CU Annual Fair: A Show of Creativity, Innovation and Ingenuity
The sports ground before Covenant University’s Cafeteria One, which is a usual venue for the students’ organised Trade Fair was a hive of activities as the fair was off to an energizing start. Music and the aroma of various delicacies welcomed guest even as students mingled with their friends and loved ones, admiring the diverse array of entrepreneurial skills exhibited.
The three day event took place on September 16th,17th and 18th, 2015 and served as a platform for showcasing creativity, innovation and ingenuity. The event attracted exhibitors from the University and the local community. External organisations displaying their products at the event were Amazing Grace Restaurant, Melting Moment Ice Cream and Game Truck.
It is important to note that most of the items unveiled at the fair were the students’ initiative. Items showcased at the annual event included cosmetics, leather goods, consumer electronics, jewelry, perfume, and a variety of native and intercontinental dishes.
According to the Chairman of Students’ Council, Mr. Winner Deji Folutile, a 400 Level Architecture Student, there were numerous achievements which set this year’s fair apart from previous years. A number of competitions had been introduced to the event; these include Foss Ball Competition, Make-Up Competition and Drawing Competition.
It was indeed an entertaining and pleasant experience to see students flaunt their marketing strategies in a bid to add value to themselves and their society. “The occasion offered great platform to generate profit and exhibit what is being taught in the institution’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies,” commented the Executive Secretary of Student Council, Emmanuel Abraham, a 500 Level Electrical Engineering student.
In addition, Moshood Emmanuel, a 400 Level Architecture student said that the event was an opportunity for students to relax and express themselves. Tomi Ifabiyi, a 500 Level Engineering Student and Supervisor of a joint venture called “The Food Court,” commented, “Many of the students who exhibited with their colleagues had an opportunity to showcase their entrepreneurial skills and develop their interpersonal skills.” While expressing his delight in the event, he disclosed that he and his group members cooked the food displayed at “The Food Court”. He also added that another reason he enjoyed the event was because his dream is to become an event planner.
Many of the students who participated in this year’s fair said that they have learnt a great deal from the event.
Entrepreneurship entails doing and not just dreaming. Covenant University students have learnt the skill of entrepreneurship and have been given a platform to exhibit their entrepreneurial skills.
In order to transform Nigeria and reduce unemployment and poverty, entrepreneurship must be encouraged and driven passionately. It is high time Nigerian graduates awaken their entrepreneurial spirit and become job creators rather than seekers.