With the term 'Africa on the rise' now part of everyday conversation, what does the term actually mean to me?
That term means so much to me, infact most of my visions and plans are based around that term.
Historically and even now Africa has been seen as a continent with many challenges, but the exciting thing about that is, is that for every challenge in Africa poses a significant opportunity. Which makes Africa is ripe for entrepreneurs like myself.
An entrepreneur is a leader of excellence, trailblazer and pioneer who constantly brings change to their generation. ~ Onyi Anyado. What does this quote mean to me and how do I think it relates to me as an entrepreneur?
The quote is excellent. An entrepreneur becomes an entrepreneur when they identify a ‘problem’, and does something about it.
Now, there is nothing easy about turning an idea into a reality, but the trials to make the idea a reality enthuses excellence. Thus allowing an entrepreneur to make Pioneer moves.
What advice can I give to young budding African entrepreneurs, who want to become distinguished?
Well to the Africans outside Africa, I would they advise spend extensive time in Africa to explore ways they could contribute to the development of Africa.
I would also encourage youth in Africa to consider agribusiness start-up. Which will enable them to tap into a trillion dollar business. The potential of Agribusiness in Africa, is a timebomb waiting to explode.
More so for the Africans in general id like to reinforce that the private sector has a major role to play in the development of Africa, and theres no need to wait for the government before one attempts to turn ideas into reality.
Government officials do not have two heads, and the private sector has a role to support the government (and vice versa). We need to get rid of the idea that the development of Africa is down to the government. No! The development of Africa is down to the people of Africa.
In regards to my vision, where do I see myself in five years time?
Well in 5 years time I would still be under 30, and I have a long list of things I’d like to do in respect to Africa before I turn 30.
I hope to have hosted at least 5 Investment Summit Across Africa, focussed oncatalysing Investment into Africa’s Agriculture/Agribusiness sector. With the first one taking place November 17-18 2015 in Accra, Ghana.
I also see myself living in Nigeria. by the end of 2015/ beginning of 2016.
Also through the various company initiatives we would have had a strong hand in encouraging, influencing and facilitating at least $1billion worth of investments in Africa across different sectors, especially the agricultural/agribusiness sector.
Thus creating thousands of Jobs across Africa.