Africa is perhaps the richest with natural resources yet the poorest of all continents. The evidence of its great potential is found in the likes of Kofi Annan, Nelson Mandela, the doctors, professors, nurses, bankers, entrepreneurs or athletes we find in Western countries. Many more hidden future leaders reside on the continent waiting to break free from the hurdles of poverty on their path toward success. Education, education, and education is the key to unlocking the doors, tool to move the barriers and the means to broaden their horizons on what is possible.
They have the courage to farm in thick forest regions; they are creative in their ability to make things happen. I remember when we made soccer balls out of plastic bags; when we made toy cars out of tomato tins and fought injustice with the power of persuasion. The skills I developed from these experiences have shaped my ability lead in four different countries. The world needs creative, courageous and peace-loving leaders. Tomorrow's leaders in Africa awaits a people who see talents not burdens, gifted people—not inferior species destined to serve the rest of mankind. I am one of those, and invite you to join in giving my fellow Africans opportunity for education. Do you know that the world stands to benefit if we educate Africa today?
Africa Potential has chosen education as the path to developing the continent's future leaders. Africans do not need ‘handouts’ anymore. They need ‘helping hands’ to take charge of their own destiny. The greatest gift I ever received was one that enabled me to obtain a good education thanks to a young man from Topeka Indiana named Jonah Smith and his parents, Bud and Phylis Speicher. Today, I invite you to join us in the treasure hunt for African talents and real dedication to giving of our lives and resources to equip my fellow Africans.