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Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship in Namibia

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Rakkel Andreas, Hanns Seidel Foundation
Alisa Amupolo, TEDx Windhoek
Sylver Kibelolaud, AIESEC

The issues of leadership and entrepreneurship are of particular importance to Namibian youth. Especially after the presidential elections in 2014, there was an upsurge of interest in participation and governance.

On the 17th of February, youth leaders convened in Windhoek to debate whether leaders and entrepreneurs are born or made. In this particular event AIESEC, a global student organisation aiming to activate youth leadership and encourage cultural diversity as well as promote innovation amongst others partnered with Conscious Citizens.

Neville Duasaeb from True-lead Training Institute is a leadership consultant and motivational speaker He introduced the audience to the fact that there are several aspects playing into becoming a leader such as the environment and the upbringing of an individual. 

Alisa Amupolo followed up on his statement taking the stance that leaders are rather made than that they are born. According to her leaders are charismatic, participatory as well as fearless.

Michael Amushelo is a youth entrepreneur and founder of Amushe Incorporated. According to him it is up to the individual to either become a leader or entrepreneur or both. He emphasized that entrepreneurship is mostly about being innovative, creative and seizing opportunities that are available.

Together with the Generation of African Intellectuals (GAIT) and Free Your Mind (FYM) the Hanns Seidel Foundation established the youth platform Conscious Citizens. It is a place to debate topics revolving around socio-economic and socio-political issues important for Namibian youth.