The Ideation Corner Founder and Author, Damali Ssali, has donated 650 copies of her book to three schools in Kampala in a bid to boost entrepreneurship skills among Uganda’s youth.
The schools that received these books are Kitebi Secondary School, Kansanga Seed School and St. Dennis Ssebugwawo Secondary School, Ggaba. Other books are to be donated to the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) library for all people in Kampala to freely access them.
The IDEATION CORNER book, whose theme is “Ideas and Dreams Drive Innovation and Entrepreneurship”, seeks to inspire people, especially the youth, to pursue their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.
Speaking at Kitebi Secondary School in Kampala, Ssali, a chartered Accountant by profession urged the students to pursue their dreams until they achieve what they achieve their goals.
“I used to have a lot of dreams when I was still young but I regret that there are certain dreams I killed in my mind myself. But if I had pursed them, you never know what would have happened,” Ssali said.
She added: “And I know it happens; someone gets an idea and they think it is too big to pursue, which is not true. I want to inspire you that unlike me who killed my dreams by myself in my head, that you pursue your dreams in whichever way you can to see them bear fruit.”
She, however, cautioned that achieving one’s dream does not come easy as there are challenges along the way which must be overcome.
“Entrepreneurship is not a straight journey; don’t give up on pursuing your dream. You will meet hurdles along the way but don’t give up because you have failed the first time. Simply learn from your mistakes and pursue your dream again,” she said.
She added: “In this book, entrepreneurs tell us their experiences in their entrepreneurial journey; how they dreamt, prayed and then worked to have their dreams fulfilled. Many failed many times but they still got up and pursued their dreams. So the Ideation Corner was to show that there are people in Uganda who are doing something in this challenging environment we are in. You too can still do something.”
Ssali implored the students to read the book and to make use of whatever skills they have to start something, however small it could be, saying that entrepreneurship and innovation starts in one’s mind.