Long before now, as far back as 1998, I had been an inspiration and part of the success stories of some individuals in my childhood neighbourhood. My weakness is: I do not know how to ignore the genius in every individual I meet. This restlessness continued as I established myself as the publisher of BusinessIQ magazine, a pan Africa online magazine for entrepreneurs (www.businessiqafrica.com), and then became a business consultant. But My BusinessIQ Philanthropy wasn’t born until the 28th of July, 2018—it was the morning of my 39th birthday.
It was 7am and I was still in bed when my phone rang. It was a call from an aspiring entrepreneur who needed my financial assistant to write/do a practical exam for the completion of a Diploma Course in Cakes and Catering. He had sold his shoes and smart phone to start the program. He had nothing else to sell to complete the program.
There I was, on my bed, waiting for some surprise birthday cakes and gifts while a young man needed financial support to achieve his entrepreneurial dream. I got out of bed, drove to his neighbourhood and gave him the money. It felt very good, like always, helping yet another entrepreneur achieved his goal. Then the Eureka moment came. I got back home, typed a message on my phone and sent it to my circle of friends through Whatsapp. The content of the message stated that my friends should support me with their widow’s mite to help disadvantaged entrepreneurs achieve their entrepreneurial dreams instead of birthday gifts. That marked the beginning of BusinessIQ Philanthropy.
BusinessIQ Philanthropy isn’t about me; it is about empowering young entrepreneurs who may be helpless. They deserve to be empowered, and the only way we can is when we take ownership. As you read this, take ownership and in your own little way, decide to contribute to support this worthy cause. Don’t leave this platform until you have clicked donate. Everyone who has done that has their names engraved in our Hall of Fame.