Can you tell us a little about the Brain behind Njorku.com?
I am Mambe Churchill Nanje founder of Njorku.com and promoter of AfroVision Group. Apart from Njorku.com, I am a mentor. I mentor a lot of youths with ideas taking them from idea stage to revenue generation stage. I love music. I am a simple person. When I move around Buea, you can mistake me for a student probably because of my simple nature.
What is the meaning behind the name ‘Njorku’?
The name ‘Njorku’ means “elephant” in the local dialect of the Dikome Balue Tribe of Cameroon where I come from. Njorku.com ltd is a company and a brand name based in Molyko Buea (Cameroon). With this company launched in March 2011, it is a company that builds technologies and solutions in the areas of career, job search and recruitment in AFRICA. We build solutions that help people find jobs, that also help companies find the right talent and solutions to companies in the areas of HR (Human Resource), to help professionals develop their skills. In essence we are a career recruitment Tech Company.
What problem are you solving with this platform and what actually inspired you to start this platform?
The problem we are trying to solve here is the problem of data. Job information has been a problem in Africa especially in Cameroon. There are jobs available everywhere but people can’t have access to these jobs. So we are creating a data base for fresh up-to-date jobs.
Sir, who is your target market and why choose these market?
For our target market, we have two markets: first the job seekers, the youths in Africa between age of 18 – 35 years old. We want to serve them with information and solutions that help them improve their career, grow with their career. On the other hand, we are targeting companies in Africa who want to recruit, find the best job seekers what the employers are looking for so they can gain his skills and become good at what these employers are looking for and get jobs.
What are your success stories with this platform?
I have been lucky to have some recognitions over the years like in 2009, JCI buea summit gave me an award of been the best young entrepreneur in the Buea municipality. In January 2011, JCI Cameroon gave me an award for been the best young person in entrepreneurship in Cameroon. In 2011, Forbes recognized Njorku among the top 20 Tech Startups in Africa. Jeunne Afrique recognized Njorku as part of the top 10 Tech startups in Africa. And in February 2017, France Company America recognized Njorku as one of the top 10 most innovative company in Africa. So we get revenue from clients paying for recruitment solutions, application tracking solutions etc.
Where do you see Njorku in 5 years?
Five years from now I see Njorku in more than 20 African countries with local partners serving their community with job search, career needs and recruitment needs and also translating users to more than 10 million professionals looking for jobs using this platform to improve their careers to get better paid jobs and also 10 thousand companies using this platform to find the right talent. In five years I also see Njorku using high scale big data to inform job seekers and help companies find the right talent from the pool of data gotten from job seekers and also we will be using high scale big data to help companies develop their marketing and develop skills internally for their staffs.
As an entrepreneur, what culture do you intend to create among youths, not leaving out your employees.
I want to make the youths of Cameroon and Africa understand that there are no excuses in life. The only way you can get into success is to work hard. Everybody has something they can use to be successful. Just figure out what you have and what you can do. It Is not just about buying new cars and shoes but it’s about changing the world and impacting the lives of others. Just choose something you are so passionate about. This goes to my employees too. Africa needs us for its growth and development.
What is Njorku in 10 words?
NJORKU IS AFRICA’S PREMIERE JOB SEARCH CAREER AND RECRUITMENT SOLUTIONS COMPANY.
African most Passion-Driven Social Entrepreneur
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?
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