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Sterling Bank unveils winners of iCreate scheme


Sterling Bank Plc has unveiled the winners of its concluded iCreate Skills Festival, with 10 of them planned to represent Nigeria in Russia in 2019.

The winners are Otareh Alvin who won in the cooking category, Nejo Tolulope (graphics), Silas Adedoyin (web design), Patrick Obafemi (app development), Barnabas Kudi (robotics), Afolabi Caleb Kayode (art) and Ms. Malissa Onojo (tailoring).

Others are Yusuf Abdullahi (barbing), Kingsley Ihejirika (hair dressing), Ms. Faiza Usman Adamu (make up), Joshua Olalekan (carpentry), Oladoja Peter (tilling), Kumshuan Talgang (plumbing) and Prince Isitua (bricklaying).

The bank had partnered with iCreate Skill Fest 2018 to host the premier youth empowerment festival in Abuja, with the aim of transforming skill acquisitions across the continent.The Chief Executive Officer of Sterling Bank, Suleiman Abubakar, at the weekend, in Lagos, said following the huge success of the premier edition, the bank has decided to sponsor the second edition, adding that they will also extend credit facilities to the winners of the first edition and that such loans will be fast track within two weeks.

He said that Bright Jaja, the chief executive and Founder of iCreate Skills Festival, gives him hope for the future of this country, adding: “There is an on-going conversation about which generation of Nigerians will salvage this country. I have started to worry if my generation will be able to do it, which is debatable. It may or may not. But it is clear to me that your generation will do it.”However, Jaja said iCreate is one of the most difficult things he has ever put himself into, as it was like “setting up a goal bigger than myself and growing into it, adding that the experience has made him a better person during and after the festival.

“It was not really about the event but the process to the event, learning and understanding and meeting amazing people, Jaja said.The Director of Partnership, iCreate Africa, Anne Dirkling, said there was need to focus on the positive side of how to change the narrative, how to send out the right message by celebrating the winners that can actually change the game.

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