BUSINESS mogul, Delta-born Ekos Akpokabayen, has urged young African leaders to use the opportunity of the new decade to strive more to take over in various sectors to transform the continent into prosperity for all, taking advantage of African heritage.
Akpokabayen, a Nigerian South Africa-based bussinessman, made the call on Tuesday in his New Year message to Africans and indeed Nigerians which was made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The Chief Investment Officer, Ovid Capita, said that the fast pace of the world had seen some countries entrusting their future to young leaders like Belgium which recently elected a 34-year-old female Prime Minister.
Ovid Capita is a private equity and investment company based in the U.K. with the aim of driving investment into Africa.
“As I compliment you with a Happy New Year, it is important to focus on the year ahead and what it means. We are beginning a new decade with huge significance.
“Twenty years ago, we were blessed to witness a new millennium and as predicted, we have seen the fastest growth and change in human civilization throughout our history.
“This rapid growth has brought upon us new challenges, as never before, the gap globally between the rich and poor is in all time high and also rapid increase in our population growth, at the same time we are seeing the widest gap in knowledge and education,’’ Akpokabayen said.
He said that however, the best time to ever be alive in history is now, noting that while there had been raise in populist leaders and more ego power or strong men leaders in the world currently, we have seen minority groups rising more on the scale of civic acceptance, especially Black Africans.
“Like never before, a black person was married into the British Royal Family, 2019 winners of Miss World, Miss Universe and Miss America are all blacks. The Oscar has also agreed to diversify and many more milestones,’’ he said.
“The earth is our home and on the long run, all races are equal in the sight of our Creator and we all have the responsibility to take care of this world, thus knowledge and resources should not be deprived deliberately from Africa to enable Africans become equal partners in tackling the world problems and challenges.’’
Akpokabayen noted that the year ahead was full of uncertainties, as people await the outcome of the U.S elections, Brexit, U.S. China Trade War, China Crypto Currency, Iran, Turkey, Israel, North Korea and a looming global recession, all have to remain optimistic and positive against all odds.
“I am very hopeful that in this 2020 as we enter a new decade, the human race will prevail above all challenges as God watches over us.
“Remember the words of Plato that `we can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light’, so don’t be afraid of the light. The greatest wealth is to live content with little,’’ he said. (NAN)
– Jan. 7, 2020 @ 14:25 GMT |