Photo: Taku Machirori shared an introduction with honorees during Founder’s week at Morehouse College.
The road from Harare, Zimbabwe to Morehouse College was a long one for Taku Machirori – not only in distance, but also in perseverance.
His journey started in 2010 at Merritt College, a community college in Oakland, California. That’s where a chance meeting with Morehouse alumnus and Trustee Avery Munnings ’86 would set him on the path to becoming a man of Morehouse.
“As I learned about Morehouse, I liked the mission of developing leaders and the focus on service,” Machirori remarked. “I felt like I would be challenged academically and be with students who have the same ambitions as I have.”
Now at Morehouse, the senior accounting major is the founder and executive director of a non-profit that recently has been chosen to participate in the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative.
Machirori founded Emergination Africa (www.Emerginationafrica.org) in 2012 during his junior year at Morehouse. The organization leverages technology to connect high school students in Africa with college students at six different institutions in the United States via social media and weekly online video calls. The mission is to advance the transformation of Africa through skill transfers and educational mentorship. The pursuit of the mission is in driving dialogue through long lasting global mentors who will provide students with the skills, knowledge and resources to make intelligent decisions about their futures.
Photo: Machirori, center, poses with members of Emergination Africa.
Machirori believes that the bigger the network of knowledge and skills that can be imparted on students, the more they can create opportunities for themselves and others. And he says he learned a lot about the importance of having a strong support system during his time at Morehouse.
“You don’t find the camaraderie that exists at Morehouse anyplace else,” he reflected. “The competitive spirit is here, but we all work together to ensure that we all succeed – together.”
Upon graduation, Machirori will follow his path back to where it started for him in the U.S. He has accepted a position as a consultant for Deloitte in San Francisco.
“I am the steward of the path that I’ve developed, so I should look past myself and do what I can to chart a path for others.”