It was an inspiring and highly educative conversation with Ruth Ede today on the Feedback Series. We have put together a few comments from her while the conversation was on.
Please, read her comments below….
“When I started completing the application form, I thought the Ugwumba Leadership Center was an international organization. I didn’t believe the Enterprise Challenge was a Nigerian thing. The types of questions and details requested in the form were highly professional and that gave more confidence that the selection process was going to be based on merit.
The boot camp was loaded. We were exposed to the rudiments of business development, including ideation and pitching techniques, design thinking for innovation, internet of things, etc.
At a point, I felt like quitting the Boot Camp as a result of financial constraints to remain online but by the grace of God, I passed through the 2 weeks boot camp successfully and continued with the pitching competition.
I was surprised at the Office of the Hon. Minister for Industry, Trade and Investments, when I heard that Mr. Remy Chukwunyere, the Executive Director of UCLDA is from the same Local Government Area of Imo State with me. I never knew him nor met him before until at the grand finale in Abuja. That is an evidence of the fact that the selection process is very transparent and based on merit because, if it was not, maybe, he would have manipulated the process for me to become the overall winner of the N1m star prize.
Going forward, we hope to automate our processes in the next five years and begin to process convert about 2,000 tons of bio-waste into 20,000 tons of organic fertilizer, monthly.
My message for Nigerian youths is that they should build their capacities around the careers they are interested in and not depend solely on the Government.
I wish to also advice the Government to make its youth investments programs more transparent, so that youths who have no political connections can benefit. They should in fact adopt the Ugwumba Enterprise Challenge model, which does not care about your political affiliations, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
I want to thank Hon. Uche Nwosu, the President of the Ugwumba Leadership Center in a special way for this platform that is empowering youths across the country. We are proud of him and I wish him well.”