The program which held at the Julius Berger Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka was aimed at helping young students identify the opportunities that abound in their immediate surroundings. It featured young, successful entrepreneurs and professionals who taught the students on varied topics to equip them for life after school and also inspired them with personal stories from starting small.
The Executive Director of The Future Project, Chude Jideonwo said “Our choice of targeting university students is to catch and empower them at the point where they are able to make timely decisions on their life careers. We are glad we are able to achieve this through this program.”
Other speakers at the conference included Mr. Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) who spoke on “Shaping your future as an entrepreneur/leader”. Mr. Zubair Abubakar web/mobile application developer gave a lecture on business opportunity identification while Mr. Olusola Amusan’s topic was ‘No limit in technology in pursuing your chosen career’.
Other speakers were Mrs. Maureen Iyasele, CEO, JOBMAG who educated the students on the topic ‘essentials of life skills’ while, Opeyemi Awoyemi, co-founder of Jobberman spoke on the topic “If I were the employer, will I employ me?’. Mr. Uche Nnaji, CEO, OUCH talked about understanding the market and your job path while on-air personality, Mrs. Toke Makinwa-Ayida, gave a lecture on the ‘Tackling competition in your chosen field”.
Of particular note was the financial freedom topic by the Head of Wealth Manager, Partnership Investment Plc, Mrs. Arese Ogiemwonyi Ugwuwho taught on making smart money and turning your salary or savings into wealth – your road map to financial freedom.
According to the Citizenship Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Olusola Amusan the goal of the program was to help the youths bridge the gap in transitioning from school to the outside world and getting the knowledge required for this.
The event was hosted by on-air personalities Realskillz & Tomike Alayande of Unilag FM and featured many side attractions from upcoming acts within the University community. There were also lots of freebies for the students form partner organisations.
“The conference is part of our offline training activities at The Future Project linked to our employability portal – Aiki.ng. We are very positive as to what the students have learned which if applied, will have a lot of positive results said Chude Jideonwo.”
The conference was organised by The Future Project in partnership with Microsoft Nigeria Unilever Nigeria, Jobberman and Passion Incubator. For more information visit @tfaafrica or @aikinigeria on the employability programme, or email [email protected]
ABOUT THE FUTURE PROJECT
The Future Project has a simple mandate – to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive) enterprise and (active) citizenship. This focus on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africa’s growth needs a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership.
Our projects include Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, The m-Hub, TheFuture Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Africa Awards & Summit, described as ‘The Nobel Prize for Young Africans’.
With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, HP, the Nigerian Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Somalia, Equitorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.
Founded by the Chude Jideonwo and Adebola Williams, TFP is supervised by a Global Board of Advisors drawn from Africa, Europe, North America and the Middle East, including the Coordinating Minister of the Nigerian Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Senior Economic Advisor with the Open Society Foundations, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili; co-founder of ONE, Jamie Drummond and the Chief of Cabinet with the Africa Development Bank, Anne Kabagambe.
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