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BOAF is pleased to induct Mr. Tendai Chitapi to the 10,000 Points of Light

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Mr. Frederick Koomson said: “It is my distinct honor and privilege to induct Mr. Tendai Chitapi, a highly experienced Agritech Specialist with a Corporate Finance and Project Management background, to the 10,000 Points of Light in recognition of his contribution to provoke, inspire and ignite awareness on the urgency and importance of building an African bank of hope.

Africa is dark at midnight and the few actors in value chains even in this exciting digital era, remain hidden in small and inward-looking groups when the continent’s majority inhabitants are divided on the real causes of the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment, and inequality.

We are privileged to be endowed by the creator with the earth’s greatest treasures yet in terms of output the personality of the majority of indigenous people rarely shines.

When I look at Mr. Chitapi’s impressive resume, I am comforted that represents a rare breed of actors who see the need to aggregate, accelerate outcomes and optimize process and efficiency issues to make African people live up to the promise intended by the creator.

When I was inducted into the 10,000 POL, I understood that there is nothing that stops us from organizing instead of agonizing about so-called foreigners in creating chains of diverse actors all connected by a single thread of being part of the solution and not part of the reason why things are not done.

I am excited to have Mr. Chitapi in our midst as we seek to be problem solvers through converting idle and sterile connections into community power.”

Mr. Chitapi said: “I am so excited to be surrounded by persons who share a common belief that the best days for Africans are yet to come. I believe that if we all put our hands on deck, there is no problem that can escape our individual creativity and innovation.

I was co-Founder at Kuronga, an award-winning agritech startup, that is using A.I. to build technology that validates crop quality and optimises market access for small farmers in Africa.

My passion lies in understanding and improving food systems, locally and globally, particularly using technology to enhance market efficiency and bring maximum value to small farmers.

In addition, I am also interested in researching and developing orphan crops and new crop varietals/cultivars that are specifically adapted to resist the increasing effect of climate change.”

Mr. Chitapi holds an MBA from HULT International Business School, having studied at their Shanghai campus.

He is fluent in English, French, Shona, Zulu and has professional knowledge of Portuguese and basic Mandarin.

In 2020, he co-Founded Kuronga in 2020, along with former high schoolmate Oliver Windram.

They are committed to using technology and A.I. to disrupt and revolutionize the agricultural value chain.

Having originally built a digital logistics solution, they have spent the last year on the ground with farmers in South Africa understanding the grassroots needs of farmers, and taking a human-centered design approach to developing their solutions.

This discovery process led to an evolution of their business to focus on optimizing quality validation to maximize value to farmers, by connecting them directly with buyers, and reducing post-harvest crop losses. 

They were recently selected as a Finalist in the prestigious Milken-Motsepe Prize in Agritech where they are competing for a USD 1 Million grand prizes to be awarded in 2023. https://milkenmotsepeprize.org/agritech-prize/

Their work at Kuronga, particularly their engagement with a diverse range of farmers, has given rise to the creation of a non-profit farmer organization named Demeter Agricultural Coalition Africa, currently at over 200 members, whose purpose is to be a platform that brings together farmers to share knowledge and experiences and, in this way, collectively advance and shape the future of farming in Africa.

Please follow this link to learn more about Mr. Chitapi in action: https://kuronga.com.

Mr. Chitapi is one of the founders of the Diameter Network group that is converting individual operators into a community of shared wisdom and knowledge in the agri-value chains:

https://demeter.africa

Please take the opportunity to follow our POL on twitter: https://twitter.com/JustTendai?t=7OpSyiRqcf81mzeak5zjIw&s=08.

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Dr. David Molapo inducted into the BOAF-10,000 Points of Light

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BOAF is pleased to induct Dr. David Molapo, a leading management consultant, educator, and renowned motivational speaker, to the 10,000 Points of Light (POL), an initiative that is aimed at building a Bank of Hope, whose currency is the people who shape and define its personality and character.

Mr. Frederick Koomson said: “It is my distinct honor and privilege to induct Dr. Molapo into this grouping of forward-leaners who share a common interest in rebranding the Continent of Africa from a purportedly dark continent to an aspirational brand of dreamers and doers.

Dr. Molapo possesses a rare and unique ability to provoke, ignite and inspire change starting with the driver of change, the individual, using a fine combination of humor, an incredible stage presence, and his personal life experiences in his offerings.

His reach goes beyond the 1 million people in South Africa each year to the rest of the world.

Imagine you were asked to look at the African skies and it is midnight, and you were asked to identify only 5 Africans who stand out as motivational speakers, there is no doubt that Dr. Molapo’s name will find itself in the group.

It is rare that on leadership and corporate matters, there are few Africans who provide the kind of inspiration that is needed to raise awareness of the urgency and need to have something to look up to at a time when we are so divided on small things when strategic questions remain unattended to because all too often strategists are missing in action.

At age thirteen, David was imprisoned for political actions, but while in prison started an incredible process in which he changed his life, which led to the successful businessman, leader, and father that he is today.

David became a finalist for the Junior Chamber International Award of Ten Outstanding Young People of the World in August 1994 and has appeared on Who’s Who in South Africa since 1995.

In July of 1999, he was awarded the prestigious PMR Silver Arrow Award for Best Motivational Incentive and Business Consulting.

In addition to the above achievements, David is one of the most sought-after motivational speakers and holds two of South Africa’s most admired and respected awards, the Young Achiever of the Year South Africa, and the Four Outstanding South Africans Award.

David speaks on many subjects, some of which include Quality Management, Communication, Entrepreneurial Skills, Team Building, leadership, Affirmative Action, and Accepting Change. He also authored many books, which include Growing up Spiritually, the 10 Exciting Keys to Success and If You Are Not Growing, You Are Dying.

David’s energy and topics play big roles in his success as a motivational speaker. In addition to holding two of South Africa’s most prestigious awards (the Young Achiever of the Year South Africa Award and Four Outstanding South African Awards) as well as appearing on Who’s Who in South Africa since 1995 to date, he has consulted the Top 100 Companies.

David Molapo’s former designations have included being a non-executive director of Dimension Data SA and many other major corporations, like South African Airways and Spoornet.

Dr David Molapo is a top management consultant, educationalist, and renowned motivational speaker.

By using his stupendous combination of humour, his incredible on-stage energy, and experiences from his own life, he captivates audiences with his message of hope.

David projects his message onto the nation through his public appearances, books, and his shifts in the media, which motivates, inspires, and guides more than a million people in South Africa each year as a result.

He uniquely provides his audience with the confidence and tools necessary to change their lives and the lives of those around them.

His journey of change started when he was imprisoned for political activities at the age of thirteen. Great leaders are often great rebels first.

He is the author of 15 books and a leading thought architect of our time.”

Dr. Molapo said: “I am humbled by this gesture which I accept without any hesitation. I share the view that Africa’s better days are yet to come.

The human factor is the motive force for any change. Technology has bridged us in a manner that permits content to cross borders seamlessly.

The disruptive technology that characterizes our daily lives provides a disincentive to those who believe that knowledge can be weaponized to the advantage of those who think they possess it in abundance.

The future of Africa is written in the story of each person who refuses to surrender the future to fate.

When I had of the POL initiative, what immediately came to my mind was the idea that we are all in the trenches, and we all count.

Indeed, the words of the authors of the declaration of independence who said: “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are equal and are endowed by the creator with certain unalienable rights and among these are LIFE, LIBERTY, AND PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS,” remain true to me as they did when they were authored that the Africa I want is the Africa in which we all have a place in it without any exceptions and exclusions.””

For more information: https://www.davidmolapo.co.za/davidmolapo_about.html.

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BOAF is pleased to induct Ms. Makgotso Allina Lebajoa to into the 10,000 Points of Light.

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Ms. Alisha Smith said: “I am so excited to induct Ms. Makgotso Allina Lebajoa (MAL) into this 10,000 Points of Light (POL) bank of the living.

It is not ironic that when one departs from the living, accolades follow but in life, people generally never pause to reflect on the true meaning and purpose of life to allow them to salute the living legends or the Points of Light that they live with.

This initiative is about connecting the dots and using the dots to build a diverse and inclusive community in which all who choose to be in it count.

I was not at the event that was hosted by the Pan African Business Forum (PABF) at the prestigious Royal India Restaurant yesterday or 26 May 2022 in honour of the visiting Vice President of the PABF, Mr. Austin Rollins Cooper Jr but I was informed that MAL was present in flesh.

In this digital civilization, the pathways to acquiring customers necessarily must involve digital weapons and the future jobs will call for different actors.

It is for this reason that MAL’s digital skills are weapons that we need to accelerate the construction of a Bank of 10,000 self-starters.

The fact that she is a woman is icing on the cake.  As women, it is easy to believe that one needs a wagon carried by a male actor while forgetting that we have a duty to pull our wagons.

I see problems the same way MAL sees them, and these problems do not require the mind and creativity of either men or women, but they just call for solutions.

Personally, I would rather be surrounded by problem-solvers than by exclusive females in the search for solutions.”

MAL responded by saying: “I am deeply honored to be part of this movement and I hope that my light on the following areas will shine: “IT sales and support industry. Skilled in systems training, database administration, client onboarding, and software,” so that the future of Africa can be a little brighter because of my personal value add.

When Mr. Mpasiri invited me to the dinner yesterday, I had no idea of what was in store, and as such my expectations were not high.

It was refreshing to meet people I had never met yet our minds met on what is required to be done to secure the future that I want to see.

I was pleased with the inspiring speeches during the program that provoked me to ask the question: “If I am not a POL, then who should be?”

I am a people person and I believe that my attitude is my weapon to scale the heights of opportunity which multiply if one locates themselves with other aspiring persons.

I will deposit my friends into this bank of mine and by being a member, I have no one to tell me to belong for I have chosen to find myself in a crowd of 10,000 points of light.

All my life, I have been looking to be part of something that is bigger than me and through Mr. Mpasiri, I am ready to learn to be the best community builder that exists in my sphere of influence.

I am inspired and fired up.”

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BOAF is pleased to induct Ms. Dineo Welheminah Phuku to the 10,000 Points of Light

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BOAF is pleased to induct Ms. Dineo Welheminah Phuku, co-owner of a Tlholo Pele Consultancy (Pty) Limited (TPC), a company that was founded on 26 September 2018, with registration number K2018514348 based in Kempton Park, South Africa, to the 10,000 Points of Light

Ms. Alisha Smith, a member of the 10,000 Points of Light (POL), said: “I am inspired to welcome Ms. Phuku, who is also the MBA Coordinator at the Henley Business School, to this Hall of Fame. I did not know her and from what I have been able to establish from Mr. Mpasiri, I am encouraged that it is only through the instrumentality of the people who believe that visibility is important in the enterprise of client acquisition who see the potential value and potency of organizing ourselves into clusters of mutuality and not competition.

I sincerely hold the view that it does not take a crowd to make a difference to a problem or to efficiently bridge a problem to a solution.

We all count on the enterprise called life. Ms. Phuku is no longer a stranger for she has agreed to be a BOAFER who is passionate about provoking, igniting, and inspiring others to see the greatness and genius in them rather than helping them to lift themselves from one state to another.”

Ms. Phuku said: “My name means GIFT and I believe that it suits me as I look at any person I encounter as a gift and in them, there is something that I may not be gifted with but when I know the person, I will be the best ambassador to unlock such unique and personal gifts.

I can only bridge a gift to a problem provided the holder of the gift chooses to play his or her part. It is for this reason that when the idea of Bank of Hope whose currency is its paid-up members, I was so excited to be on the bus that talks about something I can choose to shape its personality and character.

As a POL, I will never pretend to be what I am not but simply share what I am doing in my daily life. It was only yesterday that I attended the dinner hosted by the Pan African Business Forum (PABF) in honor of Mr. Austin Rollins Cooper Jr, Vice President of the organization, that I learned that the more I expose myself to what I do not know, the luckier I can be.

I believe that being in the human capital allocation business has uniquely given me insights, ideas, knowledge, and experience to be a team or bank builder. I have the gift, discipline, and drive to make things happen.

My aspiration is to expose the POL community to suitable learning channels, and skills programs and present them to job opportunities where their skills can be utilized and where they add value the most through TP Consultancy.

I hold an Industrial and Organisational Psychology degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

I believe in people, in change, and in building a better Africa for all those who deem themselves Africans.

I’ve always been interested in humans and what drives our behavior, and the choices we make in life hence the study of psychology.”

TPC is a corporate vehicle that provides staffing solutions to high-end organizations and places highly skilled professionals across the corporate hierarchy.

It bridges job seekers to opportunities that are available in the competitive labour market. In this digital age, the bridge is no longer straightforward, especially when in-person interfaces are gradually being phased out.

Ms. Phutu further stated that: “We decided to specialize our service offering on Human Capital Recruitment, Strategic Planning, Organisational Development, Strategy, and Research.

Ms. Alisha Smith, a member of the 10,000 Points of Light (POL), said: “I am inspired to welcome Ms. Phuku, who is also the MBA Coordinator at the Henley Business School, to this Hall of Fame. I did not know her and from what I have been able to establish from Mr. Mpasiri, I am encouraged that it is only through the instrumentality of the people who believe that visibility is important in the enterprise of client acquisition who see the potential value and potency of organizing ourselves into clusters of mutuality and not competition.

I sincerely hold the view that it does not take a crowd to make a difference to a problem or to efficiently bridge a problem to a solution.

We all count in the enterprise called life. Ms. Phuku is no longer a stranger for she has agreed to be a BOAFER who is passionate about at provoking, igniting and inspiring others to see the greatness and genius in them rather than helping them to lift themselves from one state to another.”

Ms. Phuku said: “My name means GIFT and I believe that it suits me as I look at any person I encounter as a gift and in them, there is something that I may not be gifted with but when I know the person, I will be the best ambassador to unlock such unique and personal gifts.

I can only bridge a gift to a problem provided the holder of the gift chooses to play his or her part. It is for this reason that when the idea of a Bank of Hope whose currency are its paid-up members, I was so excited to be in the bus that talk about something I can choose to shape its personality and character.

As a POL, I will never pretend to be what I am not but simply to share what I am doing in my daily life. It was only yesterday that I attended the dinner hosted by the Pan African Business Forum (PABF) in honour of Mr. Austin Rollins Cooper Jr, Vice President of the organization, that I learned that the more I expose myself to what I do not know, the luckier I can be.

I believe that being in the human capital allocation business has uniquely given me insights, ideas, knowledge, and experience to be a team or bank builder. I have the gift, discipline, and drive to make things happen.

My aspiration is to expose the POL community to suitable learning channels, skills programmes and presenting them to job opportunities where their skills can be utilized and where they add value the most through TP Consultancy.

I hold an Industrial and Organisational Psychology degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.

I believe in people, in change and building a better Africa for all those who deem themselves as Africans.

I’ve always been interested in humans and what drives our behaviour, and the choices we make in life hence the study of psychology.”

TPC is a corporate vehicle that provides staffing solutions to high end organisations and placing highly skilled professionals across the corporate hierarchy.

It bridges job seekers to opportunities that are available in the competitive labour market. In this digital age, the bridge is no longer straight forward especially when in person interfaces are gradually being phased out.

Ms. Phutu further stated that: “We decided to specialize our service offering on Human Capital Recruitment, Strategic Planning, Organisational Development, Strategy and Research.

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