__A time to plant and a time to plan.
There’s an old story some of you have probably heard called “The Wolf You Feed”. It goes something like this (I have adapted it a little). One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.
One is Evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, inferiority, corruption, intolerance, ego and lies. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, vision, kindness, innovation, empathy, truth, and faith.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked: “Grandfather, which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee replied quietly: “The one you feed.”
These are very hard times. And they will get harder for most people in the months and even years ahead, depending on decisions being made each and every day. Including your own. Which wolf will you decide to feed, each day?
You may be one of the millions around the world feeling lonely, depressed, fearful, and even worthless if your job has disappeared, or your pay has been slashed. Maybe you have no idea now how you are going to feed your family or send your kids to school.
Then there are young people like some of you, about to graduate from school. You have worked so hard for this important day set for 2020, but not only is the traditional graduation ceremony cancelled, you really have no idea what the future will bring.
__You are not alone. Be strong and of good courage. We will get through this.
Yes, times are tough. Very tough. But if you want to be the Wolf that “wins” in this old Cherokee story, you must start now to #Re-imagine a post-pandemic future. You have no choice. We need your #SolutionMindset busy now. What do YOU see?
Not long ago I told you about things that keep ME up at night, and one of them is Food Security. Sufficient food is already a continental crisis, crying out urgently for serious and innovative entrepreneurs, and in particular, #Agripreneurs. Especially now.
Remember: agrifood in Africa is still going to be a $1Tn industry in the years ahead. Whilst some businesses will definitely fail during and after this COVID-19 pandemic, all our people will always need food. They will ALWAYS need food. Good, healthy food!
Last year most of you know we launched the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize and two of you (Isaac Sesi and Bonolo Monthe) won $50k each to grow their agribusinesses.
The 2nd Annual GoGettaz competition kicked off last month and I would love to see some of you compete to win this year, to help us feed Africa’s people and the world. Don’t say I didn’t tell you about it! Here’s the link to enter: https://vc4a.com/gogettaz/2020/
Most likely the GoGettaz Agripreneur Grand Finale pitch competition for the top-10 (that we held in Ghana in 2019) will be held online this year. That is fine! Everything is online these days. The show must go on. You have until 18 June to apply. The award ceremony will be held in September, along with the announcement of the prestigious Africa Food Prize.
__I have heard that a few thousand entrepreneurs have already applied, but only 25% are women so far. Please tell your sisters across Africa about this competition. I know there are some amazingly successful agripreneurial Lionesses of Africa out there. Our judges will choose one male and one female winner!
Help share this opportunity with others and be sure to check out the free webinars for entrepreneurs the GoGettaz Africa team has put together. Here’s a link to the most recent one yesterday:
Whatever field you are in, now is the time to plant new seeds, and to plan, in ways you never ever have before.
We are in a new world.
See it as an entrepreneur. We will get through this.
Image caption: Social entrepreneur Lilian Nakigozi is co-founder and CEO of Uganda Women Smiles, a women- founded, women-led and women-focused social venture which teaches young women how to use vertical farming for food and livelihood in urban areas. She was one of our top finalists last year! https://www.f6s.com/womensmilesuganda
Strive Masiyiwa is the founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever, and the Global Advisory boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and Stanford University. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also serves as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). He is a co-founder of the Carbon War Room, Pathways for Prosperity, and the Global Business Coalition on Education. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signators of the Giving Pledge.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa