Makosi calls for new mindset

LONDON - Youth development is rightly gaining increased attention in present day Africa.

The main message is clear enough as African governments are justifiably putting youth concerns at the heart of the development agenda and committing fully to engage young people in all aspects of their programmes and initiatives that target economic development.

I believe the youths have repeatedly demonstrated willingness and ability to contribute to the development process from the identification of issues to implementation and monitoring regardless of the setbacks in education and employment.

I have been following Makosi Musambasi for a very long time and I was not surprised when I recently heard that she had been nominated to be part of the Zimbabwe Youth Council overseen by the Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Ministry. I have to give it to the girl on a silver platter!

Over the last few months she has literally transformed the face of Africa through Makosi Today. Thwarting the nay sayers, the programme has now gone global and is available not only to Zimbabwe, but worldwide.

Changing the face of Africa using one story at a time, Makosi has also taken an active role in motivating young people so they play a substantial role through effective decision making. The most recent being the “ Tokwe Mukosi’’, a project based solely on Makosi’s initiative.

Makosi is determined to train a new breed of youth that could potentially be groomed for the future and develop problem solving skills.

Makosi states that her vision for the youth of Zimbabwe is an all-encompassing one. More recently, she hosted the successful ‘’ Be your Sisters’ Keeper’’ conference, which is now set to be an annual event. The conference brought about speakers from all walks of life, who inspired and empowered the youths to excel in their current situations.

As a person who works with many young people, I am inspired at the level Makosi has taken to ensure that young Zimbabweans are made aware of the opportunities available and the life skills that actively help them to participate in all spheres of an increasingly knowledge-intensive society, where young citizens are raised to be the continent’s future leaders.

I am encouraged that while society preaches doom and gloom, it is important to have mentors like Makosi and many other young Zimbabweans, who go out of their way to make a change no matter how small.

Given the right combination of motivation, ideas and opportunities, youths are more than able to establish productivity in their chosen careers or businesses.

In view of her nomination, I wanted to find out what Makosi thought about the role the newly-appointed youth council would play. As I suspected, she was just humbled by the nomination. During the interview Makosi said she believed that mind-transformation was the most important thing, “because nothing was bound to change until a mindset was changed.’’

She went on to stress how important it was for the youths to stay in Zimbabwe and become part of the process, adding that the development of youth was important for the dynamics of the country so as to keep pace with the world which is now a global village.

Makosi says Zimbabwe still has a lot to learn in areas of team work and unity, pointing out that democracies like America and England worked because “no one person has a vision but collective visions are put together always for a greater cause’’.

I was most impressed at her interpretation of “self’’ in a team, which she explained articulately.

“I look at my nomination as a call to service not a call to leadership’’ she said. Makosi also praised the current council for doing the best they could and expressed concern over individuals who came in to change a process that had already been started.

“She explained that when one attempted to change it was only because they were faulting what was in place, but rather one should look at improving. Makosi hoped to see more youths encouraged to communicate and comment on how they felt the country should be run, giving more faces to their voices not just under pseudonyms used on social media.

“The youth will usher us into the next generation, they are the future. The world is run by politics, religion and entertainment and we have a lot of youths in entertainment but not that many in politics’’ she said.

I don’t know about you, but I am putting on that “sister’s keeper’’ hat and am voting Makosi. Let us encourage a team with individuals with a winning mind. To vote for Makosi and other nominees please Whatsapp 0774703220 or email researchzimbabwe@gmail.com with  “I vote ..and name of nominee’’, to follow Makosi on social media: Twitter: @makosi , Instagram:@officialmakosi.

*Pamela is a Zimbabwean fashion journalist and fashion accessory designer based in the United Kingdom. She can be contacted on pamsamasuwo@live.co.uk

Comments (1)

I think you are crazy. What has the Tokwe Mukosi project got to do with this whorish woman? Do you even know what Tokwe Mukosi is?

Blaz waBob - 2 December 2014

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