AfricanLionessRoar: An African Social Entrepreneur mobilising global leaders.

AfricanLionessRoar: An African Social Entrepreneur mobilising global leaders.

__Dr Sipho Moyo from Zimbabwe (6/10).

These days we are all familiar with the fact that global political leaders meet throughout the year at gatherings such as the UN General Assembly,  G7, G20, BRICS, World Bank, IMF, African Union Summits. Global business leaders also have their own gatherings such as the World Economic Forum in Switzerland and Africa.

__sometimes political and business leaders meet together to discuss issues of regional or global concern.

These meetings are important because a complex world requires collaboration.

At all these meetings it has become quite common to find Civil Society leaders represented:

__Any progressive business or political leader now knows that a meeting without a meaningful role for civil society is “meaningless”.

Many of these people come to make sure that issues of extreme poverty, environment, injustice, protection of children, and conflict, are firmly on the agenda. By the time such meetings take place the Civil Society representatives have been working for sometimes months or even years to ensure they get these issues on the agenda.

__the emergence of Civil Society to play this role is without doubt the most important development in global governance in the 21st century and beyond.

It was not always so, and many civil society organisations are still fighting to take their rightful place at the table. The battle continues.

Dr Sipho Moyo who runs the African wing of a global organisation called the ONE Campaign, is without doubt one of the most influential Social Entrepreneurs in the world today. A trained banker with a PHD in economics, this #AfricanLionessRoar left a 12 year career job at the African Development Bank, to go to the frontline of mobilising global responses to issues of extreme poverty, when she took charge of setting up the African unit of the global organisation ONE Campaign.

Sipho and her colleagues know that it is not enough to simply protest, even though they are very good at it; they not only identify a problem but they come up with solutions, and argue forcefully for them to be adopted.

As an Economist Sipho knows that it is important to support what you say with hard data. As an example of what they do, they were recently at the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, and also the African Union Summit. The issue this time is that of Women and Girls in Africa.

Here is some shocking data that they shared about the situation that the African girl child, and African woman face, RIGHT NOW:

#  A woman in Africa is 100 times more likely to die bringing a new life into the world than a woman in Europe.

# Almost 40,000 girls under the age of 18 become child brides every day, with a greater chance of suffering abuse from their husbands.

# Only a little over 20% of poor rural girls in Africa complete primary education and fewer than 10% finish lower secondary school.

# Of adults living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, 58% are women.

___’The challenges and injustices that girls and women in the developing world face are many—across all aspects of life—and include structural, social, economic and political barriers. In Africa, far more than anywhere else, women are disproportionately affected by corruption because of reduced access to resources, lower participation in governance and weaker protection of their rights.’ (Dr Sipho Moyo).

I meet Sipho often, and I call her my “little sister”. And whenever I see her I’m reminded of that great injunction to all believers in God, from the Master himself:

“What is it for a man to gain the whole world and to lose his soul?”

__It’s not all about making as much money as you can, or having as much power as possible:

The Master will not ask you, “how much money did you make? Or how high in public office did you rise?”

We all need to get involved in fighting extreme poverty, injustice and exclusion. Get involved in Civil society, and be a Social Entrepreneur.

There are 4 more to go. Some will be social entrepreneurs and others business entrepreneurs. I hope you have been inspired so far.

To be continued…

Author:Strive Masiyiwa

Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.

7 Replies to “AfricanLionessRoar: An African Social Entrepreneur mobilising global leaders.”

  1. Mildred Onuorah,

    I too mke my daughter read and follow you.i believe she will be a remarkable 12yrs she has shown leadership qualities.has led hee quiz of the best in her school.i know she too will change the world.she wants to be a scientist.

    My reply:
    She will indeed be a great scientist. Don’t stop believing that, even for a moment.
    God bless.

  2. Romans 12:2 (NLT).
    * Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

    The only material given to us by God with which to renew our minds and transform our lives is His Word.(Dr Chris Oyakilome).

  3. Adelola Edema,

    Well done Sir. Please have you heard of Farida Bedwei before? She is a Ghanaian entrepreneur, a software engineer. She was recently featured on CNN’s African Voices. If you have not finalized your list of African lionesses, please I will like to nominate her. Thank you Sir.

    My reply:
    I cherish your recommendation. Several of the lionesses featured came as a result of recommendations made on this platform. I will certainly have her put on our list, and see how she does. Even if she does not make the platform this time, I will still try and feature her at some point. I have decided that every month I will feature someone.
    So please don’t stop sending your recommendations, because one day someone will recommend you.

  4. Lubinda,

    Am 25 nd paying for my 2 sisters education one in Grade 12 nd Another in Grade 11 and every time I luk at them i say to God pliz help these girls some times I think he dosnt hear me but every time I read these posts I find strength coz God answers my prayers through dis page… Thanks to u Mr Masiyiwa nd all the people on dis page may God bless u a million times

    My reply:
    “Your labor of love towards your siblings is not without recompense. This is the greatest investment that you shall ever make, both for yourself and them. In due season you shall receive your harvest, and you shall not have enough room to contain it. He in whom you have put your trust and hope will not disappoint you, just continue to “lean into His Word”, neither turning to the right nor to the left. Never allow yourself to be bowed by the challenges that might arise during this period of “sowing in tears”.

  5. Bekithemba,

    Sir I would also like to recommend two young ladies.The first one is Nicola Grace Hove a 20year old women from Zimbabwe and the second one is Murendwa Mmabasotho Mukwevho(My personal favourite after you Sir) from South Africa aged 23.Sir I would like you to look at them at some time and feature them in your post am sure they will inspire a lot of young and old people.

    My reply:
    Send us more information about them both.

  6. Changing the world one person at a time is what I strive for, I have taken up life coaching and motivational speaking to push forward my agenda. your blog helps me a lot and I have read and re read your posts many times for inspiration and now I believe that there are no limitations to what I can do. The women featured here are amazing. As an up and coming tv and film producer in Zimbabwe I strive to inspire as you have inspired me. For that I need proper research and balance in my information which I have also learnt from you.

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