It is with great pleasure and excitement that I write this post. I must say the past 6 months have been tough. However, as with all things that end well, I guess it was to be expected. After enrolling in October, I realised the wealth of knowledge available here and was sincerely overwhelmed by the innovative ideas and solutions affiliated with Imperial College Business School and started to wonder how to channel these towards Africa. During every lecture, conversation or event, the question “ how can this improve Africa?” remained dominant in my consciousness. I felt the desire to do more and strive for the creation of opportunities to create value for Africa.
Setting up the Africa Business Club at Imperial Business School offers a great opportunity for the academic community to create a lasting impact on the continent’s growth and development. My vision for the club is that it becomes a platform that facilitates dialogue and collaboration in a way that connects the academic community with Africa’s political and business leaders, catalysing the growth process. As thought leaders in innovation, I foresee endless high potential avenues to fashion and implement actionable solutions to African problems by pursuing initiatives that embody the “intelligent business” mantra of the Business School. If Africa were to efficiently leapfrog the peculiar gaps that currently stifle her advancement, innovation is vital.
The effort exerted by the founding student team in developing a convincing pitch was crucial in making the Africa Business Club a real entity at Imperial College Business School. After an initially rocky start, the Business School’s staff focused on student experience have been helpful in getting the event set up. The newly-formed student experience team demonstrates the School’s commitment to ensuring that students are adequately supported in order to create impact.
Since receiving approval, the team has been at work, toiling day and night, in a bid to organise the launch event. The event, themed “Using Innovation to Re-engineer Africa’s Development – Moving from Talk to Action”, was held on Saturday 16th July 2016. The keynote speech was delivered by, H.E Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Executive Governor of Osun State in Nigeria. The event also featured speeches and panel discussions by African business and political leaders as well as providing ample opportunities for networking. I congratulate the Africa Business Club and Imperial College Business School for making this happen. Thanks to everyone who came on Saturday.