Ighodalo, others unveil development initiative for Nigerians
Founder of Trinity House and Chairman, Why I am Alive Initiative Advisory Board, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, has joined investment and tech experts to unveil an empowerment platform that is set to train and give grants to innovative Nigerians.
Speaking at a press conference held on Instagram, yesterday, Ighodalo said the initiative seeks to achieve self-sustenance and self-sufficiency among Nigerians through investment and sponsorship.
“There is very little support for investment in Nigeria. The environment, structure, and funding are absent. It has been a government discussion within the last 20 years to encourage Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) without major changes. They need to stop funding rent-seekers and contractors and focus more on innovations that would be the driver of development,” he said.
The founder of Why I am Alive initiative, Caroline Moore, explained that grants would be given to Nigerians selected with innovative pitches that are capable of attracting investors on November 20, adding that venture capitalist and founder of Twelvest & TGIC, Tomie Balogun, and regional director of Founder Institute Africa, Fred Agbata, are in partnership towards achieving the goal.
Caroline said: “This year’s project aspires to reach a minimum of 30,000 students of tertiary institutions, 16,000 secondary school students and 15 million Nigerians through digital media activities and outreaches.