THE CHIEF Executive Officer of the Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), Professor Shyaka Anastase, has advised the youth in East Africa to take advantage of values and inspiration from their current leaders to become good leaders in the future.
He was speaking yesterday during a junior prayer breakfast of Africa Youth Leadership Forum (AYLF) in Kigali. The breakfast prayer brought together the youth from East African Community (EAC) countries.
Prof Shyaka urged them to be inspired by historical and current good African leaders such as Nelson Mandela and Former Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere, and use the good cultural and religious values to be future leaders.
“The youth are now mature, they have to be self-confident and translate into practice the core values we have in Rwanda and in the region so as to be good future leaders,” he said.
He urged the youth to be committed and not misuse their potential to be good leaders, as today’s challenges can be their opportunities tomorrow.
According to Tim Kreutter, the founder and director of Cornerstone Development Africa, an organisation that builds highly effective leadership academies in Uganda and Rwanda, it is crucial to use the youth that constitutes the majority of EAC population for peaceful change and harmony in the future.
“Everything rises and falls on leadership. The history of humankind’s triumphs and tragedies is largely the story of its leaders--kings, presidents, business and religious leaders and so on-- who either led people in ways that allowed society to experience greater harmony and progress or led people into ways that brought conflict, destruction and suffering,” he said. “As the leaders go, so goes the nation. The decision of a few leaders can affect the well-being of millions or even billions of people, positively or negatively.”