Will he cash in on Africa's real estate boom?

You’ve heard it before: Africa, the new investment frontier! Risky, but high reward potential, the mantra goes of emerging markets — particularly in Africa, home to 13 of the 20 fastest-growing economies in the world.

This mantra was on the mind of Zambian-born, Zimbabwean-raised Patrick Chella when he decided it was time to move in on the continent’s real estate market.

The 42-year-old CEO of real estate crowdfunding platform Realty Africa considers himself a Robin Hood of the sector, as he’s opening up the industry for investment opportunities from average folks. Property developers can use Chella’s platform, the first real estate crowdfunding platform on the continent, to gather funds for new ventures across sub-Saharan Africa. Like other crowdfunding services, Realty Africa allows investors and developers to connect; projects on the site undergo an initial vetting process. The minimum investment is $1,000. American investors must be accredited, which requires an annual income of at least $250,000.

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