Members of Salimo-Wits leadership club gathered on Saturday 30th November, 2019 for a one day entrepreneurial and skill acquisition training program tagged: “Inside Out” for youths in Ijegemo community, Alimosho LGA of Lagos State. The training focused on simple fashion design and beauty crafts, cosmetology and cleaning products business.

The first training session on entrepreneurship was facilitated by a social entrepreneur Mrs. Treasures Uneagbu. She defined entrepreneurship as the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which is often initially a small business. She described an entrepreneur as a person who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to make money.

She outlined the four types of entrepreneurship as entrepreneurial organizations; small businesses, scalable startups, large companies and social entrepreneurs. In the words of the speaker, “entrepreneurs are the drivers of the economy of any nation, because they are inventors who invents ideas that translates to products and services to meet human needs.” The speaker enumerated on the importance of entrepreneurship. She charged the youths to become solutions providers and problem solvers. She concluded her session with these words: “Take personal responsibility for your life and who are becoming. What your future will look like is up to you. Shun social vices that will be inimical to your dreams and success in life. Aspire to impact your nation and world.”

The second training session was facilitated by a seasoned psychologist, Olugbenga Coker. He defined drug abuse as the indiscriminate and harmful use of psychoactive substances by self-administration for non- medical purposes such that the physical, mental, emotional and social state of the user is adversely affected. The speaker identified inaccurate Information about dangers of drugs, lack of parental supervision and family background, prevalence of drugs in the community, peer influence and curiosity as some of the reasons why young people abuse drugs. He mentioned truancy and loss of Interest in school work, health-related Problems, criminal activity, violence and lawlessness as some of the consequences of drug abuse. He ended his session by advising the participants to avoid negative peer pressure, choose their friends wisely and lead a life free of drugs and violence.

High point of the event was the training of the participants on various cosmetology and cleaning products such as soap and perfume making, simple fashion design and beauty crafts such as fascinators amongst others. The one-day event was rounded off by 6:45 pm with group photographs. Salimo-Wits Leadership Club (SWLC) training is powered by SALIMO-WITS FOUNDATION, a not-for-profit organization that seeks to build leaders and berth change with global impact.

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