By Prince Okafor
GMYT Foundation, a Lagos-based foundation that is into training of fashion designers and entrepreneurs, has commenced training of over 500 Nigerian Small and Medium Scale Entrepreneurs (SMEs) in the country on fashion design. The Foundation recently moved up from training over 200 of its students to 500.
The training is being sponsored by GMYT Fashion Academy, a section of the foundation that trains potential fashion designers and entrepreneurs.
The Fashion Academy/GMYT Foundation will also induct over 92 students and as well empowering 11 GMYT Fashion Academy students each with an industrial machine serving as their first form of empowerment for their homework and to also start their business.
The foundation’s Chief Executive Officer, Princess Kelechi Oghene, made this known during the unveiling of the academy’s new students in Lagos.
She stated that the foundation has spent over N200 million on the training of 200 women without external support and also help them start their own business.
According to her, “Last year we trained over 86 women and this year we are currently embarking on a new project to train 500 women for free. I wish I could train everybody for free but, it is the academy that is funding it, we do not have sponsors or partners.
“GMYT fashion academy has created over 300 students that are doing very well in the fashion industry. Some of them are into production, some are into ready to wear, and some of them have their own fashion academy today.
“Our mission is to create job opportunities for millions of youth and women around the world, and from our history, when our students finish from here they start their own businesses because of the business knowledge they have gained from our monthly entrepreneurial classes.
“These entrepreneurial sessions not only teach the students how to start their businesses but also hammering on how to manage and market it. Every student is allowed to intern with the academy because you practically do not stop learning. We learn everyday. We also have job placements waiting for them just so they do not want to go start their own business.”
She lamented that, we live in a world where more money is spent and it has less impact on people’s lives. There are thousands of women, girls and youths that need to be empowered. Every year, we see more graduates on the outside without jobs.
“Some women, girls feel deprived, unwanted, lonely and even depressed. They are distressed because of their inability to cater for their basic needs amidst their overflowing willingness to earn a living.
“Hence, the good news is that skill as little as a grain of sand can end abjection, re-ignites a mindset of discernment, and brings about a person of independence. The world has become a place where skill is more lucrative than even white collar jobs.
“I believe if every private company or individuals took it upon themselves to provide a better life for the youths without waiting for the government to do it all because the plain truth is the government is already doing its best but with a few extra hands and support, we can definitely create a conducive environment for our youths, women, and a wide range of people,” she added.