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A non-governmental organisation, the Ultimate Destiny Uplifters Foundation Africa, has empowered no fewer than 20 entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 to 45 with various empowerment including seed capital, mentoring and other logistics necessary for their growth.

Three of the entrepreneurs, Chiamaka Amubi-Onusonye, Amarachi Okpala-Onwuamaegbu and Ebenebe Bethel Christian, received grants of N1m each after weeks of a mentoring summit in Onitsha, Anambra State.

In his address during the grand finale of the exercise in Onitsha, on Tuesday, the founding president of Ultimate Destiny Uplifters Foundation Africa, Mr Smart Ezuma, said the summit was one of the ways the Foundation stands to contribute to balancing the disparity in the leadership situation in Africa.

Ezuma spoke on the theme, “Creating a sustainable Africa through active leadership’, where he highlighted the importance of mentoring young entrepreneurs and leaders with a view to making them better future entrepreneurs.

He urged Nigerian youths to be innovative and intentional about their future.

He said, “Everything rises and falls under leadership. If we can make corrections to our leadership mindset now that we are young, I believe that the future of Africa will be great.

“Any person under the age of 45 is highly favoured, lucky, and blessed, whether male or female because he or she is at the peak of performance season, which I call the afternoon session of life.

“It is a good time to create and re-create your life. It’s not a time to follow shadows, build your life in the air, or have empty dreams. It’s a time to be intentional and catch up with destiny.

“From the ages of 18 to 45, if you haven’t gotten clear on your purpose and destiny and made the necessary contribution towards achieving your purpose or reaching your destiny, it suffices to say you pass as a fool.”

Also speaking at the event, the former Transcorp boss, Mr Valentine Ozigbo emphasised on emotional intelligence as the key to success in every human endeavour.

Ozigbo also charged the organisers and other participants, mostly the youths, to be passionate about their endeavours, noting that passion and striving for excellence are necessary ingredients for achieving success.

Also sharing his personal life story, the Managing Director of Ike God Foods Industries Ltd, Dr Ikenna Ifejiofor, maintained that mindset was everything a leader needed to move from one point to the other.

Ifejiofor charged the participants and beneficiaries to dream big while emphasising the need to start small.

Others who also spoke during the summit, Pastor Sam Obiorah of Life of Faith Gospel Assembly, Ngozi Ezeasor, Oluwatoyin Taiwo Banjo, Dr Godson Iroh, Prof Olusegun Sogbesan of Onitsha  Business School admonished Nigerian youths to focus more on skills acquisition programmes to be self-sufficient, lamenting that there are no more white-collar jobs in public offices in Nigeria.

The high point of the summit was a business pitching by selected entrepreneurs, where three of the entrepreneurs won the business pitching competition and won one million naira each to boost their businesses.



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