Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) will reduce unemployment Lagos

Opeyemi Taiwo

Opeyemi Taiwo, CEO Macro Perfection Limited, organisers of the event

The Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) 2013 is a one-day free entrepreneurship preparatory event for Youth participants in Nigeria, to network and discuss issues relating to Youth unemployment and how entrepreneurship can reduce the rate of Youth unemployment in Nigeria. It is positioned to motivate and create excitement about entrepreneurship opportunities amongst Nigerian youth. This we will achieve by creating a platform where youths in various groups can come together to achieve a long term sustainability and economic growth in Nigeria.

According to Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS), Nigeria’s unemployment rate is at 23.9 per cent; and 60 per cent of its population are youths, translating to 80 million Nigeria youths. Youth unemployment rate is over 50 per cent; about 64 million Nigeria youths are unemployed. To think that there are 64 million able body human beings without means of any livelihood is mind boggling. For a nation without any social programs – welfare or unemployment stipend, the problem of unemployment Nigeria is getting worse day after day, with the increasing number of university and polytechnic graduates every year looking to survive by all means necessary, including involvements in violent criminal acts; hence there is a need for students and unemployed graduates in Nigeria to embrace self-reliance and entrepreneurial skills through financial literacy and talent/skill development.

Consider the fact that there were 83 million Nigerians at the 1991 census, currently we are over 163 million Nigerians (Meaning over 80 million Nigerians were born after 1992) and are prone to hash reality of unemployment! This prompted a strong need to create a platform for youths to be availed with various opportunities and trainings available for them to be entrepreneurial and self-reliant. This Forum therefore, emphasizes a theme: Youths, Fill the gap!  Education | Innovation | Entrepreneurship!

There are myriads of challenges hindering Entrepreneurship and Skill/Talent development in Nigeria, thus Youths need to think big but start small, they should look to ways to monetize their skills to help others. The most successful entrepreneurs are those who use their skills, talents and abilities to help people.

This free mentoring and grooming programme is positioned to motivate and create excitement about entrepreneurship opportunities amongst Nigerian youth. This we will achieve by creating a platform where youths in various groups can come together to achieve a long term sustainability and economic growth in Nigeria. The program is designed to achieve: boost the confidence of the participants to start up a small business, teach them how to choose a business career path, assist youth in understanding how to choose a business career path, will become disruptive innovators and employment creators, give them a step-by-step guide on financial literacy.

Confirmed Speakers includes: Dr. N.O. Funsho (S.A to the Lagos state Government on Agric), Jimi Tewe, Ambr. Lade, Bright Isaac Okwu, Fatogun Amos,David Lanre Messan , Obiora Madu, Kola Masha, Dike Martin.

Target audience for this programme are youths who will be mentored to become job creators rather than job scavengers: Undergraduate Students across Nigeria, youths in different local government areas across Nigeria, Current NYSC members, young entrepreneurs, fresh graduates underemployed graduates.

This free Youth Entrepreneurship summit (YES) 2013 will involve 5,000 youth across Nigeria and its entitled: Entrepreneurship as A Key To Sustainable Development in Nigeria.

Venue: UNILAG Multi Purpose Hall. Date: June 20. Time: 8:00am. Free registration on www.youthgap.eventbrite.com

Who Should Attend?

  • Young universities, polytechnics and monotechnics graduates
  • Newly employed youths
  • Job seekers
  • Young struggling entrepreneur in search of mentors
  • Undergraduate Students across Nigeria.
  • Youths in different local government areas across Nigeria.
  • Current NYSC members.
  • Young entrepreneurs.
  • Underemployed graduates.