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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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.

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.

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Ten Facts About Talent

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1. Talent is a gift from God. It is giving to you freely.
 
2. The giver of any gift never demands it back and they never tell you what to do with the gift. It is entirely your decision what you do with the gift.
 
3. Every gem likewise every talent is hidden. It’s up to you to identify it.
 
4. Identifying your talent is not enough but the nurturing of your talent is paramount to your success in life.
 
5. Consistency in nurturing your talent will make you an expert in your field of endeavour.
 
6. In pursuit of your talent, first you nurture it and during this stage, your value is less and hence you find it difficult to attract people to invest in your talent.
 
7. Over time, you build value and your talent attracts a price tag.
 
8. Every talent is a multi-dollar industry. It will reach a time you will command and dictate transactions in your terms.
 
9. When it comes to talent, you don’t have to work hours to earn money. You can, for example, run a 10 seconds race and become a millionaire. The Usain Bolt factor.
 
10. You cannot identify your talent and not love what you do. That is the best thing that can happen to any man is to do what you love doing and earn money out of it.
 
Oscar Bimpong
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