A social entrepreneur and Executive Director of Izichris Berachah Vocational Institute, Mrs. Busayo Ihimikaye has urged Nigerian undergraduates to strive to find their niche as a first step towards achieving their dream of becoming successful entrepreneurs.
Mrs. Ihimikaye who was the Guest Speaker at the 2021 Entrepreneurship Day of Kings University Odeomu, Osun State, while speaking on the topic “Entrepreneurship: Alternative to Individual and National Development”, said that entrepreneurship is about people identifying and solving a problem they are passionate about.
“This could be by providing a service or making a product as entrepreneurship basically involves being innovative and meeting needs. You identify gaps in the society and you make yourself available to bridge the gaps,” she said.
The social entrepreneur further advised the students to be diligent in their studies, be courageous, and be resilient in life as Kings University has already provided a very good environment for them to excel, adding that one of their purpose of being in the University was to become wealth creators and not just employment seekers, and whatever they start today should be something sustainable.
Mrs. Ihimikaye admonished the students of Kings University and other participants from Adeleke University and Redeemer’s University, academics, and other stakeholders present at the event to begin their entrepreneurial journey for sustainable economic growth and the prosperity of the individual and the nation.
Earlier in her remarks, Dr. Mrs. C.O Aje, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Adenike Kuku, said that entrepreneurship education is strategic to the vision of Kings University which tailors its curriculum to prioritise Entrepreneurship education emphasised by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The goal is for Universities to produce graduates that are value creators rather than job seekers so as to mitigate the high rate of unemployment among the teeming youth population.
Professor Kuku further expressed confidence that the graduates of Kings University would proffer technology solutions to the myriad challenges plaguing the nation from the education sector to the health sector, agricultural, and even the financial services sector.