The Race of Hope

It’s the eve of the Mount Cameroon Race of Hope. Both athletes and tourists are pouring into Buea to experience Africa’s most grueling footrace; a 24 mile sprint up a live volcano and down again. Conquering the mountain means braving cruel conditions: 50 degree temperature fluctuations, altitude sickness and a harsh path of volcanic stones. 50% of the participants will give up, defeated by the gods of the mountain.

Mt. Cameroon Race Of Hope - covered online by Wasamundi

As entrepreneurs, the Race of Hope is analogous to our daily lives. The stats are even worse; 90% of startups fail within their first year and the ones that survive can’t claim to have done so without taking a good beating. So perhaps it’s symbolic that our inaugural session of #subCMR starts tomorrow morning as we’ll be taking off on our own mini “race of hope”.


We’ll be using CoverItLive (the frame below) to communicate and live-blog our progress. Be sure to join us and learn about the project — TopUpDesk — meet the volunteers, give feedback to the team and share the marathon with us ;)

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Otto Akama

Otto Akama

I am a student, an entrepreneur and a founder. I read Computer Engineering, founded iSolutions International, and Makonjoh. I love StartUps especially when they are created by youths. I love them because they give hope that youths are ready to face tomorrow.

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9 Responses

  1. It’s the eve of the Mt. Cameroon Race Of Hope AND #subCMR

  2. Nice quote: ‘As entrepreneurs, the Race of Hope is analogous to our daily lives’ via @ActivSpaces #subCMR

  3. A two-day hackathon in progress right here: #subCMR

  4. Nice to see the #subCMR team using @balsamiq for pre-development mockups

  5. @InnovateAfrica Have you seen how #subCMR is trying to encourage innovation in Africa?

  6. Great article, Al and thanks to have highlighted what Wasamundi and partners are doing. A Booster program for the Mount Cameroon race of hope. We took home that …”there is hope in every race”, this year. A price awarded to the last athlete to cross the line.

  7. The #subCMR team are keeping up the steam at @AppsTech

  8. @ActivSpaces says:

    Last hours of the #hackathon “@TribeOfLions: @africatechie in the house! With healthy breakfast for the #subCMR team.”

  9. @dmvanloenen Awesome. @champico & @DjiaThink are the sturdiest developers you could work with. Live-blogging #subCMR at

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