The Village Boy Making a Difference

A month ago, in an interview by an Africa’s Motivational Magazine called Motimagz Magazine, I was asked 2 questions, Why do you call yourself the ‘Village Boy’ and how does it relate to what you do? And I answered them, “I grew up in Dera Village, a rural home that groomed a Change-maker ready to make a difference and the trade mark keeps me humble and focused to know where I am coming from and where I am going. The other question was, What is your greatest achievement? My answer was simple “For all the experience I gained during these past years, my greatest achievement is to see reflected the work of my initiatives in others, appropriating ideas and projects that one day I started.” We succeed more quickly and easily by helping others succeed and the greatest joy that I can feel is in seeing other people make it when I am part of the movement.

I am greatly indebted with gratitude to the Hult Prize On Campus Program today I can make a difference and be the game changer and change maker within my university and  other universities in Zimbabwe that were unaware of the largest social entrepreneurship platform in the world.

It has not been an easy road, since I started this journey but I have learnt a lot and grew up into being a man of virtue and integrity. Hult Prize taught me that as students in tertiary institutions we play an active role in our learning, and as much as we learn from the university, the university also learns from us. When I was growing up in the roots, my dream was to be on TV when I grow up and well Hult Prize helped me achieve my dream. It was through Hult Prize On Campus Program that I made my first appearance on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation addressing the nation about what Hult Prize is all about and what it has done. 

We live in a competitive world, wherein the labor market, there is more demand than offers, that is why we must go from idea to action, and not only stay with the theory seen in class, we must organize ourselves and not wait for opportunities, we must create them, from the space in which we find ourselves and with the skills and abilities that we have and make available for a real change in the world. Real education means more that getting a certificate or degree but it requires getting our hands dirty and do the real work.

I had always complained about the lack of spaces to generate professional and international experience from my school, and when I heard about Hult Prize it meant everything, that’s why I made the decision to participate, and not stop until I made a difference and still I am. When I started this journey it was in 2018 when I and my team participated at our On Campus competitions at University of Zimbabwe and sadly we didn’t qualify for any regionals. Yet in all this, our dream didn’t die and we kept the flame burning. We actually went on to register our company but it turned out to be a financial failure. When the call for Campus Directors came I took a positive step in becoming one and  managed to have a great On Campus program and had 5 teams from my University qualify for different regionals including my team Agricultural Elevate through online application. It is our hope and prayer that for the Nairobi Regionals, we will make it and win the million dollars

There will always be challenges, such as financing, but once the expected results are measured, and with a broad portfolio of national and international contacts, financing should not be something that worries us, rather a strength to generate new alliances.

And it’s about that, to share, to cooperate and generate alliances to continue creating opportunities for us and for others.

My advice to young people around the world 

Put God first, last and best. Young people should be drivers of change and sustainability take charge by being leaders in business and politics. There is power in the youth. Not only do we have the power of procreation but we also have the power to take this world forward. Unfortunately, it is sad to fold hands when all prospects of a brighter future are snatched away by forces of evil and greed. In the youth lie divine deposits of physical, mental and intellectual strength. Come to think of it, which revolution in the world has happened independent of youthful active participation?

I am coming from a historical journey and I have realized that Alexander was just a youth when he conquered the world, Hammurabi the Amorite prince of the ancient ages too, the youthful Biblical Moses, Joshua, Josiah, etc. Even our Lord Jesus did his best in youthful years. The youth have been there, actively participating to change the narrative during the American Revolution, French and even the Chinese revolution. I crossed over to the Hitler Youth of the Second World War but then my mind was brought back to my motherland, Zimbabwe. I had to reflect on our liberators from the colonial regime. Looking at their ages when they started nationalistic movements they all, were very young.

Yes, they were youths when they challenged the colonial regime. My point is as the youth, if we continue to fold hands very soon we will become history! The time to create history is NOW, and yes HISTORY STARTS NOW!! Shall we remain silent, shall we hold our peace as the future is robbed away from us. As the hand of time continues to move we are also aging, it’s either we are slowly graduating into decadence or we are shaping the future of our coming generations. As things stand right now and we watch, trembling in fear and cowardice, my question is, is there a tomorrow?

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