By Nmachi Jidenma
One of my favourite business books is Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. Published in 2008, it’s almost shocking that the book is half a decade old. What I found most compelling about it was its reminder about the role luck and advantages (whether deserved or undeserved) play in our success in life.
As I grow older, I find that I have more of an appreciation for being born among my generation of Africans and how exciting it is to be born in this era.
“Africa” has been supposedly rising for a long time but the past decade has been the one significant decade where it does seem like the “Africa” rising rhetoric has some legs. Practically everyone has been talking about the transformational role of mobile technology on the continent for some time now and it is thankfully increasingly unfashionable to talk about the continent as a place of hopelessness, war, famine and disease.
In many sectors, we are all excited about the positive growth and energy that we have witnessed over the years. Seeing the music industry grow from very, very humble beginnings to what is fast becoming a truly global phenomenon, seeing African fashion brands make a global statement in retail stores and runways around the world and seeing the dynamism in the fast growing technology space – it’s almost overwhelming to keep up with the pace of growth and development no matter how modest they may seem.
As a generation, what have we done to deserve to be a part of such an exciting and transformational growth story? I feel blessed to be able to witness it, to be a part of it and to be helping tell its story. Time and time again, we hear stories of Diasporans heading back home because they want to do work that makes a difference or entrepreneurs all over the continent quitting their jobs because they want to help birth industries and companies or activists risking their lives to stand up for good governance and accountability.
We are a blessed generation because in the next few decades we will help usher in one of the fastest economic transformation stories that the world has ever seen.
We all owe it to the continent to show our gratitude as the blessed generation by doing something transformational. What are you doing today to help bring Africa’s economic transformation to life?