EducationNewsNigeriaAnambra Youths Commends Government on Youth to Youth Mentorship Programme

Participants in the “youth to youth” mentorship roundtable organized by the Government of Anambra State through Dr. Nelson Omenugha, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth, have commended the mentorship roundtable, with many describing it as what the state needs to retain its best talents at home.

The first edition of youth to youth mentorship roundtable was held on Friday, in Awka, and featured Obinna Etele, Group Managing Director of Eteleson Group as guest mentor. The event was anchored by Ify Aronu-Okafor, an influencer and presenter, and Ebuka Onyekwelu, a Columnist with the West African Pilot News. With participants ranging from students to fresh graduates, skilled workers, and startup founders, among other youth categories that were fully represented, it is obvious that the impact of this sort of engagement can hardly be overstretched.

During the sessions, the charged atmosphere at the event was ignited by Mr. Etele, when he moved smoothly in his conversations, blending business ideas, personal development, networking, and self-motivation, as key ingredients that every entrepreneur must embrace. Mr. Etele, who emphasized that “there are opportunities”, also stressed that taking advantage of these opportunities is often inhibited by people’s thinking. For instance, he observed that “Some people believe they can’t make it in Anambra,” yet, the biggest success story of business and enterprise cannot be told without Anambra State. Under this circumstance, Etele said, the problem is not Anambra but one’s thinking.

Speaking on the importance of networking, the guest mentor Mr. Obinna Etele was emphatic that “networking adds to sustainability”, therefore he encouraged participants to be deliberate about creating what he called “economic relationships.” For Etele, economic relationships are the type of relationships where those within a group add economic value to their members or friends.

Also at the event was the Anambra State Commissioner for Youth, Mr. Patrick Aghamba. In his brief remark, he highlighted the government’s commitment to youth affairs through various programmes in his ministry and through the mentorship programme by Dr. Omenugha. Also the Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service – ABS, Chido Obidiegwu, was in attendance.

According to Omenugha who has pledged to ensure that the session is held at least once in three months, the next edition of youth to youth mentorship roundtable will be held in February 2024.

Ebuka Onyekwelu (Staff Writer)
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