This February 2019, Afro Real Initiative (AFREIN) spotlights Angèle MESSA from Cameroon. She is not only an edutech enthusiast, but a trained diplomat, grassroots politician, and multi-award-winning social entrepreneur, whose remarkable works have unfading recognitions beyond national boundaries. Angèle is an epitome of a dynamic, versatile, and optimistic female African.
Be inspired to aspire, as you go through this phenomenal profile.
Who is Angèle MESSA?
Angèle MESSA is an award winning EdTech Entrepreneur with over four years of experience in social entrepreneurship. Her interventions specifically focus on quality education using the-state-of-the-art technology.
Through kamerbigbang.com (educlick.africa) — an online social platform which she founded in Yaounde, Cameroon, Angèle seeks to change the African youth unemployment narrative, by presenting a platform for young Africans to tap into the power of technology to reduce academic failure and get decent jobs, if not create new and decent jobs for the continent through entrepreneurship. This online educational portal promotes inclusive education and develops solutions to make quality education accessible to those who can’t attend formal learning due to armed conflicts and poverty.
She is Assistant National Director of the Cameroonian Democrat’s Front, a newly-created political party, the raison d’être of which is to change the way of doing politics in Cameroon. This political organ believes in building an electorate from the base, through involvement in community projects and decentralisation.
Angèle holds a Master’s in International Relations in International Communication and Public Action (from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC)). Prior to her course in diplomacy, she did a Combined Honours Degree in the French and English Languages (in the University of Buea, Cameroon).
Interview (with Kathleho TSOKU in Johannesburg, South Africa) on possibilities of scaling Educlick.
She is dedicated to mentoring and equipping youths with the practical skills needed to facilitate youth inclusion into the job market, and or transform them into job creators.
‘I’m passionate about education and mostly [educational] technology’, Angèle avowed.
‘‘I firmly believe in Nelson Mandela when he says, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world’ and [I] find it unacceptable that some people are not priviledged enough to access quality education either due to armed conflicts, [and] or poverty’’, Angèle asserted.
‘That is why our vision at EduClick is to develop alternative learning methods to make quality education accessible to all and at very low cost’, she reiterated.
Showcasing Educlick at the African Union Education Innovation Expo: an outing that brought home the African Union Education Innovation Prize.
Angèle cherishes creative writing, doing research, and traveling.
Challenges, prospects, and way forward
‘The main challenge I’ve faced so far is [that of] selling my vision to the target audience while guaranteeing sustainability’, Angèle indicated.
‘For most people, especially [African] youths, the internet and social media outlets are recreational tools. It takes much efforts to have them look at it as an essential learning tool or even [a revenue generating source]. That takes us to the sustainability level where users find it very difficult to pay for online services’, she regretted.
‘But we’ve worked slowly and persistently to change that narrative and help users get the motivation needed to learn online’, she affirmed.
Her vision is that to build one of Africa’s largest online educational portals, through which unemployment and underemployment within Cameroon and beyond could be reduced to insignificant levels.
Working session with Oasis Academy, one of Educlick’s partners. The former develops free learning modules for secondary schools.
Word of wisdom to the youths
‘I’ll say [it is] possible to get as far as your dreams take you. We all want to change the world, but that cannot be done over night. [It is] about taking one step at a time and [being] persistent in our little actions’, Angèle admonished.
Angèle’s quiet moments could be very spiritual. Pictured here in moment of silent and deep meditation at the Central and West African Peace Revolution Retreat (Senegal, 2013). The focus of which was on pacific conflict resolution, and the spreading of loving-kindness.
Angèle is an alumna of Cameroon Leadership Academy (CLA, 2016), YALI RLC (Cohort 3, Dakar Senegal (2016). She’s been heading the Communication Committee of YALI West Africa Alumni Association (WA-AAC) since 2018.
Through kamerbigbang.com (educlick.africa), over 3,000 youths within Cameroon and beyond have been attended to. Thus, Angèle and or her team have had the following recognitions:
– African Union Education Innovation Prize (2018).
– African Champion Award from Ashoka Africa (2018).
– Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur Fellowship (2018).
– Featured by Inspire 237 Magazine amongst 100 Most Influential Cameroonian Entrepreneurs (2018).
– Nominee for 50 Most Influential Young Cameroonians — under the category of Social Business and Philanthropy (2018).
Angèle is a Peace Rebel. In October 2013, she attended the first edition of the Central and West Africa Peace Revolution Retreat in Senegal. Besides, she is an alumna of the Commonwealth mentorship scheme for Women (2016); Secretary General of LYBIBEXSA (Lycée Bilingue de Bafoussam Ex Students’ Association) since 2016; alumna of the Yher Accelerator (2017); and member of the African Education Innovation Network since 2018.
Those for EduClick:
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