The winners of the JAN Youth Entrepreneurship Essay Competition were announced at the Access Bank headquarters on Tuesday, September 12. 20-year-old Mariam Azeez of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, won the grand prize of N100,000 as well as an opportunity to be mentored directly by JAN Executive Director, Simi Nwogugu. Michelle Eigbobo of University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and Hope Ukamaka Ogbuagu of Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, won second and third prizes, respectively. Winning essays suggested innovative solutions for using entrepreneurship to curb the youth unemployment crisis in Nigeria.
In addition to presentation of the essays, the occasion also provided an opportunity for students from several universities to discuss the benefits and challenges of entrepreneurship with the JAN ED, the head of youth banking at Access Bank, Olayinka Tokosi, and our keynote speaker, Bizzle Osikoya, entertainment entrepreneur and media influencer. We thank Access Bank for providing this opportunity for JAN to reach university students nationwide.