Today we attended the Gamaliel and Susan (GAMSU) Onosode Foundation’s 4th Annual Lecture.
The theme was Empowering the Nigerian Youth Through Entrepreneurship, something we strongly believe in and are doing with our Hack The Germs Competition. Also, GAMSU supports one of our schools, Obele Community High School.
The keynote speaker Mrs. Yewande Zaccheus, a lawyer and banker turned entrepreneur, defined entrepreneurship as “imagining new ways to solve problems and create impact.” She emphasized the need to not just identify an opportunity, but also ensure your solution adds value either by bringing something innovative and new, or improving upon something existing.
Mr. Peter Bamkole, the Founder of the Enterprise Development Centre of Pan-Atlantic University, spoke on social entrepreneurship. He shared that social enterprises are extremely important to developing countries, especially in Nigeria. He also encouraged everyone to remember that the government alone cannot change everything saying, “change starts with us” which is one of our mantras for DRASA, so we couldn’t agree more.
Speaking to students in the audience, Mr. Dapo Oshinusi said it is important to find the gaps and find ways to address them. He also encouraged social enterprises saying, “there are lots of gaps in this nation. We are a developing nation and when you look around you there are gaps everywhere.” Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji continued along this theme saying, “countries that create are superior to those who consume.”
By the end, the message was clear that there’s a lot to be done and our youth should be encouraged to develop solutions to address Nigeria’s challenges. We’re inspired by the great work of GAMSU and look forward to finding ways to collaborate with them because in the social space, partnerships are key! Stay tuned…