Young entrepreneur, author and global speaker Sabirul Islam has urged Botswana youth to desist from sitting around and waiting for employment and thrive on becoming entrepreneurs.
Islam said this during a press conference at Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC) recently.
He is in the country at the invitation of Botswana National Youth Council (BNYC) and Junior Chamber International Botswana (JCI) under the “Inspire one Million Campaign”.
20 year old Islam, is an entrepreneur, author and global speaker who started his own company at the tender age of fourteen. His best selling book “The World at Your Feet” inspires young people to become entrepreneurs and motivates them to start their own businesses and create jobs for others.
“There are more opportunities here in Botswana more than in the UK because there most of them are taken. Inspiration doesn’t come from just looking at celebrities; you have to create an opportunity for yourself and in the process create jobs for others,” Islam said.
He said he was inspired by his cousin who had his own company at a tender age and so he went to work for him. Things did not work out at his cousin’s company so he started his own website creating company at the age of 16.
“Rejection didn’t make me lose hope; it made me what I am today. If you stay with the right people and network with the right people you will find opportunities to grab and use. After being fired from my cousin’s company I started my own company and at the age of 17 I wrote my own book,” he revealed.
According to JCI Botswana Vice President Mokgethi Enyatseng, the campaign is aimed at inspiring at least one million people in various countries. He said they are hoping that at the end of the campaign they would have motivated youth into becoming entrepreneurs, created poverty alleviation and sustainable solutions.