Courtesy of Mhub, the British Embassy on Wednesday hosted Lilongwe Pitch Night June edition at the British Embassy offices in Lilongwe where guest speaker, CEO of AJ Africa Consulting James Woods Nkhutabasa, praised rapper Limbani Tay Grin Kalilani for his entrepreneurial skills.
In his key note address, Woods said for any business one has to take risks and endure to achieve success.
“When Tay Grin started rapping most people did not take him seriously. Rap was new, but now he is raising the Malawi flag so high,” Woods said.
“Entrepreneurship is not for everybody and white collar jobs are not for everybody either. Anyone can have an idea but it takes passion and determination to transform the idea into something tangible.”
Woods stressed that Government has to create conducive business environment for young entrepreneurs.
“Most young people become entrepreneurs because unemployment frustrate them whereby forcing them to start own businesses. Not many become entrepreneurs by choice,” he noted.
While citing the latest global university ratings, Woods argued that education standards in the country have gone so low that graduates from University of Malawi are not of the quality that the job market is looking for.
Woods encouraged that youths should network through platforms like pitch night.
“Youths need to share ideas and inspire each other. The problem is when someone starts something, the whole community follows suit,” he said while giving an example of minibus business.
The June Lilongwe Pitch Night host, British High Commissioner to Malawi Michael Nevin, who has also recently done a song with the Nyau King, also joined the bandwagon when he was about to address the audience, he joked; “There will be no rapping tonight”.
Nevin stressed that Britain would continue supporting the pitch nights in anticipation of seeing Malawians become successful entrepreneurs and self reliant.