TPLDA tasks Nigerian youths on innovation
To support entrepreneurs, The Phoenix Learning and Developmental Academy (TPLDA) have charged youths on creativity and innovation to mitigate unemployment in Nigeria.
The TPLDA Business Master-class was designed to bridge the knowledge gap and allow young professionals from diverse aspect of the economy to collaborate and share experiences.
Speaking at the event, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Coach, Big Startup, Wonu Okoye, urged participants to be resilient and remain calm during the growth process that would include failures and successes.
Stressing the need to appreciate failure as a newbies, Okoye said with the blue ocean experience strategy, the nation is big enough for every active individual to survive.
Citing her book ‘Startup Star’, Wonu noted the possible challenges that a starter might encounter how to solve difficult business problems and the need for goodwill in business branding.She urged unemployed Nigerians to make a living out of their passion. “Unemployed youths should find a craft that they have passion for, research, read, network using technology for business transactions and collaborations. Take advantage of digital and social media to research what you are good at and sell it,” she said.
Lead Consultant, TPLDA, Lanre Aduloju, advised individuals to mix creativity, passion and effective planning to eradicate unemployment in the country.
“The concept about Nigerian youths being lazy is not clear enough. Maybe the president was trying to say that the drive from the youths is not effective enough. Why not let people be committed to a process. I am an advocate of personal developments. Go for training and try to equip yourself. From the reality of Nigerian economy, we live in a world where everybody uses social media for gossips rather than using social media to make a living.
“There are so many things that Nigerians can do, but getting a loan is almost impossible. There are proposed free trade zones, are they going to be affordable? Nigeria deserves more structured and licensed businesses to enable the government to get data, knowing how many existences add value to the economy,” he stated.
On revisiting technical colleges in the country, Aduloju said: “The technical schools have started to fail; they actually do not carry out their activities as expected. Also many of the youth are not really interested in learning a technical work or trade because of the get rich quick syndrome.
“Everybody wants to be a politician, artiste making huge money but we fail to see there is a commitment to a process that has to happen. The Nollywood has made its way for local directors instead of hiring foreign directors.” he added.
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