Safaricom hosts mentorship summit for Kenya youth
From MARIA MACHARIA in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – SAFARICOM will on Friday kick off a series of countrywide youth empowerment and mentorship summits through its newly launched youth platform, BLAZE, in Kenya.
Dubbed Be Your Own Boss (B.Y.O.B.), the summits will give youth aged below 26 access to a selection of mentors succeeding in unconventional fields, with the aim of empowering them with the knowledge and understanding of attributes to succeed in those professions.
The first summit will be held at the Eldoret Sports Club. It is expected to attract up to three thousand young men and women from the region.
The full day session will involve mentorship sessions and plenary discussions led by mentors including two of Kenya’s celebrated young businessmen listed among Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Young African Entrepreneurs – Eric Muthomi, Chief Executive Officer of Stawi Foods and Mike Muthiga, CEO of Fatboy Animations.
“The BLAZE summits present an opportunity for the youth to listen to and interact with individuals who they have said they look up to for different reasons, most notably their success in what is unconsidered unconventional fields, and at a young age,” said Sylvia Mulinge, Director of Consumer Business – Safaricom.
She said youth have passions and aspirations that they would like to turn into real careers, and these summits will give them a chance to listen and learn from other young Kenyans who have overcome all sorts of obstacles to succeed.
“Through B.Y.O.B. they will learn how to create and take advantage of business and employment opportunities, plan their finances and manage the resources they have at their disposal,” Mulinge added.
Award winning entrepreneur Ahmed Abdi, who started out as a matatu tout and is now the Founder and C.E.O of Amana Insurance Brokerage, will speak about dreaming big and building a successful enterprise in a field dominated by foreign-owned firms.
The summits will also be held in Kisumu, Nakuru, Meru, Mombasa and Nairobi. Entry into the summit will cost Kshs.100 per person, redeemable for airtime or merchandise at the venue.
BLAZE – which cost Kshs.700 million to conceptualise, develop and launch – is a sub-brand of Safaricom and is the first platform of its kind in the East and Central African market.
– CAJ News
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