African Citizen sets up platform for students
AS the potential of young people is regarded as the driving force of people’s collective prosperity, the African Citizen initiative has since made a move to realise this opportunity by engaging African university students across the globe to create a platform that fosters entrepreneurial success.
The African Citizen organisation uses its collective voices and efforts to create opportunities that aid fellow African students by helping them advance their respective capabilities and talents.
The organisation’s founder, Darlington Makovere, told the Daily News that he wants to change the narrative of African students in foreign countries and African students’ businesses in foreign countries.
“We want to create a platform with a system that works for us rather than against us.
“We believe that Africans have a lot of potential running through their blood and it’s about time this potential is released out there for the world to see.”
African Citizen hosted their first ever successful Business Exhibition Show at Istasyon in Lefke, North Cyprus last year.
One of the sponsors of the exhibition was venture capitalist and entrepreneur Willard Kachere, through his foundation The Kachere Foundation, along with other sponsors Glenmont Holdings and PolarLion Wear.
Kachere told the Daily News that he is keen to see young people set up businesses and take centre stage for its Africa’s time.
“If we don’t sacrifice the little that we have and wait until we are rich, what happens when we don’t become rich?
“Progress is key and we do that by assisting each other,” Kachere said.
Whether it’s African businesses, African artists or simply African creatives, African Citizen provides a platform that offers access to opportunities for career growth and development.
“There are internship opportunities through our partners, access to capital and networking with like minded individuals from across the globe,” Makovere said.
The African Citizen team is composed of diverse individuals from artists, entrepreneurs, media experts to speakers and the aim is to combine these strengths to impact the community in the best way possible.