By Victor Jawaseda:
It is some minutes past eight in the night today. I feel compelled to write something before 9PM when I will shift my attention either to football or preparation for my meetings tomorrow or crazy still, both!
I ask myself, “Don’t I need to write about entrepreneurship?” The answer is a straight yes!
From what I can remember from campus (as taught by KBN) the definition of entrepreneurship includes the words: risk, goods, service and profit. So I can say an entrepreneur is a person who takes the risk and invests resources in provision of goods or services for the sake of profit!
As a Kenyan, this article comes at a time when politics is attaining maximum speed. The major contributors to the politics are the youth. They are the majority. I need to say that they are also the most affected when it comes to the worst of politics. After all, are they not the ones to whom the promise of jobs are being hurled at?
I must quote the saying, “Peace is not only the absence of war!”
So, today I wanted to explore the surmise that Entrepreneurship is a potential additive for peace. I must also warn that it is not a ‘stand-alone prescription’ but needs other condiments for the sweet meal of peace!
Now, back to my postulate, if the youth would seek to invest in goods and services as a means to liberate themselves then this would result in a peaceful society. Some of the crimes that we see today are related to lack of resources. Young couples pick up feuds over (lack of) money. Research relates crime to joblessness. So entrepreneurship aims to reduce the joblessness.
Secondly entrepreneurship gives the investor a sense of ownership and power. A successful youthful investor is an empowered youth. S/he feels in control. This makes them have the satisfaction that is needed for life. Yes, the hope of a better tomorrow!
At least the sin of worrying is kept a distance. The worry referred to hear is the one that leads to hopelessness and to extrapolate death. Yes death in crime related activities.
By investing, most of the time the vijana will find themselves busy. Busy to mean kept in their business cycle of innovation, supplies and the desire to remain aloft. This will deny them the luxury of time to be ‘cheated, misused or abused’ as always claimed.
Having said that, I have to clarify that it is not easy to invest. One needs to study the market and there is risk. But from the biblical story of Samson, the lion and the honey. Where there is strength (read determination) there is sweetness.
As I conclude, I would suggest that the youth pool resources, save their income and or brainstorm one with another with the purpose of investing. This is more beautiful than cheap talk. In fact much more beautiful than seeking handouts!
Don’t you agree?
PS: I will soon share tips on how to save for investment. Oops, it is a minute to nine!
Victor is a Kenyan writer and one of Kenya’s brightest upcoming leaders. He is currently compiling his autobiography.