#MEET Gorilla Arts Africa
Published on: 05.08.2016
#MEET Gorilla Arts Africa
This is a short interview we conducted with Kwehangana Hamza, the co-founder of “Gorilla Arts Africa”. If you like the concept of this idea and would like to vote for it, click HERE.
- What is your background? (Nationality, age, education, field of work). Please tell us your full name and the name of your project.
My name is Kwehangana Hamza, I am a male Ugandan aged 21 pursing a bachelor’s degree of Science in Information Technology at Sikkim Manipal University India – Uganda Learning center. I am the co-founder of African Art Innovations Ltd an innovative startup company in the suburbs of Kampala the capital of Uganda. Gorilla Arts Africa is an Estore and a subsidiary of African Art Innovations Ltd.
- Describe your idea or project in two sentences.
At Gorilla Arts Africa, we look for enthusiastic and passionate young people, local artists and artisans within and around our community capable and willing to train further to making better and beautiful African arts, crafts and ceramics. We buy and sell handmade African Arts, Crafts and Ceramics by our locally trained artists and artisan. We sell and ship these artworks both locally and worldwide.
- What are the benefits you take from the Entrepreneurship Campus?
The free courses offered to campus members. I personally enrolled and my study is still underway. I am very excited to receive an international certification at no cost. Thanks to Entrepreneurship Campus for giving us a platform to showcase our projects/innovations. I am inspired when I read about other member’s projects and ideas. This is a huge plus to you for bringing together the best minds in one place.
- What motivates you to be an entrepreneur?
If you make smart business decisions as an entrepreneur, your ventures can pay off for the rest of your life no matter how old or how young you are. Seeking mentorship, learning to communicate well, and work on gaining credibility are the basics to my motivation. And throughout it all, I do what I can to manage stress and anxiety.
- Imagine you have ‚supreme power’ to create and innovate: how would your world look like? What changes would you like to make in your community and/or in the world? Share your thoughts from a ‚supreme power’ and entrepreneur standpoint.
Having the youngest people come together and create solutions to problems in the society they come from with the guidance of their community leaders/elders.
- What would you say to potential voters who may be reading your interview?
One should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last. According to stats, 83% and 60% of youths in Uganda and Africa are unemployed from Wikipedia and African Economic Outlook respectively, i believe that, this increase in youth unemployment both in Uganda and Africa can only be reduced through youth empowerment programs that do not only focus on profit maximization but also creating platforms where sustainable labor resource can be trained for increased labor supply in the labor market. By simply voting our project Gorilla Arts Africa, it’s a step to the reduction of youth unemployment globally. Thank you all for your support.
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