General News of Thursday, 7 December 2017
Source: Ramatu Sulemana
MBC Africa has graduated the third cohort under its youth fellowship programme.
The Youth Fellowship Programme seeks to help high performing youth interested in the agricultural sector by putting them through a rigorous one-month foundation learning focused on developing practical managerial skills and a five month work placement in a high-growth agribusiness.
The graduation ceremony which saw twenty- three fellows graduating took place at the Canadian high commission in Accra.
In her address at the event, the Canadian High Commissioner, Heather Cameron, noted that the Ecostatistics of Ghana over the years, has shown that the agriculture sector is not doing well, hence, a major reason the government of Canada is committed to investing in the sector.
According to Heather, women who own small and medium enterprises in Canada are creating more jobs than men who own same enterprises in the country. She therefore challenged female entrepreneurs to emulate same in the case of Ghana as well.
She also commended MBC Africa for their work in setting up the fellows to become successful entrepreneurs, and charged them to continue with the huge impact they are making in the agriculture sector.
The CEO of MBC Africa, Samake Anna Tenemba, explained that the objective of the fellowship programme is to equip young graduates to be business development assistants, change agents and coaches to assist managers of various businesses to be more robust and competitive in the markets.
There was an interactive discussion with some entrepreneurs which bordered on challenges entrepreneurs face in their businesses, especially during the initial start-up period.
They advised fellows to focus on their dreams and to accept criticisms that may come their way as it will help them address their shortcomings.
The fellowship programme, since its inception has successfully graduated sixty- eight fellows in Ghana and twenty- eight in La Cote D’Ivoire.