Starting today the 3rd of May 2017 to the 7th of May 2017, students at the University of Ibadan will receive a week training on employability and entrepreneurial skills. The training is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and International Research Exchanges (IREX) Board.

Ayomide Shittu, a Texas-based American attorney of Nigerian descent will be joining 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow Emeka Ossai, a Project Lead at Inceptum Services, an organization that aims to raise 1 Million student entrepreneurs across Nigerian universities by 2020. The training in the University of Ibadan is as a result of a partnership between The U.S. Department of State and IREX, a non-profit organization focusing on international education and research, to help continue collaboration between Mandela Washington Fellows and American professionals. This program is one of many such, taking U.S. citizens to several countries in sub-Saharan Africa during April and May 2017.

Ayo and Emeka hope to make an impact in the continued professional development of the participants and more widely, Nigeria’s burgeoning youth population such that they are better equipped to meet their goals upon graduation.

The training Project titled Each One Teach One (E1T1) will take its participants, fifty University of Ibadan students, through several topics, including applying design-thinking to goal setting, business communication, networking and building social capital, interview skills as well as  several subject-matter experts on business plan formulation and applying and accessing opportunities for internships, fellowships and other experiential opportunities.

The goal of the training is to bridge the gaps between what the students are taught at the university and the skills needed for the real world, whether that is in corporate Nigeria or in their various entrepreneurial pursuits. Each student will be impressed upon, the importance of teaching someone in their community, one thing they learn at the training.

This event will also host 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows Adekunbi Adeoye & Timi Olagunju, Tayo Opatayo Group Head of Human Resources Rain Oil, Mobolaji Shokunbi Head of Strategic Partnerships  North America Small Businesses Dell Technologies, Akin Akinboro of Oracle,  Charles Efe of Charles & Gold Consulting and Ife Solomon  CEO Peppered Rice.

As part of the benefits for the participants, Each program participant will be paired with a mentor who is a young professional in diaspora in a similar field to the student’s area of study for a 6-month mentoring relationship to allow the participants an opportunity to engage with someone who is living their dreams, in real life. Each participant will ALSO receive a program participation certificate.

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