Group promotes entrepreneurship as panacea to youth unemployment

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola (right); Bunmi Otegbade; Jordan Ricker; Ashoka Anglophone West Africa Regional Director, Josephine Nzerem; Ashoka Venture Manager, Ifeyinwa Egwaoje and Anike Lawal at the event. PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola (right); Bunmi Otegbade; Jordan Ricker; Ashoka Anglophone West Africa Regional Director, Josephine Nzerem; Ashoka Venture Manager, Ifeyinwa Egwaoje and Anike Lawal at the event. PHOTO: ISAAC TAIWO

HOPE is not lost for young graduates that can look beyond the white collar job and be brave to venture into entrepreneurship as an alternative to waiting endlessly for non-existent jobs. This was the advice given to youths at the Ashoka Accelerator Workshop organised by Ashoka West Africa with the theme: Innovations for Youth employment in Africa.

Prospective Ashoka fellows were tasked on showcasing their ideas and confronting their challenges. Contestants were asked to explain how they arrived at their ideas and weather the storms of daunting challenges. Contestants were graded and Bilikiss Adebiyi Abiola, who worked on waste management, carried the day. Runner up was Bunmi Otegbade with Anike Lawal coming third.

Speaking on the programme, Ashoka Anglophone West Africa Regional Director, Josephine Nzerem, premised the need for the workshop on supporting young people with ideas. “We design programme for youths to encourage them to think about ideas and put them into action by linking them with leading social entrepreneurs in Ashola great network.”



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