Olabisi OnaBanjo University Finished Seminar 2015

Entrance to the Olabisi Onabanjo University
Entrance to the Olabisi Onabanjo University

The Trepmaker Team from California, USA was composed of John Frykenberg, Sarah Philips and Raoul Pascual finished a Job Making Seminar at the Olabisi Onabanjo University in the city of Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria.

The top leaders pose after an elaborate welcome ceremony before the sessions started.
The top leaders pose after an elaborate welcome ceremony before the sessions started.

About 1,200 students participated in this 4 day seminar (there were some local issues that prevented the full 5 days).  Handbooks were specially printed and issued out.

Group of students awaiting their group assignment
Group of students awaiting their group assignment
This alumnus of OOU was nervous because he had never spoken in front of a huge crowd before but he overcame his shyness to share his life of early poverty to present affluence as an entrepreneur
This alumnus of OOU was nervous because he had never spoken in front of a huge crowd before but he overcame his shyness to share his life of early poverty to present affluence as an entrepreneur

 

We called this student "Miss Ferari" because she chose a Ferari instead of a suitor's pledge of complete devotion.
We called this student “Miss Ferari” because she chose a Ferari instead of a suitor’s pledge of complete devotion.
This Rotarian encouraged the kids to get into the agri business and also gave scholarships to deserving students
This Rotarian encouraged the kids to get into the agri business and also gave scholarships to deserving students

There was a practice Business Plan they were supposed to fill out as a team and then as individuals. The students were given 2 months to complete their final business plan. Ten of the best plans will be sent to the United States where a panel of judges will vote the two top plans based on creativity, comprehensive insights and the overall feasibility of turning the idea into a reality. The top two winners will be awarded brand new Blue laptops courtesy of the Rotary and all of its sponsors.

Rotarian Tunde holding up the 2 new laptops which will be given as prizes
Rotarian Tunde holding up new laptops which will be given as prizes to the best Business Plans

The students were encouraged to use this Trepmaker website to post comments and suggestions.

A group of young men discussing their business idea.
A group of young men discussing their business idea.
A group of women brainstorming. Each group had a Group Leader, a Visionary, a Manager, a Finance person and a Sales person.
A group of women brainstorming. Each group had a Group Leader, a Visionary, a Manager, a Finance person and a Sales person.

It is the hope of Trepmakers that this website will be a meeting place where real businesses will find their start.

Sample of the certificates handed out
Sample of the certificates handed out

The Trepmakers want to thank the Olabisi Onabanjo University, its leaders and the Rotary of Ago-Iwoye for their warm and generous welcome. The students were very enthusiastic and excited.  This was a very successful event.

End of the seminar celebration
End of the seminar celebration

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