Q&A with George Humphrey Lupenza, ONE AU Youth Voices finalist

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“If girls and boys can be given equal access to education, that is the point where we shall see poverty being eliminated”

Tell us about yourself?

My name is George Humphrey Lupenza, I am 23 years old from Tanzania. I hold a Diploma certificate in International Relation and Diplomacy and I am currently busy studying towards my Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Public Relations. I am the founder of One Voice United Africa, a youth initiative which was started in 2016. Through this initiative we aim to build an African youth platform through the use of digital technology, artistic works, business, study tours and events. I believe in the phrase that “if we won’t stand for Africa who will stand for us?” I am now engaging in various small entrepreneurship activities that will empower One Voice United Africa to start engaging in agribusiness and marketing planned to support our touth campaigns programs and youth education projects. I want to be part of creating Africa’s history and future – economically, socially, politically and also psychologically.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by the daily challenges we face, because I believe that these can be turned into opportunities that generate real change in our local African communities and globally. Challenges never comes to stay but solutions do.

Why are you passionate about human rights specifically girls’ right and access to education?

Former South Africa President, Nelson Mandela once said that, as long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. Mr. Mandela didn’t end there, but he went further and opened our eyes to the true definition of the word education. He said education is the most powerful tool that you can use to change the world. So, I therefore truly believe that if girls and boys can be given equal access to education, that is the point where we shall see poverty being eliminated, and gross inequality throughout Africa become a thing of the past. Justice is the true definition of equality.

Tell us about one woman who inspires you and why she inspired you?

My inspiration comes from an entrepreneur, Fatma Amanzi, also well known as Fatma Kuku. She is the owner of the Brafa Company in Tanzania that has a very big farm in the Bagamoyo coastal region of Tanzania. At her farm she has four mega sheds for poultry housing thousands of chickens, and this makes her one of the most reliable suppliers in Tanzania! She started all of this with very minimal start-up capital. In spite of all the challenges she encountered, especially as a woman in a male dominated industry, she hasn’t given up. She now dedicates a lot of her energy in training women in the community about farming and business, paving the way for more women to enter this industry. Through her work she has not only created employment for youth and women in our society, but she has become a pillar of real change in the country.

What one BIG idea should African leaders adopt to harness the power of girls and transform all our futures? Read our top youth voices’ ideas here.

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