An American Dream for Africa

Scott Ford and the Rwanda Trading Company

By Mark Darrough

Moments before the interview I stared out at the lights of Kigali, at the line of lampposts snaking around the valley toward the skyscrapers on the next hill. I wondered how the darkness must have felt only years before, and why this was all changing. Soon a voice answered on the other end of the line – a voice carried through a hair-thin wire on the ocean floor, brought hundreds of miles into the heart of Africa. And I asked him, “What brought you—Scott Ford, the golden boy of Alltel’s $28 billion buyout—to Rwanda?”

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