SME Funding, Mentoring, Entertainment! Lagos Youth Week 2018 was focused on Spotlighting Lagos & its Young People [OPEN]

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Photo: Founder of Rise Networks, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunisiji, Slim Case and the Rise Networks team.

Lagos Youth Week 2018 brought together young people from different areas of Lagos State from Monday, August 6thth to Sunday, August 12th 2018 for a week of business funding, deep insight, talks, networking and so much more.

Photo: Bisi Sotunde, Founder/CEO of Busy Bee Events, one of the Judges reviewing the Competition Rules and Judging Criteria during the Lagos Island Divisional finals of the Local Governments SME Competition at Rowe Park, Yaba.
Photo: Excited winners of the Local Government SME Competition (Lagos Island Division) display their cheques.

Photo: The audience listening with rapt attention to one of the Guest Speakers at the Mega Youth Conference event of the Lagos Youth Week 2018.

Held as part of the Nigerian commemoration of the 2018 International Youth Day as declared annually by the United Nations, the programme was organised by Rise Networks, Nigeria’s leading Social Enterprise whose mandate focuses on using Tech Innovation to create advocacy, skills empowerment and learning opportunities for the inclusive growth of Youth with the core objective of preparing them for effective Value Based Leadership at all levels in the Public, Private and Social Sectors with the support of Lagos State Government.

Photo: Mr. Bayode Treasure and Mr. Olatunde Samson, CEO of Business Impact Limited presenting a cheque of N50,000 to one of the winners of the Local Governments SME Competition for Ikorodu Division.
Photo: Representative of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and Secretary to the Lagos State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, delivering the keynote speech at the Mega Youth Conference event of the Lagos Youth Week.

The week-long program of activities was aimed at creating safe spaces for Youth through education, economic empowerment and political inclusion and young People especially those at the grassroots.

Photo: 9ice delivered an electrifying performance at the Mega Youth Concert
Photo: Dr. Ola Brown-Orekunri, Founder of West Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance service, Flying Doctors Nigeria, speaking at the Mega Youth Conference.
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The event held across all the 20 Local Governments and 5 Divisions of Lagos State and had between 50,000 – 100,000 students, young professionals, young artisans, young traders, graduates of tertiary institutions and young entrepreneurs in attendance and participating in the different activities lined up.

Photo: Founder of Kereksuk Rice Farm, Rotimi Williams giving insight to how t become a successful entrepreneur.
Photo: Participants appreciate the Guest Speakers at the Local Governments SME Competition, Badagry Division.
Photo: Small Doctor thrilled the crowd with his energetic performance at the Mega Youth Concert held at the Agege stadium

The Lagos Youth Week kicked off on the 6th of August with a Business pitch competition tagged the Local Government Youth SME Competition which was held at different locations across the 5 IBILE Divisions of Lagos State: Ikeja held on Monday 6th at the Agege Stadium, Badagri on Tuesday 7th at Badagry Grammar School, Ikorodu on Wednesday 8th at the Ikorodu Youth Centre, Lagos Island on Thursday 9th at the Rowe Park, Yaba and Epe Friday 10th of August at the Epe Youth Centre. Over 300 micro business owners between the ages of 18 and 40 had the opportunity to pitch their business ideas with 100 of them (5 from each Local Government making 20 from each of the Divisions) winning N50,000 each as funding for their businesses.

Photo: Presentation of portrait drawings to Secretary to the State Government (S.S.G) Mr. Tunji Bello by Cone Studios’ Sonaiki Victor, Ogunlesi Paul, Adeboye Abiodun and Awobusyi Yomi.
Photo (L-R): Super Star DJ Neptunes, Legendary DJ Jimmy Jatt, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Fuji maestro Wasiu Alabi Pasuma
Photo (L-R): Rotimi Williams, Owner of Keresuk Farms (Second largest rice farm in Nigeria by land size); Abayomi Awobokun, Founder/CEO of Enyo Retail and Supply; Lolade Nwanze, Head of Digital of Guardian Newspaper; Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji, Founder of Rise Networks; Mr Tunji Bello, Secretary to the Lagos State Government (S.S.G); Abosede Alimi, Director, Strategy, Funding and Stakeholder Management at Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Mr. Agboola Dabiri, Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development; Seriki Muritala, Speaker of the Lagos State Youth Parliament; Ekuma Eze, Public Affairs Manager, Nigerian Bottling Company; Bode Adams, Director of Youth, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development at the Mega Youth Conference of the Lagos Youth Week 2018.

On Saturday 11th August, the Blue Roof Centre of the LTV Complex played host to the next leg of the Lagos Youth Week, the Mega Youth Conference. The Conference featured a Keynote Speech by the Executive Governor of Lagos State Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode ably represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello.

Photo: Winners of the Local Government SME Competition smiled home with N50,000 each.
Photo: Lagos State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Agboola Dabiri and Mr. Tunji Bello, Secretary to the State Government (SSG) at the Mega Youth Conference.

Other Eminent Personalities, Speakers and Captains of Industry who tutored the teeming young people at the Mega Youth Conference include Mr. Agboola Dabiri, The Honourable Commissioner for Youth and Social Development of Lagos State;  Ola Brown, Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria, West Africa’s First Air Ambulance Service; Rotimi Williams, Founder of Kereksuk Farms, Second Largest Rice Farm in Nigeria by Land Size; Abayomi Awobokun, Founder/CEO of  Enyo Retail and Supply.

Photo: Founder of Rise Networks, Toyosi Akerele –Ogunsiji with security personnel during the Lagos Youth Week 2018.
Photo: A young micro business owner giving her business pitch during the Local Government SME Competition.
Photo: Mr Abayomi Awobokun, Founder/CEO of Enyo Retail and Supply delivering his speech at the Mega Youth Conference.

Speakers who also spoke at the Mega Youth Conference are Akin Oyebode, Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund; and Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, Founder/CEO of Rise Networks, Nigeria’s Leading Youth and Education Development Hub; Abosede Alimi, Director, Strategy, Funding and Stakeholder Management at Lagos State Employment Trust Fund; Seriki Muritala, Speaker of the Lagos State Youth Parliament; Ekuma Eze, Public Affairs Manager, Nigerian Bottling Company; Bode Adams, Director of Youth, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development at the Mega Youth Conference of the Lagos Youth Week 2018.

Photo: Members of the audience at the Mega Youth Conference watching clips from the Local Governments SME Competition
Photo: Mz Kiss at the Mega Youth Concert
Photo: Alaga Ibile, Reminisce brought his A-game to the Mega Youth Concert
Photo: Massive crowd from the Mega Youth Concert

The Mega Youth Conference also featured a Job Fair and Exhibitions by Youth led Businesses and Organizations.

Photo: CDQ’s performance was one of the highlights of the Lagos Youth Week
Photo: The crowd absolutely loved Idowest at the Mega Youth Conference
Photo: Otunba Lamba Slimcase brought down the roof at the Mega Youth Concert of the LYW2018
Photo: Young people at the Agege Stadium had the time of their lives as artistes after artistes gave delightful performances at the Mega Youth Concert.

On Sunday 12th of August 2018 the Lagos Youth Week wrapped up with a thrilling Mega Youth Musical Concert which featured performances from a bevy of Nigerian music superstars including Reminisce, 9ice, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Slim Caise, Mz Kiss, Small Doctor, Idowest, CDQ, DJ Neptune and DJ Jimmy Jatt. The Mega Youth Concert was also a platform for several young and aspiring musicians to showcase their talents to the adulation of the full house crowd as well as a dance competition.

Photo: The Agege Stadium was filled to capacity for the Mega Youth Concert
Photo: The Agege Stadium was filled to capacity for the Mega Youth Concert
Photo: Founder of Rise Network and Fuji Maestro Wasiu Alabi Pasuma displaying their Permanent Voters Cards (PVC).

SEE ALSO: Rise Networks Partners Lagos Government on Local Government SME Competition for Lagos Youths [CLICK]


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