GABORONE, Botswana, April 2020/ — Botswana’s only Olympics medallist and 800m runner, Nijel Amos today revealed his roadmap for the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 summit scheduled for December, 2020 in Gaborone and Kasane, Botswana respectively. Amos has been named in the Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 list together with three other youthful Batswana.
The 30 inspirational, elite entrepreneurs and game changers will be joined by other 570 youth entrepreneurs from around the world, at the summit which will be held for the first time in Africa. The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list is one of the most anticipated list of Africa’s brightest achievers under the age of 30 spanning categories including: business, technology, creatives and sport.
Yearly, Forbes Africa looks for resilient self-starters, innovators, entrepreneurs and disruptors who have the acumen to stay the course in their chosen field. Amos (26) who is based in Oregon, United States of America (USA) says he will use the Forbes platform as a launching pad to further propel his passion for developing other successful young athletes in Botswana.
“The Forbes inclusion came at the right time in my career as I am now more experienced and wiser compared to when I started this journey at secondary school. Despite my country, Botswana having participated several times at the Olympics, we are yet to produce another medallist and this is what drives my inspiration to provide as much support as possible, to help build winning athletes from home,” he said.
Amos highlighted that together with other stakeholders such as the Botswana Athletics Association (BAA), the Botswana Integrated Sports Association (BISA), the Botswana National Sports Commission (BNSC) and the Botswana Tertiary Sports Association (BOTESSA); they will select a pool of 50 top athletes in the country to train with him for a week.
He added that he will also give them motivational talks to assist them enhance their passion and talent on the field. These, he says will be added to a documentary which will premiere next year after the Olympics following the recent postponement due the Corona Virus pandemic.
“I am privileged to be considered an inspiration to many including aspiring professional sportsmen and women. I am determined to use this platform, together with my international exposure and experience as an athlete, to positively impact the lives of my fellow Batswana and hopefully assist in helping them acclimatize. Having been through many pressures at the world stage, I hope I can make a difference in that regard,” he lamented.
Furthermore, Amos is also hoping to build a pre-school for the underprivileged children in a location in Botswana yet to be revealed at later stage.
“Education is the key to life. I attribute my success to the education I received from the Government, and I believe this has moulded me into the professional athlete I am today. Early childhood education is particularly vital as it is the foundation to one’s basic education. I therefore look forward to work with equally passionate private sector entities and other well-wishers, to build a centre specifically targeting underprivileged children whose parents cannot afford to take them to preschool,” he said.
Amos also paid tribute to the President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi and the Government of Botswana for making it possible for young Batswana entrepreneurs to be part of the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 Summit particularly on home soil. He also congratulated his fellow participants, Newman Ranatokwane, Thobo Kathola and Tony Dos Mautsu for being selected among the many talented and visionary young Batswana who made the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list.
Amos’ nomination was orchestrated and managed by a local sport Agency, Fan’Mo Sports Agency.