In this digital age, technology continues to change the way things are done — in a drastic manner; with the benefit of speed whiles cutting down distance.
Social media has taken commerce and communication to such a level that a lot of the average man’s daily life is spent on one platform or the other. The use of social media differs largely for individuals. While some will use it for work and business, others may use it for information, connecting with friends and family, and for entertainment.
Here in Ghana, Mahmoud Jajah, a strong believer in the digital drive opines that the country’s Muslim dominated inner city areas have to leverage on the digital dividends to scale its present challenges in order to stand a chance in competing in the future.
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“I believe strongly that with the power of digital technology, we can transform the Zongos in our lifetime. I want the kind of Zongo where every young person has the opportunity to live their dreams, and become whoever they want to become in this world.” – Mahmoud Jajah
Zongo Coders, a program which afforded lots of young people the opportunity to acquire coding skills is one of the foremost digital undertakings of Jajah — who has long stressed that coding was an area that most people should be gearing towards.
Earlier this year, MTN Ghana foundation and Ghana’s Ministry for Inner Cities partnered with his non-profit Initiative for Youth Development — a youth-led organization that is committed to improving the lives of young people in deprived communities, especially in the Zongos and the three regions in the north – Northern, Upper East and Upper West.
Although opportunities such as scholarships and job openings are not readily available to youth from Zongo communities — compared to other youth, Mahmoud is quick to add that the prospects look very bright. Saying “our challenges are also opportunities, only if we re-organize our societies.”
Mahmoud Jajah describes himself as a social entrepreneur involved with different organizations; both nonprofits and profit-making. His interests include development work, especially in relation to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level.
He holds a first degree in Management Studies from Central University, Ghana, and a second degree in International Oil & Gas Management from the University of Dundee in Scotland, UK.