HOW TO BE A CHANGEMAKER
Who is a changemaker?
To me, a changemaker is someone who works in their community to effect change by solving problems in their community using different means including entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, infrastructure advocacy, politics etc.
What does it take to be a changemaker?
Nothing! A desire to see change happen would do.
Don’t wait till you are passionate or inspired. Passion sometimes is a scam, and it increases at some times and decreases at other times. Don’t be overly dependent on passion, start and passion would come.
Inspiration: a lot of times people try to wait until they are inspired to act. No, inspiration is not what matters the most. It is what you do after you have been inspired that matters more.
Looking for inspiration? Go online. A simple google search of Changemakers should serve a good dose of inspiration.
What do you need to start?
Not much. I think your voice would do. We all have a voice. Start by using it and thank God for social media, it is an opportunity to amplify our voices to the entire world.
I think a mobile phone would be enough.
Sometimes we think that what we need is Funding. It’s not so much about it, it’s about your readiness and your willingness to act.
You can work with a lean or zero budget to start with. But first, show up.
Always start by why.
Seeing people receive global recognition, awards and funds can be really motivating but shouldn’t be the reason.
Do your work. And just really love and care about the people that are working for and with.
The awards and recognition would come later on.
There are already people doing what I want to do?
Just start anyway. There are 80 million people living in poverty in Nigeria, I am sure not every one of them has been reached. It means then that there is plenty of work for you to still do.
Plenty of people need helping.
Do I have to start a non-profit or a social enterprise to make an impact?
You can make so much impact using the work that you currently do and the skills that you have.
For example, Paystack has transformed the way we do business in Nigeria/Africa through its online payment platform. They are not a non- profit company.
Volunteer to help and assist at existing organizations in your communities and areas of interest.
You can donate to organizations. You don’t need to have a million dollars or a hundred thousand naira. Your two hundred naira would go a long way!
The big question is:
WHY NOT YOU? WHY NOT NOW?