Mentoring Youths in Entrepreneurship for a Better Africa

Participants of EYE Africa Program are each attached to a mentor from EYE pool of mentors.

Brian Tracy rightly quoted in his book titled ‘Goals!’, “the potential of an average person is like a huge ocean unsailed, a new continent unexplored, a world of possibilities waiting to be released and channeled toward some great good”.

Mentorship is a conscious act of arousing enthusiasm in the minds of people to pursue a vision, accomplish a goal, and achieve an objective. It also involves sharing of skills and gaining experience towards development. Mentorship in entrepreneurship entails motivating a group of people that share a common goal of attaining financial independence, by utilizing and maximizing available resources.

So, what is the connection between mentorship and entrepreneurship? Simply expressed, everything! Entrepreneurship involves creating a business, living a passion and the willingness to take risks in order to make income; it deals with the maximization of skills and available resources to make profit. Mentorship is the conscious act of a wise and trusted counsellor or teacher to impart knowledge on a person or group of people, who share similar visions and aspirations.s

An entrepreneurial mentor is someone with more business experience than you; such an individual serves as a trusted confidant, giving counsel when called upon. A mentor in entrepreneurship also provides information on business developments and opportunities for exploration and growth.

It is of common belief that when a successful man speaks, his words stand a chance to be believed, than the words of an ordinary man. Every youth in business needs someone who shares a similar vision as them; an individual experienced in their field, willing to share knowledge on a regular and continuous basis.

This is not me asking you to drown your visions in the results of someone else’s thinking, but a reminder of a popular African proverb; “if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together!”

That is why it is pertinent to state here that the quality of self-accrued wealth is in the ability to transfer vital skills, knowledge and information to the next generation, to ensure continuity. While today’s youths must identify the successful icons in their careers and seek a committed and loyal walk with them through the road of success, it is a matter of necessity for successful individuals in Africa, as well as other continents, to help the urban and rural African youths, to develop mentorship schemes that will be beneficial for self-employment and generation of income via entrepreneurial ventures.

Gone are the days when a man was famous and held in high esteem, based on his hunting prowess, number of wives or how many farmland he owns. We live in a time where a man’s influence will rise, only on account of his contribution to societal growth and development, as well as the impact he makes on the future of tomorrow.

Being an inspiration and source of motivation to youths in a continent where poverty and unemployment is endemic, is key to self-fulfillment, happiness and satisfaction. A successful entrepreneur should be able to look back and see at least, one person that appreciates a positive value handed to him from you; one that yearns to be like you.

It is therefore the expectation that mentorship will increase, in order to build a formidable support system for a better Africa, for generations to come.

This is a wakeup call, appealing to those who have gotten to the peak of the success ladder; to whom much is given, much is expected… Where there is lack of mentorship and support, DREAMS DIE! Mentor or be mentored by someone today!