One of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) created by the United Nations is “Decent Work and Economic Growth”, and this goal was necessitated by the high global unemployment rate and lag in economic growth.
As of the second quarter of this year, Nigeria was reported to have an unemployment rate of 27.1, reflecting that over 21 million Nigerians are unemployed. Now, of the estimated 200 million Nigerians and over half of the population falling between the youth bracket, there is a great advantage for the country in terms of human capital, however, it can become a serious threat in preceding years if the potentials of the citizens are not leveraged.
To empower youths to own their economic success, we need to create an ecosystem where people have access to decent work and are equally contributing to economic growth.
JA Nigeria is a not-for-profit organization focused on raising young conscientious business leaders that will lead a vibrant economy. From inception to date, JA Nigeria has committed to ensuring youths avoid the pitfalls of unemployment by creating various programs, ranging from LEAD camp for girls to the Company Program that promotes entrepreneurial spirit and innovativeness among secondary school students to the Venture in Management Programme for corps members and many more.
Notably, JA Nigeria hit the one million students reach in the course of this year. Amongst the youths impacted by our various programs is the co-founder of Flutterwave (an online payment gateway that allows for digital payment processes) – Iyinoluwa Aboyeji. Currently, Flutterwave has given work opportunities to almost 100 individuals while also creating a sustainable solution for financial processes.
Other JA Nigeria alumni include Nkechi Eze – Founder of AsoEbi Bella, Femi Bakre – Cofounder of Kraks Media Ltd., Femi Taiwo – Executive Director of LEAP Africa and Asa Asika – Co-founder of The Plug. These and many other alumni have significantly contributed to creating decent works for citizens through their initiatives.
As Nigeria celebrates her 60th year of independence, JA Nigeria is still working towards ensuring that more youths are empowered to be entrepreneurs, so the beneficiaries can in turn create more work opportunities for other youths – summarily, the ripple effect of one.
In the next 5 years, JA Nigeria is looking to empower 1 million digital entrepreneurs and we will achieve it.
May God bless Nigeria.