I recently found this video on a friend’s Facebook wall. Hakeem Bello-Osagie is currently the Chairman of the board of directors of Emerging Markets Telecommunications Services Ltd (‘EMTS’), a rapidly growing mobile telephone operator which operates in Nigeria under the ‘Etisalat’ brand. He spoke about a couple of things, but I’d like to draw your attention to his thoughts on courage.
A lot of international students who pursue graduate degrees in developed nations like the US and UK have 3 key characteristics: intelligence, ambition, and white-hot passion to succeed. These traits are also critical for driving the process of nation building through innovation in the private and public sectors of the economy.
Citizens of developing nations, with advanced foreign degrees, have the potential to create opportunities for development and self expression for their country’s youth. Failure to do so will most likely result in sustainable levels of poverty and insecurity within their respective countries, as they continue to be drained of their top talent.
On the other hand, these group of individuals – who can create positive change – also have the potential to access and exploit opportunities in developed nations, which promise a higher standard of living within a much shorter time frame.
Which to choose? Your thoughts are welcome.