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Nigeria Seminars

One of Trepmaker’s ongoing projects are seminars we hold in Nigeria Africa. To date Trepmaker has taught over 10,000 college level Nigerians about starting a business. In a country where there is 80% unemployment, this is a vital tool in its economic future. Below are some articles related to Nigeria.

KAGORO TREP SEMINAR 2015

John facing a crowd of 600 future Treps.
John facing a crowd of 600 future Treps.

During the ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria on December 2016, the group decided to form an Entrepreneur Club that would meet frequently to discuss ways to grow a business. It was also agreed that a website would be a good venue to seek feedback and engage business owners to share their experiences. Before we move on to a more sophisticated site, we want to make sure that there is enough interest. This page is created to serve this very purpose.

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OLABISI ENTREPRENEUR PROJECT

The Trepmaker team composed of John Frykenberg, Sarah Philips and Raoul Pascual went to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria and held an Entrepreneur Project for 4 days. About 1,029 students filled the stadium and listened to steps on “How to Make a Job.”

The Vice Chancellor of the university made a formal welcome the Trep team.
The Vice Chancellor of the university made a formal welcome to the Trep team.

We thank all of our sponsors: The Rotary Foundation; Rotary Club of Altadena, Dist. 5300, USA; Rotary Club of Skovde-Billingen, Dist 2380, Sweden; Rotary Club if Sagamu-Central, Dist 9110. Also the International Foundation for Entrepreneuerial Education Training who is our cooperating organization. And of course we thank our host Olabisi Onabanjo University for their wholehearted support and generosity.

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Sarah’s Big Night

On September 17, 2016, our very own Sarah Philips was honored at the 6th Annual Fiesta sponsored by “Life and Times Media” at the Carson City Convention Center.

Congratulations Sarah!

If you have a Facebook account, you can watch a video of the wonderful evening:

https://www.facebook.com/100009816042197/videos/343062639364268/

Below is the letter Sarah received:

On behalf of the Board of Directors and Management of LIFE AND TIMES MEDIA GROUP, I am happy to inform you that you have been selected as a recipient of our 2016 “Educational Excellence Award”. This honor, given annually to a distinguished Educationist in our Community, will be given to you at the Life and Times 6th Annual Fiesta which will take place on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Carson Civic Center, 801 East Carson Street, Carson, CA 90745 beginning at 6 p.m.

The Board considered your outstanding achievements in over 20 years as an Educator, Administrator, Mentor and Community Leader. The board also considered the exceptional role you have played with the Rotary International (Altadena) in teaching basic ‘entrepreneurial education’ essentials in the midst of overwhelming poverty in Nigeria and your role as a licensed social worker in San Bernardino County CA. Former recipients of Life and Times Awards include Former Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Professor Joy Ogwu, Nigeria’s former Foreign Minister and currently Nigeria’s UN Ambassador, Former Mayor Jim Dear of Carson California, and Late Ambassador Ade Adefuye, Nigeria’s former Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Julius Kpaduwa, Dr. Iheanachor Emeruwa etc.

Life and Times Media Group was founded in 2010 with the aim of celebrating the achievements of hard working Africans at home and in the Diaspora and dispelling the negative stereotypes that we have been associated with in the Western media. Today our magazine and online newspaper has over 34,000 paid subscribers and our free online editions are read by over 1.2 million people worldwide. We also provide public relations services and special publications to a wide range of large organizations in the United States and Africa. Our Annual Fiesta is a forum to celebrate achievers and trail blazers within our community in both community services and professional callings. The Fiesta also showcases our emerging talents in fashion design, music and the arts.

Kindly confirm your willingness to be at the event to accept the Award by August 15, 2016. You and a guest will receive complimentary VIP dinner passes to the event.

Please provide us with a one-page brief bio of yourself and digital picture in high resolution for publication in the magazine and in the event brochure on or before August 15, 2016. You may invite additional guests to support you. Additional guests (outside your two (2) complimentary tickets) will purchase dinner/event tickets for $60 per person or $600 for a table that sits 10 people. Friends, business associates and family can also purchase pages in the event brochure for $100 a page to congratulate you on this laudable achievement.

We look forward to your kind response and you joining us in Carson in September!

Thank you,
Sincerely,

Chike Nweke
Publisher/CEO

Life and Times Network Inc. Publishers of Life and Times Magazine • 7095 Hollywood Blvd. • #485 • Hollywood CA 90028
publisher@Lifeandtimesmagazine.com

Successful Training at the ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria

The Trepmakers taught about 600 students at the ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria on December 14 to December 16.  There were some initial concerns of a low turnout because the students had just finished their semester and were already in their Spring break but students and businessmen from all over the area came in to learn about starting their own business.

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John Frykenberg and Raoul Pascual took turns in explaining the concept that people do not have to look for a job; instead, they can create a job. In a population where over 50% is unemployed, this new concept has a huge potential to help the local economy.

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Students were given examples of how big businesses started. They learned that everything started small. Every business started from a need or a problem and then someone offering a solution and getting paid for it. They were taught the importance of having a business plan to keep track of their finances; the importance of team work where there needs to be a visionary, a manager, a finance expert and a sales person.

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Free manuals and free lunch were provided to the crowd courtesy of our generous sponsors. Several local business owners participated. There was April who owned a lumber (mahogany) business who sought advice about improving her quality and diversifying. There was a printer named Femi, Samuel who started several small ventures; Another Femi who started a healthy “Finger Millet” factory; John Bosco who has a carpentry business; Still another “Femi” who is a journalist; It was a good mix of businessmen at different stages of their careers.

Special thanks go to Rev. Associate Professor Sunday Agang who spearheaded this activity. The challenge to hold this event in his institution came only a week prior. Another university was scheduled to hold this “Making a Job” seminar but they had to cancel due to some local unrest caused by the untimely death of the local “Oni.” Provost Sunday did a superhuman task of spreading the news, preparing the facilities and gathering his staff to prepare for anything. By the positive feedback of the participants, it was apparent that all his hard work was worth it.

 

There is already talk of starting a “Trep Club” that will meet on a regular basis. The provost has already approved the concept and directed some of his staff (Dennis Shelly and Micah) to head the team.

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Although the seminar is over, the Trepmakers are committed to keeping the communication lines open. In a few days, this website will create a forum for the Kagoro residents to share their thoughts to the world. Maybe you who are reading this will be interested in some of the business ideas or have a business proposition of your own.

Kagoro Trep Seminar 2015

John facing a crowd of 600 future Treps.
John facing a crowd of 600 future Treps.

During the ECWA Theological Seminary in Kagoro, Nigeria on December 2016, the group decided to form an Entrepreneur Club that would meet frequently to discuss ways to grow a business. It was also agreed that a website would be a good venue to seek feedback and engage business owners to share their experiences. Before we move on to a more sophisticated site, we want to make sure that there is enough interest. This page is created to serve this very purpose.

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You can submit your ideas to start a business, share your feedback or simply learn from each other.

Raoul, Layahn, Dennis, Coletta, Sarah, John and Sunday
Raoul, Layahn, Dennis, Coletta, Sarah, John and Sunday
Alice owns a lumber company and sells mahogany panels. She brought in a sample of a guitar one of her workers made. In order to diversify, we suggested she create toy musical instruments.
Alice owns a lumber company and sells mahogany panels. She brought in a sample of a guitar one of her workers made. In order to diversify, we suggested she create toy musical instruments.
Raoul, Jonah, John and Sunday pose in front of a shed where they are experimenting with smoked catfish. We helped them with their branding concept.
Raoul, Jonah, John and Sunday pose in front of a shed where they are experimenting with smoked catfish. We helped them with their branding concept.
Smoked catfish.
Smoked catfish.
One of the participants named Femi, started a factory that makes Finger Milet which claims to be a cure to several common ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, cancers, obesity and anaemia.
One of the participants named Femi, started a factory that makes Finger Milet which claims to be a cure to several common ailments like cholesterol, diabetes, cancers, obesity and anaemia.

If you are interested in any of these projects, please write to us.  There are many other businesses and these new Treps are looking for future partners. They need capital as well as ideas.

Raoul having fun with the kids.
Raoul having fun with the kids.

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The Kagoro Chiefs invited the Rotary Team to their council meeting. They said the youth need to respect their traditions. They were glad we came to teach the people about Job Making.
The Kagoro Chiefs invited the Rotary Team to their council meeting. They said the youth need to respect their traditions. They were glad we came to teach the people about Job Making.
Mud Bricks and Hollow Block factories are all over the path from Kagoro to Abujah.
Mud Bricks and Hollow Block factories are all over the path from Kagoro to Abujah.
Abujah is the capital of Nigeria.
Abujah is the capital of Nigeria.

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OLABISI ENTREPRENEUR PROJECT

The Trepmaker team composed of John Frykenberg, Sarah Philips and Raoul Pascual went to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, Nigeria and held an Entrepreneur Project for 4 days. About 1,029 students filled the stadium and listened to steps on “How to Make a Job.”

The Vice Chancellor of the university made a formal welcome the Trep team.
The Vice Chancellor of the university made a formal welcome to the Trep team.

We thank all of our sponsors: The Rotary Foundation; Rotary Club of Altadena, Dist. 5300, USA; Rotary Club of Skovde-Billingen, Dist 2380, Sweden; Rotary Club if Sagamu-Central, Dist 9110. Also the International Foundation for Entrepreneuerial Education Training who is our cooperating organization. And of course we thank our host Olabisi Onabanjo University for their wholehearted support and generosity.

A quick shot at the 1,029 students.
An early shot at the auditorium. By the end of the day, 1,029 students would have attended the Job Making seminar.

The students are eager to start their business and we are using this website to allow them to share their concerns. If you are an Olabisi student and are interested in posting your ideas and comments, please email obalisi@trepmaker.com and ask for your access to the website.

Obalisi Students go on stage to be teamed up for their Business Plan making project.
Olabisi Students go on stage to be teamed up for their Business Plan making project.