Davies Okeowo, 29, Co-founder and CEO, Enterprise Hill and Competence Africa, decided to turn an entrepreneur in his second year as a University undergraduate after watching an episode of The Apprentice, a Donald Trump-produced business reality show. Despite failing in his first try to establish something, he did not give up on his dreams.
I made no sales in a full year and burned all my savingsDavies Okeowo
In a bid to strengthen medium and small business enterprises across Nigeria, Okeowo with the use of a computer and internet connection founded Enterprise Hill and Competence Africa as an accounting and business development firm.
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I have come to the understanding that the depth of the business structure and human capital problem isn’t just a problem in my sphere of influence, it is a problem across the African continent; which my undertakings are devoted to solving.Okeowo
Competence Africa, a social enterprise fully focused on the employability of young Nigerians was founded in 2017 and has gone on to see to the graduation of over 148 students from its competence development program with over 2,000 businesses impacted.
Founder and CEO of Blue Sapphire Hub, Maryam Gwadabe, 29, is a tech guru with love and passion for teaching and supporting young people. On noticing that some of her classmates struggled with programming skills, she decided to tutor and mentor some of her friends and close relatives after graduating from school. Gwadebe would go on to buy some training materials, develop a curriculum, and started facilitating basic and advanced ICT skills from her living room with a startup capital of NGN150,000 ($405).
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Today, Gwadabe is an employer of 15 staff, and has successfully trained 5,000 youth and women. With business development support, her enterprise has also supported over 20 tech-driven and non-tech driven startups.
What is more fulfilling than this; impacting the lives of women and seeing the returns? I have been advocating for bridging the digital gender divide for the past five years and now a lot of women are into tech in Nigeria, because of the impact of my workMaryam Gwadabe
Recently crowned for the fourth time as Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) Women’s Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala might not be one of the boys, but she is undoubtedly in their league. Her speed, technique and balance on the pitch are second to none in African women’s football. The 25-year-old Super Falcons of Nigeria captain and FC Barcelona Femini of Spain star is more than impressed with her achievements so far.
I want to create my own history and not just equal someone else’s record. I’m going to give my best to create mineAsisat Oshoala
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