Welcome to the Prime Time Interview with your host Munyaradzi Zindi the Social Architect courtesy of Shanduko Foundation, today we have a very special guest The Golden Valley founder and Director Mr. Shepherd Ndoro.
Question: Mr. Ndoro welcome to the Prime Time interview !!! can you please give us s brief history of your background, who is Shepherd?
SN: Thank you like you mentioned my name is Shepherd Ndoro, born and bread in Mabvuku/Tafara. I’m into Argo-business specializing with organic products such as pure honey, peanut butter, black jack, macadamia nuts and pecans. Grew up a ghetto boy passionate about becoming a pilot one day.
Question : In terms of education what did you study?
SN: By profession I’m into cyber security in short.
Question: Relating what you studied and what you do professionally can you marry two?
SN: What I’m currently doing and what I studied are two different things at all one way or the other they don’t match.
Question: You mentioned in your introduction that you are an entrepreneur who influenced you to be an entrepreneur, and in your own view how do you view the industry in Zimbabwe in general and what can be done to add value to our young entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe?
SN: What simply made me to be an entrepreneur is that of one day years ago when I was employed at one of the reputable company, was on fixed contract that I renewed every year. I went through my contract then I came across a certain clause which stated that my contract can be terminated within 48 hours without me being notified. This alarmed me that I’m nothing within this organization and can’t end my career working for someone. Ideas started to come through where my life will be in the next couple of years, if I don’t wake up and smell the coffee. Industry in Zimbabwe it’s completely down but the best we can do as young people, we need to come up with ideas and resuscitate again. To my fellow young folks who are entrepreneurs we need to do things that will benefit majority not you only.
Question: As a young person in Zimbabwe growing up in a country that has been ravaged by economic meltdowns and various crises what made you decide that you were going to venture into entrepreneurship?
SN: Living in a country that do not follow global economic trends for more than 20 year still trapped in a serious recession. Ventured into entrepreneurship in order to make a change one day.
Question: We can’t do an interview with Mr. Ndoro without mentioning the Simbiso Jumpstart initiative !!!. In short, can you put it in words what is it all about?
SN: The Simbiso Jumpstart initiative it’s all about nurturing young talent giving them hope upon their dreams, we believe birds of the same feathers flock together, the initiative is there to bring the lost hope and we believe that young people can be leaders of tomorrow.
Question: As a young person trying to make a difference can you name a few obstacles that have come on your path and how have you managed to overcome those hiccups?
SN: Being an entrepreneur it’s not an easy road like what people say, it requires a lot of perseverance. During my first year had a challenge of market coming to the field of play where they are giants who had made their names on the market. Faced a lot of rejection in my coming to the market to gain trust from people it’s not easy especially my industry of food a lot is being considered. I never lost hope one thing I can say readers are leaders had to study my fellow competitors how they are running their entities then started to develop from there had to work on SWOT analysis.
Question How has Coronavirus implications affected your business in regards to your sales and providing your services?
SN: Corona virus had negative and positive effects. Our sales went down due to the lockdown of the first 21 days we had a loss of more than US$2000 in sales .Business was made to be on hold for three weeks no movement took place within the organization. On the other hand we managed to create new ways of selling our products during lockdown period. We have developed a new system called Golden connect where u open account with us and have 10% discount. Products will be delivered on your door step. We also developed an idea where u can visit our website or social media pages on your device then you get to know how our products works.
Question: Having said all this about yourself I think I will pose the question that everyone wants, where do you see yourself in 5-10 years to come and your legacy what do you want to be remembered with?
SN: That’s a good question for sure but in the next five year I see myself on another level especially my product dominating on the international market, already steps towards achieving that are now at advanced stage. In ten years time Golden Valley company will be amongst the best and in short our product is already known in most countries of sub Saharan continent. Want to be remembered one day as the first black Youngman to have more than 10 million hives throughout Africa.
Question: if you are to be president of the Republic of Zimbabwe for 100 days what would want to do away within this country and what will you bring to the table as our president?
SN: Will bring a change and make sure Zimbabwean citizens get their share of resources.
Question: Your last words to everyone who will come across this interview?
SN: I urge them when you have an idea in mind procrastination is thief of time don’t delay start working on it find people who are already successful and be your mentors.
Thank you for your time Mr. Shepard Ndoro for this awesome interview we wish you well in your endeavors and we hope that we will be able to see you achieve greater success in your endeavors. No one will come and do it for you whilst you are just sitting enjoying the spectacular view. “BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
Interview With Princewell ‘The Roadrunner Farmer’
In the words of Arthur Ashe, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”, Princewell is one man living and putting to test these words by taking his passion in poultry farming into a test. Princewell (PW) is always there on Twitter mostly sharing his story, pictures, and updates on his roadrunner farming, something which has helped market his business and inspire someone out there. Coach Mallvine (CM), our Productions Manager, caught up with Princewell for an online interview, and below is how it went along. Enjoy the interview and don’t forget to subscribe to stay tuned for more interviews and updates.
CM: Please introduce yourself to our readers.
PW: Real name Terence Maphosa, a young passionate roadrunner Farmer in his late 30s.
CM: What brought you into farming?
PW: On this one there are a lot of reasons:
- Availability of idleness in my rural area which I saw as a chance to put up something productive and since I had no water, the only idea that looked feasible out of the many I had was road runners.
- Passion for roadrunners, before these exotic breeds I was doing the ordinary kumusha roadrunners. So, it became a transition into something catchy more advanced on a larger scale.
- Roadrunner farming is not congested that much so, I saw an opportunity that I could use and it worked perfectly.
CM: How big is your farm and what are you currently farming?
PW: This is not a “Farm” as you might call it. It is a resettlement area, but I have a good space which is up to 6 hectares for the chickens and 5hectares for crop farming. It is located in Mhondoro Ngezi. For the crops, I focus mainly on maize, sunflower, soya, and sorghum. These crops reduce the costs of buying feeds.
CM: When did you started the chicken business?
PW: I started in November 2017.
CM: Tell us the types of chickens you sell.
PW: I have 5 breeds that I selected on basis of their different strengths and purposes. Black Australorp (a machine at laying eggs), Koekoek (good at eggs as well), Light Sussex (Both meat and eggs), Kuroila (Meat Master….weighs heavy), Jersey Giant (Meat Master). I have a 6th which is the Buff Orpington but I see it is as a flower that I like seeing around.
CM: Which is the best chicken breeds to keep and why?
PW: Black Australorp, Chicken business needs a bird that lays more so that you minimize the costs. It grows big as well and that will make it marketable for meat. However, I should point out that it differs with farmer’s preferences and also some parts of the community have certain beliefs attached to a black chicken. In that case the Koekoek will come second.
CM: How many hours do you work per day and what is your typical day like?
PW: Roadrunner farming needs all day attention. Feeding, giving medicines to the ones that are sick, cleaning food troughs, etc.
CM: Has it been viewed as more of a business for you or a lifestyle choice? Some combination of both?
PW: To be honest, it started as a business but it grew to be at the heart of my lifestyle. I woke up every day feeling proud of being a roadrunner. So, now I live in the roadrunner business.
CM: What is the most satisfying part of farming for you?
PW: The most satisfying part is having a product that the market has approved and is confident. That alone will give you extra energy to work even harder.
CM: What motivates you and how do you deal with negativity and any feeling of giving up?
PW: The greatest motivation is me, I look back and say, I cannot go back to the past life, so the only option is to push. Negativity will always be there and some will even destroy your brand but I always try to engage those who think I went off rail or I didn’t offer a good service. The problem is, people usually appreciate through hate. They hate what they like. So the best way is to engage and find a solution.
CM: What is your current take on youth participation in agriculture and how best can they become effective and active participants in this industry?
PW: Youth out there are desiring to go all out for farming but access to land and capital hinders a lot of us to participate in farming. We have the zeal but we don’t have a chance to express it. The government must identify youth with potential and empower them with ideas and inputs. Without that, farming will remain a thing of an idea to youth.
CM: Have you benefitted from any government or social programs to boost your agriculture business, if not are you looking forward to any?
PW: No. Not as of yet. If the help comes I will take it with both hands. I’m a citizen of the country and if the government sees it fit, I will take them and utilize them without fail.
CM: Many a time, access to finance and support systems are usually not in favor of subsistence farmers. How do you think the situation can be improved and work to boost and support the subsistence farmer?
PW: I am one of the subsistence farmers in Zimbabwe and I am thriving on the small space that I have. So the government may also consider looking into aiding us to boost our projects from the small pieces of land that we have.
CM: With regards to the market and marketing, how responsive has it been, and how you have been effectively marketing your business?
PW: Honestly, Twitter has been the base for my customers. All referrals and recommendations are mostly coming from Twitter. The key is being consistent and not supplying wrong or fake products. As far as to this level, the market has been quite fair to me. I market my chocks on social platforms that are, Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter. This is done by me and the aid of all people reading this interview.
CM: Tell us, how is the chicken Market in Zimbabwe and how can we improve our Chicken’s quality?
PW: The chicken business in Zimbabwe has always been there and it was more of broiler productions but the roadrunner business is of growth over the past 5 to 6 years. The marker is high because people are slowly moving to organic meat which I assume will overtake the broiler business in no time. However, we must reach a level of making our own breeds named after us, and unique breeds registered from Zimbabwe. We are focusing on importing breeds from other countries, yet, we cannot make our own. It is my dream that I will see that wish be of reality.
CM: What has been our greatest obstacle in your hustle and how did you manage to overcome that?
PW: My greatest obstacle has been on feed. Generally, feed in Zimbabwe is expensive and the profit margin is thin, so, for a farmer starting to grow it becomes a great challenge. However, planting your feed has been the solution and as for now I have no complaints.
CM: Any mistakes you have made in farming that you regret or have managed to learn from?
PW: My greatest mistake was in 2018 when I almost sold all my chickens due to frustration. The market was not giving a favorable response and I sold a lot of birds. Later the market gave a positive response when I was almost giving up. It is now a story of the past and I learnt the virtue of patience. Every farmer out there must know, as long as you have a good product, people will buy no matter what.
CM: What advice can you give to the chicken farmer out there who is also looking forward to growing their farming too?
PW: To the small farmer out there; take your time to set your things, there is no competition in farming, the industry is not flooded, market is there go to the drawing board and set your things in the right place then come out with guns blazing and grow big. Whatever line you take in farming, just push to have the best product and remember, “honesty” is key. Have good breeds that are compatible with any environment. It is not about having many breeds but the type of a breed.
CM: What are the keys to success in farming, particularly the poultry business?
PW: Have the best products, be honest, transparent, deliver, and lastly, work hard.
CM: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
PW: In 5 years to come I will be in the process of perfecting my own breeds and constantly supplying roadrunner meat.
CM: Where can people find you?
PW: I am based in Harare and as for my project it is in Mhondoro Ngezi.
CM: How do you see your role in the community?
PW: I see myself in the sense of a role model. With the growth in business follows a bit of dignity and responsibility. People expect much and you to act a certain way. Therefore, I accept that because some will be looking up to me as a role model it becomes my role in the community.
CM: Please give us your social media pages.
Facebook: Prince Machiavelli Chickens; Twitter: @terrymap1
Rags To Riches: An Interview With The Herd Boy
In our first series of the Motimagz: ‘African Great Series’ Nyasha Kaonde (NK), an entrepreneur, author, and personal development coach joins one of the leading entrepreneurs, authors, and philanthropists, Barnabas Marambire (BM) whose story is one of the rags to riches one. This was an on-call interview which was later transcribed into text for publication in this edition and the audio interview can be listened to and downloaded on our YouTube Channel http://youtu.be/4reebZDFGWw
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NK: Joining us today is a business tycoon, CEO of Barmlo Investments, Motivational Speaker, Author of the recently published and best-selling book, ‘The Herdboy’. Wel-come Mr. Marambire.
BM: Thank you Nyasha for having me.
NK: It’s a pleasure to have you, Sir. Can you please tell us who is Barnabas Marambi-re?
BM: Barnabas Marambire is a young man, I do not know if I should say a young man or maybe a middle-aged man, who is so passionate about business. I am a family man married with three boys and I am someone with is into entrepreneurship and I love giving back to my community, particularly the underprivileged where I participate a lot in paying tuition and school fees for the underprivileged
NK: Wow, quite a loaded profile there. Now let us talk about your book, ‘The Herdboy’ What inspired you to write the book.
BM: What inspired me to write the book is my life, I always tell people that my life is a living testimony. I am some who was in a very difficult poor situation, growing as an orphan, without parents, without anyone to take care of me. I could further my studies because I only went as far as form four, life was not easy. So each time I look back where I came from and where I am now as a businessman, running five businesses be-cause Barmlow Investments is a group company, employing over 500 employees around Zimbabwe.
I have participated in various platforms, I looked at it and said, but people do not know what is beyond all this success, so I decided to write a story, but my story in a book. It’s a true story that is full of events that had happened, in my life. When I have people reading the book, they are going to be motivated, especially those that are also struggling with their lives, are going to look at me and say if this guy a herd boy is now a CEO, so what can stop me. So that was my most… and writ-ing of the book.
NK: Wow, let us talk about you being an or- early age, can you tell us more about your journey as a herd boy. How was it like?
BM: Actually the most fascinating about be-ing a herd boy, you know that one of the most degrading just and when people have employees like the herdboy in their homes, you are always treated like nothing. When it is raining outside there, you are the one they send to get anything when all the don-key works need to be done, you are the one they give all those tasks to yet your wage is very little, I was earning as close to $15, that is how I started saving until I raised enough capital to register a company even though along the way I got involved in construction working as an assistant in brick and mortar.
Do you know growing up as an orphan was very difficult, there are days I could go to bed without anything? I could go to school without proper uniform like other kids, without proper shoes, imagine in days like winter, just to wrap up the journey was not easy.
NK: Painful story it easy, are they any challenges you faced along the way, especially in establishing your business because I know that it is not easy just to say you want to start a business especially with how your business is expanding beyond borders. Can you tell us the challenges you faced along the way?
BM: There are so many challenges, but because of time I will just select a few. The obvious challenge was starting capital, you know from my background, obviously how I grew up was not anything fancy, so there is nowhere I could borrow money from anyone and so obviously starting without money or very little capital was very difficult and a had to hire vehicles from other people and those I hired from ended up taking the big-ger portion of my profit because I didn’t have a choice, I could not choose. Secondly, recognition, you go and approach people with an idea, they look at you and you are a nobody and no one will listen to you.
There is a challenge of employing and recruiting people, you need people to work with in order to succeed as a company but you do not have money or capital and people will not take you seriously. So the challenges were so many and I had to navigate and find my way through and one thing that helped me to go was self-conviction. I had told myself that one day I am going to be someone, and even when I was a herd boy, herding cattle on the farm.
We would sit down just chatting as boys, when people would talk of soccer, who’s the richest man in town, each time they gave me an opportunity to speak I would talk of how I would tell them that one day I am going to start my company, hire so many people, buy so many cars and you are going to see me on Tv and I remember one guy teased me saying that, if you are going to be on TV, you would be on wanted criminal because there is no way you can be successful considering your lifestyle as a herd boy.
NK: Wow, that’s powerful and we are really inspired by you. Let’s drawback, we would like to know what was the turning point that transformed the herd boy into an entrepreneur, what was the turning point?
BM: The turning point was when I got a job to work in more like a town, to a place which was more like a town and was hired in the construction industry and I worked very well with those who hired me and later they decided to part because they were two partners because the other partner was transferred to another town and they wanted to close the company. I offered to buy the company and continue doing the work, instead, they rented me the place, that is where I started and one step at a time until I was able to hire other people but I was actually doing the donkey work, like the practical work in the construction industry.
NK: Wow, indeed a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Mr. Marambi-re can you share the secrets you have used to be where you are today, which people going through the same phase you went through especially those who are aspiring to be entrepreneurs.
BM: Actually what I can say or share with them is that if you want something, it is your responsibility, it is your call to make it happen. I see a lot in these upcoming entrepreneurs or startups with the mentality of the thinking that it is the government’s duty to do something for them or a certain established person who is to help, I would say it doesn’t work like that in the corporate world.
You need be your own master, you need to work hard, sweat, do everything by yourself, if it will ever happen that you will get assistance, don’t wait for it, idling hop-ing that one day a miracle will happen otherwise you will stay for the rest of your life waiting for that miracle.
NK: Wow, powerful there. Indeed we do not have to wait for opportunities and indeed we have to be masters of our own lives because the government will not create opportunities for us because they do not know what our dream is. Mr. Marambire can you please tell us, if someone was to read a chapter of your book, which one would you prefer to and why?
BM: The chapters of the book are so intact, all of them are so important because if you start from Chapter 1 it talks about how I lost my parents, what I went through as a young boy, and then chapter 3. Would you allow me to pick two chapters, I would recommend chapter 3 and 6.
NK: Why would you want someone to read Chapters 3 and 6?
BM: In Chapter 3, that is where it talks about the more of the hustling, a little bit of turn around of the herd boy in the construction industry, and the importance of transformation into a better life. In chapter 6, it talks about human jealousy, the struggle of my company in Botswana, and coming back into Zimbabwe to start a new chapter.
NK: Wow, Thank you so much, can you please tell us any people who have helped you to e where you are, because I believe every successful person has a mentor.
BM: God has actually given me good people I met in life, I have met other people who just helped me with ideas and advice, and out of those people I would just to thank my wife who believed me when I was just starting in the construction industry. She walked with me up to where I am right now, she is actually a pillar of strength in my life. So when it comes to mentorship, the person I have followed on Facebook and learned a lot from is Dr. Strive Masiyiwa. I really follow his teachings and business ethics which I apply in my business and I have seen my business grow. I was really happy to meet him finally in Ghana last year, he is a person I take as a mentor.
NK: If someone once to buy your book, ‘The Herd Boy” where can they get it from?
BM: Currently we have uploaded it on Amazon, in Harare, you can get in touch with ‘Nigel The Slick Pastor’ and in Botswana, there is Mr. Themba. For those who want to listen to the audio version you can go on Sa-sai Podcast and listen to it, ‘The Herd Boy’.
NK: Thank you so much Mr. Marambire, that is it from The Herdboy who has transformed his life into a business tycoon who is successfully running a business here in Zimbabwe and across the borders. It was a pleasure having you Sir on The Motimagz African Greats Series. We have really learned a lot from you Sir, indeed your story and journey are really inspiring. I am sure that many who are out there are going to use the secrets you have shared with today to transform their lives, thank you.
BM: Thank you very much, we give glory to God for such a motivational life you have given me.
NK: Thank you, Sir
BM: You are welcome
One On One With Njabulo Moyo
We bring you yet another interesting one-on-one with one of the finest Bulawayo gem, a man with the youth and Africa at heart. I Coach Mallvine (CM) get one on one with Njabulo Moyo (NM) as we get to know more about his many jackets, achievements, vision, aspirations, and life purpose. Njabulo is a Community Solutions Fellow, Civic Activist, Author, Motivational Speaker, Leadership Facilitator, Poet, Publisher, and Life-Skills Coach. Below is the interview I had with him.
CM: Please introduce yourself to the readers
NM: Njabulo Moyo is the founder of Self-Starters Motivation and African Sketches Publishers and a Master of ceremonies with TV show hosting skills. He is a Community Solutions Fellow (Chicago, USA), World Bank Youth Summit Alumnus (Washington DC), a Young African Leadership Initiative fellow (South Africa), a JT Foxx (USA) Certified Mega speaker, and published author of seven leadership and motivational books. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Social Sciences Special Honors degree in Monitoring and Evaluation (Lupane State University),
BA in Government Administration and Development from the University of South Africa, a Diploma in Lobby and Advocacy from the Swedish Advocacy Academy, a Professional Diploma in Development Studies with Centre for Development Studies, Certificate in Community Development with George Mason University in the USA, Certificate in Project Management with National University of Science and Technology, Certificate in NGO Transparency and Accountability with Action Aid International and a Leadership Development Certificate with Africa University. In his writing career, he has developed tools for effective self-transformation and motivation.
Moyo has previously done community development work in Sweden, Denmark, Lebanon and America with a focus on Youth Popular Participation, Entrepreneurship, Life Skills and Leadership Capacity Development. As a development practitioner Moyo has been instrumental in Youth Policy development which saw him present recommendations at the SADC Ministers of Youth Convention and the SADC People`s Summit.
Raised in the dusty streets of Mzilikazi ghetto Njabulo Moyo is a stylish modern motivational writer, development practitioner who in various circles has been accorded prominence and credit. He gained prominence for his self-published work in 2012 entitled African Sketches. From such a publication, his work has managed to attract the attention of Lion Heart publishers in Britain, who published the second edition of the above mentioned second anthology. The author penned another motivational poetry anthology in 2013 entitled “Sketches from my soul”. He has also contributed in the ground breaking 15 author book entitled Success Within Reach which features authors from Nigeria, UK, USA and Zimbabwe.
In addition, Moyo has written a powerful motivational compendium entitled Motivating the inner soul and has gone further to do a compilation that narrates the history of the Arts Sector in Bulawayo through his most recent book aptly titled Heart of Art. Added to these works of literature is a best seller titled Self-Starters and a civic leadership compendium Ubuntugogy: The heart of civic leadership.
He has presented and facilitated processes for Junior Chambers International, Global Business Incubator, Bulawayo TedX Salon, World Bank Youth Summit, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, Rotary International, National University of Science and Technology, American Corner and Junior Council Bulawayo, Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts, and Recreation as well as the Ministry of Tourism and hospitality in Zimbabwe seeking his motivational voice in their respective platforms
CM: Tell us what does Njabulo mean?
NM: Njabulo to mean means life for the essence of life is for us to be happy and to make those around us happy. We live in pursuit of happiness which speaks to the need for love and a life that is purpose driven.
CM: Tell us more about the African Sketches?
NM: African Sketches is a brand which started as a title for my first book which was a poetry collection. The title resonates with many contemporary issues as summarized by award winning author John Eppel “Sketches is an apt description of these laconic poems, which range in content from domestic issues such as family relationships, through a meta-textual awareness of words (the tools of the poet) to the sensitive, and sometimes dangerous, issue of Zimbabwean politics.
These sketches are deeply African, not only in content but in form, since the chief influences of the poet’s style are praise poetry (connecting us to our oral tradition), and rap: a style created by Africans in the Diaspora, in particular, the West Indies and the USA. Njabulo Moyo is one of a group of talented young poets from Bulawayo who dare to be noticed. We, the older generation of writers, are very proud of them.” The book title is now the adopted name of my publishing house.
CM: How did you come about to publish the book success within reach
NM: ‘Success within reach’ was the brainchild of 11 authors derived from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and USA .It features the cream of Zimbabwe`s inspirational speakers on personal development, my self being one of them. Sadly one of us Patson Dzamara has since passed on but his story will survive ages to come. He was a servant leader.
CM: How many books have you published?
NM: I have published a total of 7 books of my own. Outside the seven, I have published over 50 authors from Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, USA and South Africa.
CM: Tell us more about your achievements?
NM: Well for me my achievements have been mostly centered on mentoring brands that have gone on to win awards within the creative sector. I see value in what I inspire in others. Yes, I have been awarded several regional and international fellowships which have allowed me to practice my craft in America, Sweden, Denmark, Lebanon, and South Africa. For me, these are major milestones because they attest to the quality of my work.
CM: You are also radio personnel tell us more about it
NM: I have done several radio programs as a guest with Skyz Metro FM and the Voice of America. For me the future is to host my own show on radio. It something that has been on my radar for some time. I currently host an online TV show called Moment with Njabulo Moyo which is a CnC productions. This has been a great opportunity for me to sharpen my skills.
CM: Tell more about MEGA motivational speaker work.
NM: This is a program by JT Foxx Canadian born America based millionaire who has been on the forefront of inspiring many to reposition themselves for greatness. I met him in Chicago in 2016 after attending his Mega Speaker seminar and have been a part of his mentorship since then.
CM: What drives you to do the work you do?
NM: I am driven by the desire to see an emancipated world. We are imprisoned by many things but most importantly our mindsets. True emancipation is in the mind.
CM: What do you think the arts industry in Zimbabwe and Africa needs to improve on and add quality too
NM: The arts industry in Zimbabwe needs to build a complementary relationship between the artists, art itself, art administrators, and managers. The relationship has to be mutually beneficial with all parties playing a role and attaining value.
Presently in Zimbabwe, not so many artists have managers because of existing perceptions and the lack of corporate support as well as quality world-class productions. To me, all these factors need to converge and speak to each other. There is the entertainment, educational, and business side of the creative industry. One has to understand how each contributes to building a brand.
CM: With the recent outbreak of Covid 19 as a professional do you see it working to your advantage or not
NM: Covid-19 has shifted many narratives as such we need to start shifting our mindset around doing business. Whilst the immediate economic reaction is to feel doomed, I do believe that adversity is the master of all inventions. As such to me the advantage or disadvantages of the pandemic are subject to how we react or we become proactive with the situation. It really depends on how you situate yourself within the predicament.
CM: What are some of the lessons that you have learnt in your line of work in all the hats that you wear?
NM: I have learnt the value of networking and the power of the law of reciprocity. Without strong social capital and networking skills we can only exist and be known for a short stint, however strategic networks are a good pillar for success. This implies that you are not only tapping from others but you have an open door policy of tapping from each other which creates a solid futuristic foundation because we need each other.
Reciprocity to me is about paying it forward. I have certainly been blessed, mentored, and elevated by people who saw potential in me, invested their time and resources in my endeavors. As such I am forever indebted and can only strive to do the same for others.
CM: Please Can you recommend some of your favorite literature to us
NM: I have enjoyed reading the Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe which dovetails and projects contemporary African political affairs in a relatable manner.
Guy Kawasaki –The art of the start
Buchi Emecheta –The Joys of Motherhood
Please can you give us your social media handles
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Questions done by Coach Mallvine
Q & A With University Of Zimbabwe Young High-Flier
How best could I describe this amazing down to earth, self-driven and energetic man who is determined to achieve so much more? Looking from what he has achieved to date and the dream he has, the burning desire and passion to continue shining and release the giant within him, Patrick is a future game-changer and transformational leader in the making. I took a seat with Patrick Ndowa, a fellow University of Zimbabwe student who undoubtedly is a man of many hats. Below are the question and answer session I had with him.
Grace Khalawo: So tell me who is Patrick Ndowa
Patrick Ndowa: Patrick Ndowa is an empowered and outspoken young gentleman, a youth rights advocate who is passionate about Human Capital Development and Youth leadership development for the meaningful participation of young people in leadership, business, developmental, decision-making and professional spaces. He is a development enthusiast familiarized with global youth participation trends, empowerment laws, corporate governance, policies and procedures with experience in translating and localizing these into high impact and measurable program interventions and activities for sustainable development.
Patrick is a former member of Harare City Junior Council (2015-2016), and former Prefect and Vice-Headboy of Vainona High School(2015-2016). In his term of office, he designed mentorship programs to capacitate young people with strong leadership and public speaking ethics and he was very much included in team-building activities, giving back community outreach and youth empowerment programs. He is an eloquent speaker, an effective communicator and active participant in national and democratic dialogues and consultations, and currently, a second-year (part 2.2) student at The University of Zimbabwe studying BSc Honors Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications Technology.
He is also the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Agricultural Elevate Corporation a brainchild company of 2018 Hult Prize On-Campus Competitions. Patrick has a strong volunteering track record and of note is his participation at the National Conference of Youth and Child-led groups organized by RNCYPT Regional Network of Children and Young People Trust. He is greatly active in extra-curricular and capacity building activities like UZ Stallions Rugby Team, Debate and Public Speaking. He is the
- President of Toastmasters UZ Gavel Club (2019-2020)
- BOOST Enactus UZ Projects Coordinator (2019-2020)
- Hult Prize University of Zimbabwe Campus Director (2019-2020)
- Former ZICOSU UZ Chapter Vice-Chairperson (2019)
- He is also part of JCI Zimbabwe being affiliated to JCI Harare and Toastmasters International.
He has represented the school at the national and even global level which is the reason why he is being nominated to be The Vice-Chancellors Ambassador of the year 2019. He was part of the winning Enactus Team at 2019 Enactus National Competitions, and he has been on ZBC TV twice recently, (Good Morning Zimbabwe and Lunchtime News) where he was representing the school on issues to do with Social Responsibility, Leadership and Community Building in relation to Hult Prize University of Zimbabwe. He has shown great leadership skills by leading several clubs and organizations not only at UZ but also at the National and Global levels. He was part of the 2019 UNICEF-BOOST Fellowship Nutrition.
Which college do you go to?
Patrick Ndowa: University of Zimbabwe
Which program are you doing and why did you choose that program?
Patrick Ndowa: I am studying Electronics and Telecommunications Technology and I chose it because generally I did sciences at A-Level and I had to go to college and get an engineering degree so that I can make money working for Econet, Telecel, NetOne or any telecommunications company. But then I realized the true purpose of education that “Our ideas of education take too narrow and too low a range. There is a need for a broader scope, a higher aim.
True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, mental, and spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come.” So for me, I am studying that program to get exposure and experience at the same time so that I can start my own thing, start businesses and create employment, that’s Education to me. By the way, I am already working on my own company called Agricultural Elevate together with 2 friends of mine. It’s an agribusiness yet I am studying Electronics. So it’s about grabbing opportunities whenever they come your way. I don’t see myself as an engineer but as an educated CEO, Politician, and businessman.
From your profile, I noticed that you have been a Vice Headboy in high school, part of Junior Council and now you are in ZICOSU. What is the inspiration behind that
Patrick Ndowa: Well for me to be the Vice Headboy I was selected first to be a perfect and then the V.Headboy. It not because I was vocal or smart, but I had shown the potential to be an example to fellow students and also be a leader. This was quite a good experience on my side as it taught me a lot of life lessons that left a mark in my life. Leading a school with more than 2000 students by then was something big for me. It demanded discipline because I did a lot of stuff like playing First team Rugby and partly tennis, Being in Executive of Toastmasters, First Aid and Interact, being a “science student” and at the same time being a leader at school and representing my ward for Junior Council, this required careful consideration when it comes to planning and balancing my things so that I can be the best in all of them.
Being in ZICOSU was by choice and not by default because I would rather say I never was a political person or was I keen with student activism. Well I joined the University of Zimbabwe in a semester that had SRC elections and I was greatly challenged that I said to myself I want to be the future President of UZ SRC yet the best way was by being part of Union, and I would rather say I was warmly welcomed and invited by ZICOSU guys on my first-year orientation. I asked a lot of questions about ZICOSU, what it does how and the affiliation, I did a cost-benefit analysis and only to see myself as the Vice-Chairperson. The inspiration behind is creating a pathway for myself for my future in politics, leadership, and business
How has it benefited you
Patrick Ndowa: I have learnt a lot of lessons, networking with people I never imagined of and also getting a good exposure. As you lead others you sharpen your skills and become a better version of yourself. You grow into being a professional being with people at heart.
How do you manage your social life and school
Patrick Ndowa: It’s so simple; I just make sure I balance both. It’s all about prioritizing. I make sure I do school stuff first because that’s the greatest thing I can ever do, then social life comes later.
What’s your typical day like
Patrick Ndowa: Well for me I plan for the next day the previous night so that all activities of the day will be well planned and organized. I believe in the concept of “early to bed and early to rise makes a man wealthy, healthy and wise” So I wake up early in the morning, have a prayer and personal Bible study, I often go for a morning jog whilst listening to uplifting motivational music preparing my mind and body for the day. Then obviously I take a bath and have breakfast. This now gives me a green light to start the business of the day and that’s my agenda during the day. Then after all daily activities, I have some exercises and then reflect on my day, prepare tomorrow’s agenda and sleep as early as I can
How was your experience when you were nominated the Vice-Chancellors Ambassador for the year 2019
Patrick Ndowa: Since it was just a nomination I was just humbled and honored though we ended up not having the Awards though due to some reasons. But it was a great experience as I realized my great potential in becoming a better person.
Was your family supportive when you were nominated
Patrick Ndowa: Of course my family is everything. I have very supportive parents and siblings although I do some of my moves without telling them. I greatly acknowledge my Father’s wisdom and my Mother’s Love in I work hard in silence and let my success make the noise.
Who and what inspires you in your journey as a young leader
Patrick Ndowa: I am greatly inspired by what other young people around the world are doing for the benefit of their communities and society. Love and service to humanity which is the best work-life is the motivating force behind what I do. I want to be great but I have understood the concept by Martin Luther King Jnr which says “Everyone can be great because everyone can serve; greatness is measured by the amount of service offered to humanity.” I believe that we can succeed so quickly in life by helping others succeed.
Who is your role model
Patrick Ndowa: Honestly speaking I can’t say I do have a role model I look up to, I just admire and am motivated by several people who made it in life taking different concepts from each one of them but I have never had one person who is a role model to me. I can say that Jesus Christ is my mentor as I follow him and become acquainted with him I become the best version of myself rather than following someone because our stories are different and unique in their own way.
What advice would you give fellow young people out there
Patrick Ndowa: Put God first, last and best. Young people should be drivers of change and sustainability take charge by being leaders in business and politics. There is power in the youth. Not only do we have the power of procreation but we also have the power to take this world forward. Unfortunately, it is sad to fold hands when all prospects of a brighter future are snatched away by forces of evil and greed. In the youth lie divine deposits of physical, mental and intellectual strength. Come to think of it, which revolution in the world has happened independent of youthful active participation?
I am coming from a historical journey and I have realized that Alexander was just a youth when he conquered the world, Hammurabi the Amorite prince of the ancient ages too, the youthful Biblical Moses, Joshua, Josiah, etc. Even our Lord Jesus did his best in youthful years. The youth have been there, actively participating to change the narrative during the American Revolution, French and even the Chinese revolution. I crossed over to the Hitler Youth of the Second World War but then my mind was brought back to my motherland, Zimbabwe. I had to reflect on our liberators from the colonial regime. Looking at their ages when they started nationalistic movements they all, were very young.
Yes, they were youths when they challenged the colonial regime. My point is as the youth, if we continue to fold hands very soon we will become history! The time to create history is NOW, and yes HISTORY STARTS NOW!! Shall we remain silent, shall we hold our peace as the future is robbed away from us. As the hand of time continues to move we are also aging, it’s either we are slowly graduating into decadence or we are shaping the future of our coming generations. As things stand right now and we watch, trembling in fear and cowardice, my question is, is there a tomorrow?
The time to create history is NOW!! HISTORY STARTS NOW!! ARISE, YOUNG PEOPLE.
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