Greetings to the Chiefs and Custodians of Oguaa traditional Council,
Greetings to the great stalwarts of Ghana and Africa trying every day to improve upon the quality of life of our people,
Greetings to you my brothers and sisters!
The new age of Africa’s economic renaissance would be built on the shoulders and backs of young people. Young people would be the catalyst of this awakening. It would be sparked from the very depth of this generation, the millennial generation and our children. From this generation lies also hope, tenacity, vibrancy and enthusiasm.
The youth would be the hammers and spanners that would help mold our economic transformation through entrepreneurial development.
Young people in Africa are privileged because the terrain presents to us a unique opportunity to identify our challenges and device ways of meeting these challenges in a way that is also profitable.
I am hopeful and very excited to hear the President of Ghana, HE Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo, a few days ago, commit $10million dollars as seed money towards entrepreneurship and innovation. This is great news for every young person with a great idea, who seeks to impact the world positively by providing solutions that improve the quality of life of our people.
Not too long ago, a good friend of mine in India, Aditya, after going through many frustrations of an address system that didn’t work at all in India, developed a software called Zippr that has since transformed and solved a major challenge and currently pivoted to providing this as a B2B solution for the government of India.
I know that some of you are wondering why I would give an example from India. This is because India like Africa has similar challenges and are using technology to improve the quality of life of her people.
But wait, before you conclude that I am using India as a standard, please allow me the opportunity to introduce Africa’s own and Ghana’s pride, Sesinam Dagadu who developed a similar software called Snoocode which solves the address challenge, same as my friend Aditya and its my hope, that this software is what the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana is considering as the solution to solve our address challenge. If this is so, it would be a major encouragement for the youth in development.
The future of Ghana and Africa lies in the hands of its present generation and this generation are the young, people scattered along the length and breath of our continent, hungry for change and active participants in their own developmental agenda. This means that there is a lot of responsibility on us to improve the quality of life on the continent with our mindset and skillset.
Our quest to improve the continent must not be of parochial interest, it must churn from a selfless desire and hunger as well as thirst to improve the entrepreneurial space.
This generation, would expedite our growth and development from learning from the people of old, our elders, their highs shall be our motivation and inspiration, their pitfalls our inspiration and learning curves, and their most challenging moments, our strength.
Let me take this opportunity to share with you great wisdom from an old man in the thick of the Asesewa township.
In this township, I revisited civility, nobility and experienced the highest form of cultural diplomacy. In a nutshell he said, everything we need, the creator has given. Food for our stomach from my backyard, shelter from the earth, fish, from the waters and good people, for our comfort.
In essence, what he said in summary was that, every good thing in this life we already have, what needs to be done is to think of ways to enhance and improve and use the resources available to us to improve the quality of life of humanity. This is also what entrepreneurship is about.
From this generation, the young will learn, observe and develop their own sound so they can dance to their own drum beat and perfect its tune to benefit many.
Let’s continue each day to realize that our own development is in our hands and it is up to us what we do with it.