Entrepreneurship: Nigerian Innovators Brainstorm on Youth Empowerment

Cynthia Okere

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More than 50 Nigerian entrepreneurs have gathered in Lagos to chart a new course for job creation, and youthful empowerment in Nigeria and the African continent.

The organiser of the event tagged ‘The Innovators Polymer and the Founder Africa’s Future Empowerment Conference AFEC, Rudolf Brenyah said that the programme aligned with the goals of AFEC whose aims were to empower African youths in various fields of the economy to help them change their mindset on how they perceive their continent.

According to Mr. Brenyah, the shift in entertainment and how the world is enjoying African music and culture were proof that Africa needs to take its rightful position in the world.

He said;”Africa’s Future Empowerment Conference AFEC, is all about empowerment and we believe that as today is Africa Day 2023, we want to bring such wonderful people together so that we can really think about the strategic ways of empowering our youths through these various industries.

“We have about 50 Entrepreneurs coming through in different industries. We have people from Nollywood, finance, education, media personalities and business people amongst others.”

Mr. Brenyah also urged Nigerians and Africans at large to start believing in themselves because according to him, they have a lot to offer to the world.

“I believe that Africa is the future and the leaders of this 21st century. We can already see the shift in entertainment, how people are enjoying African music, movies, food. I believe that now is time for Africa to take it’s rightful position. For us to do that, we really need to help our young people,” he stated.

One of the innovators and the President and Founder of the Universal Movie Awards, Hope Opara, described the programme as huge hope for Africa and called on all and sundry to support AFEC in this movement to enable them achieve their aim in Nigeria and the continent.

Afec has a lot in package to develop Africa. I urge corporate organisations, government and well meaning Nigerians to support Afec in what they are doing. It’s a very good initiative from this young man from Ghana who based in United Kingdom and the benefit is huge for our African youths,” he reiterated.

A Nollywood Actor, Sam Anyamele harped on the need for more collaborations and networking.

“That interaction and networking is very important. The problem with Africans is that we don’t collaborate like the western world and that one man business is always difficult for you to grow,” he stated.

On her part, the National President of the Association of Movie Producers, Blessing Ebigieson shared the view that Youth’s Empowerment is the fastest way to grow any country’s economy.

AFEC has mentored and supported some Nigerian youths in funding part of their education and businesses and promised to keep track of everyone they are mentoring till they pass the baton to the next generation.

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