By Dayo Adesulu
The duo of Mr Nasir Yammama and Miss Ese Odiete, both 24, have finally emerged winners of the British Council Enterprise challenge organised by Virgin Atlantic and Zenith Bank to boost entrepreneurial skills among Nigerian youths. The winners were unveiled at Eko Hotel and suites, Lagos.
The Enterprise Challenge is an online contest anchored by the British Council, in partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Zenith Bank launched in 2014 seeking to give young, brilliant entrepreneurial minds the opportunity to further develop their skills for future development.
Nasir and Odiete smiled home with N1,500,000 to strengthen their businesses.
Meanwhile, from the over two thousand entries from Nigerians, a total of ten finalists battled for the top two spots where Eseoghene Odiete and Nasir Yammama won the star prizes. Nasir is a Nigerian based in the UK while Ese resides in Nigeria.
Eseoghene is an award winning young female entrepreneur and the brain behind Hesey Designs (an African inspired accessories label). Just as Nasir, a creative technologist who developed an agricultural mobile application to help farmers in their business. These were the entrepreneurial skills that turned the duo to millionaires.
However, not only were the winners given cash prizes of one million Naira each to either support an already existing business or develop a business idea, an opportunity was granted them to attend a five day entrepreneurship course at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa.
In deciding the winners, Louisa Waddingham, Director of Programmes, British Council said: “It is a open and fair competition open to people who wrote and submit essays. Candidates have to submit video and undergo interviews conducted by experts.
We look at the creativity and presentation in the essays and video. We also look at their concept to Nigeria situation. We look out to those who have the prospects of being successful as young people.” Thus far we are satisfied with the two winners that emerged, because both concepts will help Nigeria to grow in their GDP.”