My name is Stephanie Ozulumba,student at Nassau Community College,Garden city New York.I presently reside in the US but i have a foundation located and operating in Nigeria.This foundation was born out of passion for the youths in my community,to help prepare them today to solve tomorrow's greatest problems.
10 Mistakes Africans in their 20’s are Making Today & How to Overcome them.
1) Wasting time by living without perspective. Socrates said that an unexamined life is not worth living. Holding on to the past or focusing too much on the present that we forget to prepare for the future is going to cost us. We need to strive for constant improvement. 2) Squandering years on things that do not matter. With the shortening of life expectancy, we cannot afford to waste any more time on drugs, political extremism, allowing ourselves to be wasted by bad political leaders, religious extremism, hating other people, among others. We need to be happy and work towards our dreams. 3) Living distracted. This age of news and gadgets does get young people distracted. However, I have become aware of this and learned that ‘while hope is good for breakfast it is bad for supper.’ We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted like a shallow stream, we must be majestic rivers that move forward on course. 4) Putting things off things for later. Doing things later does not mean you will do them better. Twenty somethings who are putting off their dreams or ideas till they are old and experienced have something else coming. It is better to do it today.This are the years when it is easiest to start the life we want for ourselves. 5) Not having a career. Make hay while the sun shines. At twenties, the sun is still high up. Yes, the African continent is at a disadvantage in many areas but No, we should not accept this as fate. Failing to develop a career and consequently a source of income for ourselves negatively affects our future. 6) Surrounding themselves with ‘like-minded’ people. People from your clan, tribe, religion or country do not have many new things to offer except for a few who are forward moving and avid personal developers. Almost always, new things come from people outside your inner circle. Your entire life could change if you expand your network and put yourself out there. 7) Rebellion. Being against something is easy. We cannot get ahead by constantly focusing on what we do not like but we should focus on the causes we believe in and things that we love. 8) Holding on to the past. Parents make mistakes. Education in this continent is unequal. In our twenties we should let it all go, we should think of it as a clean canvass where we now paint our future, therefore, we cannot allow the mistakes of our childhood determine how our future will be. Whatever it is you want to change about yourself now is the time to change it. Do not be defined by what you did not know or did not do. 9) Fear and Inaction. It’s okay to lack confidence, however, twenty somethings who hide in unemployment because they lack confidence are not serving themselves. Writer and Lecturer, Dale Carnegie said that inaction breeds fear and doubt, action breeds confidence and courage. If we want to conquer fear; we cannot sit home and think about it, we need to go out and face it. 10) Lack of intention. Failing to be intentional in our actions and not being proactive about the kind of life we want for ourselves is a risk. We cannot wish for things anymore, we need to plan, prioritize and achieve our goals To impact and effect change in my world Lack of funds and resources Youth Empowerment
My Vision for the Future
Positioning the youths for a bright and influential future