Bongani Mothusi Bakae is an agent of change. He lives to serve the purpose of contributing to his community so as to influence others positively.
Q: Tell us more about yourself?
My name is Bongani Bakae. I am currently studying a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy at the People’s friendship University of Russia in Moscow on the Top Achievers Scholarship.
Q: What have you been able to achieve throughout this journey?
Well, I have published my first book “IM POSSIBLE” that has changed many lives.
At the age of 15, I was chosen as the best participant during the Botswana Entrepreneurship week.
The competition was based on start up business ideas and innovations, where I met my mentors and people who have encouraged me to be a writer.
I have carried out several charity activities under the NGWANA ENTERPRISES which led me to being a business advisor and tutoring students to excel in their final examinations.
Q: What strategies do you have to achieve your goals?
I believe in myself and do everything in my power to get to where I set myself to be. My greatest weapon is my confidence, I believe I can achieve anything and that there is nothing I cannot do.
He hopes all this will motivate others to dream and believe in whatever they set to achieve in life!
Q: Who is your mentor and why?
I have a lot of mentors influencing me in my life. However my favourite two are Roche Mamabolo and Mooketsi Bennedict Tekere. Mr Mamabolo is a South African author and an entrepreneur. I look up to him because he basically does what I love and is very good at what he does!
My 2nd mentor is Mr Tekere. He is a Botswana based entrepreneur and a self-driven young man. At the end of it all, that is what I really need in a mentor. I want a mentor who I can have a physical contact with, know them and people who do what I would like to do and do it perfectly!
Q:What vision do you have for young people in your community?
Honestly, I would like to see a group of visionaries and young people who want to change their country for the better. I want people to know that the world is not as perfect as they think, and they should open their eyes to see the vast amount of opportunities beyond the boundaries of Botswana.
I just want a self-driven community and people who are ‘patrotic’ enough to take interest in working hard to change their country for the better.
The trend I have seen in most young people is intoxication and excessive consumption of alcoholic beverage. Some do not think about taking their nation forward, and this has led to a huge dependency on the government. With a country highly dependent on diamonds for a stable economy, I wish more people could be innovative enough to diversify the economy of Botswana.
Bongani believes that Botswana started somehwere and it has come a long way to where it is today because of the visionaries that existed in the past.
He believes in the spirit of UBUNTU, the spirit of people coming together contributing whatever they take in order to achieve a common goal. “They had a dream, our forefathers said motho le motho kgomo and contributed to building the first University in the country”-he said.
Do you have any books you can recommend? What motivational quote do you live by?
When it comes to books, I believe it depends on the topics being talked about. I actually enjoy romantic novels, business and motivational biographies. However, The book I love is called “Poor Dad, Rich Dad.” It is all about using someones’s finances to build wealth. So, absolutely recommend it.
Well, I prefer to follow actions than motivational quotes so I don’t really think there is any motivational quote I live by. If at all there is any quote that motivates me, I would have probably written it myself.
Thank you very much Bongani! We wish you the best in your future endeavours! ☄