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Lifestyle: What Strive Masiyiwa suggested as solution to the migrant crisis in Africa

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This seems to be one of the most practical solutions to the problem.

The Econet CEO and a billionaire businessman in Africa, Mr Strive Masiyiwa has suggested mentoring of young people across Africa on entrepreneurship and enterprise management as an effective solution to managing the migration crisis in the region.

In his recent interview with the Cable News Network (CNN), Mr Masiyiwa stated many Africa’s youths perish in their quest of crossing to Europe. This journey is usually made through the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean sea on the coast of Libya.

He, thus, called on African youth to stop this dangerous journey and stay on the continent.

"You don't have to cross the Sahara. We can create solutions," he says.

This message by Masiyiwa is considered timely as many youths are perishing and risking their lives on this perilous journeys.

An exclusive investigation by CNN discovered that many of these youths usually fall into the hands of kidnappers who sell them into slavery in Libya for as low as $400. This discovery led to a global outcry against this act considered a crime against humanity.

His solution to the migration crisis

The Econet Group CEO suggested that an African-induced solution to the problem. More so, he called for creating a conducive business environment by the African leaders. He noted that this would help in the transformation of ideas into viable business ventures, and keep many youths within the continent.

"I believe sharing ideas with each other is so important to the future of the African continent," Masiyiwa says.

"I realized that if we don't do something to help young people create jobs in the African economy… that Africa's progress would be reversed. I understand we face the problem of corruption, bribery, bad policies. But it doesn't mean you should take to crossing the Sahara or the Mediterranean."

"We see the drownings… in the Mediterranean, young people trying to get to Europe," he adds.

"So this is my own way as well to try to respond to that crisis which is to say, 'hey' to young people. 'Listen, let's do something. We can create jobs. You can be entrepreneurs, or you can work for entrepreneurs. You don't have to take this incredible risk.”

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