First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL) has introduced an initiative designed to shine spotlight on Africa's unknown and raw talent dubbed the Yako Story.
The initiative will be a vehicle for identifying, nurturing, showcasing and advancing African talent while developing skills and employment opportunities among the Youth and Women.
It will cover Education, Music, Sports, Business, Climate Change, STEM, Health, Arts & Culture just to mention a few.
The organizers have highlighted that abundance of talent going to waste is what the initiative seeks to undo.
"There are so many talented young Africans who are yet to be discovered, uncovered, unearthed and nurtured. Our beliefs and guiding principles are based on finding and showcasing the diamond in the rough.
"The Yako Story Initiative therefore is a collaborative undertaking which provides a unique opportunity to deliberately market, expose, promote and showcase these diamonds who would never have been discovered otherwise," reads the statement by the organisers.
The first Yako Story is one of a 2 time World Karate Champion, Shihan Samson Muripo arguably the most decorated Zimbabwean Athlete, who went beyond his very humble beginnings to become the first black World Karate Champion.
This is a story of Hope, Possibility, Self-Belief, Mastery, Discipline, Determination, Perseverance and Hard work.
The Shihan Samson Muripo Yako Story shows the Zimbabwean and African Youth from all walks of life that it is possible to go beyond barriers and achieve greatness regardless of where one start off in life.
The talent search is a timely intervention in searching and promoting young talent hidden out there more so now when many livelihoods have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.