Allow us present to you the African most Passion-Driven Social Entrepreneur. Iamafropreneur team with intense focus on her gathered the most in a unique interview with Mrs Fotabe Elmine. Our goal is to have you motivated, encourage and intensify you taste and hunger towards influencing and impacting the lives of the African communities through your entrepreneurial skills.
Who is Fotabe Elmine, how did you start your career, what kind of education did you have ?
Fotabe Elmine is a passion-driven Social Entrepreneur, lecturer and corporate trainer who believes that young people and women with the right training are the future of the African continent. Elmine was born in Kumba, South West Region of Cameroon, where she grew up and attended most of her primary and secondary school. Elmine’s father was a businesses man, and her mother a civil servant/Politician.
Elmine began her professional career as a teacher of Entrepreneurship in 2008 and has since then taught over 5000 students, courses like Human Resource Management, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Business Leadership, Personal Branding and more. She has also trained hundreds of corporate employees all over the country. In 2009, she founded Job Shop, a human resource consulting and placement agency.
In 2011, Job Shop became a partnership and grew to serve clients, not only in Human Resources Management, but also in Finance. The firm expanded that same year and the partners created a Higher Institute of Learning. When the vision of the Organization began derailing from her initial vision, Elmine took the bold step of leaving an organization she created and worked hard to nurture for six years! A few months later, in December 2014, Elmine founded Fotabe University College, which later became Fotabe Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. In 2015, she founded an association called “Association for the promotion of decent work for women and girls (ASSPRODEC).” That same year, she founded and Fotabe Universal Higher Institute of Cameroon. In 2016, Elmine founded a web platform to enable young people from all over the country have access to FREE examination preparation lessons and materials. Fotabe Elmine holds two Masters Degrees. One in Human Resource Management and another in Marketing and Communication from Rome Business School. She also holds an Associate degree in Business Administration, and honours group Diploma in Mnagement
and Administration, a Certificate in Psychology and Mental health, and is currently undertaking and MBA in Finance. This Mbo native from the Kupe Muanenguba Division of the South West Region of Cameroon spends her free time talking to neighbours about he kingdom of God.
You are one of the most outstanding women in Cameroon with different portfolio what is your secret?
My secret is my appreciation for the creator’s gift of intelligence, my passion for the things I believe in, and my desire to work hard in order to bring out the best in others. I am very convinced that Cameroon has the potentials, not only in terms of natural resources, but most especially in terms of Human capital, to emerge.
3- What are your challenges and successes?
Well, the greatest challenge I deal with is not having the financial means to touch all the lives I’d love to touch. Besides the financial constraint, I am also seriously challenged by the mentality of the young people and the families I try to support. Many of them plainly do not believe an individual like myself can bring any meaningful and lasting contribution to their existence. They trust the government to do it. However, staying consistent to our mission is gradually changing their mindset of many. I’ve had many successes I’m thankful for. Top amongst them is the fact that I’ve been able to share my passion, knowledge and experience with thousands of young people and corporate entrepreneurs. I’m happy to
have helped small businesses to grow and thrive. Even though the current crisis in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have slowed down our work, I’m particularly happy I led the initiative called “Kansas Hill” aimed at making Bamenda the most Socially Responsible city in the Country.
We provided a FREE internet-equipped space for young people to enable them develop their knowledge and passion in social Entrepreneurship. I’m also happy to have helped women and young people discover their full potential. But most especially, I’m thankful I am lending my little contribution to encourage women and girls to take back their dignity by raising my voice against illegal migration to some Middle Eastern countries and to other countries in the world where women’s rights are not respected.
You are the initiator and organiser of FELA’s Entrepreneurial leadership forum, what are your objectives?
Simply to inspire and train young people to become entrepreneurs and leaders in their communities. I believe that Africa needs to focus on raising more entrepreneurial leaders.
I want every young person who attends the forum to understand that and to put it into
use. And so far, the almost 400 youths who have passed through the forum are creating
great impact in their communities.
What advice do you have for our readers and the young girls who want to follow your path?
My advice to young girls: “You have enormous potentials. Work hard, do what you’re
passionate about. Keep your dignity and do not be afraid to stand up for what is right. And
remember the most successful woman is the woman who helps other women to be successful.”
To young people all around the country, be responsible, law abiding and daring. We have a country to build. If not us, who? If not now, when?
King Buari of Ghana advices African Entrepreneurs to focus on what they’re really good at.
it was on an exclusive interview with Ghana Web that King Buari of Ghana advices African Entrepreneurs to focus on what they’re really good at.
King Buari, is a keynote speaker and an entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Buarich Group; a full-service digital agency that offers web design, social media marketing, and other digital services. He is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to succeed in today’s digital world. Besides his entrepreneurial pursuit, King is also a prolific speaker that delivers value to his audience at workshops, conferences, and events on topics such as self-motivation, entrepreneurship, and digital trends.
His philosophy is simple; with the grace of God, the right strategy, and hard-work, nothing is impossible!
Tell us about yourself
I’m an inspirational speaker and an entrepreneur, born and raised in Ghana. While I was in primary school (Alysd Academy), I discovered my creative ability and my entrepreneurial drive. I later attended Presbyteri?an Boys Sec- ondary School (Presec), Legon, and University of Ghana. I registered my first venture Royal Dreams Cards, while I was still a teenager; designing logos, letter heads, business cards, and greeting cards. I’m currently the founder of Buarich, a business and technology solutions company.
What stimulated your Interest in Entrepreneurship and why did u choose this particular work?
My interest for entrepreneurship has always been stimulated by solving problems. While studying at the Univer- sity of Ghana, my mother frequently called to request for phone numbers of businesses. To help solve her reoccurring request, I was inspired to build a business directory which was accessible via text message. The service went live and our user base continued to grow. I later registered Buarich in 2008 and launched Buarich SMS Find across all mobile telecommunication networks in Ghana.
What are some of the services you provide? Any memorable project so far?
Some of the services we currently provide at Buarich in- clude, business consulting, branding, digital marketing, computer software, and hardware support services. We’ve had many amazing projects but our most memorable was when we provided tailored solutions for an oil and gas company. Honestly we were not too privy of how the oil and gas sector operated but all the same we took up the task. I personally had many sleepless nights based on countless challenges we faced on a daily basis. But at the end we delivered as promised and it was a real moment of celebration for myself and my team.
What are some of the untapped industries you think your project could be deployed in?
I strongly believe that training in hardware, software and digital solutions would be a major catalyst for job cre- ation and business opportunities across the continent of Africa.
Do u think entrepreneurship is the solution to some of the problems on the continent?
Yes. I definitely think entrepreneurship is the solution to many of the problems on the African continent. If we focus on developing our human capital and equip more people with the right tools and skills to succeed in business, Africa would be in a way better position than it is today.
What is your vision for the next five years? And where do you see yourself as an African entrepreneur?
Our vision for the next 5 years is to expand our service offerings beyond the shores of Ghana. And to find more ways to use innovative technology solutions to reach underserved communities and help more people participate in today’s digital world.
What would you say is your biggest challenge as an African entrepreneur and why have you not given up?
My biggest challenge as an African entrepreneur is the lack of adequate systems and infrastructure to support growing business. I haven’t given up because I still believe in Ghana and Africa as a whole.
What gets you out of bed in the morning and what keeps you up at night?
What gets me out of bed in the morning is my faith in God, and what keeps me up at night is anticipation of accomplishing goals.
How did you fund your business and how difficult was it?
I funded my first business by emptying all of my personal savings and a small loan from my mother. The amount was quiet small and I really had to find creative ways to stretch those bills.
What avenues can upcoming entrepreneurs on the African continent think of with respect to funding?
In my opinion, the best source of funding is either through close relatives or through your own personal savings to start with. If the money is yours, you tend to invest it more wisely. For those that have little or nothing saved up, its important build credit worthiness with your suppliers and trust with your customers.
What do you wish you knew before starting your first business?
I wish I knew more about minimizing cost and maximizing profits as a startup.
In one word describe your life as an entrepreneur.
What has been your greatest inspiration?
My parents have been my greatest source of inspiration. Growing up, I’ve watched them build businesses from almost nothing. I’ve always been inspired by that.
If you had the chance to start again, what would you do differently?
If I had the chance to start all over again, I would definitely seek the face of God before embarking on any major project in my life. The reason I’m saying this is because I learnt many of my lessons in life and business the hard way.
What significant advice would you give African entrepreneurs who are launching out?
My advice for African entrepreneurs who are launching out is to focus on what they’re really good at, serve their customers with excellence, and not get distracted by the quick progress others are making. There is a bible verse that says “let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
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