Diaspora Gambian upbeat about New Gambia

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Gambian-born London based motivational speaker has said that as the country ushered in new democratic dispensation there is positivity in the air as well as flavour of optimism about the future.

Rene Carayol was speaking on Wednesday during an exclusive interview with The Point.

He said that after spending the last twenty years practicing leadership, he discovered that there is something about leadership.

Carayol indicated that he had the pleasure of meeting President Barrow at the recent TAF conference during which he discovered that he is a gracious, honest and transparent leader.

He pointed out that after 22 years of isolation, his focus should be dynamic engagement, which he believes, he has already started with the recent move to rejoin the country in Commonwealth.

Other prominent organisations he should strengthen engagement with are Ecowas and World Bank among other institutions, he added.

“Everybody believes that leadership is all about academia; it is not. A leaders born or made, I think leaders are found. One of Africa’s challenges I think we still believe is that academic qualification is everything. I beg to differ. What I have learnt in my travelling working with some of the best leaders is that no one can answer or do everything”.

This views that need to fix “our weaknesses is yesterday’s world. I think we pronounce our strength, we focus our inherent gifts and stand as one we are greater”.

The Gambian born motivational speaker calls for collective efforts to move the country to where “we desire it to be.”

“Let us stop trying to be brilliant at everything. It is an impossible task. Let us appreciate each other’s gift and build teams of strength,” he added.

Commenting about his recently launch new book titled; Spike, Carayol explained that Spike is focusing on peoples’ inherent gifts as well as looking to cover peoples’ weakness with partnerships.

He made reference to football where every player has a role in a team, saying they are not good at everything, but they try to be good at what they are brilliant at.

Carayol was born in The Gambia but his parents left for London in the 1960s with their kids, where they faced hardships all immigrants faced back in those days.

Over the years, he had worked with some of the best leaders on the planet from Africa to Europe and even international organisations.

Author: Sheriff Janko