. . . the next Asian tigers are the African lions.
. . . because we are the future. Team Invictus Prize
William Ernest Henley (1849-1903) was an English poet who wrote the beautiful and inspiring poem, 'Invictus': meaning 'unconquered' or 'undefeated' in Latin. At 17, William was diagnosed with tuberculosis and had one of his legs amputated. Yet, in spite of this disability, he went on to live an active and successful life and used his experience to write Invictus when he was 26. Invictus inspired many great leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi's father and Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela who recited it many times during his detention at Robben Island.
The Invictus prize process is a series of events - inspired by Henley's Invictus, Madiba's legacy and Wangari Maathai's Hummingbird. . The prize was created to recognize, bring together, empower and honour the most outstanding established and aspiring young African social entrepreneurs, and use them as examples to inspire and encourage millions of young people across Africa and globally, to set up social enterprises that not only empower society by generating jobs, creating incomes and improving health & livelihoods, but also contribute comprehensively and sustainably to the fight against poverty, and rejuvenate efforts contributing towards the realization of the African Youth Charter, and the fulfillment of the MDGs 2015 and the agenda beyond - the SDGs - using bottom-up approaches.
The Invictus Prize represents the many young people of integrity who through self-mastery, their determination, passion, talent and energy have overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles in their quest to not only empower themselves but also to impact their local and global communities in big positive ways through social entrepreneurship - businesses whose heart is people development.
The prize is imbued by the legacies of two of the greatest revolutionaries of our time: Nelson Mandela and Wangari Maathai
“ All of us have a God in us, and that God is the spirit that unites all life, everything that is on this planet"
"Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom. Of course the task will not be easy. But not to do this would be a crime against humanity, against which I ask all humanity now to rise up."