NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Johari Sadiq never allowed cultural taboos and financial
setbacks dampen her cherished dream to establish a thriving
clothing line that would rock her native Tanzania and the entire
eastern African region.
young female entrepreneur is the founder of Binti Africa
Limited, a clothing line that has struck a chord with people of
African descent yearning for authentic attire.
hold a diploma in fashion design from a mid-level college in
to Xinhua during an exhibition to showcase innovative products
from youths in the great lakes region, Sadiq hailed the
potential of innovations and entrepreneurship to transform the
lives of youth.
the fashion industry in this region is young, it has immense
potential as an expanding middle class turn to authentic and
stylish attire. We only need to innovate and identify a
reliable clientele base,” Sadiq said in Nairobi.
currently employs twenty one people and has explored markets in
southern Africa, Europe and America.
world of business has evolved rapidly and to survive in the
cut-throat competition, one must establish strategic linkages
and uphold ethos like trust and reliability,” Sadiq said.
has ventured into e-commerce and has reached out to overseas
clients through social media platforms.
youth bulge currently experienced in many African countries can
be harnessed to fuel socioeconomic renaissance in the continent.
makers attending the international great lakes summit noted that
Africa’s demographic dividend is an untapped resource that
should be exploited to realize shared prosperity.
must incorporate the youth in all development programs and
appoint them in strategic positions to exercise their abundant
talents and innovations. Africa cannot afford to give her
youth a lip service,” remarked Kenya’s cabinet secretary
for planning and devolution Anne Waiguru.
development experts and entrepreneurs attended the great lakes
summit that focused on youth employment.
stressed that friendly policies and financial incentives were
crucial to empower the youth and shield them from anti social
from post conflict states in the region have found a new lease
of life through vocational training and entrepreneurship.
Matet Guem, a female South Sudanese youth, noted that formal
education alongside access to credit has enabled youngsters from
conflict ridden nations rebuild their lives.
is a senior official of the National Youth Union established by
the South Sudan government in February 2014 to promote youth
participation in conflict resolution.
is true that youths have participated in vicious conflicts
that engulfed South Sudan in the past. Likewise, we can be
agents of change through promoting communal harmony and
development in the villages,” Guem told Xinhua.
revealed that members of her organization have initiated
development projects at the grassroots alongside thriving
of our members are involved in carpentry, farming and
community work to foster peace and reconciliation,” said
Great Lakes Summit and exhibition in Nairobi revealed to the
world the abundant skills and innovations possessed by youth.
K.Dominique, the President of the Kinshasa based National Youth
Council, said that Congolese youths have utilized their artistic
talents to secure a steady income flow.
of the paintings you see here became an instant hit in the
prestigious arts market. The Congolese youth have defied their
tragic past to forge a new beginning through music,
photography and painting,” Dominique told Xinhua.
youth have tapped into the nascent green technologies industry
to expand their revenue base.
for Kevin Musila, the founder and CEO of Kenya Green Supply,
self employment was his lifelong dream despite the myths
associated with it by many youth.
stint at a private company when I graduated confirmed that
white collar jobs are not a rosy as they are depicted. I
worked for eighteen hours in a day yet the remuneration was
poor,” said Musila.
partnered with a group of college mates to register Kenya Green
Supply that provide clean energy solutions to households and
provide solar panels on demand to a growing list of customers
who includes homes and businesses. In future, we are targeting
institutions like schools and hospitals,” Musila disclosed.
noted that youth led start-ups in Kenya have potential for
growth if the current macro-economic stability and political
goodwill is sustained.