Learning and development opportunities abound at Enactus Nigeria National Competition
- National Champion:
- 2nd Place:
Federal Polytechnic, Oko
- 3rd Place:
Bayero University, Kano
- 4th Place:
Ekiti State University
- Competing Teams: 28
- Total Attendees: 1,429
Lagos, Nigeria – Kaduna Polytechnic was named the Enactus Nigeria National Champion at the three-day event held at the Eko Convention Center in Lagos.
The 110-member team contributed more than 2,300 volunteer hours to 10 community outreach projects. This is the fourth time the team will represent Nigeria at the Enactus World Cup.
Throughout the year several teams also devised projects as part of the Sahara Green Energy Challenge. Out of 30 entries aimed at developing alternative sources of energy and environmental sustainability, it was the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria who won the challenge.
In addition to the competition and awards, this year’s event included many learning and development opportunities for participants, as well as a special walk to showcase the diversity in Enactus Nigeria.
The “Walk for My Nigeria”, which garnered coverage from several media outlets, drew 600 students who took to the streets of Lagos to not only display their diversity but to convey to the community how their actions today are helping to make better futures.
For event participants who are final year students, the McKenzie Career Fair offered the opportunity to engage with professionals to gain insight about what employers look for in employees. The one-hour program also provided these students a better understanding of the employer expectations and how that factors into their career path.
At the Top to Future-Top forum students learned from business executives from a variety of fields who shared professional advice and offered guidance related to career choices and growth.
An innovation summit themed “Reverse Innovation: From Concept to Market” focused on using innovation to break the cycle of poverty, project funding and strategies to move innovations from ideas to reality.
Also making this year’s event a success of was the more than 100 Enactus alumni in attendance as well as special guests Dehab Gabreab, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy; Beth Goldstien, author and professor at Boston University; Fela Durotoye, Managing Director GemStones; Peter Bamkole, Enterprise Development Center at Lagos Business School; Charles Ifedi, Verve Cards; Dele Akinsade, director Developer Platforms Microsoft Sub Sahara Africa & Indian Ocean Islands; Tonye Cole executive director at Sahara Group; and Rhoda Watson, cultural affairs officer.
A special thanks to event sponsors FCMB, Sahara Oil and Gas, First Hydro Carbon, Interswitch, KPMG, UAC Foods and Mid-Western Oil and Gas.