Your name and what do you do?
My names are Abdulmutwalib Saggaf and I am a 3rd year undergraduate student at USIU doing International Business Administration
Do you believe you are an influencer?
Yes, I do believe I am an influencer because at some point I remember when I was in high school I was able to influence my fellow student not to strike, which made me be chosen as a leader in school after sometime.
What are your greatest strengths?
My greatest strength are my ability to acquire knowledge and use it in future to help others as narrated by our holly prophet (p.b.u.h) “The best of you are those who learn the (knowledge) Quran and teach it.”
As Youth from Mombasa, do you think there are enough resources for the youth to grow?
I can say yes they are enough resources for the youth to grow. As days goes by more resources emerged such as football pitches (arena) in Majengo, kisauni and Kizingo which were not there sometime back. Now we have them. This is one of the resources I will say we do have in Mombasa because having them will help raise football talents by spending their time in those pitches to train and play to help us grow better than we were.
Do you participate in any youth programs?
Yes I do participate in youth programs such as charity walks while I am in campus, visiting orphanages with my fellow student in campus, or during holiday I do join my fellow Muslim brothers who are known by their group as “Generation of Peace” where we do give religious and advice to youth around Kenya. I get to travel with them around the remote places of Coast and spread the good word.
Who is your role model?
My role model are my parents who helped and supported me throughout my life & secondly myself as my source of inspiration. I’ve been facing challenges in my life and still I try to see only the positive elements in the most difficult situations, without giving up to sadness, anger or depression. I fight and always will.
What 3 important advice would you give to any upcoming youth?
First, Always put Allah first and you will never be last.
Second, Never Give Up On Your Dreams. Don’t give up today because the breakthrough you need might happen tomorrow. All of the hard work you invest in yourself will pay off in the long run.
Third, don’t lose hope. Older people might tell you that your teenage years are the “best years of your life.” For me, this is not true. Adolescence can be a time of great unhappiness, and for almost all people things get better as they get a little older. When you get older you can choose your work, your friends, and where you live. You will get much more control over your life as you get older, and often that means that your life will get better.
What hobbies, if given a chance to pursue as career would you go for?
For me I will say soccer, I did have passion of it and I still do. This is because pursuing hobby as a career can be the best path to internal satisfaction because when you enjoy your work as I do enjoy when I play soccer and passionate about it, automatically, an inner push to give the best in it will come and I will not only excel in it but also it does bears fruit in terms of everything as keeping yourself physical fit and the handsome salary I’ll be earning.
Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Ten years from now, simply I will say that I’ve already achieved all goals I have set for myself…but all I can say is, Allah has plans and purpose for my life.
Don’t treat people as bad as they are, treat them as good as you are.