Africa is too blessed to be stressed and too rich to be broke. Masudi Radjabu Papy
Posted On April 19, 2018
Kindu town in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a rich history of ivory and gold. This week we get the honor of meeting a brave young leader from this town, Masudi Radjabu Papy.
At eight years, his parents divorced which frustrated him and his dreams. He had no option but to get accustomed to being raised by his father, step mum and grandmother.
I was a very curious and clever boy. Even though we had financial challenges, I still had a mental vision, a purpose and faith that allowed me to concentrate and put in extra work in my studies.
He joined high school only to drop out immediately after war broke out. Staying at home for one year was painful but his perseverance paid off four years later upon graduation.
He got a diploma in Literary studies. Papy worked odd jobs in a trade Company, The MONUSCO and The Entebbe Handling Service which paid for his fees at the University of Kinshasa studying Political Science.
Graduating felt great. In the words of Nene Leakes, I had arrived. Well, until I put my papers together and went job hunting.
It dawned on me that there were thousands of others like me who were knocking on every possible door without success. I met the ugly red devil called unemployment”.
One not to let external factors put him down, the young fearless leader partnered with a friend and created a social enterprise, Action solidaire de jeunes entrepreneurs in Maniema (ASOJEN).
The main objective of the organization is to bridge the gap between job seekers and job providers and to offer interpersonal and leadership skills to the youth through various platforms.
The organization has directly impacted 30 young men and women and employed seven people on a full time basis.
With a love for gender equality, Papy is currently running an awareness campaign directed at women because he feels they have not benefited as much as the men through his organization. He admits to passionately hating misogyny.
My advice to the youth is to never stop believing. Learn more, do more, change lives. I always find time to give back. I have worked with the U.S Embassy in Kinshasa under the MOOC (Massive Online Courses) program as a facilitator.
I am also working with the YALI team down here to ensure as many youth as possible apply for the program.
My experience after getting selected for YALI RLC was life changing. I actually applied to the center over 10 times and got selected at my 11th trial.
So my fellow youth, you need to wake up and realize we have all the resources in Africa and we are growing at an accelerated rate.
Papy’s vision is to reach and impact over 500,000 youth in the next 10 years in DRC. He hopes to be the go to advocate for social interests for his community.
When he is not dipping his hands in the serious stuff, Radjabu loves to dance, sing and socialize over a plate of ugali and sombe (cassava leaves in palm oil). Oh, Lord, I’m dying to try out this dish for I have heard so much about it.
The one excellent thing that can be learned from a lion is that whatever a man intends doing should be done by him with a whole-hearted and strenuous effort. Chanakya.
Keep roaring Papy and taking this continent to the next level.