The narrative of the average Nigerian youth is one hounded by unemployment or under-employment as a result of less job opportunities for the ever increasing youth population, as well as minimal access to opportunities or poor availability of developmental resources to boost socio-economic empowerment.
The resultant effect of this reality is increase in crime rates, fraudulent activities, terrorism and general community retrogression in summary.
However, these challenges viewed through the right lens also present opportunities that if better harnessed can gradually and ultimately benefit the youth in terms of empowerment, as well as the nation at large.
Hence, we are Geared Up!
OBJECTIVE: To progressively change the average Nigerian youth narrative, through the creation of a viable platform to attract the right investor interest or entrepreneurial support by employing media and digital tools as well as fostering ideal collaborations for sustainability and overall socio-economic empowerment of our target beneficiaries.
PROJECT GOALS: As a roll-out, the Geared Up! Project hopes to achieve the following:
Activate or access funding for 5+ viable businesses or ideas with clear capacity for sizeable job creation and revenue generation
Attract positive attention for Nigerian youth entrepreneurial endeavors as well as existing challenges and opportunities
Stir up interest amongst Nigerian youths for progressive and positive engagement
Facilitate ideal collaborations and networking opportunities
ADVISORY BOARD: A versatile combination of prestigious personalities with wide expertise across several sectors and continents make up our advisory board, in order to ensure ideal implementation of the Geared Up! Initiative to achieve set goals and objectives.
Emmy award-winning former CNN correspondent and anchor, Gina London is an internationally recognized communications expert, author and keynote speaker with a predominantly Fortune 500 client-base including SAP, McKesson, Heineken, Deloitte, Daimler and the US Department of State.
She has facilitated or compered hundreds of events with high profile speakers including Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford, Jr; Huffington Post CEO Jared Grusd and Nobel Peace Prize winners Oscar Arias and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. In a more humanitarian role, Gina has also worked with the first Iraqi women running for Parliament, women’s civil rights leaders in the Persian Gulf, and issues activists in Ghana, Egypt, Tunisia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Macedonia and Romania.
Gina has extensive experience working with professionals in Nigeria. Over the past three years, she has traveled to Lagos, Abuja, Benin City and Port Harcourt to lead training sessions for hundreds of business professionals in a variety of industries such as human resources, sales and government affairs. She has facilitated and delivered key note addresses in conferences throughout the country as well.
Currently based in Ireland, Gina is a regular media analyst on Irish radio and TV as well as writes a weekly business column for the largest newspaper in the country, The Sunday Independent titled, “The Communicator”. She has also featured in a wide range of global media outlets including (Italy): Le Notizie; La Repubblica (Nigeria): The Nation, Your View, TVC, Channels TV; (Romania): In Business Today; (Egypt): The Rose; (UK); BBC; (US): CNN, Fox News, The Orlando Sentinel, The Denver Post, and Fast Company.
Barr. Mrs. Olangwa Ezekwu, Special Adviser to the Enugu State Governor on Diaspora and Special Projects is a distinguished lawyer with specialty in International Law (L.L.M) from Howard University Washington D.C United States of America.
A United States certified lawyer with practice expertise at law firms such as Arnold & Porter as well as Crowell & Moring, she is a Managing Partner at Ezekwu Law Firm alongside her consulting business – Olan Image LTD.
Passionate and committed to community development, Olangwa since her return to Nigeria has spear-headed and managed several socio-economic empowerment initiatives alongside several Non-Governmental Agencies to assist the underprivileged in Nigeria.
Combining her expertise and passion, she served as the Chief Executive Officer, Ovie Brume Foundation, a Non-Governmental Agency which catered to providing Free Educational Programmes to Children in Public Schools after School hours, where through her zeal successfully activated fund raising for key projects, as well as the establishment of an American Corner at the Ovie Brume Center in Lagos.
Dynamic, versatile and highly principled, Barr. Olangwa, via her current portfolio is focused on promoting the potentials of Enugu state and its people, while fostering socio-economic development opportunities via collaborations between Enugu state government and her indigenes in the Diaspora.
Mr. Kayode Olatuyi is the Lead Mentor at Career Mentors Nigeria and a Mentor on the YouWin! and Tony Elumelu Foundation for Entrepreneurship. He is a Mentor to many business start-ups in many African countries and in the UK.
Kayode is a master at bringing people to see the not so obvious reasons which could and always seem to galvanize them to do more, achieve more and be more. He creates the awareness necessary for people to recognize their talents and inspires them to take maximum benefits from their talents and experiences. While at it, he exposes them to what is possible; and beyond that, he Mentors them to find the motivation necessary for taking their chances.
Trained at the prestigious Coaching Academy, United Kingdom, he is the pioneer CEO of Motivation House (UK) Ltd and author of Career Planning Toolkit for Graduates (DVD) and a workbook – MARKET YOURSELF SHAMELESSLY! He is a regular contributor to many self-development and socio-political newsletters.
He is the founder of www.CareerMentorsng.com which is designed to deliver workplace and personal learning solutions that enhances individual and organizational performance, effectiveness and transformation.
PROJECT TEAM: Geared Up! A Visionary Impact Netwox initiative, is powered by an alliance of enterprising and skilled youths with expertise in various fields, passionate about changing the status quo…
Cynthia Asoegwu, is a zoology graduate turned creative-techpreneur. She is the Founder and Project Director of Visionary Impact Netwox, (visionaryimpactnetwox.com) an empowerment and business support social enterprise.
As a development enthusiast, Cynthia has garnered over 5years of experience working across various sectors such as media, agriculture, creative industry, telecoms and the social sector, where she has been involved in the development and activation of impact-focused initiatives.
A World Economic Forum – Global Shaper, she is the founder and community lead manager of 234Central.com – an online collaborative skills and business social network for Nigerian youths, amongst many other socio-economic empowerment initiatives.
A certified Google Digital Business Manager and currently undergoing a Masters Program in Business Psychology, her ultimate career goal is to become a Global Development Consultant.
A Master’s degree holder from the University of Liverpool, UK. His objective is to become an accessible indigenous Information Technology (IT) knowledge provider in Nigeria, thus has been involved in many projects ranging from the Usmanu Danfodiyo Teaching Hospital (Sokoto State) Point of Sales system, Lagos State Waste Management Agency billing software on behalf of Alpha Consortium, Yenogoa General Hospital (Bayelsa State) Point of Sales System in connection with e-tranzact, amongst others.
Cynthia ‘MystiqueSyn’ Osuchukwu , Creative Lead – Syncity NG, (www.syncityng.com) | is a storyteller, public speaker, on-air personality, creative director, literary enthusiast and entrepreneur. She is an ardent lover of literature and movies. During the day, she is the creative director of 25pointzero; Nigeria’s premier female-led digital agency but at night, she resorts to blogging and confidential online therapy for troubled souls. She is a script writer, a freelance writer and a contributor to several blogs. Her poems, short stories, scripts and articles have appeared on her blog syncityng.com and in various local and international journals with various translations in Igbo, Pidgin and Spanish.
In conjunction with a partner, she holds an annual writing competition for writers on social media with the media support of her two-time International award winning story blog, Syncity NG. She is a mentor to young adults who need to find their career path and purpose. At the moment and in conjunction with 25pointzero, she is working on a start-up dedicated to preserving African stories and improving literacy among Africans. The startup was a finalist in the Strive Masiyiwa ‘Your Turn’ contest, the Next Titan Season 4 Entrepreneurship Reality TV show and was also shortlisted for the Accelerate Labs incubation program powered by Microsoft.
Timi Olagunju, Legal Counsel, Partner – Groundswell Consulting | is a technology lawyer (specializing in Cyberspace and Artificial Intelligence law) with deep experience in drafting legal documents, negotiating complex arrangements, and providing policy direction for technology businesses, policymakers, and government institutions. As Partner, Groundswell Consulting, he provides legal, business, and training support to individuals and business in Nigeria, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
He is the co-founder, Youths in Motion (YIM), which operates actively in Nigeria, Liberia, and New York, as a movement focused on promoting institutional opportunities for young people across Africa and in the diaspora, especially as regards leveraging technology.
He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), a member of the International Association of Information Technology Lawyers (IAITL) with endorsement from the World Intellectual Property Organization, a fellow of the Presidential Precinct, the youngest advisory Board member of the Africa Oil and Gas Association (AOGA), a founding member of Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) – West Africa, and a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow.
Blessing Ayenajah Akumishi, is a business development enthusiast with educational background in Information and Media Technology.
Creative, Witty and Innovative, she is passionate about everything tech, music and youth development through mindset re-engineering.