SFAN Organises Career Fair For YALI Participants

Stars From All Nations (SFAN) organized a special edition of the organization’s signature career fair project for the #YALIWestAfrica2015 Cohort 2 participants on Wednesday, December 2nd at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA).

According to Tom-Chris Emewulu, Founder of SFAN: ‘SFAN started as a campus organisation in Radford University College, Accra Ghana, with the core aim of raising the next generation of African leaders and to bridge the gap between college and career.

Our innovative programs are focused on training and inculcating values within our global leaders. The values we seek to inculcate are of responsive and responsible leadership, enabling our members to be change agents and problem solvers in their communities. We provide an enabling environment for the youth to turn their passion into a career or business.’

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SFAN PRESENTS FUTURE EXECUTIVES BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING

BACKGROUND: Future Executives Business Breakfast Meeting provides a space for talented young entrepreneurs to spark conversations with established investors, business owners, professionals, and other stakeholders. The forum was born out of the need for like-minded individuals to meet, exchange useful information and share best practices.

Previous editions have hosted high profile individuals and corporate executives from brands including USAID, World Bank, MEST, Rancard, Ecobank, etc.

This 4th edition is Co-hosted with Impact Hub Accra and it consists of a Keynote session, two panel segments, and opportunity presentation segment – a segment for unveiling unique opportunities for the youth in Ghana.

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YOU ARE YOUR BEST ASSET

Despite 40% of the world’s young people – or 1 billlion children – projected to grown up in Africa by 2050, the education to employment pipeline is almost non-existent in many countries, with close to 50% of the continent’s university graduates leaving school without jobs. Regardless of industry.

Yes, there are a couple of sayings, albums, and individuals that could tell us a thing or two about lemons, life and lemonade. But making the most out of decaying education infrastructure and inaccessible employment opportunities is deeply disheartening to say the least.

When Tom-Chris Emewulu’s undergraduate institution, Atlantic International University, Nigeria Campus, lost their accreditation forcing them to let their entire student body go, his expulsion from education dashed his employment aspirations and career ambitions.

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TIM DRAPER IN GHANA: SPEEDUPAFRICA’S TOP FIVE START-UPS

One hundred start-up founders from 18 African countries came together on a beach resort in Accra, Ghana in July 2016 for SpeedUPAfrica – a four-day day growth and investment bootcamp aimed at ‘transforming start-ups in to speedups’.

SpeedUPAfrica was created by Toro Orero, Managing Partner of DraperDarkFlow; a Silicon Valley VC Fund backed by legendary Investor Tim Draper, who was also in attendance. Tim has raised over $4 billion in funds, invested in over 1000 companies (including Skype and Hotmail), with 24 exits at over $1 billion.

Young founders from across the continent and beyond were treated to mentor sessions and workshops hosted by the likes of Facebook, Google and 500 Startups before DraperDarkFlow, Toro and Tim made investments in eight start-ups.

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WHAT CAN TECHNOLOGY DO IN AFRICA: LOOKING AT THE TOOLS AND CHALLENGES

On the heels of Facebook CEO’s Mark Zuckerberg’s trip to Africa, some young African leaders and I sat to consider the question Zuckerberg is looking to answer: what can technology do in Africa?

On September 31st, 2016, I had the privilege of moderating a panel on technology in Africa for over a hundred young African leaders. Stars From All Nations, a by-and-for youth social enterprise, organized the second edition of Quantum Leap Career Fair for President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), West Africa. The event brought together 20+ companies in sectors such as education, technology, fashion, agribusiness, real estate and so on.

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