“The consequences of slavery, geography and colonialism; lackof self confidence among African Entrepreneurs and risk-averse managers are major factors militating against the development of entrepreneurs on the continent”-Former President John Agyekum Kuffour.
Africans must overcome all these limitations and come up with innovative ideas and skills to redeem the African continent from poverty. To move Africa to the next level of socio-economic development; businessmen, politicians and students must take the risk to start up businesses to employ people. Statistics shows that 48% of Ghanaians are unemployed. This is an alarming figure with unmeasurable consequences. Global North countries such as the United States, Italy, Germany, Spain and France are controlling the world as a result of their initiatives. Individual businessmen and women have taken the initiative to create ideas and innovations that rule the world. For instance, Facebook which most of us enjoy, was an initiative of a college student Mark Zuckberberg.
The unemployment rate in Africa is high and I believe that as a youth, when we step out of school with no jobs, we can start our own business to employ others.
Africa is in need of people to take the bull by the horn and transform the world .Instead of seeking greener pastures elsewhere, why not come together and build businesses to employ people thus reducing the rate of unemployment. We can’t always depend on the Western World, we need to tap into our resources and realize the potentials we have to help create an atmosphere that will enhance entrepreneurship in Africa.
We need to invest into the agricultural, engineering and technical sector and the other various sectors that could help reduce unemployment in Africa. If only corruption and bureaucratic tendencies can be dealt with in the service sector , that African will be a wonderful place to be.
Africa, will rise again but it depends on you and I. Let’s join hands together and build this great continent.
Jennifer Akyeampong (MSM writer)