This was the main thrust of a lecture entitled “Education and Training for Smooth Leadership” which Mr Nforgwei delivered at the National Youth Leadership Conference in Yaounde on Tuesday August 13.
“It is important to get relevant education because if you have education and come out without skills then you are not trained,” the publisher whose organization represents UK-based Cambridge Publishers in Cameroon said after his presentation. “Even when the education system doesn’t train you with skills that you need for the job market, you should be able to stretch out and train yourself”.
Many Cameroonians don’t have personal development programs, claims Mr Nforgwei.
“They don’t read books. They don’t listen to news. They don’t do any research. All they do is say I have a degree from the University. And so what?”
He hailed university-trained youth who for lack of work have “thought out of the box” and turned to lucrative ventures like riding commercial motorcycles.
While recounting his life’s story, the business mogul said he broke the barriers of restricted reasoning before rising to the pedestal on which he stands today.
“I came from nothing and I think today I am impacting a lot of people”.
Over 100 people directly or indirectly have a source of income or a second source of income from the business Mr Nforgwei runs.
“Either they are authors of my business, working in the business or they are selling in the business and I am running a foundation that is impacting the youths and the community as a whole”.
Mr Nforgwei urged youths to be visionary as people without visions are wasting their time.
“If you don’t have something that wakes you up in the morning and you go to, you waste your time chatting with friends and start blaming people, the government and the country”.
“The blame game doesn’t help, you came into the world alone and you have to fight for yourself. Yes you came into a nation where there is a president, ministers and whoever but essentially you came alone, so you should learn to fight alone”.
The National Youth Leadership Conference where Nforgwei Rogers spoke to over 60 youths was organized by the Youth Employment Service Cameroon as part of activities to mark the 2013 edition of the International Youth Day.
The theme for this year’s commemoration was “Youth Migration: Moving Development Forward”.
According to the United Nations, of the annual total of some 214 million international migrants, young people constitute about 30 per cent, yet too little is known about their struggles and experiences.
Africa’s over 200million youth population has been branded the best educated, most connected and most informed of the continent’s generations so far. Yet, the group has largely remained apathetic and disengaged because it is allegedly locked away by the continent’s singed leadership.
About 30million Africans currently live outside the continent and the number continues to grow daily. If the trend and current socio-political dispensation continue, the gory statistic could strike a tipping point by 2040, when it is projected half of the world’s youth population would be Africans.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi