Africa is Sitting on a Time Bomb

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Africa is sitting on a time bomb when it comes to its youth and I stand by my words. All the signs are showing that the neglect of the youth of Africa is a ticking time bomb and the earlier the politicians of Africa sit up to address their concerns, the better, it will be for the continent in moving forward.

This article is precipitated, by the recent demonstration at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology in Ghana where properties were destroyed

KNUST Students Riot

and some students, as well authorities and security personnel have been casualties of the violent attacks. This demonstration to me is a clear litmus test for all politicians across the continent. The youth of Africa have been at the centre of what I call ‘’political football’’ where they have been at the receiving end of blatant lies, abuse, corruption, framing of policies that don’t meet their needs and what I perceive as politicians being insensitive to their grievances.  There is an African proverb that says you cannot hide the smoke when the house is burning. That is, we cannot continue to neglect and keep a blind eye to the youth of Africa when all the signs show they are becoming frustrated by the way they are treated on a consistent basis.

According to the 2012 African Economic Outlook report brought out by experts from the African Development Bank (AfDB), the UN Development Program (UNDP), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the industrialized countries’ Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), among others’’, ‘’it is estimated that with 200 million people aged between 15 and 24 (the youth bracket), Africa has the youngest population in the world. The current trend indicates that this figure will double by 2045.

Damages by KNUST Students in Pictures

 Moreover, according to Kelvin Balogun – President of Coca-Cola, Central, East and West Africa – has said; ‘’Almost half of the 10 million graduates churned out of the over 668 universities in Africa yearly do not get jobs’’, upon graduation. These figures are scary, absurd and tantamount to the idea that the African continent, is sitting on a time bomb. I say this because, a populace full of young energetic people who have nothing substantial at stake to improve their lives, are more likely to use such bottled-up energy in the wrong way, and in an unproductive manner when they become agitated and idle for a long period of time.

 Using Ghana as a case study, this is made worse when you consider that, recently the immigration Service of Ghana was seeking to employ five hundred (500) candidates but eight four thousand (84,00) young people applied. This shows the scale of unemployment in the country and this statistic is similar in other African countries.

 It is interesting and at the same time sad when Africa, is the richest continent in terms of natural resources but unfortunately, it is inhabited by the poorest people on earth. Hence no one is surprised when it is bedridden with poverty, wars, endless conflicts, terrorism, lack of health care and infrastructure among other things. It’s not entirely wrong to even remotely suggest that, the lack of leadership has rendered the people of the continent to suffer immensely, especially the youth.

 However, one of the biggest challenges on the continent of Africa is unemployment.  A vibrant youth with no or very fewer opportunities are likely to be a big threat to any nation that refuses to address its unemployment situation. Therefore, African leaders in finding lasting solutions to the plight of the youth of Africa must involve all stakeholders such as the politicians, parents, appropriate institutions and the public and private sector to engage them. The fact is, you cannot prescribe medication to a sick person if you don’t know their symptoms. Meaning understanding their problems is the first step in finding solutions. Also, to win the heart of anyone is to let them have a sense of belonging especially in Governance. That is involving them in policy framework and certain decision making will make them have confidence in the leaders. The leaders must have a critical look at unemployment and find strategic ways of creating jobs establishing a fertile ground for entrepreneurship to thrive by working in partnership with the private sector. The youths of Africa are one of the most talented, but they lack resources that can enhance their skills, giftings and talents. Therefore, our leaders must invest in the youth through career and entrepreneurship initiatives that support their vision and create an enabling environment for them to succeed.

 In conclusion, I will end with the recent statement of the President of Ghana, Akufo-Addo, addressing the 9th High-Level Retreat on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa said the African continent is blessed with a lot of youth, however, their continued unemployment challenge, poses a continental security threat that must be dealt with within the shortest possible time. It is a volcano about to erupt, as an army of unemployed youth in Africa continues to grow. African leaders must, therefore, learn to be proactive rather than being reactive concerning the youth in creating employment and engaging the youth to identify their needs and match it with appropriate solutions.

 Remember that it is possible if only you believe.

 Article by Oscar Bimpong

Author, Lecturer, Transformational Speaker & Business Consultant

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The Characteristics of the Lion and the Eagle

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The lion and the eagle are unique and their prominence in terms of what they believe in and stand for can be an asset for many to realise their vision in life. They are who they say they are and they never change due to circumstances but they rather force circumstances to change on their behalf.

1. Self Belief – They both believe they are the best and they know they cannot be compared to anyone. Self belief is key in pursuit of your vision. If you don’t believe in yourself, products and services, then don’t expect anyone to believe in you.

2. Territorial Control – They know their territory and boundaries and how to manipulate and control it to their advantage. The eagle does not battle in the jungle, neither the lion in the air. They understand their territory. That is the first step to succeed in your vision is to understand the industry you are in.

3. Talent – They believe in their talent and they nurture it to succeed against all odds. That is they have developed their talent and that have made them be on top of their game. The harnessing of their talent makes them the best in the industry they operate.

4. Fear – They are fearless as they wake up to pursue their goals without waiting for the approval of others. In actual fact, fear is deleted from their dictionary of life. They wake up every day to pursue their goals without concentrating on the risk factors. The fact is the vision of many is dead because they are imprisoned by fear.

5. Mentors – They are mentors to their young ones. They train and develop them to have the same mindset as their older ones. Tradition is handed to the young ones because they learn from the older generation. Who is your mentor in pursuit of your vision? Do you have a mentor who is in the same industry you operate?

6. Inferiority Complex – The lion never sees itself as a bear neither the eagle ever seeing itself as a bird. They see themselves as who they are and nothing else. That is the definition of being authentic. Who do you see your self to be? Remember how you see yourself will be a reflection on your vision and how people perceive you.

7. Passion – They are passionate about their goals. Their passion never fluctuates and the reason is that they love their territory and what they do. Their passion is aligned to what they love doing and that is the secret of their perpetual success. Is your passion aligned with what you love doing?

8. Mindset – They have a strong mindset and that is the anchor and the foundation of their success. Living in the jungle or in the air doesn’t change their mindset. They believe they are in charge and they are the master of their territory. They command respect and they rule because they have created a strong mindset that they are born leaders. Have you developed the right mindset for your vision?

9. Leadership – They create a path for others to follow. They have trained themselves to be leaders and not to follow anyone. It’s a choice they have made. They don’t wait or allow others to lead them as they believe they are the master of their destinies and no their party is allowed to share their leadership acumen with them.

10. Warriors – They are warriors. They don’t just fight but they fight to win. That is they don’t back down easily. They fight to their last breath. Are you a warrior in pursuit of your vision or you give when your ‘enemies’ (competitors) sound like the Goliath in the industry you operate.

Just align this to your life and vision and success will knock at your door.

Remember my hashtag, it is possible if only you believe.

Oscar Bimpong

Author | Transformational Speaker | Corporate Trainer | Business Consultant 

www.oscarbimpong.com

Re-creating a New Path for Africa

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The richest continent inhabiting the poorest people on earth leaves us with too many questions with less answers. How can you have all the resources in the world but still poor. What is the cause of our predicament? How can we have independence but we are still dependent on our colonial masters? Been rich in resources but poor in reality is a mismatch of how wealth is created. This makes the African continent to continue to be a mystery.

The fact is the African has suffered from colonisation to slavery and now neocolonialism. Many people including some black people believe Africans should move forward and stop thinking about the past. That is absolutely true because you cannot move forward by always looking backwards. That is dwelling on your past will definitely affect you in relation to focusing on your future. However there is one thing that I believe and that is you cannot have a successful future if you don’t understand your past. The African history is something that many don’t even understand or does not have a full grasp of the episodes of what happened to black people from slavery to colonisation. The children of black people including some adults don’t understand the full scale of their history. Therefore I believe the first call to re-creating a new path to Africa is to understand our history.

A country that does not understand or know their history will not be able to use their past as guide for their future

I’m a proud African. Any opportunity I get to showcase who I am becomes the greatest moment of my life. However my dear continent has suffered more than any other continent of the world and a such it is time to rewrite our history. That is to take the mantle on to our hands and start the creation of a new path. A new path means change. Change is one of the most expensive legacies that comes at a huge cost. To take the path of change will cost the present generation as they will have to sacrifice every aspect of their life to create a secured future and a platform for the future generation to thrive.

The question is do we have our generation ready to sacrifice? Are we ready to stop the corrupt activities, invest in ourselves to lift us out of poverty, hunger, poor education and health and lack of infrastructure? Until the current generation ready to forgo things that they acquire through easy means and falsehood and work towards building a future full of hard work, honesty and sincerity to change the current state of affairs, we will continue to sink as a ship. The African continent needs revival and that revival starts from me and you.

For us to recreate our path, I believe we must invest in changing the mindset of the people. However the leadership in Africa which consistent of the older generation are the driving force creating a corrupt environment through loot and share. There is the saying that you cannot teach an old dog a new name and hence I strongly believe that the current leadership in Africa is difficult to change especially when it comes to their mindset. For example a leader that is corrupt at the age of seventy is more likely not to change as the mind is too corrupt for a reverse action. However what we can do to such people is to fight them with law as their mindset is fixed.

However I want us to concentrate on the youth of Africa and our young children by starting to work on their minds. We can give ourselves about five decades to start this mindset transformation. Five decades is the definition of sacrifice for the next generation to start life on a sound footing. This mindset transformation starts from me and you and that is to empower and ignite the passion in them to believe that they are born for greatness. Until they believe, they will not be able to cross any boundary not to talk about conquering any territory. Self believe will be inculcated in them when we become role models for them. That is teaching them integrity, honesty, great attitude and how to coexist with others in a positive way to build and grow together as a unit.

My passion is the mind as I believe the battle starts in the mind. Until we win the battle in the mind, it will be difficult to win the battle in the real world. Therefore working on the minds of the youth and our children is fundamental to the success of the African continent. Causing them to take bold steps in the midst of uncertainty and lack of opportunities will be a success if their mindset is set at the right frequency of possibilities, good attitude coupled with hope to thrive. The young people are our future so working on their minds is paramount to change every shepherd of our lives that have made the continent to deteriorate rather that progressing.

Finally when the minds is set right, every other factor that the continents needs will fall into place. Leadership, health and education system, poverty, corrupt activities, infrastructure etc will definitely improved.

Therefore in conclusion, developing the right mindset for the continent is key to the success of the African continent and this mindset transformation starts from you the person reading this article. That is influencing the minds of your family, friends and your community positively will definitely starts a ripple effect if we all engage in this difficult task to turn the impossible to a possible venture. Our collective effort will create a strong synergy to change the status quo confronting the continent. 

THE TIME IS NOW.

Breaking the Norm and Calming the Storm the Meghan Way

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I just wake up and the first though that came to my mind is that today, the 19th of May 2018 is a special day and history is about to be made in the royalty of the United Kingdom with a royal wedding. Today is the wedding of Harry and Meghan. This is not only a special moment for the bride and groom but the whole world will be watching with an eagle eye detailing every step of the way.

However I’m prompted to write this short article because I want to inspire someone. One of the biggest breaks in the history of mankind in our generation is for a black man to be the president of the United States. This is one of the biggest boundaries that the black man has crossed in centuries considering our turmoil as slaves and colonisation amidst racism and discrimination. You can say it is destiny but I will say for Barrack Obama to become the president of the United States, even if it was destiny, I believe effort played a critical role. That is Obama believed and he made the effort to make it happen.

Now the next significant boundary that is about to be overcome is Meghan, a woman of colour to become part of the Royal Family. Interracial marriages have suffered in the past from the United States where it was illegal to the UK where they were discriminated against. The world has moved forward meaning interracial marriages have become more acceptable and welcoming. However there are still remnants of racism and discrimination that they face. But I believe the beauty of diversity which is the bedrock of the city of London will be activated today and this wedding will serve as foundation to continue to embrace diversity.

The inspiration for this article stems from the background of Meghan. From a modest family in the United Sates, a divorcee and coming from a family that seems to be dysfunctional tells me one thing and that is keep your hope alive in spite of all the challenges you are facing in life. The only difference between you and Meghan is that your kairos moment hasn’t arrived yet. That is your opportune time hasn’t materialised. But what you do before your opportune time is critical to becoming the person you are destined to be.

One of the lessons to learn from Meghan’s story is a lesson of what I call to let it go of any form of bitterness in your life. One of the things that you should remember is that Meghan would have missed this opportune time if she was bitter about her divorce. Many in life are harbouring so much bitterness in their life after divorce such that they don’t see any beauty in marriage. They believe there are no good women or men out there. Hence they swim in self pity, bitterness and hatred. The fact is how can you attract the prince of your life if what you harbour in your heart repels the good things of life. Many are missing their opportune moment in life because they have failed one thing or the other in life.

Your failure is not an excuse to continue failing but your handling of failure is the platform to get to greater heights in life.

There has been a lot of controversies prior to this special day in relation to Meghan’s family. Before I drop my pen to go and glue myself to the TV, I was asking a lot of questions concerning Meghan’s family. Did Harry visit the family before he decided to marry her? If he did, what was his thoughts? Did his experience with the family make it difficult to break the news of his relationship with Meghan to the Royal Family? How has the Royal family taken all the controversies within the family prior to today?

There are a lot of questions than answers. In all these, there is one thing that I believe stood out in the mind of Harry and that is Meghan carried herself very well in the midst of a family that looks disintegrated. The fact is how you carry yourself matters in winning any battle in life. To stand out from the crowd is not easy but is achievable if you know what you want and allow your uniqueness to shine in the midst of the storm. There is nothing impossible if you put your mind to it. Stop thinking mediocrity and break the limitations preventing you from getting to where you are destined to be in life.

It’s unfortunate the father will not walk Meghan down the aisle but I believe Meghan has a strong personality to handle this on this special occasion. What I will advise Meghan as a black person becoming part of the Royal Family is to have humility, be wise and work harder to become the gateway for other big breakthroughs for not only black women but all women across the globe. Leave a legacy that will inspire hope in the life of many across the world. Be that signboard that black young ladies will look up to. The Obama’s have done their part and they still continue to impact our world positively. Be an extension of the Obama legacy of hope to black people. You have been handed one of the biggest platforms in the world to influence this world positively especially black people. 

I will end by saying that, Meghan, your best is never enough until it has impacted lives positively.

I WISH YOU ALL THE BEST AND HAVE A BLESSED MARRIAGE.

A Rented World

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A Tribute to Ebony

There is nothing wrong with being a tenant, but it is better to develop a mindset of working towards becoming a landlord.

Oscar Bimpong.

I shared this quote a day before Ebony’s death on a social media platform. However, the meaning of this quote is in relation to real a life situation. In real life, you are either a tenant or a landlord. Your landlord draws the terms and conditions of renting and as a tenant you just have to abide by them or your the landlord evicts you.

However, in terms of our lives, we are all tenants of this world and there is only one landlord. Meaning no one owns this world. It is a rented space for all of us- both rich and the poor.

The rich and the poor all have one life to live.

The journey between the day you are born and the day you die is just a journey that is akin to renting. In real life situation, a person renting a house does not own the property. Hence they can be evicted anytime the property owner deems it fit to take over the property. This situation can be extrapolated unto our lives as we don’t have control over our lives. We cannot determine how, when or who should give birth to us, neither can we choose when we will die.

The fact is, the only opportunity to be a landlord in life, is to own a property. The way time moves fast, coupled with the kind of complex life we live in, especially in our generation, you just have a life now and the next moment you are not assured of it. You can have all the properties and valuable stuff that makes life a worthwhile but all of them do not belong to you. No one dies and goes to the grave with all their properties acquired. They leave it as a legacy for the next generation. The Bible says a good man leaves an inheritance for their children’s children.

Therefore if we are renting this world, then who is the owner of this world. Who has given us this space called the world for us to rent? Who determines when we are supposed to leave our rented apartment in the world,in relation to our life or to continue to have that opportunity to stay in it. Many people will have different answers to this, based on their ideology, background, educational level, religious beliefs and the way they perceive life. But as a child of God, I will stand by what the Bible says and that is, it is appointed unto men once to die, but after that judgement. God is the lawful owner of this world.

What I want Ghanaians and Christians to understand is that judgement does not come from man. Judgement comes from God Almighty. He is the only person that has the power and capacity to judge us. Therefore as you are renting this space called ‘world’, you don’t have any right or power to judge anyone because you will also be judged. Those that are judging Ebony, it is time you start pointing fingers at yourself as no one is perfect.

Remember one day the Landlord of this world will appear and ask yourself if you have obliged by all the terms and conditions of your tenancy agreement of the space that was rented to you.

Ebony in her short life, lived a life of doing what she loved doing. That is entertaining and putting a smile on people’s faces. Every time you saw her in an interview or in a music video, she did it with a smile. Unfortunately, we have lost one of the most brilliant and talented young ladies, who was in the process of putting Ghana on the World map.

The question I want to ask you is simply this, what are you doing with your life before you die? Are you pursuing the things you love doing or you wake up every day to pursue that job or dream that frustrates you? There is always a positive side to any sad story. I watched an interview of Ebony on the Delay show and she categorically stated that at a point in time she had to drop out of school and pursue her music career because that is what she wants to do for the rest of her life. You can argue why she left school at such a young age but that is not different from the Bill Gates, the Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Dell etc. of our time. That is not to say education is not important but it’s important you understand that, the fact you did not have an education or you are a school drop out doesn’t mean you cannot be successful in life. Start with the things that you are passionate about and work hard at it with diligence and consistency and the rest can be history.

The multi-dollar question is what are you waiting for? What do you love doing? There is no other time as the time is NOW. The only time you have is this moment because, you don’t have control over the next moment. So whatever you want to achieve, the time to start is now. Procrastination should be deleted from your dictionary of life. Ebony though a mighty tree cut short and a candle light snuffed out,lived her dream. Are you living your dream?

Jonathan Larson says “there is no future, there is no past, I live this moment as my last”

Your future is today. Because if you don’t start today, there will be no future tomorrow. Excuses should be put to death and a passion to succeed against all odds should be activated in pursuit of your vision. Life is too short for you to continue to procrastinate.

But before I end, I want everyone reading this short tribute Ebony to understand this. We need to be careful when driving and we have to learn to adhere to road signs. The recklessness and the indiscipline on our roads are too much. The Government also has the responsibility to make our roads safer for driving.

As for Ebony, her friend Frankie and the soldier that died with them, may they rest in peace. As for the families and friends, Ruff Town Records CEO Bullet, who happens to be a good friend and the management team, i pray for the Grace of God to help you pass through such a challenging and difficult moment like this. May God keep and bless all of you.

I always say that it’s possible if only you believe.

Author – Oscar Bimpong
(Author, Transformational Speaker, Corporate Trainer & a Business Consultant)
Email – info@oscarbimpong.com

The Truth Needs to be Told to Christians.

I have started seeing adverts of crossing over into 2018, you will recover all that you’ve lost in 2017, you will do well in 2018 and so many promising and motivating captions. The new year resolutions galore as I call it have started.

Instead of being emotional, learn to be realistic.

The fact is you plugged yourself into these captions in 2016 prior to 2017. Now if nothing changed because you decided not to take a step of faith to activate your goals, then I want to assure you that stop wasting your time as nothing will change in 2018. Face reality and start working on your goals. Your prayers will be a waste of time if you decide not to act on what you prayed about.

Don’t get it twisted as God is still in the miracle business but his plan for your life is not a one day miracle but a journey. You don’t want to be in the bush like David to prepare your mind for the Goliath of your life. You don’t want to be in prison like Joseph but you want to be  a Prime Minister not forgetting the lion’s den where Daniel exhibited an extreme level of faith. The most powerful weapon of any Christian is faith, however it is the most undervalued principle by many Christians.

The reason is that the faith of many Christians is overshadowed by a miracle mindset.

That is for example if you are waiting to get the right resources or money to start that business, then I can boldly say you don’t have faith. A christian without faith is as good as dead. Your faith is what pushes God to do his path of making your vision a success.  How can you work with clay and not get your hands dirty. That is you have a role to play to make your destiny come to live.

David could have missed his Glory if he had decided to run away after meeting his Goliath which was an easy option. Every challenge in pursuit of your vision comes as a Goliath. However no matter how giant your Goliath is, the only over comer is that silent small voice of faith. Many of us when we meet the Goliath of our lives, we prefer someone to throw the stone to kill the Goliath on our behalf. Shifting responsibility and giving excuses have become the lifestyle of many Christians. Moreover many Pastors are not helping as they only concentrate on preaching miracles neglecting the reality aspect of the Gospel.

The purpose of God for your life is not a straight path. It can be full of challenges. However he is the one that speaks to the storm to calm it down. He is the I am that I am. He is the author and finisher of your faith. When he says YES, no one can say no. He is the destiny changer and the God that can turn situations around within the twinkle of an eye. All you have to do is to take a step of faith to activate your vision and have the passion to succeed in spite of all the challenges encountered and anticipated. This will trigger the promises of God over your life.

So have a mindset of taking bold steps in 2018. Stop being emotional and let the wishful thinking cease. Stop concentrating on this miracle centered and the fall of manna oriented life preached by some Pastors. For example believe God for a miracle for your healing but when it comes to God’s plan for your life, its a journey that can be full of miracles and challenges. Stop concentrating on the challenges and start taking bold steps. The miracle is God will be with you like the way he was with Daniel, David, Esther, Joseph, Hannah etc. These men and women of God faced challenges. This is the reality that needs to be preached. However God was with them.

Your prayer for 2018 should be, God give me the faith to believe in my vision, the courage to act on it and the passion that drives success against all odds. I want to be a testimony that will encourage others to start acting in faith by the end of 2018. 

So this is the time to reflect on 2017 and the start to work on your goals for 2018.

Remember it is good to pray but best to act on your prayer.

Your relentless effort will provoke God to show up in pursuit of your purpose and make it a tremendous success.

GOD BLESS THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS IN 2018.

#itspossibleifonlyyoubelieve

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