It is said that roughly 70 per cent of the African continent are young people aged 30 and below. That is a staggering figure when you consider that the population of Africa is almost 1.4 billion people. That would be that around 980 million people in Africa are young people aged 30 or below. This is a clear indication of how instrumental young people can and should be in Africa. I am saying all that because in this entrepreneur profile I shall be talking about one of those young Africans. I am referring to the young Zimbabwean making global waves by the name of Shacky Timburwa.
Shacky Timburwa considers himself a pragmatic African patriot a. He is a serial entrepreneur, an investor, a dynamic leader, and a versatile speaker. As a versatile speaker, he is he was one of the keynote speakers during the Gitex Dubai Expo2021 – this is a global annual technology expo held at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This year, 2022, the expo is scheduled to hold from the 10th to the 14th of October. He is also a columnist for The Herald newspaper. He also gets prestigious opportunities and platforms to engage and advise heads of state from different countries.
He was born on the 9th of May 1992 in Mutare. He grew up in Dangamvura to be exact. He has received various accolades that I will share with you in this profile. He studied Business Administration and Management at Africa University. He is the Director of the African Charter of Global Business Chambers of Leaders. Shacky Timburwa is passionate about youth development and entrepreneurial transformation across the African continent. He is also an avid follower of Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa. If you observe closely you will see that the way he dresses and his mannerisms are so similar to his.
Shacky Timburwa is married to Marina Tatenda – they have 4 children together.
According to him, he started his business journey with just US$533. He once recounted how that US$100 of that amount he had gotten from his mother. The amount he had put together himself was from saving up over time. He says that the deforestation he used to witness in the countryside inspired him to get into the renewable energy industry. This was the genesis of his business journey.
Today, he is the Founder and CEO of Energy Plus Group. Energy Plus is an energy consultancy whose core focus is clean, renewable energy – solar and LP gas in particular. Their operations revolve around designs, installations, and distribution. Their operations span from Zimbabwe to South Africa and Zambia. There are plans to enter the DRC and Malawi as well.
He is also the Founder of Parvaim Gold Holdings. This one mainly specializes in commodities such as gold, copper, and other precious minerals.
He is also the Executive Director of Picco Construction which is a construction company. They are currently working on a project for the construction of 10000 housing units. These are earmarked for middle-income Zimbabweans. Long term plans are to extend the same project to South Africa and Namibia.
He has received prestigious awards and recognitions over the years some of the most recent being:
2021 – One Of The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30
2020 – One of the Top 40 Zimbabwean Most Influential Leaders Of 2020 (Young Corporate Directors’ Network Of The Institute Of Corporate Directors In Zimbabwe)
2019 – One of the 100 Most Influential Young Leaders In Africa (Pan-African Youth Leadership)
I am positive this entrepreneur profile has been so inspirational. Shacky Timburwa at such a young age has managed to create and continues to create employment across many African nations. He is also working on an audacious vision where he wants to see every African household using smart or clean energy. He derives some of his motivation from his role model, Strive Masiyiwa who set out to connect the whole African continent to optical fibre. He is well on course to complete that vision and as such Shacky Timburwa seeks to do the same with clean energy. This is a story of how no matter how young you are you can still make a national, regional and global impact.