Hurray, am ecstatic!
Mondays come to some of us with variety of feelings, the desire of not wanting the weekend to end and the expectation of what the new week hold.
For many job seekers [this category is actually mammoth in Nigeria], they earnestly await the beep of SMS on their phones or rush out of home to make an interview appointments.
For whatever, Mondays are for serious business.
What more seriousness could come my way this day other than the announcement of a new initiative to rescue Africans from palpable suffering?
The Rockefeller Foundation has today announced a new Foundation initiative that will focus on Africa’s youth and employment, Digital Jobs Africa (DJA). This is a nearly $100 million investment which will impact one million people in Africa through jobs and skills for youth in the information communication technology (ICT) sector who would not otherwise have an opportunity for sustainable employment.
Now, this is great news for the teeming cyber citizens of Africa. To many, this may sound like just another aid effort. But I tell you, this is a generational aid for that leap that many a youth are looking forward to which, regrettably our leaders are sincerely laggards in the drive to unite with the world.
Dr Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation at the World Economic Forum meeting in Cape Town, South Africa said “The DJA builds on three years of the Foundation’s existing work and will focus on high potential youth who lack access to jobs and economic opportunities.”
This will overall change the work ethic and lifestyle of a generation of African youths. Many African youths now turn to social media for fun and a source of livelihood. With this initiative, I see more than the set goal of 1million youths and I can see the rippling effects across the continent and individual families.
This is good news to me, as my country made it to the seven nations where this initiative is going to pioneer for the next 7 years.
While we wait the commencement of this initiative, we say thank you Rockefeller Foundation.
Hurray, am ecstatic!