“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift” – Albert Einstein
The Enactus World Cup is knocking the door and together with my team members, we had to alight in Nairobi this Friday to polish on our presentations. Killed by our anxiety, we sat around the Enactus office for some time, each engaged in something productive to beat on time while we waited for our trainer to join us. I read through the Friday newspaper and was drawn to the article about Mark Zuckerberg being in Kenya.
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and co-founder of social media platform, Facebook is ranked among the top 5 richest people in the world with a net worth of 54 million dollars. Though constantly faced with the sweet smell of success, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan don’t just use their richness in filling their paunches, they give out majority of their wealth to advance human potential and promote equality.
A definite NO-WAY when it comes to the well-heeled people in our country.
Our country could have taken strides ahead; if the big wigs adopted the values of kindness and empowerment; if only their tummies were not to be filled by the wealth of the innocent whose lives choked on ignited air, world hurtled to the tipping point and love wrenched from hungry mouths and only if our leaders could not let the stars fall without sound with the paupers needs being unseen…
I get a little bit emotional when I remember all that we sometimes have to go through just to find a job, an attachment or an internship even when we have a package of qualifications. My heart bleeds to see young entrepreneurs with gigantic ideas running from place to place under the scorching sun just to get access to start-up capital. It looks like we will remain being the good shepherds that have been forced to lay down their lives for their sheep, forever.
Back to the 32- year old Zuckerberg who arrived in Kenya at 11:25 pm on Wednesday aboard his private jet and happened to go to iHub, a vibrant and collaborative environment for startups and innovators. Out of all the countries in the world, what really attracted him to Kenya? Few westerners would quite admit that Kenya is an economic enigma; a land where some citizens live affluent lives and others drown in the slums of Kibera and the nauseating smell of the ghettos.
His main aim of visiting the country was to learn more about how mobile money operates. We all know that Kenya is the world’s leader in mobile money ‘M-Pesa’ which has brought even the advanced economies in Africa to our attention though failing to adapt the system. Mobile money is a convenient form of transfer and it saves you the hurdle of looking for an ATM at a complete bucolic area, a mere wow!
Cameras flashing all around him as he ate fish at Mama Oliech’s Restaurant in Nairobi’s Hurlingham, he exclaimed (A report from the Daily Nations), “For folks who spend a lot of time in the entrepreneurial space here, it may be hard to appreciate just how advanced the Kenyan system is over others and I think there are a lot of lessons we can learn. One of the things that is unique in Kenya is that mobile operators are the ones pushing mobile money while in other places, it is the banks. We could take a partnership approach like the model we have with connectivity and partner with local operators, banks and governments.”
An influential young man with wise approaches towards the technological sector, he is wishing to see the same system being adopted to even the Sub-Saharan Africa that is still crawling in the hi-tech world. We wish to see more innovators and entrepreneurs in the country but as we wish for that, we still want to see the government offer more programs for the youth and provide an easy access to resources and capital to fund any amazing ideas.
Do you see a chance of us being the next big thing? It is never impossible and it’s even better when it gets tough, you may ask my Enactus colleagues!
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