It’s not often that I hear news that make me question why I even bother getting up in the mornings, let alone want to give up all hope that we are moving – albeit slowly – towards world peace, compost toilets, vegan cappuccinos and fresh air. However, this submission by Leutsoa Khobotlo struck an emotive chord I’ve been dwelling on since – hence the lapse of time towards publishing.
I am Ezekiel Leutsoa Khobotlo from the Leribe district, north of Lesotho. I am a soil analyst and a stable commercial organic farmer with green fingers, despite the climate change. I am the owner and founder of Greenlife Farm, a crop-growth consultancy organic farm.
Having obtained low grades in my high school examinations and consequently not being afforded an opportunity to attend a college, I had to opt for farming as a means of survival with no experience whatsoever.
Little did I know that through the aforementioned initiative I would be able to make a living and hire a few people to curb the potential unemployment rate in Lesotho. I am proud to say that I have had a few challenges that I overcame through the belief I have to God the Almighty, my mom, siblings, my dream girlfriend, Mr Mosito, Mrs Nkhereanye New York, Greenlife Farm Dream Friends, My Talent Africa and YESALA.
In my capacity as a community leader, Greenlife Farm and also a leader in Lesotho and Africa as well, I’ve been a major key player in a few endeavors; I have successfully trained a number of farmers as a token of appreciation to my country.
As mentioned, I manage a team of GreenLife Farm employees. At national and international levels, I collaborate with organizations, African farmers, youth whom I see to it that they are motivated even during the years of El Nino and a La Nina.
I have been a key note speaker at multiple ceremonies in the years 2016 and 2017. Among those is the International Youth Day, EU Climate Change Day, Social Good Summit, Japanese SHEP, United Nations Volunteer Day to mention but a few.
Furthermore, I am part of a Community Soccer Team, a devoted self-taught Nutritionist and also a member of Young Emerging Sustainability and Agriculture Leaders in Africa (YESALA).
In addition, GreenLife Farm has been featured in a number of newspapers and radio stations and is, today, collaborating with Academic Youth Progress at the National University of Lesotho to promote sustainability in Agribusiness Sector, fully-functional, Youth-led Enterprises. This, I believe, demonstrates leadership in that great leaders understand that they are not lone-islanders but are part of the human race.
Thanks to my Mom, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Sports because they have not only shown me anything is possible but have also shown me that passion is the best activation energy for success.
Other encouraging publications on the success of Leutsoa Khobotlo are:
- Ordinary Heroes 2
- How a young farmer survived climate change
- Young Basotho are the change agents
- A Green House Changes the Life of a Young Person
- Youth Takes Agriculture By Storm