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Friday, January 5, 2018


It is another year and it is time for the Nigerian youth to rise to becoming a job creator. The Daily Trust YOUTHVILLE brings you some cool ideas that could turn into money spinning tool. By Simon E. Sunday @SimonEchewofun, Victoria Bamas @Sinach360, Latifat Opoola @LatifatOpoola & Eseohe Ebhota @EbhotaEseohe


igital photography The impact and place of social media in our daily lives cannot be overstated as such it is not just enough now for people to take photographs and keep the hard copies. People want to have digital copies they will share on social media, as such the need for creativity comes in, in the past celebrities are the ones that employ services of creative photographers but now people need their services for pre-wedding shoot, birthdays shoots, graduation shoots, even online stores needs to take photographs of their products. Itoro Ita, an undergraduate and photographer in Jos town, Plateau state spoke about how he would be improving his photo-business this year. “As most aspiring photographers, the goal is to be better. And to be better, one needs to step up if not overmuch, at least a little. So I may not as yet be planning on some mega photo studio or something, but I'm sure expecting to boost my freelance photography with some handy gadgets. “I need to buy an additional lens hopefully before the year runs out and I need additional lightings. I should be able to attain these this year, and if I do, I know my job quality would be more lit,” Itoro said. The photographer expects to have more customers and paying ones indeed in this year. “I also expect more customers who are willing to call and most importantly pay for my services. At least, before the year runs out, I'd like to see myself in the top 10 best photographers in Jos,” he revealed his ambitions. Graphic designing The social media has become or is becoming parcel of our daily lives as such new jobs are created or redefined. One of such jobs is for the Graphic

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How you can be gainfully engaged this year! designers. There are many opportunities this year for people with such skills because it is the year before election. Politicians will employ the services of graphic designers to create, images, charts, graphs etc that will be shared on social media. In addition there is an increasing number of companies with social media presence they will also need such skills to market their services and product. Social media engagement This is a job opportunity that comes with the millennial. Organisations with online presence need social media savvy persons to manage their account so also government agencies, celebrities, politicians, religious bodies and many more, coupled with the fact that 2018 is the year for election preparation and world leaders have taken to social media to send out messages as such opportunities abound. Web developers Aside from having a social media presence having a website be it for business, government, personality, ideas, movement etc is becoming the order of the day as such opportunities abound for such skills. Clothing line The clothing business is one that never runs out of style. Youth are encouraged to try their hands on it this year and watch the success unfold. The CEO of Velcroz Designs, Usman Abdulmeed told our reporter about his hopes for the business. He expects that the federal government will complete key railway lines to ease logistic and improve power supply to boost local raw material processing. There are other opportunities you can dive in this year. Some of them include; TEF $10,000 programme The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has opened its portal for the 2018 Entrepreneurship Programme that provides $10,000 seed capital for participants after a 12 week training programme. The foundation announced this on its website and across several newspapers, calling on eligible entrepreneurs to apply to the programme from January 1, 2018. Launched in 2015, The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEFEP) has a 10 year commitment worth $100 million to identify and empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs, create one million jobs, and add $10 billion in revenues to

Africa’s economy, it said. This year’s application marks the fourth cycle of the programme as the Foundation said outstanding African entrepreneurs who have start-ups or business ideas with the potential to grow are encouraged to apply. The programme is anchored on seven pillars that include providing start-up enterprise toolkit through a 12-week programme; a non-returnable seed capital of $10,000 paid in two tranches to enhance business operation, and the TEF Alumni Network where one becomes a member after completing the 12-week training programme. It directed applicants to its application portal where they will complete the form by answering a series of mandatory questions and uploading additional documents and identification materials. The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) 2018 The programme was launched by the United States Government to train the next generation of African Leaders who will shape the future of African business and e n t re p re n e u r s h i p, civil society leadership, and public sector management. The YALI Regional Leadership Centre (RLC)) n West Africa in Accra, Ghana is offering an innovative and game changing O n l i n e Emerging L e a d e r s training programme for youth. T h e programme is hosted na Institute of by the Ghana Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) for youth between age 18 and 35 from Nigeria and Ghana. Nigerian youth are encouraged to apply to this as it is open till January 19, 2018. Speaking generally on what is expected to boost businesses for the Nigerian youth, the Co-

Founder of Perspective Changers, Ojo Oluwafemi Daniel, said he hopes to see that Small and Medium scale Enterprises (SME) owners are equipped with more knowledge based trainings so that they can fully understand the various businesses they run. "Without full detailed knowledge our SME's won't get it right in 2018 which will still pose a serious threat to our economic development," he said. He also called for unbiased funding opportunities which he said must be readily available for SME's. "If our SME's are knowledgeable and get enough funding or investors at least it will give rise to job opportunities to creative Young minds out there as well as raising the standard of living," Ojo said.

Youth cautioned on choice of mentors From Emma Elekwa, Awka Youths in Anambra State have been warned to be wary in their choice of people they look upto as mentors. Speaking during the 2nd National Youth Convention of Umueze Youth Council (UYC) to mark this year’s summit, Col Osita Okoye, a guest lecturer, noted that most of those who

come home to display stupendous wealth are of questionable integrity. He described them as jobless people who ran into sudden wealth, and as such try to use it to garner acceptability in the society through irrational spending. He said, “In this Isuofia, there are only few people who you can take as your role model. People like Soludo (former

CBN governor) who worked hard to climb the ladder of life. Another speaker, Mr Uchenna Obiakor charged the youth on the need to be steadfast in their aspiration and study studiously. He said that only hard work can guarantee success. He charged the youths to understudy those who are in the profession they have flair for, and use them as role

models and not just anyone who had cash to spend. “The real successful people we have in this community do not spend their money the way these other poor people who pose as rich men do. While the successful man has 10 million and is afraid of spending a million, these other people spend the only million they have, just to impress others,” he explained.

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26 Banky W, Adesua’s wedding documentary airs on Africa Magic By Simon E. Sunday @SimonEchewofun


documentary on the celebrity wedding between R & B Singer Banky W and Actress Adesua Etomi is set to hit TV screens on Africa Magic channel on Jan. 6. According to the official trailer released by Africa Magic, the documentary titled “The Wellingtons”, showed the couple sharing details on why they chose to share their special day with the world. Africa Magic is a collection of Pay TV entertainment channels that focus on African programming. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the marriage of the celebs caused a lot of frenzy on the internet with hashtag handle #BAAD2017.

Also, at the traditional wedding, TV P e r s o n a l i t y, Ebuka ObiUnchedu stole the show with his `one of a kind’ designed A g b a d a outfit. . Before their traditional marriage and white wedding in Nov 2017, the Nollywood sweet hearts starred in the blockbuster Nollywood romantic movie, ‘The Wedding Party 1’. They played the principal characters of a couple, Dunni (Adesua) and Dozie (Banky W) in the award-winning romantic comedy. Adesua reportedly became

the third most searched individual on Google Nigeria during the year. She starred in her first feature film, “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” in 2014. She also won the Best Actress in a Drama award at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for her role in the 2015 romantic drama `Falling’.

Adamawa govt. targets 6,000 youth for skills training By Simon E. Sunday @SimonEchewofun The governor of Adamawa state, Muhammadu Bindow said the government would offer skills training to about 6,000 youth across this year. Bindow told the youths at a New Year rally in Yola that the gesture was part of his campaign promise to eradicate poverty among the teeming

jobless youths in the state. The governor said: “In 2018, our administration is targeting additional 6,000 youth for various skills acquisition training that includes irrigation, carpentry and poultry among others. “The development is designed to reduce the poverty level of jobless youths and to improve their living condition through

direct small-scale entrepreneurship.’’ He stressed that the effort would also help to enhance peace and stability in the state. According to him, the state government is undertaking several developmental projects across the state to enhance the livelihood and economic wellbeing of the people Bindow listed some of the projects to include roads

construction in major towns in the state, the upgrading of six general hospitals, construction of primary and secondary schools among others. He added: “The government is making efforts to continue with its vibrant economic p r o g r a m m e s through sustainable a g r i c u l t u r a l development projects started in 2017.’’

Eating fish improves kids’ IQ scores and sleep — Study By Simon E. Sunday @SimonEchewofun Eating fish once or more a week improved sleep in children younger than 12, a study published last month in the journal Scientific Reports said. Frequent fish-eaters scored higher on Intelligent Quotient (IQ) tests than those who seldom or never ate fish, CNN reported. The study reported by CNN also said children who eat fish once a week or more sleep better and score g g on higher, on average,

IQ tests than children who never eat fish or do so less than once a week. Studies have shown a connection between omega3s -- essential fatty acids found in many types of fish, including salmon, sardines and tuna -- and improved intelligence and better sleep. For the new study, more than 500 Chinese children between the ages of 9 and 11 answered how often they’d had fish in the previous month, with options ranging from “never” to “at least once per week.” At age 12, the children c completed an IIQ test that sscored their v verbal and nonverbal sskills. Children w who said they ate fish weekly scored 4.8 p o i n t s higher on

the IQ tests than those who said they “seldom” or “never” ate fish. Because the children were young, the University of Pennsylvania researchers did not ask which fish they ate. “Sometimes” eaters of fish scored 3.3 points higher on IQ exams. Parents also answered questions about sleep quality. The children who ate more fish had fewer disturbances while sleeping, indicating better overall sleep quality. Follow CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter The researchers recommend incrementally adding fish to a child’s diet. “Children should be introduced to it early on,” said Jennifer Pinto-Martin, a co-author of the study and executive director of Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives. As long as the fish has no bones and has been finely chopped, children can begin eating it by around age 2.


New Year: Aisha Buhari tasks children on discipline, education By Latifat Opoola @LatifatOpoola The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has called on children in the country to be disciplined, respectful to parents and dedicated to their studies to become better citizens in life. Buhari made the call in her address at the Christmas and New Year Children’s Party on Monday in the state house, Abuja. “Children, be obedient to your parents and their teachings and honour them in all that you do. “Take your studies serious; when you go to school, learn and be diligent in your studies so that as you grow, you can become well groomed citizens. “However, we thank God for another new year and we pray that this year, 2018 will be the best year by the special grace of God. “We pray that it will be a year

of increased and abundant blessings for our nation by the grace of God,’’ she stressed. Buhari, who was represented by the wife of the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mrs Olu Mustapha appreciated the children for coming to the party. She noted that the ‘Future Assured’ programme was to see to the wellbeing of both children and women. The over 170 children in attendance at the party were from Abuja Children Homes, Mother Theresa Children Home, Ridwanullahi Ak’bar Children School. Others are children from Hope Survival Orphanage, Arch of Refuge Orphanage, WOTCLEF Children, Durumi IDP Camp Children, Destined Children Orphanage and Ark of Refuge Orphanage. The children engaged in dancing competitions and other games to enjoy themselves including bouncing castle and others.

Oshinowo wants youth creative clubs in LGAs By Latifat Opoola @LatifatOpoola A renowned visual artist, Mr Kolade Oshinowo, has advised the Federal Government to establish creative clubs in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, to make the youths self-reliant. Oshinowo, who gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, said that creative clubs would enable the youths to think deeply and explore their talents in arts. The artist said the clubs should be run by highly competent facilitators welltalented in arts, and should be well-paid by the government. He said that every youth should belong to the club, which should be split

into various groups like beading, painting, drawing, sculpturing, carving, tie and dye, batik and others. According to him, an individual will pick an aspect of the arts that he or she finds interesting, and once the beading group is done with the training, members can move to another group, like carving. Oshinowo said that the youths, by so doing, would have been versatile in virtually all the aspects of arts, and would have varieties of money- spinning ventures at their disposal. “At the end of the day, youth would not be stranded looking for white-collar jobs, as these clubs would assist them in discovering their talents early enough,” he said.

Justin Timberlake announces new single, album By Simon E. Sunday @SimonEchewofun Singer, Justin Timberlake has announced he will release a new album next month, his first studio album since 2013. Timberlake is set to debut the record’s first single, titled “Filthy,” on Friday at midnight ET. He said in a video announcing the new album that his son, wife and his home state of Tennessee were his biggest inspirations. “It’s personal,” Timberlake said. “Man of the Woods” will drop February 2, just two days before Timberlake takes the stage at the Super

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Bowl halftime show. The performance will mark Timberlake’s first return to the Super Bowl since 2004, the CNN reported.