Nollywood actress, Bimbo Akintola was the cynosure of all eyes last Saturday at the Skyline Hall of the Oriental Hotel, Lagos.
The event was the second edition of the ‘Attack Young Empowerment Seminar Series’, an empowerment project of the Uche Ahubelem Center for Human Development, UACHD. And the winsome University of Ibadan trained theatre artiste who moderated the event was as excited about the opportunities being laid bare as the youths that came for the seminar.
Typical of her on-screen effervescence, Bimbo was at home in the midst of the myriad youths bristling with ingenious business ideas. And she was there to felicitate with those whose business ideas got the commendation of the judges and the cash prizes.
Potentials and attributes
According to her, “It is really heartwarming when you see young people who want to do well on their own; who are not waiting for government or white collar jobs; going all out to achieve their dreams; this is really commendable. And for the organizer, I say thumbs up.”
According to Uche Ahubelem the convener of the bi-monthly event, the programme which aims to empower and enrich Nigerian youths with the potentials and attributes needed for them to excel in their various fields of interest, “I want people to be impacted. I want them to have a paradigm shift.
I also want to let them know that it is not great teachings that make men, it is great decisions. I am here to let them know that they have known too much and they have known a lot. All they need to do is to start to put into practice what they have known. So, I’m expecting to see men that will fly out today to achieve something great because I have seen great potentials here. There are some people here that if you don’t talk to them, they will end up being nobody but I believe that great men will emerge here today,” he said.
Among the hundreds of youths that came with different business proposals, three of them; Gerald Nonso, Precious Unu and Michael Balogun were selected as having the best ideas. Nonso got N700,000 based on his unique idea of having an air pollution-free mobile ad while Balogun, with an innovative idea of having a mobile app that will take tourism to a whole new level in Nigeria, got N500, 000. Precious was awarded N300, 000 for her ‘mama put’ canteen innovation.