Keep going bro, If you can think it, you can achieve it!
The universe is our genie, if you think about Aladdin and his lamp, Aladdin picks up the lamp, dusts it off and out pops the genie. The genie always says one thing; “Your wish is my command”.
If only you can think it , the universe will start to rearrange itself to make it happen for you. Trust the universe, think of a car driving through the night. The headlights only go a hundred or two hundred feet forward and you can make it all the way from Livingstone to Lusaka driving through the dark because all you have to see is the next two hundred feet and that’s how life tends to unfold before us. If we just trust that the next two hundred feet will unfold after that and indeed the next two hundred feet will unfold after that, your life will keep unfolding and it will eventually get you to the destination of whatever it is you truly want, because you want it.
Simbarashe Chigora who turns 24 years old in July is a young business man who is majoring in mass communication and minoring in public administration at the University of Zambia.
We took some time to interview the young entrepreneur who gave us an in-depth of his success and what motivates him.
What’s motivated you to start your business?
My passion and love for business started when I was only a little boy in the sixth grade however I seriously and officially got into the business world in the year 2014 when I registered my first business. I have been in the printing business for a while now engaging in a diverse range of printing, from business cards, embroidering to PVC banners and many more. The printing business takes a lot of energy from you but one thing I love about what I do is tirelessly running up and down making deliveries of what the clients have ordered and seeing a smile on their face because we have a done a good job, nothing beats that feeling.
Do you think you influence people especially the youths?
I love think I do influence people in one way or another because since I started my business I’ve had a few friends of mine engaging in the business sector as well. However I feel like I can influence more Zambian youths by sharing my business experience and advising them on how they can establish themselves in the business world. Hopefully in the near future I am able to have one on one entrepreneurship talks so as to help them think outside the box and not only wait to be employed by government.
What’s the one thing you can’t go a day without doing?
This might sound unorthodox and funny but I can’t go a day without drinking Coca Cola. I love that drink a lot inspired by Warren Buffet.
What’s your favorite place in Zambia?
To be honest Lusaka is my favorite place in Zambia, I say that because I always feel like if you can make it in Lusaka you can make it anywhere else. It’s a place full of opportunities if only you place yourself in the right places and with the right people.
Name any 3 Zambian people who have influenced you in one way or the other?
One of the people who have greatly been an influence on me is Hakainde Hichilema, he is a local business man and politician whose business has sky rocketed over the years. His passion and work ethic has been a great influence on me and hopefully one day I could get where he is now and even further. My Dad, Pastor Andrea Chigora definitely has influenced me as well. His walk with God and faith is just amazing, he inspires me a lot to trust and believe in God always. Lastly, I am inspired by my close friend and brother, he is the found of a hyper growth retail company called E-Mark. He’s name is Emmanuel Mwanza and the level to which he’s business has grown and is still growing is always inspiring to me as an entrepreneur.
What’s the one thing you would change about Zambia?
I think as a country we have taken for granted how much the agricultural sector can do for our economic growth so if given an opportunity that’s one thing I would change because if I feel the sector has a lot of potential and is being underutilized.
Describe a typical day for you?
Wake up, get ready for work, get to the office, have breakfast, look at the work to be done, get it done, have my lunch, finish up and begin wrapping up for the day. It’s a routine life but I enjoy doing it over and over again.
What advice would you give to 10 year old you?
My advice would be, just take it easy, life isn’t a race but rather a marathon. Respect your parents and never be angry with them whenever they give you advice and try to correct you, they always want what’s best for you as their child.
What are some of the things you are passionate about?
One of the things am passionate about the winning souls for the kingdom of God, apart from that I dream of cultivating an entrepreneurial mind in the Zambian youth, and turning the Zambian media and entertainment industry to one of the major revenue contributors in the Country.
Any favorite books or publications you’ve read?
I love to read a little bit of newspapers here and there. My favorite book at the moment is
“We don’t just become” by Felix Galamukani Banda.
What is your advice to fellow youths?
Start now because all you have is Today!
How do you want people to remember you?
I would love to be remembered as one of the greatest business men this Country ever produced.
By Jeff Waziski Bwalya.