By Ayo Ajayi
The Covenant University Enactus Team has emerged second place winner among the 24 higher institutions that competed at the Enactus Nigeria National Competition, which took place between July 4 and 6, 2017, in Lagos.
The 35-man Covenant University’s Enactus Team came tops at the group stage and the semi-finals level where they won a stunning upset over the 7 times back-to-back winner of the competition, Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna to qualify for the finals, where they emerged second best.
Speaking on behalf of the Team, the trio of Synka Jyte-Davis (Lead Presenter), Asekomhe Kenefel (Project Manager) and Olabinjo Segun, attributed their feet to the intensive engagement in social enterprise and the success of their projects, the Eco-bag and ‘Tunse’ Platform.
Synka (Lead Presenter) explained that the Eco-bag is a temperature retention bag that helps maintains the temperature of food or any other substance in the bag for 72 hours while ‘Tunse’ is a native Yoruba word for ‘fix it’ or ‘repair it’. “It is an online on-demand platform that connects blue-collar workers and artisans to customers of closest proximity who desire their services.
Kenefel (Project Manager) stated that the Team with some implementation partners was able to train widows to produce the Eco-bag, provided access to capital to start production and connect them to potential markets. The results, according to him, was a reduction in the cost of doing business, economic empowerment of 30 widows and increase profits to grow their business, citing one Mrs Egbadun, a cold drink seller as a successful beneficiary.
On ‘Tunse’, Olabinjo explained that the Team partnered with various artisan groups and associations to register artisans, which they named T-workers and got customers to book them using the platform. This, he said, led to the registration of over 350 artisans on the platform and connection between them and their customers. He mentioned the success story of Joshua, a 19-year-old beneficiary who through the platform got many job opportunities and was able to sponsor his education.
The Team noted that their motivation was the fact that they were able to impact lives through their projects where widows, in particular, were able to take care of their families.
On his part, the Director, Covenant University Centre for Entrepreneurial Development Studies (CUCEDS), Dr. Steven Oluwatobi, revealed that the project has taught the students how to succeed. “What they have learnt was a practical knowledge which they can’t get from any textbook,” he said.
He expressed appreciation to the University’s management and the implementation partners including CEDS, Punch Newspaper, Co-creation Hub Nigeria, African Hub, Prestige Travels and Hebron FM among others for their tremendous supports at various levels of the competition.
Dr. Oluwatobi also expressed the belief that the Team would come first in the next edition of the competition.