By Moses Nosike
Funmilade Adeyemi Esq, is a Harvard Law School trained professional, MD/C.E.O Crownsworth Resource Solutions Company and President of the Crownsworth Business Institute California, USA.
In this interview, he explains why we must develop our kids for future economic development.
Why areÂ youÂ interestedÂ in kids talents?
What we are trying to achieve with this project is to create a platform for Nigerian children within the ages of 6 – 17 to showcase their talents. We believe that the future of the country lies in the strength of these children because they indeed are the future of this great nation.
And going by the word of Harry Truman which says â€œI have found the best way to give advice to your children, itâ€™s to find out what they are good in and then guide them to do it better.â€Â There is nothing more important for us as adults to do than to assist these children in developing their potentials, in developing their God-given talents. In summary, that is what the Naija Kids Have It, aims to achieve in relation to this project and talent competition.
You areÂ a lawyer,what gave you this vision?
Iâ€™m professionally a lawyer but passionately, an entrepreneur. Iâ€™m also Nigeria-centric! Shortly after I finished my programme in Harvard, the first thing I did when I got back to the country last year, was to donate a website to federal governmen.
That website cost my company not less than $US16,000, but we did it because of our passion andÂ beliefÂ that it is going to achieve something positive andÂ ensure that Nigeria becomes a better place. Itâ€™s actually good for everyone of us as Nigerians.
I met with the Honourable Minister for Information and Communication, Prof. Akunyili in Abuja in August last year. And this was actually what made us to make this websibe: www.ournigeriarebrand.net. The Naija Kids Have It is the second phase of our plightÂ in doing somethingÂ that seeks to assist orÂ add value to this great nation.
The Naija Kids Have It cuts across children between the ages of 6 – 17, regardless of whatever talentÂ they have. Iâ€™m talking about the child who doesnâ€™t even have parents anymore but is endowed with God-given gift that will to a large extent add to the gloryÂ of this great nation. The Naija Kids Have It, takes interest in kiddies talent whether the child is rich or poor, tall or short, fat or thin.
How easy is it to package or prepare kids for the future ?
What we have decided to doÂ for this season is to start with Lagos state. Weâ€™ve decided to seek the consent of the schools; Primary and Secondary schools essentially that have kids within the age 6 – 17. What we try to do is to set aside these children onÂ assembly grounds and ask their teachers the performance of these children which we use as a guide to decipher which child has what talent and what each child would like to do.
Secondly, weâ€™ve spread the elimination dates to eight days starting from May 13 – 20, Semi Final May 22 and Finals