Many analysts say that Kenya is on a cusp of change. Some have said that Kenya 2.0 is being reborn. However, such a revolution will not happen unless there is also an economic revolution.
As one listens to stories of the amazing things many young Kenyans are doing- many away from the media limelight, one can't help but marvel at such youngsters.
A year or so ago, Caroline Mutoko, on her Kiss FM big breakfast show, had hosted many youngsters in their late teens to early twenties, who were engaged in some form of business.
One rented her wardrobe out for small sums of money, and she was doing this when she was still in her teens. Another, with the help of her parents, was supplying muffins to supermarkets while still in high school.
I know the whiners will insist that these youngsters came from rich backgrounds, and were merely riding on their parents backs. However, that is besides the point.
One must appreciate that these youngsters are doing something with their talents, time and money, especially at a time of their lives when it's so easy to get distracted.
The next logical step must be to move in and assist these youngsters so that their projects can be upscaled quickly to create employment for many other Kenyans.
The support of financiers, the community around and the government will be critical for the success of such ventures. Likewise, parents, rather than chide their children who exhibit such extreme talents, must encourage them to pursue such ventures.
Our education institutions must also reform to allow such students to pursue their ventures, while at the same time learning. For example, it is a common practice that many universities in the US will grant you an unlimited leave of absence, so long as you can prove that the project you are embarking on is likely to impact the society.
Of course, not all the projects that these budding youngsters embark on will succeed. However, the skills gained from pursuing such projects will prove invaluable in their later life.
Most importantly, out of all these trial projects, there could emerge a few trail blazers that will create decent, clean and rewarding jobs for Kenyans.