Remarks from the Lapid Leaders Cohort 5 Representative: Kelvin Gitau
Hello Lapid’ers! Today, the world and Africa in particular has gotten agents of change who are and will always be solve problems in our beautiful continent. It’s been a tough journey of sacrifice and hard work but most importantly consistency. Without consistency, we would not have been able to commit to the Experience till this day.
When we met at Lapid for the first time, we were a bunch of individuals full of entitlement. We cared less about the problems around us, and for the few who cared did nothing about it. Some of us did not have time discipline; we were selfish; we only attended to what we would gain in return; we blamed the government, the schools, the hospitals, our friends and even our parents. We did not care enough to question when things went wrong- After all we are still young and our elders will figure a way out. We buried our heads into video games of that’s not my problem, covered our ears with headphones of I don’t care and sat back to a lazy boy seats of am still young hoping the heat from the problems would come down. We were not responsible of our lives.
But look who we have become. Leaders full of hope for Africa, problem solvers, Entrepreneurs, Responsible individuals and hence agents of change.
We have been made to understand that change comes from within. Once we have become responsible of our lives, then we shall indeed change Africa. A wise man once said, If there is no enemy within us, the enemy outside can do us no harm. Its with this that we have learned to remove our masks and become the best versions of ourselves, because its with our best versions that we do the impeccable. We now see opportunities in problems, we find solutions in the midst of crisis. As a man thinketh so is he and with this we have come to believe in greatness because that’s our destiny.
Personally, while I got to Lapid, I was straggling with fear. I did not have guts to question or even rise up to an event. I did not have confidence to run my business. My book keeping was a mess. I did not have knowledge about wealth creation. I reacted to situations. I was a worried business man.
However through the life changing lessons by our dedicated mentors, I got skills that have enabled me to catapult in my business. Currently my ICT security business has employed two individuals. My financial statement is twice better than beginning of the year. I have since been able to approach and deliver my services to one of the leading banks in the country and Government Ministries.
Within the program I realized I was passionate about leadership. I now know with proper leadership, business, security, health and infrastructure among others thrive well. I began to see loopholes in administrations. Why do they beg us to vote for them and buy our votes with pennies and when they get into power they block us from accessing what we deserve? Why? With this and Many other questions, I have decided to run for MCA in 2022 and represent the community of my village. With this I hope to impact lives of many through servant leadership
Lapid is a Torch and each of us now have it. We have a huge responsibility of lighting the other torches around us because we believe in the power of one. As an individual you have the ability to cause change through the Lapid Values planted in you. We believe in you. With you we shall get proper education systems, proper government administrations, better roads, good health care, clean environment and proper management of resources. Let us understand that Africa is hungry of us and time to act is now. So rise up and become agents of change. Let us live purposeful lives and accomplish what God intended us to do here on earth. Give your all. Die empty.
Congrats Cohort 5 !!!!!
And to our parents and guardians, thank you. For supporting us and walking with us in this life changing experience. I believe you have noted lots of positive change within us. So let’s join hands and work towards solving our own African problems with our own African Solutions.
To our Friends who have not joined Lapid, we await to on-board you. Come lets be the change. You can sign up here