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Friday, May 5, 2017

...young at heart

‘You can succeed in public jobs, but more when you start a business’

Aisha Muktar, 29 is a graduate of Political Science from Kaduna State University (KSU). The mother of one told her story in this interview about how she started her ‘Clothesovertoys’ business line. By Simon E. Sunday @SimonEchewofun


hat’s the story behind your motivation? It all started from my passion for fashion generally, like ‘Jalabiya’ and corporate kaftan. I liked the way my husband was always dressed in a very comfortable kaftan and my son always had the same clothing. People always admired my son when dressed in native; so I sketched some more designs, got assorted materials and explained to the tailor exactly what I wanted out of them. At first it was just for kids but we later expanded to adults including women. As a successful entrepreneur, what are some challenges in the business? We face a lot of challenges daily. Sometimes we work a whole day without electricity which we need throughout for cutting and the sewing process. At other times, we have orders ready for delivery but have transportation difficulties to the various destinations; there are also delays when the available transporters do not have passengers in time. What projects are you working on? I am working on getting our clothes on some online marketing platforms like Jumia for easy access to our customers. I am also upgrading the delivery of our products to the southern and western parts of Nigeria. What other things have you engaged in to build yourself? I do lots of research and watch a lot of YouTube videos on clothing lines to get more ideas on how to run them. I also attend seminars on starting a clothing brand in Nigeria and the challenges involved. I’m planning on going for more seminars and workshops. What are the platforms you are creating to empower others? Currently am building a page/site where interested people can get involved online before joining us at the workplace. It will help them

pared and have ideas on to at least get prepared e two persons working what we do. I have wo others learning as tailors and two already, with one delivery personnel. I am also planning to expand so I could ment where we will create an environment e interested persons have more of these d be on their own. come to learn and What are your our plans for ext three to five expansion in the next years? thesovertoys’ I see ‘Clothesovertoys’ commodate expand and accommodate different kind off clothing ers, long styles like blazers, and three quarterr jackets, kimonos, and readyy to wear gowns. I will also work to uipped have a fully equipped shop to take up all operations and get a d to part of it dedicated kills the youth for skills acquisition. ur What is your advice to youth,, who are still unemployed? I advise our youth to take up re something they are passionate about and build on it to make ome their dreams come true. You don’t only succeed working in cies government agencies ed but will succeed ng more in working and starting a d business and n taking big risks on your own.

‘Youth must be resilient in pursuing their dreams’ By Latifat Opoola @LatifatOpoola “Every entrepreneur desires success but ensuring that when recognition and success is eventually achieved, one does not get carried away by it” said Abubakar Al-Mustapha, a rising entrepreneur. Mustapha who is an Abuja based fashion designer said in an interview said many youth want to venture into entrepreneurship but don’t usually prepare themselves for the demands that come with it. The 25 year old Economics graduate of University of Abuja started his business ‘M1 Fashion House’ last year to fend for himself and stay off the labour market. ”I have always wanted to be a fashion designer because fashion is what I do best. I love looking good, and I also want to earn my own business, I am at an age where I need to be independent now,” he

said. He said when the interest and determination is there, nothing can discourage one from achieving his goal. “I started with N35,000, it wasn’t enough at the time but I knew I needed to start, so I ploughed the money into the business and today it is growing steadily” the employer of two said. His outfits range from shirts and kaftans for guys and kimonos for ladies, while promising for a wide range of variety in the nearest future. “Our major demand is the persistent rise in the cost of materials due to the current recession faced by the country” Mustapha lamented. He also revealed the challenge of failed forecast for the high demand period of his products most times. He called on youth to be resilient in pursuing their dreams.

The duty of youth is to challenge corruption. – Kurt Cobain

Fight against violence: ‘No Good Turn’ screens in Abuja By Bamas Victoria A nongovernmental organization, Campaign against Violent Extremism (CAVE) in Abuja screened a short film reflecting the violence in the northeast and how it affects people. The short film titled, ‘No Good Turn’ starred Nollywood veteran Nobert Young, Waje Iruobo, Sani Muazu and Udoka Oyeka. ‘No Good Turn’ is a film by Udoka Onyeka, with Brymo’s heart wrenching soundtrack, “In the City”. The organisers said “the campaign is not about or against any religion nor tribe. It is activated to mitigate the sudden emergence of deadly and dangerous canker-worm violent extremism that is gradually becoming a norm in our country today.” Its plot focused on a medical doctor who after stopping a police chief from killing a suicide bomber who bombed a police station killing several persons later realised that his wife was also killed in a simultaneous attack. The doctor was now faced with the dilemma of having to treat the attacker. One of the viewers at the screening, Jummai Ango said the short film gave her a new insight on how she views violent extremism as she has never thought about how it affects those who go to such areas to keep the peace or provide aids and services.

UN envoy seeks entrepreneurship training for youth From Nurudeen Oyewole, Lagos A United Nations special envoy, Mr Jakaya Kikwete, has advocated the need for government and other concerned stakeholders to empower Nigerian youths with skill-based education and entrepreneurial initiatives capable of sustaining them and the nation at large. Kiwete, a former President of Tanzania who visited Lagos recently was received by his friend and business tycoon, Emperor Chris Baywood Ibe, and former foreign affairs minister, Mr Odein Ajumogobia. The envoy said he also met with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, voiced concerns on the chances of many youth being thrown out of job with the advancement of technology. “I’m a special envoy of the International Commission on Financing of Global Education Opportunity. It is a commission that was set up in September 2015 to do an in-depth study of the state of education in the world,” he explained his mission. He noted that eight of the 27 members of the commission are Africans of which two - Aliko Dangote and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are Nigerians. “Already, we have finished our work and now we are at the stage of telling the leaders of the world our work,” Kiwete added. The envoy also said the Commission will work with credible private entities like the Baywood Foundation pioneered by Emperor Ibe as the Foundation champions investments in youth education. Emperor Ibe who lauded the envoy’s concern for youth said his Foundation will soon stage a one-million-youth rally in Abuja “to draw the attention of critical stakeholders to the plights of Nigerian youth.”

DAILY TRUST, Friday, May 5, 2017



Ministry, advocacy group hold awards on best malaria content By Bamas Victoria @BamasVictoria The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole has said that the fight against malaria is yielding results as the prevalence has dropped from 42% in 2010 to 27% in 2015. Speaking at the 2017 Best Malaria Content award night, the Minister who was represented by Dr Evelyn Ngige said that the 2017 malaria slogan ‘What is your role’ is an awakening call to everybody irrespective of their background, professional or social status. He explained that “our collaborative effort towards eliminating malaria are yielding positive results as findings from the 2015 Nigeria malaria indicator survey shows that Malaria Prevalence in Nigeria has dropped from 42% in

2010 to 27% in 2015.” The 2017 Best Malaria Content award night was part of the activities lined up for the world malaria day, the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) in collaboration with Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3). The award which ranges from TV, to radio programmes and song remixes saw Mary Alaye winning the “best Malaria TV programme” Zainab Ababa “best malaria song remix” and Nonye Nwokoye “best malaria Radio programmes” Other winners are Zainab Sagagi, Zulai Mohammed, Wale Adenuga productions, and Amaka Chukwu. Tuface Idibia, Rahama Sadau, Racheal Bakam, and many more celebrities were at the event.

Why I’m supporting VVF patients By Latifat Opoola @LatifatOpoola


hidinma Peace Mbanasor is a Nurse and reproductive health provider, a 2016

Social media ablaze over Banky, Adesua’s engagement By Simon E. Sunday @SimonEchewofun Celebrities from the entertainment industry have taken to social media to express their minds about Bankole Wellington; (Banky W) engagement to Nollywood actress, Adesua Etomi. Ace actor, Richard Mofe-Damijo popularly called RMD who played the role of Banky’s father in the blockbuster movie ‘The Wedding Party,’ joined the array of celebrities to congratulate the duo. RMD on his Instagram handle, Mofedamijo felicitated with the duo as he wrote: “my babies, your love brings happiness to my spirit and tears of joy to my heart…” Nollywood veteran, Sola Sobowale who played the role of Adesua’s mother in the movie on her Instagram handle, solasobowale described Banky W as the sweetest, kindest and honest person who is determine and knows what he wants in life. Jude Okoye, a brother to PSquare on his Twitter handle @judeengee also congratulated Banky W, “Wow, congrats bro, I still never believe sha till I see wedding IV and asoebi,” he said. TV personality, Mo Abdul expressed her joy via @ moabdul. “Dear Adesua and Banky, I am so happy for you. You guys are truly made for each other. Congratulations on your engagement,” she wrote, a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed.

Mandela Washington Fellow and the initiator of Chidinma Peace Mbanasor Initiative. During her youth service year, she worked at the National Obstetric Fistula Centre, Abakaliki, in Ebonyi State where she discovered more than half of victims of Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) always come back for repair after they have been treated and she sought why? “During my NYSC year, I discovered over 70 per cent patients of Vesico-Viginal Fistula (VVF) would always come back with the same problem after repair and I wondered what the problem was. Was it the repair that is faulty or from the patients part, and if it is actually from the patients what is it that they do that always brings them back,” said Chidinma. The masters student of University of Nigeria, Nsukka

began strategizing on how to help these patients earn a living from little life skills without stressing or straining themselves. So in 2015 with the support of the hospital management, she organized the pilot phase of the training where 79 women were trained. 68 of them were VVF survivors and the rest were junior staff of the hospital with the vision for them to be self-reliant economically.” Her second training last month was with support from the hospital and the Public Affairs section of US consulate General in Lagos, she said. “80 women were trained, we took a couple of women we trained from the first training, to facilitate this second phase,” Chidinma said. She hopes to conduct the next training in June and expanding it to states Plateau, among others.

Plateau designers stage first fashion show From Lami Sadiq, Jos Fifteen designers all based in Plateau State on workers’ day, staged the State’s first fashion show which attracted top fashionistas from around the State and environs. Some of the home based designers that participated in the 2017 Plateau Fashion show include Thread by Kwete, Grammon 24, DelAfrica, Mef fashion, S-Prestige and others. The event which took place at the crest hotel in Jos showcased designs mostly from Ankara and other fabrics for male and female. The show also showcased various artists and comedians from Plateau and other parts of the country iincluding Favour, Muda, Valentine, and AB-Wonder who trilled the audience with musical songs, dance and jokes. The designers; four male and 11 ffemale were motivated by Pastors JJamimah Mbaya and Margaret Inusa w who sponsored the event. Pastor M Margaret urged the designers and other youth to follow their passion adding that, “it doesn’t matter what yyou studied in the university, it is all about what you are passionate

about. Plateau State has been quiet in the area of fashion and I am glad this is taking place.” On her part, Pastor Jamimah, also a fashion designer thanked the designers for using her fabrics in one of their displays. One of the designers, Patience Audiel Agbese, the CEO of Thread by Kwete said she and three others will be participating in a fashion show in g g Lagos this month. Agbese

said though she studied Theatre Arts at the University of Jos, she went into the fashion line in 2014 after she trained in a six month beginners’ course at a fashion school in Jos. She said she has always loved fashion, and is drawn to making designs that Africans can readily wear instead of importing adding that; “I also learn a lot from books, instagram and lots more and hope to g go to a fashion school in Paris.”

 A model for ‘Thread by Kwete’ fashion outfit

Forty is old age of youth. Fifty the youth th off old ld age – Vi Victor t H Hugo

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