2023 Session 25 Report – Raising Entrepreneurs

  • Date: 22nd July 2023
  • Venue: Former Caravan 4, Aja-Pessu (Pessu Town), Warri
  • Total Attendees: 76
  • Volunteers Present: 5
  • Time: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm


The 2023 Session 25 of the Itsekiri NextGen Project focused on the theme “Raising Entrepreneurs.” The aim of the session was to instil an entrepreneurial mindset among the young participants, encouraging them to seek solutions to problems and explore opportunities to create their businesses.

Session Details:

The session commenced with 76 eager participants settling down at the venue, and the opening prayer was led by Tosan Okandeji, followed by the singing of the Itsekiri anthem. Emmanuel Egbe provided a brief recap of the previous movie day, discussing the movie’s title, the main character, and key morals derived from it.

  • Mr Misan Ereku explaining a point to a participant

Facilitator Mr Temisan Ereku, a seasoned entrepreneur, then took the stage to lead the session on “Raising Entrepreneurs.” He began by engaging the participants in a discussion about their understanding of entrepreneurship. The facilitator emphasized the importance of identifying problems or needs in the community as the basis for entrepreneurial ventures.

Drawing from his own experience, Mr Ereku shared how he recognized the demand for cold water in his neighbourhood and started a business selling it, later adding cold minerals to increase profits. He encouraged the participants to observe their surroundings and identify similar opportunities for business ideas. This prompted some attendees to propose various creative entrepreneurial ideas, including offering cooking services to busy individuals, providing janitorial and laundry services, and selling affordable call vouchers.

Workshop Activities:

The facilitator was impressed with the participants’ enthusiasm and encouraged them to explore their ideas further. To enhance their understanding, the participants were divided into different teams, each assigned a specific entrepreneurial task:

  1. Team Olu Ikenwoli: Assigned the task of developing a laundry service model that incorporates technology to improve customer experience.
  2. Team Olu Atuwatse II: Challenged to explore ways of generating income by promoting environmental cleanliness and sustainability.
  3. Team Olu Ginuwa II: Given the task of devising a solution for securing accommodations without relying on house agents.
  4. Team Olu Erejuwa II: Tasked with exploring the use of technology to optimize order tracking and logistics for goods.


The “Raising Entrepreneurs” session proved to be engaging and insightful, with the young participants displaying remarkable creativity and problem-solving skills. Mr. Temisan Ereku’s guidance and interactive activities left the attendees inspired and motivated to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations.

Volunteers Debi Amadedon, Emmanuel Egbe, Jolomi Tedeye, Roselyn Ugbeyi, and Weyinmi Igbineweka played vital roles in ensuring the success of the session. Additionally, books were distributed to the participants in preparation for the upcoming book review session.

Overall, the Itsekiri NextGen Project continues to make a positive impact in shaping the minds of young individuals towards entrepreneurship and self-reliance.

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