Check out Strive Masiyiwa’s 2012 Commencement speech at Morehouse College.
“As an entrepreneur, he has excelled and established a stellar example of principled leadership. As a visionary, he has gained international prominence for opening the African telecommunications sector to private capital. He has fought against government to dismantle a monopoly, paving the way for free enterprise. And he has shared his resources for philanthropic purposes. Not only does he fund one of Africa’s largest orphanages, but also he played an integral role in alleviating poverty that worsened during economic reform in Zimbabwe….
For your commitment to excellence in business and humanitarian efforts, we thank you….
Therefore….I confer upon you the Honorary degree, Doctor of Human Letters….
Congratulations, Dr. Masiyiwa….”
In a statement, Mr Masiyiwa said that he was honored and humbled to have been given such a prestigious recognition.
“When I first learned to read as a child, I learnt of this man called Martin Luther King, and I discovered then, that he was a Morehouse man, and I always wanted to come here.
If you really want to be a success, identify a human need and reach out to meet it.”
Additionally, Strive’s work in promoting the interests of small holder farmers in Africa was recently recognized by President Barack Obama. President Obama invited Mr. Masiyiwa to join a meeting at Camp David with G-8 leaders, the first time private business man from Africa have been invited to sit in with the G-8 leaders to discuss an issue of global concern.
Copyright © 2013 Farai Today