Tax Stories

Edward Mwachinga (Kenya) & Theophilus Tawiah (Ghana) – Africa is Rising

Episode Summary

Edward and Theo will tell us about their careers, businesses and tax systems of Kenya and Ghana. They are both partners of the leading tax consulting firms in their countries, both are members of WTS Global tax network, covering all Africa. We will also speak about literature, coffin dance, happiness and motivation, how they are giving back to their communities, about rankings of tax firms in Africa, what are the top industries in Kenya and Ghana, and what are the main tax incentives there.

Episode Notes

Giving back to the community

I had a lot of respect for my guest right at the start of the conversation when they told about their community work they do besides the work. How many of us can tell that one is at the board of a school or sponsoring a football club (Green Eagles)? 

On happiness and motivation

It appears the tax lawyers in Africa are not that different from the ones in the other continents – the are happy, if they make other people happy, and they get pumped up to do more by getting energy back from the ones they are helping – a golden circle of energy. Also teaching at a university, family support, client success due to a tax advice are some of the proof of the circle. 

African literature suggestion

If you are a bit tired of the Western literature, a valuable suggestion by Edward for your reading table was Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o from Kenya who wrote many of his books in English. Edward suggested to start with a book Petals of Blood. The Goodreads page has an inrigueing description of the book: “ the intertwined stories of the four suspects (of a tripple-murder) unfold, a devastating picture emerges of a modern third-world nation whose frustrated people feel their leaders have failed them time after time. First published in 1977, this novel was so explosive that its author was imprisoned without charges by the Kenyan government. His incarceration was so shocking that newspapers around the world called attention to the case, and protests were raised by human-rights groups, scholars, and writers..”. 

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