Industry experts have urged Nigerian youths to be practical in their quest at creating winning ideas that can transform the country in this 21st Century.
Okechukwu Ofili, founder of Okada books, and Bolanle Austin-Peters, founder of Terra Kulture, in their various motivational talks at the launch of MTN Foundation Scholars Alumni and conference in Lagos, said for youths to create an impact, they need to change the way they think.
Speaking to graduate beneficiaries of the MTN Foundation Scholarship schemes: Scholarship for the Science and Technology Students (STSS) and Scholarship Scheme for the Blind Students (SSBS), Ofili said to achieve effectiveness, youths must get rid of excuses and stay away from addiction to praise.
One of the hallmarks of a person that wants to create a winning idea is that, such person must have ‘I can do spirit,’ he said further, saying that an idea will never come to pass unless you act on it.
On her part, Austin-Peters observed that “any idea that can fill a gap is a winning idea,” adding that to succeed in life, there was the need for youths to imbibe the habit of building relationship through social networking.
She was quick to point out that among the things that could set one back in creating a winning idea was fear, saying, “for as long as we are fearful, we cannot move forward.”
Earlier in the programme, Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, chairman, MTN Foundation, said the Foundation was determined to tackle problem of unemployment rocking the country.
The aim of the MTNF Scholars Alumni conference is to give beneficiaries the opportunities to meet with successful Nigerian entrepreneurs that will share their success stories of impact and value to inspire them as they launch themselves to the world as agents of value creation and change.
Through the launch of the Alumni Association, the Foundation is also taking a stand against youth unemployment, which is one of the key challenges facing our graduates today, Adeluyi said.
According to Adeluyi, with over N16 billion in 550 project sites spread across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory, we continually strive to put smiles on the faces of people in communities throughout Nigeria.
He said through the Foundation they would create a vibrant social media platform for networking, which will expose graduates to valuable career information.
Pascal Dozie, chairman, MTN Nigeria, urged the alumni to build on the network to connect their colleagues outside the country, saying, “We have all the resources in Nigeria but our problem is that we forgot to love ourselves.”