MEET THE FUTURE ENTREPRENEUR: YOU

Olatorera Oniru is the founder and CEO of the electronic commerce website Dressmeoutlet.com of fashion, health & beauty products and home-goods. Dress me outlet stocks more than 1000 products from premium designers globally. It ships worldwide and has customers in different states across Nigeria, Uganda and USA.

Abiola Olaniran, one of Nigeria’s highest paid Windows Game developers, is a software developer and founder/CEO of Nigeria gaming company, Gamsole. The company’s games have more than 9 million downloads locally and internationally on the Windows Phone store.

Kasope Ladipo-Ajai is a co-founder of OmoAlata. OmoAlata is a Nigerian brand that processes and packages local Nigerian spice and peppers. She is a graduate of computer science and was winner of the 2015 She Leads Africa Pitch Competition.

Though these three do not specialize in the same thing, they share some similar features. They are Nigerians. They are in their late twenties: Olatorera is 29, Abiola is 28 and Kasope is 29. They were amongst Forbes 30 most promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa 2016.

There was a time when all we ever focused on was farming. Then we proceeded to focusing on education. Anything out of the ordinary shakes us and as youths, we don’t want to be shaken. We love our comfort zone. We have been told to go to school, get a degree and a job awaits you. That’s all in the past now. The 21st century is supposed to better the past centuries we have but our rigidity won’t let us see the challenges this century holds in its palms. We should be ready to take the risks involved in doing the extraordinary; being extraordinary.

Traditionally, entrepreneurship is the process of defining, launching and running a new business, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire. Traditionally or 21st century speaking, entrepreneurship hasn’t changed much.

Entrepreneurship is an ongoing process that young entrepreneurs like Olatorera, Abiola and Kasope are engaged in. It is not something that just lands. It requires time, effort, creativity and skill to be an entrepreneur. What better age to possess the four if it is not as a teenager and youth?

Entrepreneurship as a process involves using one’s thinking faculty to put down an idea and making it work out regardless of the risks to be taken. To be an entrepreneur, a need has to be met in the society.

Entrepreneurship is not a lofty dream that is unattainable; it can be realized once you set your mind to it. Interest is a good start for a young entrepreneur. Figure out what interests you. If it is selling or offering services, your interests come handy.

          As a part of the process, get mentors for your area of interests. Start small; don’t wait until you are grown and have more responsibilities. Start little; don’t wait till you have more money. Get entrepreneurial trainings. It opens your eyes to a whole lot of new ideas and connects you to people who can engineer these ideas with you.

          Unlike any other kind of entrepreneurial training, Teens Enterprise Development Fellowship (TED-F) is a school based project that is designed to equip Nigerian students with entrepreneurship skills and Royal Foundation International is a leading youth incubator in leadership and entrepreneurship education in West Africa, with a reputation for utilizing global best practices in facilitating personal effectiveness and wealth creation of the youth population.

          TED-F seeks to groom teens as teenpreneurs to take advantage of their skills, talents and hang on innovation to be economically responsible and financially independent like Olatorera

Do you want to be a young entrepreneur like Olatorera or Abiola or Kasope?  Take the first step.

Story culled from AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com)

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