Posted by enamara on November 15th, 2013
A few years back finding Apps that were developed in Africa was unheard of. Few developers from the continent really focused on building Apps that can be used here in the continent to serve our needs. On any App store you scrolled down reading App after App but none of those was customary built for use in Africa.
This trend has since changed. There is a new era of talented developers in the region who are doing a tremendous job in building Apps that are usable in Africa and are downloadable on app stores across platforms (Android and Mac). The good news is that it can be done and hundreds of young developers are seeing the need we have in society and building apps that can solve lots of our communities problems.
With the rise of smart phones, even those that are specifically built for the African continent – we are yet to see an era where anything is possible. We have already seen how mobile phones have been a part of a huge transformation in this continent – from innovations like mobile money taking over and transforming the way banking and moving money around is done across the continent, to more greater innovations like mHealth where health organisations are using mobile phones to change how people approach medical treatments such as sending people reminders for their medication, especially maternal health and HIV. The opportunity is tremendous. Read more »
Posted by enamara on October 3rd, 2013
The last three years have been nothing but great for me, both career-wise and personally.
Being a part of a dynamic team at Solar Sister has helped to shape who I am in so many ways. It was intense, exciting, scary, and fabulous all put together. It is the kind of mix every young person exercising leadership has to face.
I feel better today than when I started, I feel challenged to go out and do more, but also learn to humble myself and take up even bigger challenges. Read more »
Posted by enamara on August 21st, 2013
We live in a world where we are told everyday that “We are all leaders” – we are capable of leading and so we grow up with huge ambitions of wanting to be like the great “leaders” we aspire to be like, for instance Mahatma Gandi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr, mention them.
But who is a leader? Is there such a thing as a leader anyway? So many times we do confuse people in authority as leaders. We love to brand them, we love to look to them for answers. They should know what to do.
Let’s pause a minute – what happens if these people we call leaders are faced with a situation where they don’t know what to do? or the challenge faced is a new one and they do not have all the answers to deal with the situation. What happens then?
What happens when you are faced with real life challenges that do not have a technical solution or fix, where the problems are adaptive and you have to think through a process to come to the solutions? These are real time challenges that we face everyday. These kinds of realities require a new type of people – people who are able to exercise a new type of leadership called adaptive leadership. Read more »
Posted by enamara on July 9th, 2013
Everybody stands in line waiting for the next instruction. It is usually the tale of how the human mind works, that we have to get instructions to get things done – and if the instructions don’t come, most of the times you will know someone’s character and ability to think on their own.
In life, we need some instructions to get going, be it in business, in fitness or generally dealing with our day to day activities.
I have been pondering lately, what happens when there are no instructions – what if you look at the world as a place where you set your own pace, your own imagination and your own destiny, how would the world be like?
We live in a world that is at a fast pace – if you take time to think so much you will probably be left behind – you have to focus on the goal because like a fast moving balloon – the world around us runs fast and only the ones who can keep up will move forward.
Fast moving balloon
I have learned a lot in my life, and in my career – and mostly as a person who loves to take risks and do things differently. Most times when I search for answers, the best times are when I have realised that I had the power to make the right decision and I took it. It is a tough world out there – and we have to be ready to take up the challenge. Read more »
Posted by enamara on January 29th, 2013
“Create something that will make the world awesome” – The Kid President said in his Pep Talk, what an amazingly inspiring young future leader – I would love to still be alive and see the kind of change such a young mind will bring to his generation. (Watch the full video of the Kid President on my featured video on the right panel)
Being a part of a world where people stop thinking about themselves and moving on to feel the desire to touch, change and make the world awesome is what this class of 2013 fellows subscribe to.
Seminar one of the East Africa fellows 2013 took place last week in Nairobi – Kenya and it was an experience I will never forget, If I were to describe what that experience meant for me – I would say it was a moment of believing that change can happen, and that Africa indeed has a future, a bright future.
20 very diverse young leaders from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda were chosen as fellows for the class of 2013. I was touched by the kind of change people are driving in their social change projects. We all have different dreams, and we can either follow our dreams, or let them go, like the Kid President said in his peptalk – “Don’t give up on your dream, unless it is stupid”. – This batch of fellows are the kind that will do anything to go for it!
The first seminar brought all of us to a place of learning to know each other – we are embarking on a year’s journey with people with different dreams, different visions, and different aspirations, and getting to learn why each of us is driven to do what we do was key as we started off.
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