Generally speaking, the political, economical and social
is still not conducive to motivating Africans to feel at home and start
their own businesses. Nevertheless, courageous Africans have taken up
the challenge to overcome the barriers and embark on useful as well as
lucrative projects. The initiatives range from law firms, information
technology and import/export businesses to non-governmental
organizations. The road to success is not easy and usually very rugged.
Those with staying power and normal share of luck eventually achieve
success. The Adler Entrepreneurship Awards acknowledge the efforts of
Africans in the Diaspora who have taken up the challenge of creating
businesses or excelled in their chosen field of professions.
The 1st of
December 2007 was a day of
acknowledgement. The African Youth Foundation organized the 3rd
Adler Entrepreneurship Awards to acknowledge the endeavours and
achievements of African descendants in the Diaspora. The event commenced
with a welcome address by Dr. Osei Asante Gyapong, who gave information
about the program of the event, introduced the special guests and called
on them to give their speeches. The first august guest to speak was His Excellency
Abdul-Kadir Rimdap, Nigeria
Ambassador to Germany.
In his speech, the Ambassador informed the audience that he is aware of
the situation of Africans in the Diaspora because he studied in Europe.
He encouraged Africans around the world to do their best in achieving
their goals and helping Africa
in the development process. According to him, Africa
has moved forward; a lot of improvements have been made in different
areas. In a few years from now, Africa
would amaze the global community just as China
are doing today. He went on to pledge continuous support for the African
Youth Foundation while praising Dr. Paulyn Jansen, Executive Director of the
organization for her efforts.
The next speaker Mr.Martin J.
Wilde,Director of the Association of
Catholic Entrepreneurs (BKU) and Chairman of the North Rhine Westfalia
(NRW) -Ghana Forum, narrated an historical story of entrepreneurial
Abdul-Kadir Rimdap, Nigeria
Ambassador to Germany(middle)
and Dr. Makase Nyaphisi
, lesotho Ambassador to Germany(right)
explained how difficult it is to discuss entrepreneurial projects or
initiatives with government officials in Germany.
Mr. Wilde relates this difficulty to the bureaucratic mentality and lack
of entrepreneurial experience of the civil servants. Comparing Germany
to African countries, Mr. Wilde believes that training schools that
include entrepreneurship in their curricula are critically essential in
the development process of Africa.
needs people who are educated but not very highly qualified to create
small businesses. Mr. Wilde ended his speech with positive remarks about
the Adler Awards and the work of AYF.
Dr. Paulyn Jansen and
Dr. Makase Nyaphisi
, Lesotho Ambassador to Germany(right)
Following Mr. Wilde’s speech, Dr. Jansen gave an
insight to the work of the organization and the motives behind the Adler
Award. She expressed her gratitude to the sponsors and the guests that
have come from within and outside of Germany.
An entertainment interlude by 2 solo music artists
followed, after which Zola
Meerfelder moderatedthe presentation of the awards. The
award ceremony was conducted with a short break for food and refreshments.
The presentation of the award to the winner in a category was preceded by
audio and screen introduction of each nominee in the category. However, in
the case of special award nominees, the introduction was made by a special
guest or organizing member of the foundation.
The presentation was
accompanied by rounds of applause. In her closing remarks, Paulyn Jansen acknowledged
the effort of each nominee with a certificate. She introduced her team and
commended the outstanding work the team has done in making the event a
reality. With thanks to all attendees, she declared the event closed.