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From the primordial wasteland where survival is the only thing that matters, comes Kidd Hunta – fighting through harshest environments with only his wit, and his spear handed down from his father. The Kidd Hunta is here to take on the world with no apologies. With his spear, he aims and strikes true to his target.
The story of this young African Boy fighting is the inspiration for Kidd Hunta. He encapsulates an entrepreneurial go getter spirit with a uniquely African outlook. With Kidd Hunta we bring the traditional values of bravery, courage and fearlessness into the modern world, and stake our claim.
This is no ordinary clothing label, because this is no ordinary kid. Kidd Hunta, has found the beast within himself, and uses that to survive. Today – his same spirit ignites a flame expressed in the design of the Kidd Hunta label.
Kidd Hunta shows no mercy, but does so in a modern setting-with style.
For the modern day fighter, comes Kidd Hunta – a label which draws strength from a strong African Past and runs courageously into the future. Brave Hearts Never Fail.
African Women Awards founded by Carol Nyazika and Lisa Chiriseri will be hosting the second Award ceremony on 3 December in Harare at a venue that will be announced soon.
The awards were launched on the 7th of November 2015 at Meikles Hotel in Harare with the aim of recognizing, celebrating and honoring powerful and inspirational women; and using their achievements to inspire the younger generations of Africans across the globe. The awards serve not only for the upliftment and inspiration of Africans but as an effective tool in educating the world on what African really is; the Africa that has a story different from the overplayed misconceptions, negativity and ill portrayed images associated with the African continent and its people.
The selection process for the awards comprised of the public nomination stage which was open from April 15 to the end of June 2016. Numerous African women were nominated via the AWA website and social media pages. After the nominations closed the names submitted were then given to a select esteemed panel comprising of academics, professionals and industry leaders who made decisions based on the profiles submitted for each woman nominated. The official nominees list is now public and the winner of each category shall be announced at the much anticipated 2nd African Women Awards ceremony this December. AWA deliberately avoids a voting system to ensure that nominees and honorees are selected based on their work portfolios and impact rather than on their popularity and public pull access through a voting system.
The nominees list for the African Women Awards is available on the African Women Awards website. This year South Africa has the most nominations with 13 nominees across the categories. Zimbabwe follows with 9 nominees and then Nigeria with 6 nominees. Other countries represented on this highly esteemed list are Namibia, Zambia, Kenya, Morocco, Uganda, Ghana, Senegal, Egypt, Cameroon, Rwanda, Gambia and Mauritius.
In the past week the South African media has been abuzz celebrating and congratulating the women nominated for the prestigious African Women Awards. The awards are being reported widely across social media with nominees from the various countries expressing their excitement and anticipation.
The nominees are as follows:
Business & Enterprise Category
Dynamic Start Up Award
• Kasope Ladipo-Ajai (Nigeria)
• Lucinda Ockhuizen (Namibia)
• Cheurombo Pswarayi (Zimbabwe)
Business Achievement Award
• Dambisa Moyo (Zambia)
• Njeri Rionge (Kenya)
• Isis Nyongo (Kenya)
Living Legacy Award
• Pearl Kupe (South Africa)
• Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch (Morocco)
• Divine Ndhlukula (Zimbabwe)
Industry Excellence Award
• Farah Fortune (South Africa)
• Lynette Magasa (South Africa)
• Koo Govender (South Africa)
Young Entrepreneurial Award
• Brenda Katswesigye (Uganda)
• Dananai Chapunza (Zimbabwe)
• Bayanda Gumede & Buhle Mabanga (South Africa)
Entertainment & Art Category
Creative Visionary Award
• Danai Gurira (Zim/USA)
• Pamela Samasuwo-Nyawiri (Zim/UK)
• Chimamanda Ngozi-Achiche (Nigeria)
Media Excellence Award
• Susan Makore (Zimbabwe)
• Joselyn Dumas (Ghana)
• Pearl Thusi (South Africa)
Star Power Award
• Terry Pheto (South Africa)
• Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
• Yvonne Nelson (Ghana)
Promising Personality Award
• Nomzamo Mbatha (South Africa)
• Adama Ndiaye (Senegal)
• Menna Shalaby (Egypt)
Living Legend Award
• Connie Ferguson (South Africa)
• Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria)
• Basetsana Kumalo (South Africa)
Community & Politics Category
Young Change Maker Award
• Ruth Nabembezi (Uganda)
• Kamdem Magne Roseline (Cameroon)
• Nancy Sibo (Rwanda)
Grass Roots Impact Award
• Nyasha Mugwagwa (Zimbabwe)
• Ndey Mariama Jobe (Gambia)
• Manyathi Hlolweni (South Africa)
Young Activist Award
• Delta Milayo Ndou (Zimbabwe)
• Precious Ropafadzo Chiduku (Zimbabwe)
• Ini Usanga (Nigeria/Ireland)
Social Humanitarian Award
• Stella Dongo (Zimbabwe)
• Nothemba Kula (South Africa)
• Cynthis Adaeze Onwuchuruba (Nigeria)
Living Legend Award
• Saara Kuungongelwa-Amadhila (Namibia)
• Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (South Africa)
• Ameenah Gurib (Mauritius)
Tickets to the awards ceremony will be sold exclusively starting from Friday the 3rd of September. Designated early bird tickets will receive a discount of 20% for a limited period. Standard Ticket will cost $60 ($550 for a table) and VIP Ticket $80 ($750 for a table). Tickets can be purchased via GetCash.
So while researching on African Cultures for my blog series I decided to add a segment on business in Africa. Businessman and creative Jermaine Charles tells us how Entrepreneurship began in his family. As Africans we have always been entrepreneurs.
The Culture of Entreprenuership – A Perspective
Written By Jermaine Charles @charlesjaymr on twitter
Charity Begins at Home.
Umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu.
These two sayings have been heard by everyone at least once in their lifetimes.
These two philosophies are as meaningful as they are powerful.
These words give us more than just food for thought but inspire many to action.
Given that most of us grew up hearing them, why have these thoughts not inspired a culture of entrepreneurship?
Could the mindset around creating and starting a business be formulated using these sayings?
This got me thinking about my family history.
I grew up in Zimbabwe and from a very early age was exposed to entrepreneurship.
My maternal grandfather, Solomon Tshuma, ran and operated his own businesses, namely a butchery and a grocery store.
Although he and my grandmother Elizabeth Moyo were qualified teachers, as the Rhodesian regime did not allow for them to be trained in a variety of careers, they made the transition from workers to business owners.
My mother Tembi, told me that her fathers’ first business idea was selling dried fish from Malawi. (My great grandparents actually came from there before they moved to what was then called Rhodesia).
The story has it that he saved some money, hired a truck and drove a few 1000 kilometres to Malawi and bought tons of dried fish.
He brought these back and sold them out of the back of the truck in his community with my grandmother.
He became a successful business person because of the community, his networks and the support of his family. He did not make it alone. He was a true reflection of the saying ‘Umuntungumuntungabantu.’
Furthermore, from that initial investment and risk they went on to build a business that put their six children through the best schools they could.
It also enabled my grandfather to satisfy his passion for American cars. I’ve seen old pictures of some of his cars, ranging from Cadillacs to Fords, with a lot of envy in my heart.
How does this relate to Charity Begins at Home?
My aunts and uncles learned that with calculate risk there is a reward.
No one will give you permission to create your own wealth or life.
Even in apartheid they saw that they could still do more than what the imposed boundaries seemed to dictate.
All of his children worked for the business and learned business principles early on.
When he went into exile due to his involvement in the liberation struggle, his eldest son took over the business.
Had it been a more progressive time his eldest daughter, who was both street and business smart would have done so.
The rest of his siblings went on to start their own businesses too.
My uncle Steven became a qualified mechanic and now runs his own car dealership and service garage.
My mother worked in banking and was the first person I ever hear utter the words ‘business plan’.
Later in life she ventured into service businesses and tourism in a country she was not born in.
My dad Felix was also latter to become a business person as the economy was unravelling. He came from a family where the men and women could make, repair, grow and create things with their hands, with what they had.
I learned the same lessons from his mother who raised chickens and sold them in Mpopoma, Bulawayo.
I am a third generation entrepreneur and I am thankful for the example of my parents and grandparents.
So in essence, we can begin to create the culture of entrepreneurship if we start to recognize what and how our grandparents helped put food on the table.
It is time we started asking the elders to teach us what they learned and how they earned whether they had business licences or not.
Surely some did not even think to call it business, just survival.
Because although businesses might be different, the principles are the same.
The first ever African Women Awards took place on the 7th of November 2015 at Meikles Hotel in Harare Zimbabwe. The Africa Women Awards were launched with the aim to: to create a fresh brand of African role models within Africa and accessible to African globally, to pay tribute to African women who have contributed to the development and positive image of Africa as a whole, to share success stories of successful African women on popular international media platforms, to share what is achievable by women in order inspire the new generation and change the perception of female African success, to create a platform spotlight and celebrate excellence in Africa.
The Awards ceremony is a platform under the the African Women Association that was founded by Carol Nyazika and co-founded by Lisa Chiriseri in March 2013.
This is a great platform and very much needed platform for African women. Besides the recognition that the women get they also get a chance to know and connect with other African women in their fields of interest. I really love this because it drives collaboration among African women in solving many problems that we face as women.
The awards were hosted by Mutsa Samuel Kajese and Ruvheneko. Three gorgeous presenters Itai Muthiniri, Misred (Samantha Mussa) and Candice from Zi FM presented the awards for each category.
The ladies who reigned supreme are listed below:
Entertainment and Arts
Creative Visionary Award Winner
Danielle Allen, Fashion Designer (Zimbabwe, Nigeria, UK)
Media Excellence Award Winner
Farai Gundan – co-Founder Farai Media, 2015 Young Global Leader – WEF, speaker, host, Forbes Contributor (Zimbabwe, United States, Africa)
Star Power Award
Bonang Matheba – Talk show host, brand ambassador, designer, radio host
Promising Personality Award
Dillish Mathews -BBA season 8 winner, entertainer, brand ambassador, entrepreneur(Namibia)
Living Legend Award
Biola Alabi – African media expert (Nigeria)
Business and Enterprise Category
Young Entrepreneurial Spirit Award
Nadia Rakotovaoarison -Founding Director Of A Private School “Frisquette”, President Director General of the Top Prime Radio (Madagascar)
Business Achievement Award
Bethlehem TilahunAlemu – CEO & Founder Sole Rebels (Ethiopia)
Industry Excellence Award
Natalie Jabangwe-Morris -Econet Head Business and Marketing Development (Zimbabwe)
Dynamic Start-up Business Award
Jackie Mgido– CEO and Founder Vault Cosmetics (Zimbabwe)
Living Legacy Award
Mrs Folorunsho Alakija – A business tycoon involved in the fashion,oil and printing industries (Nigeria)
Community and Politics
Grass Roots Impact Award
Esther Kalenzi – Founder of a nonprofit organization called 40 days over 40 smiles Foundation (Uganda)
Young Activist Award
Sarah Toumi – Activist (Tunisia)
Social Humanitarian Award
Zeinab Blandia – Peacemaker and community leader from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan (Sudan)
Young Change Maker Award
Juliana Tahina Ratovoson – Director of Partnership and Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Madagascar (Madagascar)
Living Leader Award
Dr. Jennifer Riria – Kenya Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding (Kenya)
As part of developing Zimbabwean Fashion, Hunnar Management Agency and Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 presents The Fashion Village Workshop on Saturday the 5th of September at the Palm Estate in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The Fashion Village Workshop will be hosted by Global Citizen & Style Icon, Gilmore Tee who will present on Fashion & Globalization. The workshop is aimed at highlighting on the linkages between fashion and other sectors of interests. Those to attend will gain a better understanding on how they can commercialize their works and reach out to greater heights through collaborative works with Musicians, Retailers, Actors, Stylists and ordinary individuals that think of what to wear when going to church, school, wedding or for a meeting.
The Fashion Village Workshop will challenge, especially designers, to be able to realize that it is not about themselves, but they should aim to cater for the client who after all is the king. If NIKE as a brand is able to reach the furthest areas of Zimbabwe such as Tsholotsho, Mhondoro and Chivi, what then is the challenge with our local brands and designers?
“Globalization as a concept has come to our advantage. We consume goods from China, listen to the same music as in the USA and wear an outfit from Tanzania, our aim as the fashion industry is to over populate our streets with our brands, and also take our brands to the outside world. Platforms on how to expand ones brand will be highlighted at the workshop and also linkages will be highlighted so as to assist those individuals with a greater vision for their brands.” – Gilmore Tee
The Panelist is made up of PrayerSoul, an Afro-Soul Zimbabwean Musician, who is known for touring the world with his music. Just like many, he is a vehicle of driving Zimbabwean Fashion to different parts of the globe; Mbo Mahocs, a Style Icon, Fashion Muse & Socialite. Mbo Mahocs is known for pulling creative outfits at every event she goes to; she has become one of Zimbabwe’s outstanding fashionistas. Her role in promoting Zimbabwean Fashion involves helping designers to be exposed through the events she attends & also she has a consuming fashion following; Haleema Mekani, a Milan Trained Stylist who runs a fashion house called Nguwo.Inc. She is known for styling some of todays’ contemporary and outstanding photoshoots and looks that have featured in multiple magazines. Her linkage to fashion is very strong and she plays a he role in Zimbabwe Fashion; Marshal Malikula, a Retail Marketer & Stylist. He is involved with some of Zimbabwe’s Major fashion houses and through some programmes he is involved in, he promotes the intake of local designers in these major fashion houses. Each of the panelists will do a 10 minute presentation on the influence in Zimbabwean Fashion and how designers, fashionistas and fashion lovers can use those links to promote their brands and projects.
Conversely, Gilmore Tee who is known for promoting Zimbabwean Fashion within and outside the country will do a 15 minutes presentation on the linkage of Fashion & Globalization and his experience with local designers and international designers. He will be heading the workshop in collaboration with the members of the panel and the audience in attendance. He is an award winning Style Icon and also a Nominee at this year’s Zimbabwe Fashion Week Awards. Gilmore’s works involves doing Quality Assurance Workshops, Young Designers Development Programmes & also mentorship programmes for local designers. He recently attended the Durban Fashion Fair with 3 Zimbabwean Designers who showcased as part of the 55 South African and International designers in Durban, South Africa.
The list of nominees for Zimbabwe Fashion Week 2015 Awards is out and it is up to the public to decide who gets to win the title. There are seven categories that need public vote and those are Blogger of the Year, Style Icon of the Year, Fashion Photographer of the Year, Stylist of the Year, Accessories Designer Of the Year, Emerging Designer of the Year, Make-Up Artist/ Range of the Year and Young Designer of the Year.
To Vote simply Email the name of the person and the category to firstname.lastname@example.org or send an inbox to Zimbabwe Fashion Week on Facebook.
Accessories Designer Of The Year:
Nix And Sam Accessories
Emerging Designer Of The Year
Crystelle Natasha Khan
Stylist Of The Year
Make-Up Artist / Range Of The Year
Flori Roberts Cosmetics Zimbabwe
Make-up By Gamu
Black Opal Cosmetics Zimbabwe
Blogger of The Year
That Fai Daji
Kicking It With Mimi
Concrete Jungle “Nkosikadzi”
The Harare Girl
The Royal Fashion Files
Style Archive ZW
Young Designer Of The Year
Nyaradzo Olga Pedzisai
Tinashe Sockie Chikoti
Style Icon Of The Year
Lorraine “Lochnation”Charlotte Bgoya
Fashion Photographer Of The Year
After successfully running the 1st Edition of Intwasa Fashion Show 2014, which featured a mixed bag of models from the professionals, public figures and plus size models, Intwasa Arts Festival in Collaboration with Hunnar Management Agency, presents the second edition of the fashion show on Saturday, 26 September 2015 during the Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. This year, the fashion show will be held at the AMTEC Showroom on RG Mugabe/12th Ave in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
The Intwasa Fashion Show will be held during the festival with 10 designers showcasing, amongst them are NOES who has showcased at platforms such as Zimbabwe Fashion Week and Clothing Indaba, Melusi Nhengu, Mosi Designs, Thembani Mubhochwa and some guest designers from South Africa. The fashion show will feature 20 models, a group of professional models and new faces.
“This year’s fashion show will have another exciting twist to it. Our Call for Models had 156 models coming through, with only 20 successfully making it through. Prior to the fashion show, we will have some workshops for people in the fashion industry as build ups to the main show that will be held at AMTEC Showroom. ” – Hunnar Agency. This years’ fashion event had a lot of response from designers across the country and region, same goes for the models.
“Designers, just like models, need to be groomed and also they need to know how each of them benefits from one another. It is a complete business and industry which is interdependent. In the process, there is need to engage photographers, PR Personals, Bloggers, Journalists and other press in building ones brand. The workshops we will hold, will involve speakers that will highlight on different aspects of fashion and the Business of Fashion” – Hunnar Agency
Just like last year, 3 designers will be selected for an attachment with one of Zimbabwe’s Major Fashion Retailer, starting in January 2016, we will also have South Africa’s Azzura, an online store partnering with us in giving designers a platform to sell their products online. From the 12 designers that showcased last year, 6 young designers have already gone through the Edgars Young Designers Program where the designers are attached with Edgars Carousel for 3 months and get exposed to the commercial side of the business of fashion. The 6 young designers will be presenting a collaborated 25 look Summer/Spring 2016 Collection during the Intwasa Fashion Show 2015. Confirmed partners are Bulawayo Polytechnic, Azzura Online, AMTEC, SheerGlow, Hunnar Management Agency and Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo, we are yet to confirm other partners.
His Closet “Our Closet”
SA Menswear Week is putting African menswear designers on the international map. First of its kind in Africa it is surely going to encourage more young designers to get into designing for men as there are already a whole lot of womenswear fashion designers. Designers from Nigerian, South Africa, Tanzania, Angola and Zimbabwe presented the best of their collections at SA Menswear Week in Cape Town.
I am so excited and I am looking forward to see SA Menswear Week grow and to see more Africa designers take part.
There are obvious designers that I follow who always bring their best to the table. I always love seeing Rich Mnisi’s collection and I never run out of imagining ways I would rock certain pieces ( Yes I love menswear)
I love how Rich used his colours. The Orange, navy, blacks and the whites blended in together so well. It’s the easy to put on and take off outfits that got me going. So free flowing I could definitely see myself in all those pieces ( altered of course). My favourite item was the orange leather sleeveless jacket ( there might be a more appropriate technical term for it). Also the light coats are a super win for me. Who says you can’t wear coats in spring and summer?
Lukhanyo stuck to Navy blue and I must say that it looked amazing. His use of chiffon and silk is a different and a much welcome perspective of the overly masculine man. My favourite item is the jumpsuit that I will rock with a bright pair of heels.
Nothing wrong will a little bit of formal. I love how Martin played around with his colours, nothing was too much the bright were not too bright and dark not too dark. Of course this is for the dapper gentlemen who like to dress up and look good and still look relaxed and laid back. Would I suit up? Of course I will. that Maroon suit (it could be another colour, magenta or red, who knows) would look absolutely great on me. Maybe I could take it further and rock a bow-tie.
One look at the set then I knew that something amazing was about to happen. A man who wear Projecto Mental is a kind of man who is ready for anything. His boys can call him up for a drink and he would leave the office and head straight to the club without change. I feel like this collection was simple, comfortable and really trendy. I love the pop of colour that comes in here and there among the grey, it just blends so well together.
Imprints By Mzukisi Mbane
Imprints By Mzukisi took me to a very cool summer day at a beach somewhere in Africa enjoying a cold refreshment while looking on as some eye candy struts around. The choice of prints chosen are so rich and an eye catcher ( also the models were super fine if I might add). This collection made me miss spring even more. I love the accessories: the oversize straw hats, the neck pieces made from all sorts of interesting things.
I love the simplicity of Julia Mpoko’s collection. Its for a chilled guy who loves looking good but he still wants to feel comfortable in his clothes. The contrasts between white, navy blue and green got me all excited (as a visual being, that was a total visualgasm for me)
An Eastern inspired collection from Kola Kuddus. I loved the colours, the material and the complementing scandals. The head gear was also on point.
Obvioulsy this collection is for the man who is not afraid to be different. In fact he lives on being different, what I would like to call “Expressing his softer side”.
For the cool and laid back gentleman.
All photos by SDR Photo http://ramp.sdr.co.za/
Lisa Chiriseri is the founder of FACEZ which stands for “Fund A Child’s Education Zimbabwe” and FACEZ’s vision is to build a powerful local based education fund that assists marginalized and under privileged children attain a brighter future through access education and holistic support. Lisa also founded “Street Exit Strategies”a rehabilitation organisation working with people living and working on the street. Girls and women are close to Lisa’s heart and that is why she founded “Girls Monthly Meet” a young women’personal development program with over 160 members to date.
Lisa has co-founded the African Women Awards that aim to eradicate poverty, oppression, gender inequality and promote independence by providing impact on sustaining solutions for women. The awards will provide access to education, training and mentorship to African Women.
Africa Reign sounds to me like two words that present well who we are as a people; Kings and Queens, Princesses and Princes. Africans have always held each other in high esteem , each tribe or family known and respected for their uniqueness and strengths.
How can we as the African youth build the African Dream?
We as African youth can build the African Dream by driving a collective understanding of what the ‘dream’ truly is. Over the years Africans youth have become less and less like the generations before us in our thinking and behaviour- we are less community minded and more individualistic, less giving and more about grabbing, less patient and perseverant and ever looking for ways to get rich quick, we are less moral and more self destructive than ever and we have no idea how to get back to where we once were as a people and in some cases no DESIRE to do so. All this is due to the fact that we lack a common vision, a common understanding and common goal for where we want Africa to be and how we can be involved in helping her get there.
African youth must rise to mould and shape the true the African Dream- brand it, propel it, love it and each take the personal responsibility of living deliberately , intentionally and purposefully towards it.
Do u think the youth is motivated enough to help develop Africa?
I think African youth are extremely driven and motivated. We just sometimes lack common direction and understanding. It is our welcomed role to drive the development of Africa we just need to have our energies honed and channeled towards collective progress and productivity.
What is women empowerment & entrepreneurship’s role in developing a better Africa?
Empowering women has been proven to be one of the most powerful micro development tools. A woman’s success will always equate to a family’s upliftment. Empower every single women in Africa today and see this continent’s people fully taken care of without a doubt. We still however need men- their experience, their expertise their objectivity and their male instincts have driven and still support development today. Entrepreneuership will take Africa to the next level; it will allow us to begin to control, hone and maximise our wealth and resources for ourselves, own the process and benefit to the fullest from every stage of that process. Africa must continue to produce world class entrepreneurs that will lead and sustain the rest of our societies.
See the African Women Awards www.africanwomenawards.com for more info and inspiration on where Africa is going and which women are taking her there….
And see www.facez.co.zw for an idea of what some young people have begun to do to make sure that Africa ‘s future is protected..
Facebook Pages: FACEZ ; GMM – Girls Monthly Meet
Google+: Lisa Chiriseri
Yemurai Nyoni is a 25-year-old Zimbabwean activist, who expects to influence global governance within the next 15 years through equipping young leaders and creating and supporting spaces for youth to exercise their leadership. As a leader in his country, he helped build and eventually led a national network of over 1200 young leaders working on sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe. His experience as an activist has seen him serve in a number of leadership positions nationally, regionally and globally. He also provides constant mentorship support and voluntary consultancy for young leaders in the African region who lead organizations in their countries.
Yemurai cares about women and girls because they’re largely at the receiving end of bad social policy, the repercussions of war, and the impact of drought and disease. According to the World Bank, women account for 61 percent of those living with HIV and young women are three times more likely to be HIV positive than young men. Girls continue to be married off in their adolescence, which puts them at grave risk of experiencing violence from their significantly older counterparts as well as adverse complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
In my view, according to the statistics we see everyday, being a young African woman is perhaps the most perilous form of identity in the world today. African women and girls face heightened life risks from the complications of pregnancy and child birth, are subjected different kinds of violence and t disenfranchised by our patriarchal society. I believe this isn’t right, and that we must turn the world on its head to right this injustice.
Yemurai also believes that the current investment case for women and girls should not focus on the burden of disease or the development challenges they face. He believes that we should focus instead on the strength and immense potential that women present as the ‘better-half’ of humanity. We must not invest in women because of their perceived weakness but because of their definite strength. Women are the driving force behind agriculture in the continent, they actively build the capacity of their children, are innovators in business and politics and have great resilience in the face of adversities like war, famine and disease. This is what fuels his passion for women and girls and he has determined that if he can play the smallest part in ensuring gender equality then he must play it well.
What does Africa Reign mean to you?
I value the concept of building a generation of African youth with the power to redefine their identity, shake of historical inferiority and claim their God-given influence. Africa Reign to me represents a movement with these values; a reflection of the strength of the youth of our continent and a chance to reconstruct the perception of what it means to be African.
What steps should we as African youngster take in order to move Africa Forward?
The first is to stop thinking small. To do this we must become more inquisitive, we must seek to find out why things are the way they are, to analyse the things we consume and find out how we can create them ourselves. We must change our mindsets from being perennial consumers of foreign culture, technology and education, to being producers of authentic African products. Who says British citizens shouldn’t learn Swahili or that the African drum shouldn’t become a core feature in international orchestras. So I challenge every young African to learn something new every year, to buy a notebook and think of new inventions. Create your own vacuum of innovation and force yourself to produce solutions to our continent’s challenges. Refuse to accept the existing order.
Check out Yemurai on his social media platforms