Networking is really important aspect of success. It’s even more vital in the black community where there are a lot more barriers to thrive career and business wise.
In October, the UK celebrated black history month and I wrote and article on Building Strong Blaxk Networks for Black Founder Nation magazine. In this article I highlight Dr George Fraser who leads a global networking movement for people of African descent. He hosts the PowerNetworking Conference annually. The PowerNetworking Conference is recognises as America’s largest held conference in the world for Black business professionals, entrepreneurs and executives and has been running for 19 years now.
Some advice on building relationships from Dr Fraser- “Love, Serve, Give and Add Value First”.You can read the full article here
The route of Entrepreneurship is not travelled by many. Although it has high returns, it also has high risks. With that in mind, it is not a surprise that many parents encourage their children to go to University, get a job and build a stable career, and this is quite common in African families.There is a lot of support if you want to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, accountant etc. but not the same enthusiasm if one wants to be an entrepreneur.
My parents were full-time entrepreneurs by the time was I was ten years old. My siblings and I grew up in the family business and understood how one could run a business. However, our parents wanted us to go to school, get a job and then maybe launch a business. Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o who is of Kenyan origin mentions the importance of getting a job for someone of an African background when she received her SAG award. Lupita said how she excitedly told her dad she would be working with Brad Pitt for the movie ’12 Years a Slave.’ To which her dad simply replied, “I don’t know him personally, but I’m glad you’ve got a job.”
You can read the full article on Entrepreneurship here.
In July, I wrote an article for Black Founder Nation magazine discussing the issues of race. Even though a person’s race is a visible part of one’s identity, it is one of those topics that most people shy away from discussing. The interesting thing is children do see race. One day a Caucasian child walked up to me and said you are chocolate everywhere, I smiled and told him that my whole family is chocolate and he was so surprised. If children think and talk about race, adults do too. Not talking about race will not make racism go away.
In the article, I tell my story of growing up in Zimbabwe, a sub-Saharan country that is a majority-black nation. Then the experience of being black in America where I studied abroad for four years, discovering the term ‘woman of color’, and then migrating to Australia, where I identify as an African-Australian. I also narrate my personal experiences with racism and my thoughts on the issue.
“I firmly believe that it is crucial to have safe spaces to talk about race and do our best to address barriers that exist between different ethnicity.” – Sibonginkosi Abigail Moyo