Nigeria National Competition Highlights
Quick Facts Results
- National Champion:
- Second Place:
University of Agriculture, Markurdi
- Third Place:
Ekiti State University
Our final Enactus national competition of the season took place on 11-12 August at the Civic Center in Lagos where Enactus Nigeria brought together 935 supporters to celebrate the accomplishments of the year and collaborate on ideas and new opportunities. Generously sponsored by Sahara Group and SC Johnson, the team did an excellent job leveraging social media before, during and after the event to build excitement and keep supporters engaged. Their first initiative was a campaign launched in late June that challenged their followers to share on social media what the national competition means to them. It was also a clever way to promote #EnactusNG and #WeAllWin, their event hashtags. As the event started, the Nigeria team and their impressive social ambassadors kept supporters near and far updated on the event and sharing all of the highlights. And thanks to their great work, the event has received great media coverage in publications such as The Nation, This Day, Today’s Woman and Silver Bird Television. You can read one of the articles published by New Telegraph here.
The foundation of the event was, of course, the national competition, which saw 20 teams compete over three rounds of competition. In the opening round, 38 judges selected the teams to move forward to the semi-final round, where 29 executives had the difficult task of narrowing down the teams to the final four. Those four impressive teams then presented to 23 top leaders in hopes of being named national champion. In the end, it was the team from Kaduna Polytechnic who was named the winner, securing their spot as one of 36 teams who will compete on the global stage at the Enactus World Cup this October in South Africa. The team’s portfolio of work included their renewable energy advancement project, which addresses the lack of sufficient supply of electricity and its effect on the socio-economic welfare of the target community. The team designed and developed an innovative self-sustaining Hydro Power system that uses a small amount of water in a constructed tank to generate sufficient electricity to power communities and businesses.
Attendees had the opportunity to hear from two impressive speakers during the event, testament to the power of the program in Nigeria. First was Ambassador Mokgethi Sam Monaisa, South African Ambassador to Nigeria who shared his thoughts on the importance of entrepreneurship in the process of enabling progress. Ambassador James Entwistle, United States Ambassador to Nigeria, also spoke, highlighting that Nigerian youth are the most important natural resource the country has and how Enactus students are a testament to this fact. Other special guests included Dehab Ghabreab, United States Acting Consul General (Nigeria); Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Editor-in-Chief, Today’s Woman; Lucy Kalu, Managing Director, IDEA BUILDERS; Kunmbi Wuraola, Former Executive Director, Junior Achievement; Ukinebo Dare, POISE Graduate Finishing School; Adesuwa Ifedi, Senior Advisor, Bridge International Academy; Chinwe Kalu, CEO, Customer Passion Point Limited; Eloho Onwah, Investment Research Analyst, Stanbic IBTC Pension Managers; Professor Ebunoluwa Oduwale, Director, Olabisi Onabanjo University; and Margaret Oyingbo, US Embassy.
Another exciting component of the event was the Woman to Woman Mentorship program. Sponsored by the US Embassy, this forum provided an opportunity for successful female leaders in business to interact and share their experiences with 100 aspiring young female leaders. The two hour mentorship program started with a panel discussion, followed by table discussions facilitated by one of 10 successful female leaders.
The Sahara Light Up Nigeria Challenge also took place during the event, developed to inspire Enactus students to stretch their creativity and use their ingenuity and resourcefulness to address power supply shortages in Nigeria. In total, 36 project ideas were submitted by 26 Enactus teams. After a series of reviews and screening, the top five teams were invited to present their projects and the impact they made to a panel of judges from Sahara Group. Some of the exciting projects showcased include technology that uses water to power engines and machines, and the use of farm waste-water to generate electricity. Check out this great video that gives an overview of this important competition.
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