At a time like this in Nigeria where recession has pushed a lot of people out of employment and has increased the rate of idleness and therefore crime and all sorts of vices, entrepreneurship becomes the way out.
This was a major discussion as Grace Springs Vocational Centre orientates her new set of students.
The event which had in attendance 105 new students, family, friends and well-wishers held on Monday, February 27 at The Fountain of Life Church Chapel. Speaking to the intakes was Mrs. Charity Ladipo, the CEO of AltAssist Limited. She addressed the audience on the importance of entrepreneurship in present day Nigeria.
According to the youth / parenting life coach, going into entrepreneurship is beyond just about setting up a business or having money to pay bills even though these are also necessary; it is a mindset of providing solutions to societal or national problems and creating values. This mindset coupled with integrity, sincerity, perseverance, and dedication, according to Mrs. Ladipo, will bring about the financial success.
Giving the practical life experiences of Mrs. Ayo Megbope of No Left Overs; Tara Fela-Durotoye of House of Tara; and Mr. Victor Chukwuogo of VOC Royal Resources Nig. Ltd, entrepreneurs who started their business with little amount of cash but have become a house hold names following the entrepreneurship mindset, Mrs. Ladipo said that entrepreneurship has a big impact on the nation and so anyone who wants to go into it should not first be bothered about the large quantity of money to be used but the quality of the solutions they want to being afore into the problems of the nation. “All you need to start is the mindset to solve a problem, give value to someone or something and couple this with dedication, integrity, focus, consistency. You will then become the best in your area of specialization,” she said.
She further noted the five major basic fundamentals to consider in the economy of the nation in aiding their entrepreneurship sense as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Diversification; Unemployment; Currency; and Rural development. These areas will help an entrepreneur to channel his or her interest in providing the best solution to the nation’s challenges.
She therefore urged the students to be willing to get the best out of their instructors so that the nation would also be able to count on them for provision of solutions to the national economic challenges like “NO left-overs”, “House of Tara’ and “VOC” are doing. “Put in your best, be committed to all trainings, be focused, hardworking and prayerful. In the near future, someone will be telling your story,’ she said.
Other speakers at the event include, Ms. Grace Jackson, one of the first graduates of the centre (2009: Catering) and an instructor in the centre; Mrs. Yosola Ogundairo, CEO of Cakes by Yosola; and Ms Ese Joann Jarikre, Head, TO2 ltd, also an alumnus (2011: Soft Furnishing).
While Ms. Jackson spoke to the students on the additional courses in the school, which include, culinary art (traditional and Chinese menu as well as pastries), photography, cosmetology (makeup/headgear, massage& SPA treatment, Hair& Nails), amongst other; Mrs. Ogundairo and Ms. Jarikre encouraged them to take seriously their trainings in the school and make use of the opportunity they have now so that in the future, the world can also celebrate them.
Since any organisation or school without guidelines are prone to misbehaviour, Mrs. Yetunde Holloway who was former principal of the school read out the rules and regulations of the school to the new intakes. This is to help raise responsible entrepreneurs. These include zero tolerance for lateness to school and the business and spiritual impartation classes, unruly behaviours towards instructors or fellow course mates and others.
The students were later sectioned into their classes to have discussions with their instructors.