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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Since 2013, we launched the pilot phase of the program through public speaking workshops "From the Book to the Word" at the Francophones Activity Center. Thus, more than 296 Egyptian schoolchildren, 200 university students were initiated and trained on debate and leadership, basing on their reading of books borrowed from the Library. In 2013 we started "The Great Debater", the first debate-shows in Dschang, under CDAs initiative. Here it is almost 45 young people who participate. The impact of these activities on academic, managerial and entrepreneurial skills of young people is considerable: nearly 92% of participants succeed academically, 73% are currently involved or working on social and community projects, and 44% are now financially autonomous and impact their environment thanks to their sense of leadership. Young girls participating were more dynamic and aware of their responsibility as active agents for the construction for an equal and fair society. Here is the testimony of a young Alexandrian Girl at the end of a workshop: Art of Speech will change Africa. In public speaking, words are our weapons. We no longer need real weapons to solve our problems. We need peace. (14 March 2014). Art of speech help them to be aware of Global Citizenship Education, more dynamic and tolerant. Our network is constituted of a hundred of debate and leadership club in school and university milieu with more than 3000 young members. We measure the success of the program through: - The increase of library attendance and reading centers. - Numbers of debate club created, of championship organised - Annual turnout to World School Debate Championship. - Traditional and modern oral practices are publicized at 100 % - The love of reading will be generated and maintained by students at 70% - The level of education in oral practices will rise

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Sustainability and future plans

Advertising, viewers votes, online gambling and revenues generated by the sale of TV license rights will serve to support partially or entirely the best speakers in their social or personal project and ensure the program sustainability. For the production and broadcasting, our television partner will endorse the media aspect of the project. Each season will be live broadcasting or Video on Demand. Our program will sustain because 41% of the population is aged under 15. Our core target is youth from 12 to 25 from Form V to Upper Sixth classes. And television is the main medium they are connected to. So far, there is NO public speaking program for a youth audience. Chercher le Mot, Le Défi and The Brain Box (CRTV) are the common intellectual program targeting a youth audience. However, they are embracing a traditional status with just an educational objective. They cant be consider as cultural enterprise. AFRICA GAWLO will be the first cultural enterprise to promote the industrialisation of oral practices through oratory games. During the Period: 2016-2020: We are developing a new concept: The Speaking House that will develop the entrepreneurial skills of members while strengthening their business abilities. It is a financial empowerment program of the association which has already trained several young leaders acting at national and international level. In 2025, AFRICA GAWLO will be export in African countries who request it. Our unique model will serve to launch a sub-regional, continental and world championship. In 2013, we will launch Africa Gawlo Magazine/press in other African countries. That will increase the auction: more participants and sponsors, more competition, development of the program in several languages, digitalization of the project, granting scholarship for speakers. In the long term, we will occupy a leadership place on the debate-show market with our special

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Elongue is a young cameroonian with strong communication and organisational skills gained in debate trainings and workshop. He realised an internship on youth literature at the National Library of France while concluding a master degree on Management of Cultural Industries as a scholarship holder at Senghor University Alexandria. He's tech savvy and passionately committed to education, youth entrepreneurship, women empowerment. He's the Program Director of the International Network for the Promotion of Art of Speech in Africa, The Caribbean and The Pacific and President of Senghor Forensics Society. He has been the: - Founder of Learn to Understand: an education centre helping university students to improve their academics and research skills. - cofounder the Bilingual Club for National Unity. - cofounder of Young Social Development Actors. - Volunteer at Cameroon Debate Association. - Member of Young African Leadership Initiative and International Youth Federation for Democracy and Peace. He won the Leopold Sedar Senghor Novel Contest, Prize PICADELF, 1st Prize of Short Story of the AUF, 3rd Best Speaker of the University of Dschang, 2nd Best Serial Moocer in the World. Awarded the Valedictorian Honor during Bachelor degree on Bilingual Letter and dux in Master I degree on Africa and Globalization. Afropolitan, he dreams of a world without barriers with more love and respect within civilisations. Life holds special magic for those who dare to dream and dare to be the ever chosen one to touch the sky.He's a big dreamer who never gives up until he achieves its goals. AFRICA GAWLO is the ideal solution to face the poor interest on books amongst African. As a bibliophile, he knows the power of reading in transforming people life. The Africas greatest poverty is made of insufficient intellectual minds who think together. We should more debate than fight. Words are our weapons.

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Med Mboreha Selemane

June 24, 2017 05:28

Je suis convaincu de la viabilité de ce projet. Pas en tant qu'orateur et connaissseur du projet. Non. Seulement que le projet est réaliste et réalisable. Un projet dynamique qui peut contribuer au développement multiforme de l'Afrique

September 5, 2016 17:38

all the best.

September 2, 2016 03:41

I want to thanks all those who took the time to read, comment, appreciate and encourage us for the realisation of this project. All your recommandations and comments have been taken into account and it will greatly help us !!

August 31, 2016 14:57

hi ,
All the best. great idea.

August 31, 2016 14:57

hi ,
All the best. great idea.

August 31, 2016 12:20

I real like your Project


August 28, 2016 23:28

Ce projet fera renaitre l'industrie du livre alors vivement soutenons le. Et aux concepteurs je tire un coup de chapeau.

Coach Octave

August 28, 2016 22:40

Congratulations ! Africa Gawlo is a great project. I'm very supportive ! I invite all debaters from Africa and all over the world to support this project.

August 28, 2016 05:51

Bonjour Cedric, je m'apple Tochukwu Emelone.
Debating helps build Courage, Confidence and Good Oratory skills amongst participants. I was once in the debating club while in school, it helped alot in build my Vocabulary and Speech Mannerism too. You project is quite inspiring, I also encourage you. Kindly spend some time too to review our project and advice us on it thanks.

August 28, 2016 05:13

Hello Marius, thank you for your project. I read a lot of inspirational books; it helps to motivate me. Weldone sir on your project.
Please kindly make out time to see what we do through our link

You have my vote cheers.

August 28, 2016 02:46

Dear Natasha Annie Tonthola, thank you for your support. I also like your project. I have voted...Congrats

August 27, 2016 14:23

Merci cher ainé Elie Mbadinga ! Comme tu l'as si bien dit, soutenir Africa Gawlo c'est soutenir le développement des atouts de la jeunesse dans un monde en perpétuelle mutation. S'il est vrai que l'expérience de la vie constitue une part de sagesse, la lecture de bon livres nous aide aussi à developper notre intelligence. Je ne pourrais décrire le bonheur ou le plaisir que j'éprouve chaque fois que je découvre une nouvelle idée ou manière de voir le monde au cours d'une lecture. Les livres sont des trésors inestimables. Un livre est une vivre qui m'énivre et cette ivresse devrait être disséminée pour contaminer l'ensemble de la jeunesse africaine !

August 27, 2016 14:15

Merci pour ces messages de soutien Aurélien. Vraiment bon vent Africa Gawlo ! L'avènement des NTICs ou du numérique constitue une énorme menace pour la lecture et le livre. Les jeunes y passent plus de temps et cela détériore même les échanges et pratiques sociales: on parle même désormais de "génération tête baissée" ! Il était donc urgent de trouver une nouvelle méthode pour réorienter les pratiques de lecture et susciter l'envie de lire auprès des jeunes. Comment? En y adjoignant l'oralité, non pas traditionnelle mais nouvelle et moderne, visible dans les championnats de débat (par exemple). L'idée pour un jeune de savoir qu'il pourra partager ses lectures à travers un débat devant des millions de téléspectateurs ne pourra que le galvaniser à lire davantage.

August 27, 2016 14:06

As Binyou previously said, Africa cannot develop without the development of reading and book consumption ! The more we read, the more we are shocked about our situation in the world and the more we engage !
You can read an article about Africa and Book consumption here:

August 27, 2016 14:01

Thank you for your support Cajetan Okeke. Books help us to better understand the world where we are living. There is a lot of interesting things that someone can discover through reading.

August 27, 2016 13:58

L'éducation des jeunes à la culture du livre et de la lecture doit se faire dès leur plus tendre enfance. Les enfants doivent developper leur relation et contact avec le livre. La plupart des livres lus par nos jeunes sont des livres scolaires dont les lectures sont faites en salle de classe et sous la contrainte d'un enseignant.
Ce serait vraiment important de familiariser les jeunes à la lecture ludique, les amener à vouloir lire pour le plaisir. Et c'est là l'objectif d'Africa Gawlo, développer l'intérêt de la lecture-ludique à travers l'Art oratoire et l'organisation de championnat de débat télévisé. Merci pour le soutien Fogang Douglas.

August 27, 2016 10:25

hello dear
i like your project i support you ,good work

i have voted for u,
please vote for my PROJECT DIGNITY too

and give me a nice comment

best wishes

August 27, 2016 04:11

Thank you so much dear Salu Yuda Ngedu. We won't give up! For we never give up. Your comment really encourage us to go further. We are waiting to see this project coming through and enlighten the continent.

August 27, 2016 04:09

Dear Olorunfemi Dayo, thank you for your comment which is really constructive. We are in the field of creative economy, which is the second largest and booming economy after digital economy. And our program has a digital value. We are not dealing with minds but with books, the book industry. Secondly, the project will support best innovative ideas or projects coming from finalists for social impact. Once more, thank you for your quiery!

August 26, 2016 11:00

Hi Elongue, you av got great mission to challenge the minds of African youth. However, consider Harward view of Entrepreneurship: the pursuit of opportunities without regard to resources presently controlled. this mean Entrepreneurs are doers and often seek for knowledge when a need arise to solve a problem.
young entrepreneurs also need to build confidence and your project is addressing that through Debate program.
from my experience it appears that, no matter the numbers of entrepreneurship lectures series given to youths, especially those in the University, such lectures cannot make them to become an entrepreneur. meaning that training programs should identify the innate gifts and talents of potential entrepreneurs and help them to establish the relationship between the needs of their community and the social capital ( skills, value, efforts, vision, technique & tools) required to solve existing problems.

is your program currently addressing entrepreneurship following the approach by professor Harward?

August 23, 2016 23:07

Great project if propelled! Don't give up because it can transform society through solutions it carries. I support it by votes and comments.

August 21, 2016 04:51

"We no longer need real weapons to solve our problems"
intellectualization of Africa for our common problems.


August 19, 2016 11:41

Aujourd'hui, beaucoup de jeunes ont perdu le goût de la lecture. Intéresser les jeunes à la lecture du livre et à l'écriture à travers l'art oratoire dans une ambiance de divertissement est quelque chose de génial et d'original. Vivement, nous attendons la matérialisation du projet "Africa Gawlo" qui est capable de bâtir une jeunesse pleine de connaissances, de repérés et capable d'exprimer ses problèmes.


August 18, 2016 19:08

This is the intellectualization of Africa.


August 17, 2016 06:53

si la parole est la concrétisation de la pensée, le livre est le support sur lequel repose cette pensée, alors un projet qui associe les deux modes d'expression ne peut quêtre louable.

August 15, 2016 10:06

Merci pour le soutien Jimmy Tchang. En effet, la lecture précède l'écriture. Les grands écrivains dont tu as cité le nom ont tous du nourrir leur imaginaire par des lecture afin de peaufiner leur style. Si une nation voudrait faire rayonner sa culture, elle devrait penser à investir dans la littérature et mettre en place une solide politique du livre.


August 9, 2016 00:10

The writer is an artist, the reader too. reading a new page is just like creating opportunities of living a new life: reading is therefore a Craft.
cheerup bro!


August 2, 2016 00:06

This project is like au perfusion for Africa. so we need it.

August 2, 2016 00:00

Grand merci pour le soutien et ce vibrant témoignage cher grand frère et ami Elie Mbandinga


July 31, 2016 20:40

Membre fondateur et ancien Vice Président de la SAOS, je soutiens sans faille ce projet, qui au demeurant aura un impact positif sur nos jeunes frères et soeurs. La connaissance des écrits par le canal du livre, le leadership, l'a maîtrise du dialogue structuré par l'art oratoire, sont autant d'atouts exigibles pour les leaders futur. Soutenir Africa Gaolo, c'est soutenir le développement des atouts de la jeunesse dans un monde en perpétuel mutation. Faites comme moi votons tous pour ce noble projet.


July 31, 2016 06:27

Hey dear Jimmy and Aurelien, these are the most expressive comments we have ever received since. Thank you so much for your support! Need more vote from you and your friends! Please share the idea with them and invite them to vote. Best regards!


July 31, 2016 05:42

Dear Aurelien & Jimmy,
Thank you so much. These are the most expressive commentaries we have ever received yet. And above all, you understand the context and its challenges!


July 31, 2016 05:40

Thank you so much dear Cajetan, Jimmy, Adam and Aurelien! Adam, we will also vote for your project.


July 30, 2016 22:00

Je trouve que ce projet est merveilleux. En plus, il est tres original, et son utilité n'est plus à démontrer.
Nous savons tous qu'avec les multiples sources de divertissement qui existent de nos jours (TV, réseaux sociaux, films, séries et musiques en fichier numérique, etc.), la jeunesse tend beaucoup plus vers la distraction, voire à la déperdition. Pendant ce temps, le livre, source historique de savoir perd symétriquement et malheureusement de la valeur. On pourrait même dire sans hyperbole aucune, qu'iltombe progressivement en désuétude.
Un projet comme Africa Gawlo, en favorisant la lecture du livre, pourrait donc permettre un regain de valeur au sein de la jeunesse camerounaise, africaine et même mondiale.
vivement le démarrage de ce grand projet.
Bon vent Africa Gawlo !!!!!


July 30, 2016 06:18
July 27, 2016 08:49

the more we read, the more we learn and can act. welldone for making books available. i appreciate your innitiative

July 27, 2016 00:31

S'il est vrai que la connaissance se trouve dans les livres, alors vivement que ce Projet porte ses fruits et aboutisse pour une jeunesse beaucoup plus impliquée dans la lecture.


July 24, 2016 23:25

En avant le projet un livre un enfant pour redonner vie et gout de la lecteur et l'ecriture à l'exemple de nos ainés telques Aimé C. , Leopold Sedar Senghor, Guyome Oyono, Joseph Brahim Seid, Amadou Kourouma, Amadou A. liste est longue. Combien sont des jeunes qui sintéressent à la lecture et lécriture de nos...Ce projet est un exemple à suivre


July 24, 2016 02:43

En avant le projet un livre un enfant pour redonner vie et gout de la lecteur et l'ecriture à l'exemple de nos ainés telques Aimé C. , Leopold Sedar Senghor, Guyome Oyono, Joseph Brahim Seid, Amadou Kourouma, Amadou A. liste est longue. Combien sont des jeunes qui sintéressent à la lecture et lécriture de nos...Ce projet est un exemple à suivre

July 22, 2016 04:12

Thank you for your support. In fact, as Achille said it before, youth are no more reading. They are spending more time on social network more for chatting and posting photo rather than learning. According to the situation of Africa, i think every youth must engage actively to transform its environment. Orality is therefore a way to motivate youth to be interested on books through debate competition.

Don't forget to share with your relative to let them contribute to the success of this initiative.

Jerry Lemogo

July 21, 2016 20:17

This project deserves to be supported towards achieving the development objectives of the continent.


July 21, 2016 14:17

C'est un projet plutôt à encourager vu la tendance de la jeunesse actuelle qui fait moins de lecture même lorsque celle ci est en ligne alors que leur préférence des TIC devrait les pousser à une plus grande curiosité à découvrir les nouveaux auteurs et par voie de conséquence la lecture

July 20, 2016 22:16

Good idea I like it and have voted for you please vote for me too

July 20, 2016 15:02

En effet, Abdoulaye KY, le premier obstacle à l'émancipation de l'Afrique est d'abord d'ordre psyhologique car les mentalités sont prisonnières d'un lointain passé glorieux duquel elles peines à se libérer. Une bonne éducation est un ingrédient essentiel à la lutte pour l'émancipation du Continent. Et le livre est une vivre importante de l'esprit qui participe à cette libération des consciences et des mentalités !!!

Abdoulaye KY

July 20, 2016 13:13

La culture de la lecture doit être suffisamment motivée. Nous ne cesserons pas de constater et de dire que chaque livre lu est une arme contre l'injustice et l'ignorance

July 20, 2016 06:15

It's a very innovative program for the promotion of the culture of books in Africa. Thanks for your vote !!!