Gambia's home grown entrepreneur, Muhammed Jah is the star boy of the media this week. His interview with the BBC African Dream programme has made headlines in major media channels worldwide. His story has indeed made every Gambia proud and since it is always good to give credit where credit is due, we say kudos to him for lifting the Gambian flag high in the field of entrepreneurship.
Muhammed Jah's success story from within demonstrates the degree of investment opportunities available in the country. He has shown everyone, particularly the youth, that with courage and determination, there is no need to search for a greener pasture anywhere as the grass is green here.
It is an open secret that Jah started Quantum Net with very little resources. However, with perseverance and determination, the company is now the leading technology outfit in the country. Then came the Quantum Institute of Technology which is training young people to acquire the required skills in Information Technology. His biggest accomplishment is perhaps the investment in real telecommunication with the introduction of QCell, a GSM provider and the first to provide Gambia with a quality 3G network.
A patriotic citizen always thinks of what he can do for his country, not what his country can do for him. Today we have many Gambians who are experts in software and maintenance, hardware, computer science and other information technology-related fields, who were trained by QuantumNet. The QCell building has added value and beauty to Kairaba Avenue. It is indeed one of its kind. In fact, it is certain that the unemployment rate in The Gambia will drastically reduce if at least 15-20 people are like Muhammed Jah.
His investment is significant in several ways. It cannot be argued otherwise that effective communications is a significant requirement for development to take place. This is because it facilitates the flow of ideas and creates the room for cross-fertilization and exchange of ideas.
In today's rapidly advancing world, new technologies are coming up and are helping to create bridges between communities and different people. For any country to stand up proudly in the comity of nations, significant upgrades in technology are a necessity. It is for this reason that the Gambian leader has always called for a proactive approach by Gambians to this important issue. And the likes of Muhammed Jah responded to this call by making maximum utilisation of the enabling environment engendered by the leadership.
Suffice to say, Muhammed Jah is the kind of model Gambian that the president has been calling out for. His success story in business should be an inspirational support to all and sundry particularly young people of the country to be creative and strive towards self-employment.
Once again congratulations Muhammed Jah for making The Gambia proud.