Damn, I’m good.
Why, you ask?
Well this week two young cats I mentor were honored with a remarkable distinction.
They were cited in an article in Forbes magazine.
You know Forbes?
The financial publication for business scions, industry titans and world leaders.
Yeah. That Forbes.
The article, titled, 30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs, featured 30 of Africa’s most enterprising young entrepreneurs under the age of 30.
If you know Forbes, then you know that this is a pretty big accomplishment.
So you can imagine how my chest swelled with pride as I read the article.
Sandra Appiah, 23 and Isaac Boateng, 28, both Ghanaian nationals are the founders of Face2Face Africa (F2FA), a New York city-based new media company with a mandate to restore Africa’s image within the global community.
Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng are my mentees.
Mind you, they didn’t even tell me they were being cited.
Amazing and modest? I love these kids!
It just popped up Monday morning in one of my Google Reader feeds.
Now I’m not one to brag…
Yes I am.
But I have a knack for molding young talent.
I’ve worked with and mentored two other young entrepreneurs, who have achieved similar distinctions.
So this was not a fluke.
It started with Corey Llewellyn.
“CL” as he’s know among his friends, was one of my first clients back in the day.
He walked into my office and asked me to help him start a company.
At the time, he couldn’t afford me, but I took him on anyway.
He was a smart kid, with great ideas and hella contacts.
And I could see that spark in him that told me he was going places.
Fast forward to 2008 and The Network Journal listed CL as a member of the 40 Under 40 class of 2008.
And the company, Digiwaxx, is a household name in the music industry.
He was 30 at the time.
Then there was Chris Anokute.
He too, had the spark of greatness.
Chris told me he was going to be a record executive the moment I met him.
When everyone was saying he should finish college, I told him to follow his dream.
I got him his first internship at a record label, and the rest is history.
In 2007, Billboard saw what I saw and listed Chris in their 30 Under 30 class.
He was just 24.
And the kid who started off as my intern, is now the Senior Vice President of A&R at Universal Records.
So it’s not without precedent that my current underlings are getting their props.
Forbes is just the tip of the iceberg.
Now, I can’t really take credit for the success that these cats have achieved.
Their vision for Face2Face Africa crystalized long before they encounter the entrepreneur whisperer.
All I did was help them cut to the chase and fast track the success (that they’ve already started to achieve).
In fact, my best work comes from working with cats who know what it is that they want to do.
Folks like this just need a reassuring word or objective advice to keep them on the right path.
And I’m quite adept at helping people see their untapped potential.
There I go bragging again.
Anywho, the point of this meandering post, is that Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng, are two young cats who’s names you’d better remember.
If, for no other reason, than I told you so…
Because I just did.