Back in 2006 with one year left at University, I read an article stating that more than 30 million young Nigerians were unemployed. By the year 2020, Nigeria, my dear country, would have raised twenty million highly skilled criminals. Not highly skilled teachers, doctors, or lawyers; but highly skilled criminals! At this point my mindset shifted from looking for a job, to start dreaming of something that would have a positiv impact on not only myself, but many other young people in my community. With a few donations, I was given seven plots of farmland to start something that really mattered. We started growing plantain and sold it at the local market as a way of providing unemployed youth with a meaningful and responsible job. Little by little we moved forward and today Springboard is a platform for young people with innovative ideas and a passion for their country. The mindset that we adopt is ‘this change starts with me, everything I do impact and affect my community’.
In 2014 I was awarded “A Young African Leader” in an initiative by President Obama and earlier this year we became an Ashoka Fellow among other honors internationally. I believe that there are resources in Nigeria and there are opportunities in our communities. All you have to do is look around you. Become creative and become innovative!
Founder of Springboard, Nigeria