, Innovation, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Youth Empowerment…these are some of the ‘big’ words that headline most of the summits, conferences and events taking place in Africa. Everyone wants to be part of this movement but what’s the big fuss?
Well, there has been a broad shift where Africa has gotten rid of its shell and began positioning itself for greater economic development. We are putting emphasis not only on expanding our economies but also engaging and catering to the needs of the most vulnerable in society (youth, women and persons living with disabilities). Africa has a huge market, great young workforce, ripe technology and mobile industry, adequate land for agribusiness and many other resources that we have
Africa has a huge market, great young workforce, ripe technology and mobile industry, adequate land for agribusiness and many other resources that we have began and must continue to utilize effectively to achieve immense economic gains.
As we continue to cultivate a culture where our women and youth rise up to become the leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs of the world, let us prepare adequately and sharpen one another to achieve success. We can continue hosting key events and deliberating on the ‘fancy’ topics but we seriously need to see more action and less talk. Sharing of information, knowledge, development of skills, mentorship, financing, partnerships, investments and policy development are some of the areas we need to focus on to create and sustain an innovative culture.
We can continue hosting key events and deliberating on the ‘fancy’ topics but we seriously need to see more action and less talk. Sharing of information, knowledge, development of skills, mentorship, financing, partnerships, investments and policy development are some of the areas we need to focus on to create and sustain an innovative culture.
Friends, look for a need and supply to that need. That’s the first step innovators and entrepreneurs must understand. It’s all about solving social problems by providing solutions to existing needs. That is how you thrive and end up reaping benefits in your various endeavors.
It makes no sense tarmacking for years yet you spent a good part of your life seeking knowledge. Do something with that knowledge or even your God-given talents and gifts. Begin this process while at school by selling foodstuffs, stationary or other things you know your fellow students/colleagues will purchase at a subsidized rate.
You have been equipped with knowledge but life will teach you to put that knowledge into practice. Start small, start young and watch your business grow.
To those already employed or earning through an existing business, let me advice on matters saving. Be smart to save your earnings and profits. Use funds acquired to expand your business and continue using your profits to do the same. You can also look into various investments that will increase not only your cash-flow but also your physical assets.
It is important to understand that your mind is your most important asset and what you feed it matters most. Feed your mind with positive information and don’t let your knowledge decay by engaging in negative activities that will not support your future.
Whatever you feed your mind now will definitely have an impact on your future and destiny. It’s up to you to choose if will impact it positively or negatively. If you are pursuing education, excel in it. Do not be intimidated by your past or present as you pursue your career or education. Instead, let it motivate you to do better and create a livelihood for yourself and those around you.
As you pursue excellence in entrepreneurship, business and in the corporate world, remember that success does not come overnight. It is a long journey that needs you to focus, be patient and persevere. Never attempt to give up; resolve in your heart that whatever time it takes, you must and you will succeed.
Lastly, no man is an island. Partner with colleagues who have the same vision as yourself and constantly seek knowledge and information from those who have gone before you as well as your peers. You can never stop learning.
Arise, shine your light and be part of the transformation.