4 March 2020
Story by Jeanette Dadzie
Marketing and Public Affairs Officer
Office of Advancement and Public Affairs
The Student Representative Council Legal and Academic Affairs arm held a public lecture on the 4th of March 2020 for the AU student community, targeted specifically at the institutions’ final year students who are set to graduate in June 2020. The objective of the public lecture that was themed under the banner of entrepreneurship and resilience, was to inspire those in attendance to rise above the challenges presented by the VUCA environment (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous). Some of the challenges highlighted included high unemployment, lack of access to capital and subdued economies- macro economic factors that are unavoidable but can be overcome with the right amount of determination and focus which formed the cornerstone of the messages presented by the speakers.
Knowledge Murigwa, founder and Managing Director of Blutech Investments delivered a motivational talk on entrepreneurship in volatile economies. Mr. Murigwa said,
“Environments that are volatile offer the best opportunity for entrepreneurship for those brave enough to take the risk! Failure is a part of the entrepreneur’s journey but the key is to never give up. When I found my business failing in an area where we once thrived, I diversified and spread my risk. Limiting yourself is not an option.”
Blutech Investments has grown from retail to cover investments in real estate and construction with projects and sites in Mutare and Harare.
Dean of Students, Mr. George Miti who delivered the opening remarks applauded the initiative of the SRC in an event that was spearheaded by the Legal and Academic Affairs Secretary Ms. Rukudzo Marere especially as March is Women’s Month, going on to mention that more women should be involved in the spaces of innovation and entrepreneurship. He said,
“Africa University is a place where we encourage and capacitate our students to identify and realize their talents. We would like to applaud you, our student leadership, for taking the initiative to push our student body to reach greater heights as they transform into the leaders of tomorrow. There is a need to give young people the room to thrive and seize the opportunities that present themselves.”
The public lecture also allowed a platform for the Peer Network Club to raise awareness of Women’s Month and the “Donate a pad” campaign that is ongoing in partnership with the SRC and aims to collect sanitary wear from the community that will be made available to women who struggle to access appropriate sanitary wear each month. Olive Thomas, a student leader coordinating the effort addressed the audience appealing for more donations and encouraged men to participate in the drive and break the taboos that exist in discussing