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S012: How to Raise Nigerian Kids to be Entrepreneurs – with Edeh Efua

October 19, 2016
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S012: How to Raise Nigerian Kids to be Entrepreneurs – with Edeh Efua

In this episode, Efua Edeh, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), talks about how we can raise Nigerian kids be entrepreneurs. She also sheds more light into how her JAN is leading this cause in Nigeria.

In this episode, you will learn

  • why she left a promising career in Biochemistry for the NGO sector,
  • how Nigerian kid entrepreneurs think,
  • how Junior Achievement Nigeria is creatively building an army of kid entrepreneurs across Nigeria,
  • how entrepreneurs can raise Nigerian kids to be entrepreneurs, and
  • how parents can help their kids build an entrepreneurial spirit from the start.

How I dropped a Career in Biochemistry to Work with NGOs

First of all, Efua Edeh narrates her academic journey in this podcast; describing how she switched to Biochemistry from Pre-Med. She got accepted into medical school but decided to focus instead on a career she was building unknowingly.

About Junior Achievement Nigeria

Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), a member of Junior Achievement Worldwide aims to empower Nigerian kids in the areas of entrepreneurship and financial management. The organization also help young individuals build their careers with key pillars in Entrepreneurship, Work Readiness and Financial Literacy. As a matter of fact, JAN has reached over 600,000 youths over the past 17 years and hopes to reach a million people by 2020.

In this podcast, Edeh tells us more about how the organization is impacting the lives of thousands of Nigerian kids and youths every day. Listen/Download this podcast to find out more.

Nigerian Kids and Money

Furthermore, Efua outlines the importance of teaching students financial literacy very early especially in primary and junior secondary schools. In this podcast, she tells why Nigerian kids would benefit from this process and how it would put them on a strong foothold of their future careers.

The Parents’ Role

Efua explains why it is important that parents are actively involved in helping their kids to be creative and innovative and why they must support them through this phase. She suggests how parents can do this and the things parents must pay attention to, to make the process fruitful. She explains how JAN works with kids and help them learn from mistakes. Listen Now.

Nigerian Kid Entrepreneurs Speak

A young student from Port Harcourt narrates her memorable moments with JAN and how the organization is helping her achieve her goals. Listen to her recount her story with so much excitement.

kidpreneurs

Winners of the National Company of the Year Program, JA Nigeria with Edeh Efua.

Conclusion

Frederrick Doughlas, an American Social reformer, summaries this cause in this quote,

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

At Swiych, we interpreted the quote saying

“It is easier to raise kids as entrepreneurs than to teach adults the basic things of money”.

There is a lot we (parents, teachers, entrepreneurs and enthusiast) can do to raise Nigerian kids as entrepreneurs. This podcast shows you a very effective way of doing that.

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About Swiych

Swiych is Podlobe’s interview based channel focused on bringing you entrepreneurs, business owners, and enthusiasts, whose experience you can learn from. Hosted by Samuel Adeoye (a.k.a Se7en), Swiych is a 10-15 minute weekly podcast show.



Today's Guest

Efeh Edeh leads the Nigerian base of Junior Achievement, the oldest economic nonprofit organization in the world that empowers kids in entrepreneurship and financial management. A graduate of BSc. Chemistry, Saint Xavier University in 2003, she left her role as the Director of Outreach, Advance Illinois, United States of America to come contribute her quota in building the Nation.

Episode Takeaways

In this episode, you will learn

  • why she left a promising career in Biochemistry for the NGO sector,
  • how Nigerian kid entrepreneurs think,
  • how Junior Achievement Nigeria is creatively building an army of kid entrepreneurs across Nigeria,
  • how entrepreneurs can raise Nigerian kids to be entrepreneurs, and
  • how parents can help their kids build an entrepreneurial spirit from the start.
  • Teaching kids about entrepreneurship can be compared with grooming kids in sports. The likes of Michael Phelps and the Lightning Bolt are products of early age grooming. With this, JAN’s philosophy about getting kids aware of entrepreneurial opportunities is right on the money. In addition to the business part, listening to the runner up for the National Company of the Year Competition, it is clear that this pathway also provides a platform for kids to learn leadership skills. Nigeria surely needs leaders with entrepreneurial sense.

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