The “Ro Business Company” structure, led by Rodrigue Mitokpe, a final year medical student at Gamal Abdel Nasser University in Conakry, organized a conference debate on Saturday, August 27, 2022, at a receptive hotel in the square. attention from students in the capital, noted Guineematin.com through one of its reporters.
The theme of the conference was “How to start a business when you are still a student”. According to the organizer, this event is based on the will of the members of the “Ro Business academy” to help students by preparing them for the entrepreneurial spirit.
“Many students think that when you go to school, it is to be employed and work in an office. We say no. This spirit has gone since the last century when the demand for employment was lower than the supply. At the moment the labor market is saturated. Once you have taken steps to become a student, you must seek to prepare yourself to enter active life. It requires that we dare to express our talents. Seek to identify the problems around us and find the idea to solve them. In short, dare to create your own business. For this you need an open mind, a coach, a mentor or a reference in your life. This is the idea we want to share with our Guinean student brothers and sisters”.
For this Beninese, experience has shown him that most students are fresh out of university, that they are looking for themselves. They find it difficult to find employment, whereas they can create their own business and become their own boss.
“Young people need to know that with or without a diploma you can succeed in life. You just have to believe in your abilities, trust your efforts, seize opportunities and turn ideas into action,” said the organizer.
This message was well received by Jean Paul Taïwo, also a medical student and participant in the meeting.
“Going into business as a student is a hot topic. The idea is innovative and students should experiment with it to give themselves great opportunities for success. By being a student, you can get an idea to execute. From there you can create your own company and set up your own business plan. Here we go. Before you finish your studies, you are your own employer. You earn an honest living and help create jobs and fight poverty. It’s better than finishing school, walking around with your diploma card looking for a job. For example, I created my company three years ago. I started from a simple observation. My countrymen complained of not eating well. I offered the meal from home and they were very happy. That’s how I created the Plus company with three subsidiaries, namely restau plus; more laundry and more shopping. Restau plus offers a menu shared between Guinea, Benin and Côte d’Ivoire, for example. At the laundry, we noticed that the students were having trouble washing their clothes. So we decided to pick up the clothes, wash them and bring them back. They really appreciated that, and that’s how our pressure gained ground. There is also shopping plus, which offers clothes and shoes in all sizes and all ages,” explained Jean Paul Taïwo.
Dona Agoussou, student and manager of the Dona Marcus company, also appreciated the holding of this conference debate.
“It is a very good thing to learn at school. At university level, every student must know that he is just outside of working life. He must know what he wants. With this theme “How to start a business while still a student”, the student must easily choose between addiction and the spirit of free enterprise. For example, I am a 5th grade studentth medical year and started my own business. I have a business specializing in baking and make-up. We train people in these areas.”
For this young lady, entrepreneurship is easy. Just dare, believe and take action. In short, you must respect the 3Ps, namely: passion, persistence and patience.
Souleymane Bérété, better known as the first Bérété, one of the speakers, defines coaching as a profession of support or supervision. This professional coach advises students to undertake. As a reference, he wants the wealthy Nigerian businessman, Aliko Dangote.
“Aliko Dangote said in one of his quotes that ‘a paid salary is not to be rich. The plight of the worker keeps us in dependency while everyone strives to be rich. If you want to be in poverty, look for a job but if you want to be rich, do business”, he said it and it is true”.
This well-known coach in the intellectual community and among Internet users, teacher-researcher and member of the National Commission of UNESCO in Guinea, is one of those who have succeeded in having entrepreneurship as a matter. And from the next academic year, students will be taught entrepreneurship, to enable them to break the ice and go for job creation instead of running for employment.
Abdallah BALDE for Guineematin.com
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