Lusaka, Sunday (April 21, 2024)

A 23 year old man who dropped out of school in Grade 9 following the death of his father is making K7000 on a good day from his auto electronics business at Lusaka’s Panganani Area.

Emmanuel Tembo has since urged graduates not to sit idle with papers at home but learn a life saving skill to survive while waiting for formal employment.

In an interview with Convergent Freelance Journalist Bangwe Naviley Chisenga, Tembo said his life became unbearable in 2014 when his father died, forcing him to work at a Car Wash earning less than K1000 per month.

Tembo said that in 2020, he learnt Auto
Electronics through observation, thereby making K7000 on a good day.

He said he has managed to pass on the knowledge to five other people that are equally working independently while still grooming others.

Tembo said competition has remained his biggest challenge at Panganani but has fought it by building a formidable clientele through personal reputation of not disappointing clients or stealing from them.

He disclosed that he is looking forward to establishing his own company in future to create formal jobs for others.

Tembo said he is further looking forward to a formidable foundation in his new marriage life especially when his child is born in months time.

“My story serves as a source of inspiration for many people who may find themselves in challenging situations. The story shows that with determination and the willingness to learn, it’s possible to overcome adversity and succeed. My narrative further highlights the value of entrepreneurship and self-employment as viable career paths, especially in areas where formal job opportunities may be scarce. My story emphasizes the importance of acquiring practical skills that can lead to financial independence. My success in the auto electronics business demonstrates how learning a trade can be more advantageous than waiting for formal employment. This is a testament to human resilience and the ability to adapt to life’s changes. Despite the loss of my father and dropping out of school, I found a way to thrive. Lastly, stories like mine provide hope and encourage others to ‘open their eyes’ to alternative paths to success, urging them not to be limited by their circumstances or academic qualifications,” he said.

Tembo said his narrative can be powerful motivators and can play a role in shaping public opinion on education, employment, and economic development.

“Stories like mine remind us that success can come through various avenues, not just the traditional academic route,” he said.

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