One of the best comments I ever got when telling people why I never became a diplomat was the statement: “Girl, you’re going rogue!” There are a very high number of people in the corporate world who dream of becoming an Ambassador. In movie-like fashion, they lust after the power of leading negotiations and be given a grand title that is otherwise absent in the world of business. Civil servants, in the same breath, push themselves to accelerate their careers and accept challenges that could put them on the fast track to foreign mission promotions.
We talk a lot about building effective relationships based on trust, so let’s start with us. I’ve been working hard in the shadows for some years now but I’ve been coaxed by my team and many of you to come out and be more visible.
Entrepreneurship is seen as one of the most sustainable job generation tools in Africa as one of the key ingredients to addressing youth unemployment in the continent. Yet, not enough is being done by governments to support entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the African market currently dominated by China.
The year began with the war in Syria entering its sixth year, the impeachment of South Korean President igniting discussion of its ripple effect to other nations, the warrant of a North Korean diplomat for the assassination of Kim Jong-nam and the worst humanitarian crisis unfolding in Africa. How we respond to these issues will help shape the kind of society and future we wish to have. Grassroot Diplomat has sought to meet the challenges facing societies head on.