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.”
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In Côte d’Ivoire, young people are doing their part to keep their community safe, and one such person is Dédé Zeïnabou Tounkara Cissé. Having an awareness that her country will find it challenging to cope with the Coronavirus crisis because the health care system is barely managing patients with other illnesses. People who are ill can, at times, find themselves victims of fake drugs or visit informal clinics if they are unable to access health care. So Dédé then co-founded MaiSoin with Mario Romero. Dede has a background in health, with a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University.
Maison is a cloud-based mobile application that helps patients to be connected to health care providers. House medical visits are possible where needed in non-emergency cases. Examples services include follow up on patients taking medication and maternal heal consultations. Even without the internet, patients can use the app without internet and health personnel can be able to track the patient’s medical history with the app as well. The details of the patient are safe as only the patient and the person treating them have access to their information.
To find out more about MaiSoin and the projects that they are working on, you can visit their website: MaiSoin
This year’s World Youth Alliance(WYA) Africa Youth Summit happened on Facebook due to the COVID-19 measures; otherwise, people would have been on their way to Nairobi, Kenya. The theme for this year was, ‘ROLE OF THE YOUTH IN GOOD GOVERNANCE.’ The two speakers were Caroline Maingi and Nadja Wolf. Kevin from the WYA Africa team was the host.
Caroline lectures on Philosophy and Ethics at Strathmore University, she is also a chair and advisor of the WYA Africa Board. Caroline gave her tips on Good Governance to the youth and some of which includes: -Take up Leadership -Community Service -Say no to corruption
Nadja is the WYA Africa director of Advocacy since 2015. She studied law and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. For the session she took Nadja broke down international law into customs and treaties and their impact on national policies. She also gave us the policy cycle Framework: Its Policy to Funding to Implementation.
As the delegates, we were able to introduce ourselves and ask questions via the comment section. Even though we learnt a lot virtually, we hope to attend the next youth summit in 2021 in person. To stay updated on the work of WYA Africa, you can check their Facebook page: World Youth Alliance Africa
YMCA is an international non-profit organisation that is located in many countries, including Zimbabwe. For Africa, their vision is ‘Empowering young people for the African Renaissance.’
To combat COVID-19, YMCA Zimbabwe has been doing several things. Firstly they have been creating awareness on the reality of Coronavirus and educating people on how they can keep themselves safe, and as part of this awareness campaign they went on radio.
YMCA Zimbabwe has made sure that citizens are still able to stay fit during quarantine by circulating a poster that shows different exercises that people can do indoors. Furthermore, this organisation has a writing contest for the youth with the theme, “ I AM A RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN DURING THIS COVID-19 ERA!!!”
If you want to see more of their activities or connect with them, you can check out their Facebook page: YMCA ZIMBABWE
The African Union has decided to increase the effort against COVID- 19 by including African youth through the launch of the Africa Youth Front on Coronavirus initiative.This is a multi-stakeholder advocacy group of youth and intergenerational networks that will support the implementation of the African Continental Strategic Plan for the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Some youth have done consultations in regard to COVID-19 and here is an example of their findings:
-There is lack of recognition of youth’s critical role in preventing the spread of the virus and contributing to frontline responses to the global challenge
-Lack of effective and innovative communication to reach African youth in the communities who are either in denial of or fear from the virus
-Socio-Economic impact on youth (unemployment, food insecurity, gender-based violence, racism and discrimination, etc.)
The African Union is the first intergovernmental organization to create a high level policy and advocay framework for young people to co-lead Africa’s response to the pandemic, it is the African Youth Front on Coronavirus – Aya Chebbi (AU Youth Envoy)
Welcome to the African Young Warriors Fight COVID-19(AYWFC-19) series. In this series I’ll be featuring African youth that are doing their part to keep their communities safe and informed. As the rest of the world is doing their best to win the battle against Coronavirus, it’s no secret that a lot of African governments were not equipped for this kind of pandemic. Nonetheless some young African people are stepping up to the challenge, from making and distributing hand sanitisers to giving masks to the vulnerable in society. The African youth are really inspiring and have shown that they are movers and shakers in their countries.
I hope this series will inspire you to make a difference in your community, as we join hands to make the world safe again.
In February, I had the opportunity to go to an event called Creative Avenue in Harare. This was an event for the youth in the arts. There I saw many talented people who are fashion designers, jewellery makers, artists and musicians. The most inspiring part of this project was that a young man named Rowan was the brains behind the event. Rowan is passionate about youth in the arts showcasing their talent and gaining some opportunities.
Rowan pitched his Creative Avenue idea to the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Recreation, companies and some foreign embassies. Finally he was able to get funding from the British Council. Funny enough I wore my Union Jack T-shirt that day, I don’t know if it was intuition or just a coincidence.
Creative Avenue begins with a masterclass that lasts for two months. After the two months, creatives come together to showcase their talent at an event. Apart from organising Creative Avenue, Rowan also has a clothing line called Domane. You can check out their merchandise here: http://www.domane.co.zw/