CLDS Goes Motivational at College Week
Among the just concluded series of activities for Covenant University’s College Week, is the very robust, impactful and informative conference of the College of Leadership Development Studies, tagged, ‘Entrepreneur Leadership and the Challenges of Youth Unemployment.’ The conference addressed the causes and effects of unemployment in Nigeria, and explored ways to curb the scourge.
While speaking on the topic, ‘The Journey of an Entrepreneur,’ one of the guest speakers, who is the Chief Executive Officer, Quarter Park Group, Dr. Chidi Okpaluba, described entrepreneurship as finding profitable and creative solutions to the problems within one’s immediate environment, simply put, helping other people solve their problems and getting paid for doing that. “The more problems there are in a society, the more opportunities for entrepreneurship and the ones that offer better and more cost effective solutions gets more patronage and hence more financial reward,” he said.
Mr. Okpaluba, who is a seasoned entrepreneur, stated that the common denominator that runs through every entrepreneur is innovation, hunger for success, dislike for social problems and tradition, as well as a deep urge to make a difference. He encouraged the students not to seek success as much as they seek to be of service to others, because whoever renders service to many puts themselves in line for greatness - great wealth, great returns, great satisfaction, great reputation and great joy.
Trying to help students identify the entrepreneurial ability in them, Dr. Okpaloba, who started his business way back in the 80s with 60 naira, asked them pointed questions which he called the entrepreneurship Quick Test - are you innovative? Are you hungry for success? Do you have dislike for social problems/ tradition? Do you have a deep urge to make a difference? He stated that the passion to help solve different societal problems drove companies like Google, Apple etc., to develop incredible innovations, which has made the world better.
The second speaker was the Chief Executive Officer of Fifty Top Brands, Lagos, Mr. Taiwo Oluboyede, who expressed his excitement at the prospect of making a presentation in Covenant University, which according to him, was an institution he respects. He told his success story about how he stumbled into business success after going through series of hardship. He described his company as an outfit that provides third party information service to clients, especially investors looking to invest in Nigerian Companies.
He encouraged the students to be part of projects that provide innovative solutions to societal problems. Advising the students, he said, “Ambition can lead you astray as a young person, if not guided. You need to locate advisers when you decide to start out in business. You are limited to how far you can see and there is nothing you want to do, that someone else has not done. Try to find out how they did it instead of struggling.”
A robust panel discussion followed the two lectures, bringing more life to the theme of the event and making it more enriching.
In his remarks at the event, the Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies, Professor Charles Ogbulogo, appreciated the two speakers, as well as the staff and students of the College for their contributions. He lauded the efforts of the University Management to encourage initiatives which add colour to the learning experience in the University.
Also present at the event were members of the College of Leadership Development Studies.