Ondo State youth chat Course on Economic Relevance
Youth as they say are the future leaders of tomorrow this impression
was made wrong at the first Ondo State youth economic Summit from 26th
- 28th June with the Theme: Economic Awareness and the Relevance of
the Youth to the Sustainable Development of the Nation saw over 2000
young mind gathering at the adegbemile cultural center hall for three
days under the tutorlage of Mr Bode Pedro (CEO VEDA), Asiwaju Dayo
Israel (CEO GLEEHD), Dr Olusegun Mimiko (Gov Ondo State), Mr Fela
Durotoye (CEO GEMSTONE), Mr Rotimi Eyitayo (CEO TM) and Mr. Francis
Anyaegbu (CEO Outbox Consulting).
The Ondo State Youth Economic Summit was being organised by The Green
Hub Family aπϑ supported by The Ondo State Government from the offices
øƒ Special Assistants on ICT, Youth and Sport and Youth Development.
We have seen the torrents of developmental projects that have been
executed across the state. The summit was setup to develop more
individuals and institutions that are capable of bearing a structural
responsibility for socio-economic and socio-political transformation
in Ondo State. The theme for this year is “Economic Awareness and the
Relevance of the Youth to the Sustainable Development of the Nation”.
The theme came as a result of passion to lay necessary foundations to
help address the leadership challenges faced by young and upcoming
leaders in Africa. We are in the dawn of a new era of development in
Africa and we welcome it as the time to lay foundations for change and
development; breeding a new generation of young active and visionary
people that would be equipped to influence an unequaled transformation
on the continent. Why visionary? Visionary because we are building and
entering a future that has no familiar road signs; and this requires
leaders that can look forward further and see possibilities and
develop ideas that will provoke a change in the standard of living of
people living on the continent of Africa this were the words of Mr.
The participants were students cutting across Federal University of
Technology Akure, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Rufus Giwa
Polythenic Owo, Adekunle Ajasin Univeristy Akungba Akoko, Obafemi
Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Ekiti State University, other Tertiary
institutions around the state. Secondary School students too were not
left out of the mind blowing and vision equipping summit.
Within the three days, there were various sesions and activties that
engaged the young mind that were present, some of them are creative
genius compeptition. The main aim of the competition is to encourage
youths that have leveraged on their intellectual property and to help
them maximize the commercial equivalence in 5 key areas;
Literature, Music, Photography & Graphics
, Software applications, Arts & Crafts
Presentation of gift to the best top three were made to them by MR.
Governor Dr. Olusegun Mimiko which in turn congratulated them for a
job well done.
Sessions were made to spur up participate with various guest speaker
most especially the Lord of Motivation of Nigeria Mr. Fela Durotoye
who didn’t only sweep the participant off their feet with amazing
insights but with different oppourunities that lies around them.Which
made him talk about the total number of people in Ondo state and
illustarting if someone can come up to start meeting people’s need
daily it will result to wealth.
Why exactly should you attend the Ondo YES event? Here are 5 reasons
why you should:
1. To open you up to the enormous opportunities (grants,
scholarships, seminars and workshops, international job placement)
that are available to you both locally and internationally and on how
easy it has become to create jobs and wealth in the world we now live
2. The summit is determine to identify the most creative young
people in the state (inLiterature, Music, Photography& Graphics,
Software applications and Art& Craft) through the Creative Genius
Competition -one of the main emphasis of the summit.
3. Opportunity for internship with the resourceful professionals
that have already promised to grace the event with their presence and
expatriate at no cost to you.
4. The summit will initiate and sustain an atmosphere for
entrepreneurs to maximize the opportunities presented by the Ondo
5. We are gathering the crème de la crème of Ondo State based
young and upwardly mobile entrepreneurs to deliberate on making the
state more viable for business growth.
Are you among those who think that running a business is the game of
experienced graduates and professionals? I am going to show you five
reason why that believe is wrong.
If you are a student reading this or you are a fresh graduate and you
have never thought of starting your own business you will have a
change of mind after reading this.
First of all, I want to give my definition of business. Business is an
activity you engage in for the purpose of achieving a stated goal
which is usually to make profit. Every business comes with risks but
ability to take these calculated risks makes you a businessman. If you
can’t take risks then you cannot run a business.
Starting a business requires several things but the three key requirements are
Idea: Without an idea you can’t start a business and your ability to
generate ideas depends on your mindset, environment and information at
your disposal. If you are positive, and informed you will be able to
discover opportunities in your environment that can translate to a
Capital: Every business requires capital no matter how small.
Plan: Plan is very essential to the success of any business, you must
ensure you have a very good business plan. Read more on Business Plan
Back to the main purpose of this article. Here are the five reasons
why you should start a business while you are a student.
1) Taking risk is easier: Taking risk is a common thing in business.
As a student, you have the liberty to take risk without burning your
fingers. Even when you fail its always easy to move on. I was in
college when I started a business where i teach people basic computer
packages. To raised capital for the business I save most part of my
monthly allowance. For the first few months I lost all the money but
didn’t bother much because the monthly allowance kept coming.
2) It is Easier to Discover Opportunities: Business opportunities,
ideas are best discovered while in school, this is because school
environment is like a small sample of the real world. Moreover, during
a research we normally take and study a sample of a given population
and make our inferences and conclusions for the general population
Likewise it is easier to study the school environment and exploit
opportunities that can still serve the outside world. Furthermore, the
school environment provides you with free tools (internet access,
library etc) to carry out your researches and gain knowledge
3) Free and Effective Promotion and Consultation: As a student you can
leverage on your colleagues to help you grow your business. your
friends at school will easily promote your business for you at no cost
and most effectively. You can also get advice from your family and
your professors free of charge.
4) It is Fun: Starting a business as a student is fun because you
treat it as a game, losing hurts but not much. Remember the feelings
you get as a kid when make money for doing a menial job? Thats how you
feel when you run a business as a student.
5) Others have proved it: Most of world’s famous and richest today
started out while they were in college. Successful Entrepreneurs like
Bill Gates (Microsoft Inc), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Kevin Rose
(Digg), Pete Cashmore (Mashable), Sir Richard Branson (Virgin
Airways), Steve Jobs (Apple), John D. Rockefeller, Sr(America’s First
billionaire), Orji Uzor Kalu (Ex Governor of Abia State) and many
others. Some dropped out while some completed school, but the most
important thing is that they discovered an opportunity while in school
and utilized it effectively.
Speaking with participants at the event
Hope Olaniran expressed his joy that the event was a impactful one and
it as reshapen his vision. He apprecated the speakers of various
sessions for enlightening them in such a manner as this.
Olusola Amusan says he believe in a true Nigeria where by all what we
have learnt at this summit will be utilized for the betterment of the
society and building up a better place.
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