values.

Our discussions went beyond the blueprints and construction plans; they delved into the heart of what sports means to a nation. The vision was not just to build stadiums but to create spaces that would inspire future generations and serve as catalysts for social and economic growth.

The Genesis of the Partnership

The decision to engage in the AFCON 2023 stadium construction project was born out of a belief in the power of sports to unite nations and foster development. The partnership visit aimed to align our entrepreneurial vision with the goals of the Ivorian government, particularly with the former Sports Minister, Albert Amichia, whose dedication to enhancing sports infrastructure was evident.

Navigating Challenges and Embracing Opportunities

Embarking on such an ambitious venture came with its fair share of challenges. Funding, regulatory considerations, and cultural nuances were aspects that demanded careful navigation. However, challenges were viewed not as roadblocks but as opportunities for innovation and collaboration. It was through overcoming these hurdles that the true spirit of partnership and entrepreneurship shone through.

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Albert Amichia, the former Sports Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, played a crucial role in facilitating the partnership. His insights into the local sports landscape and commitment to creating a lasting legacy aligned seamlessly with our entrepreneurial values. Collaborative discussions centered not only on the immediate needs for AFCON but also on building infrastructure that would benefit the nation long after the tournament’s conclusion.

Economic Impact and Community Empowerment

Beyond the construction of stadiums, our partnership aimed to create a positive ripple effect in the local communities. The injection of funds into the construction sector contributed to job creation, stimulated economic growth, and empowered communities surrounding the stadium projects. Witnessing the tangible impact on the ground reinforced our belief in the interconnectedness of entrepreneurship, sports, and community development.

Looking Forward to AFCON 2023

As we approach the much-anticipated AFCON 2023, the stadiums stand as testaments to the power of collaboration and entrepreneurial vision. The excitement surrounding the tournament is not just about the football matches; it’s about the shared journey of creating something meaningful for a nation. The AFCON 2023 stadiums, born out of a partnership visit years ago, serve as a symbol of what can be achieved when entrepreneurs and government leaders join forces for a common goal.

“Building Beyond Boundaries: Where Entrepreneurial Vision Meets The Power of Partnership – Reflecting on the AFCON 2023.”

My entrepreneurial journey has been shaped by ventures that go beyond profit margins, ventures that contribute to the greater good. The partnership visit to Côte d’Ivoire for AFCON 2023 stands as a shining example of how entrepreneurs can be catalysts for positive change. As we eagerly await the kickoff of AFCON 2023, I’m reminded that success is not just measured in financial gains but in the lasting impact we create for communities and nations. It’s a testament to the fact that, in business and in life, the most fulfilling journeys are those that build beyond boundaries.


A Heartfelt Thank You

I want to express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Albert Amichia and the entire team involved in this endeavor. Together, we’ve laid the foundation for a legacy that goes beyond brick and mortar – a legacy of dreams realized and communities empowered.


Here’s to a future where dreams are not just imagined but built.


Yannick Tchoum is passionate creative, who is the Founder, Chairman & C.E.O. @ The Tchoum Group. He leads the vision and oversees the management of all subsidiaries companies under the holding's umbrella