China has opened many opportunities for young African people. After the increase in it's enrolment of African students in various institutions of higher learning, many young businesses have been created. Many African students are taking advantage of the great opportunities and resources at their disposal. One such company birthed in China is KAIRO.
WHAT DOES KAIRO MEAN?
Kai Rave Organisation is the full name. Kai 凯 is a Chinese word which means triumph. KAIRO's motto is 'INNOVATION CREATES OPPORTUNITY'.
KAIRO is a company founded in November 2016 by a young Zambian foreign student Akio Morita Sanga. He is a final year Mechatronics Engineering student at Shenyang Aerospace University in China.
KAIRO started off as an Event Management Company. However, it headed for a big turn when Akio became the leader of the Design Department in the international student union of his university and it was there that his love for graphics grew. While in the student union, he partnered with Adly Nkosenhle from Zimbabwe and together they worked hard to build the union's design department and KAIRO. The company is developing under Akio's vision.
Akio on his major Mechatronics Engineering, "It is a very diverse engineering field and it's the future of engineering field.It involves robotics, machinery design, 3D printing and many other areas." Akio's area of study complements KAIRO.
WHAT DOES KAIRO DO?
In summary KAIRO is into event branding, logo designs, posters, flyers, backdrops, promotional video, banners and many more.
When one has a vision and a drive, it doesn't matter where they are or where they come from. The two young men are building a brand that even in its 2 years of operation, has already produced some great products. For the past 2 years KAIRO has been working hard to build great innovative brands for Africans who want to communicate their vision by design. He believes design isn't just about being attractive but bringing out clarity to what exactly your vision is like.
They have so far created over 40 brands and branded different events which include fashion shows. KAIRO being engineered by young minds is always a step ahead. These young innovators understand that in business you can't stand alone. They have built partnerships with well established companies to expand KAIRO's influence in the market. Indeed their work is speaking for them.
You don't need to have much in order to give back to the community that's lifting you up. KAIRO also sponsors black-owned events to promote others. The organisation is now going into innovative production in engineering and other products like clothing and prints, creative video advertisements and commercials.
The sky is the limit if we put our minds to what we are doing. Good work always triumphs over bad. Their quality work and dedication to delivering services on time has won them the hearts of many. KAIRO's work was recognized at the recently held Pride of Africa Asia-Pacific Awards 2018 in Beijing. These awards are hosted by Appreciate Africa Network to appreciate the excellent work being done by Africans to uplift the African communities especially in China. KAIRO won best CREATIVITY AND ENTERPRISE Award. The award was received by the founder Akio in the absence of his partner Adly who couldn't make it to the ceremony.
ADVICE FOR OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE FROM AKIO.
Start small and build good relationships. Business is all about relationships and you need the right support. China is the best place to start something because of resources and many opportunities. Business is about consistency and strategy. I urge young people to go for their dreams.
KAIRO was born to be an international brand and that's what it's working on doing now. The sky is indeed the limit for these two young creative men. The best is yet to come from KAIRO. Africa's future is indeed bright with the rise of a generation that is daring and go-getters. Get inspired by their story and put your dreams and visions into action.