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Kadaiayi's view on the importance of entrepreneurship

Kadiayi chasing his dreams of entrepreneurship

By Frank Cothiere and Faith Robinson
On April 17, 2015
Photo by Drew Butler

Shadrac Kayembe Kadiayi of the Congo hopes to take his new entrepreneurial studies home to Africa where he says these skills are scarce.  
Photo by Drew Butler

 Shadrac Kayembe Kadiayi, a student here at Kirkwood Community College, is an entrepreneur from the Congo who came to America to chase his dreams. He said his plan is to get his degree in accounting and gain hands on experience here. He can then take that knowledge back to Africa to better not only himself and his family but also his country as a whole, he added. 

Kadiayi will graduate in May with his Liberal Arts degree and will then transfer to the University of Iowa to finish with an accounting degree. He said he already has a degree in Information Technology Networking and he will soon be able to add this second degree to his resume.

Kadiayi said, “I believe that the right type of education is the key to being a successful person and a very productive member of society.” He said one of his main goals right now is to get as much education and experience from America and take that back home to start a family business with his brothers Michael and Aerial. 

He said he doesn’t want to be like the many who leave the continent never to return and he strongly believes it is important to give something back to the communities from where we come.

He added that his brothers are also continuing their education abroad and both already have degrees in mining and petroleum engineering. 

Kadiayi explained that when he and his brothers were younger they had many talks about getting together as a family unit and envisioning to accomplish things of which they could be proud.

He explained that the major difference between Africa and America is the lack of entrepreneurship. "What is crippling most of the economies in Africa is the fact that we don’t have a lot of entrepreneurs. People who can look at their current situation and then try to build something out of nothing. At the end of the day entrepreneurship drives nations,” he said.  

Roy Pettibone, Kadiayi’s accounting professor, stated, “His dream is to own his own business. His heart and desire is in the right place. The things he has learned here at Kirkwood have direct application back in Africa.”                                      

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