Nigeria: Tech-U trains Libya returnees, Niger Delta youths

By (Ademola Babalola)

The First Technical University, Ibadan, Oyo State, has trained about 154 Libya returnees and Niger Delta youths in a bid to reduce youth restiveness and rising unemployment in the country.

This was made public during the closing ceremony of a two-week intensive Youth Empowerment Programme facilitated by the Technical Vocational Education and Training board and sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Ayobami Salami, said the youth empowerment programme was one of the institution’s flagship interventions aimed at fighting the rising scourge of unemployment.

He said, “As implemented by the university’s Centre for Technical, Vocational Entrepreneurship Training, the programme is devoted to equipping individuals with skills and entrepreneurship training in carefully-selected areas of needs in the larger society. Besides commitment to bridging the yawning skills gap, the programme is focused on generating self-employment among the teeming youths of the country.

“Tech-U holds the conviction that a truly productive nation must be pivoted on sustained and strategic investment in human capital development. Therefore, this programme, in addition to the other unique offerings anchored on the innovative model of education we are known as a socially responsible corporate entity reflects our avowed commitment to making Nigeria work by getting her young people empowered for wealth creation.”

The VC also disclosed that since the commencement of the initiative, about 350 youths had been trained in diverse skills, saying the institution’s target was to have at least 1,000 beneficiaries before the end of 2019.

Goodbye South Africa: Africa’s largest youth empowerment programme just announced its final leg in SA

By Phoeby Montari

AFTER three successful run in South Africa, the Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Summit announced its imminent end on South African soil, as it sets to spread its wings to other parts of the continent. The announcement was made by founder Paul Modjadjil Modjadji, who launched the programme in 2017 amid a mixed bad of excitement and nervous anticipation from an enthusiastic group of Pan-African youth leaders.

The organization launched their third and final cycle at the head-quarters of the National Youth Development Agency in Johannesburg, under the them, “Reclaim Africa!” – a call to action for young people to take ownership of the future of the continent.

The summit launch recognized the plight of refugees from across Africa and as such, had invited director of the UNHCR (United Nations High commissioner for Refugees, Samuel Chakwera to deliver a key note address. A graduate from the University of Nottingham – specializing in environmental planning – Chakwera spoke emphatically about the need to prioritise the rights of refugees, asylum seekers and other displaced minorities.

The Summit further announced African youth activist and speaker Sophie Kanza, a young Congolese-South African woman, as their ambassador. A champion for peace and unity, Kanza speaks globally on Afrophobia, a term used to refer to a range of negative attitudes and feelings towards black people or people of African descent. “I am excited to be a part of the Summit this year, having spoken and attended the gathering in previous years. The goal this year is to create an inclusive space for youth thought leadership and ideas. I am thrilled at the prospect of hosting youth leaders from across the continent, especially as we start planning towards the next Summit, which will be in another part of the continent,” said Kanza, as she detailed the programme and plans for this year. “This is a conference for us, by us. It is important for young people to be part of this from all sides – organising, speaking and attending,” Kanza concluded.


Speaking at the launch, Tessa Dooms, former managing director of Youth Lab SA and a respected youth development thought leader, emphasised the need to encourage and develop youth leadership. “Former AU Chair, Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma once said that young people are not organised but this conference is proof that young people are not only organised, they are also capable of leadership, they are just not given a chance”, said Dooms. Highlighting the importance of platforms like this Summit to create a pool of African youth leaders in different sectors and spheres, she said: “We cannot speak of a 4th industrial revolution without speaking about youth and their role in that.”

Summit partners, Brand SA and Gauteng Enterprise Propeller were represented by the acting chief marketing officer, Sithembile Ntombela and acting chief executive officer, Leah Manenzhe respectively. The NYDA’s CFO Waseem Carrim delivered the opening address while Bongekile Radebe was the Master of Ceremonies.

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Nigeria: RoSF Grooms youths on enterprise, entertainment, others

By Editor

In order to encourage enterprise and build capacity among youths, Rose of Sharon Foundation, through its Youth Empowerment Programme (YEP) recently organised a workshop where seasoned professionals in various fields mentored young people on life-changing skills for self reliance.
The programme with the theme- Young Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century: Bridging the Knowledge Gap is the third edition and more than 500 youths participated at the workshop.

Experts at the seminar focused on leveraging technology for global competitiveness, how to thrive in the Agricultural sector and developing financial management skills.

They also taught participants how to succeed in the entertainment and fashion industry and how to bring their business to light using online digital marketing.

Speaking at the event which held at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, RoSF Founder, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, said YEP is the foundation’s career development and capacity building programme for graduates and undergraduates, job seekers, working class and self-employed youths.

She said it was tailor-made to address specific career needs of the participants.

“The aim is to equip them with knowledge and life-changing skills they need for self-reliance to support their families and become a useful part of the society,’ she added.

While noting that dearth of knowledge abounds among young entrepreneurs, the founder said it is imperative for them to get the requisite information and knowledge before embarking on any venture.

Alakija pointed out that entrepreneurs must understand the dynamics of the industry to avoid falling into land mines.

Speaking on finance management skills, Finance Management Consultant and one of the lead speakers, Mr. Adewumi Oni, stressed on the need to control the usage of money to ensure successful prosecution of business initiatives.

To do this, he outlined steps for entrepreneurs to take to scale likely financial challenges in business.

According to him, having a financial plan, setting a budget, and learning to live within one’s means are essentials for every entrepreneur.

Oni also advised participants to develop multi streams of income, invest more in assets than liabilities, avoid get-rich-quick schemes, learn how to leverage on people’s experience, strength and resources and borrow only to finance asset or income yielding investments while also investing in themselves.

Speaking on Entertainment and Fashion: Perspectives for Youth Empowerment, award-winning actor, and movie producer, Chioma Chukwuka Akpotha delved into how young entrepreneurs could bridge the knowledge gap in entertainment and fashion.

According to her, youths need to tap from existing knowledge from experienced practitioners to break into the industry and make impact.

“You need experience, wealth of knowledge and you need to be in the presence of those who can use experience to guide you,” she said.

Akpotha stressed the need for entrants into the industry to network and relate with people who are doing well in their areas of interest.

According to her, being a young entrepreneur may not be easy, but it is very rewarding.

Other speakers at the event include a life coach, Ambassador Utchay Odims, Digital Media Consultant, Mr. Jude Oguta, Managing Director and
Chief Executive Officer, Sophia ERP Limited, Mr. Conrad Adigwe, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Moore Money, Mr. Yussuf Billiamin Moore.

This article was first published on 8th, December 2018 by Guardian Nigeria.