Thursday, 22 August 2013

Imbuto recognises young achievers


Seven young men and women were on Tuesday evening recognised for their outstanding services to the nation through their entrepreneurial acumen, during the fourth edition of Imbuto Foundation’s Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers Awards (CYRWA).

The First Lady, Jeannette Kagame, presented awards to the youth at a dinner event in Kigali.

They include, Clarisse Ilibagiza, Emmanuel Hitimana, Isabelle Kamaliza, Esther Mbabazi, Dominique Ntirushwa, Chance Tubane and Violette Uwamaliya.

“This is a dream come true. Now I realise that not even the sky is the limit,” Mbabazi, Rwanda’s first female pilot, said.

They were nominated by the general public for inspiring other youth through their devotion towards the country’s development.

In her speech, Mrs Kagame commended the efforts of the youth in rebuilding the country.

“As we reflected on the mission and values of Imbuto Foundation, we were reminded of how important it is, to recognise exemplary young people who break out of their comfort zones, who think and work differently, who are able to bring to life innovative ideas that propel them beyond what society expects of them,” Mrs. Kagame said.

Finding solutions 

“We are here tonight to appreciate their meaningful participation in Rwanda’s ambitious vision, and to celebrate their stories, their sacrifice and their success.”

She challenged the youth to discern and identify the needs of the country and work along finding solutions, instead of becoming a ‘small elite that is preoccupied with status.’

“We cannot afford to be na├»ve about how the world continues to be managed. What we experience daily as a young nation teaches us that although most African countries have been celebrating 50 years of independence, powerful countries are still making decisions on our behalf. Individuals might be good, but international systems can be destructive. As Rwandans and as Africans we should not rely on self-serving external forces to define or shape us,” she said.

“Instead we must be discerning enough to identify what benefits us as individuals and as a country because we understand what our needs are, how to best meet them, and what is required of us to succeed and thrive. Let it be clear, we are in charge of our lives.”

Billionaire presence 

The event was graced by Ashish Thakkar, Africa’s youngest billionaire, who gave an inspirational speech to an audience of 200 young professionals.

“Commitment, passion and trust will make you successful; but above all, when you are successful, you must remember to give back to society so that your community benefits through your labour,” Ashish said.

Ashish is the founder of Mara Group and Mara Foundation. He started his first IT company in 1996 at the age of 15 and since then, he has driven the growth of Mara Group to a globally recognised conglomerate with operations in 26 countries, employing over 7,000 people.

In its last three editions, Imbuto’s CYRWA has awarded 22 young Rwandan for achievements in leadership, entrepreneurship, art, sciences and community mobilisation.


Imbuto recognises young achievers


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