“My parents use traditional, archaic methods, while at Songhai we learn the modern way, albeit makeshift,” he said. “What we used to do in two days, now we do in two hours.”
The apprentices are sent to villages where they apply what they have learned. Once in charge of a farm, they join the Songhai network and are checked on regularly.
Songhai also welcomes interns who pay for their own training.
They include Abua Eucharia Nchinor, a Nigerian in his 30s, and Kemajou Nathanael, a 39-year-old former salesman from Cameroon, who both want to open an organic farm in their respective countries.
Nzamujo said Songhai is not a cure-all for Africa’s problems but does tackle their root causes.
“Imagine if all the young people who hang around big cities did their training here and we equip them... Imagine the productivity of Africa today,” he said.