Check out this quote I’ve just found while going through a pile of newspapers from EAK I received the other day:
Q: At 24, you are probably one of the youngest CEOs in the region. Has this been an obstacle in your quest to market the company?
A: Yes, it has. As a young entrepreneur maketing a new concept, I faced a lot of challenges, with some prospective clients not taking me seriously. But once I proved my worth, people started respecting me, especially when they learnt that at my age, I have 45 employees. I believe it is the youth who will lift Africa out the yokes of poverty.
(Nadeem Juma, CEO, E-Fulusi (T) Ltd.,
ex: “Q&A”, The EastAfrican, No.682, Nov 26 – Dec 02, 2007, p. 23)
My Indian colleague at work who is currently writing his master thesis and, at his age of 22, also is the youngest intern at the GTZ, recently introduced me to one of his friends who – at the age of 28 – is currently setting up a branch of a well-known Indian bank in Frankfurt. And I was told that an Indian guy has three things to achieve in life: a very good education, getting married and buying a house.
Now compare that with what the average German wants to achieve in his life…hmmm.
As for that quote above: Nadeem’s company in Tanzania, E-Fulusi, offers mobile banking services – operator independent!
The purchasing agents of Father Christmas recently approached me and asked, what I would like to receive as a xmas present. Well…
I’ve been living out of two suitcases for the past 1,5 years – and it feels good. As long as the battery on my N95-phone/mp3player/webthing is fully charged, I’ve got a comfy bed to sleep in and access to a broadband inet connection, there isn’t much else money could buy for me.
As for the other, unmaterialistic stuff: good health can’t be bought, 8h of sleep every night neither and love….well…it’s always good to be loved! :-)