This is a vivid personal history of an international business career. "A Venture in Africa" takes the reader through the twists and turns of doing business with African states and leaders in the turbulent 1970s and later. Drawing on his long experience of modern Africa and international business, Sardanis portrays the crises, disasters and personalities he has encountered in the continent. He shows how the old Africa of corruption, despotism and nepotism is being replaced by a new Africa in which a rising generation of business leaders is emerging - with practical technical and professional skills and free from the post-colonial mentality. A hugely intriguing and entertaining story which shows that Africa, despite the bad press, presents an immensely important and a rich source of commercial opportunities for the successful businessman.
Andrew S. Sardanis was born and educated in colonial Cyprus, worked as a journalist and spent his life in Northern Rhodesia, later Zambia, where he developed his business interests including work with multinationals and was a member of the legislature and government. His previous book, Africa: Another Side of the Coin, was published by I.B.Tauris in 2003.