Felicitators and participants after the summit

A 300-level student in the Department of Business Administration, College of Management Sciences (COLMAS), Miss Oluwatobi Adesina, in collaboration with other students in the University recently held a Business Excellence Summit, “Start-Up: A Key To Sustainable Impact”.

The team members include: Festus Akinfenwa, Eno Dan, Folasade Olabisi and Funmi Olaoye; all from COLMAS. Others are: Michael Ojediran and Babatunde Asiwaju, College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM); Shemuel Olawoyin, College of Plant Science and Crop Production (COLPLANT); Idris Sanni, College of Veterinary Medicine (COLVET); Francis Iyere, College of Animal Science and Livestock Production (COLANIM); Oluwalaanumi Ayorinde, College of Food Science and Human Ecology (COLFHEC); Tolulope Ogundare, College of Engineering (COLENG); and Roliat Elemere, College of Biological Sciences (COLBIOS).

Delivering a keynote speech titled, “The Entrepreneur in You”, which was targeted at the development of youths on entrepreneurial skills in tertiary institutions, the Director, Consultancy Services, Lead City University (LCU), Ibadan, Professor Olajumoke Familoni, admonished the participants to love what they do best and carry out research in such fields with great passion. She noted that the seminar’s aim was to lighten-up dormant business ideas and encourage entrepreneurship mindset among the youths.

The chairman of the occasion and the Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CENTS) of FUNAAB, Professor Adewale Dipeolu, admonished the participants to watch out for opportunities on entrepreneurship, which abound everywhere, adding that they should look ahead for such as there are no boundaries to it. The Don, who specialises in Production Economics, Marketing and Consumer Economics, advised the students to look inward, think hard and look up to God.

The students’ Staff Adviser, Dr. Elizabeth Oluwalana, of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Farm Management (AE&FM), College of Agricultural Management and Rural Development (COLAMRUD), encouraged the participants to venture into Agribusiness, saying that many opportunities exist in the area, especially during a time the nation was witnessing economic recession. She charged the participants to be innovative by adding value to agricultural produce, noting that this would reduce wastage during glut, create wealth and reduce poverty.

Highpoint of the event, which had over 300 participants within and outside of the University, was the presentation of awards of excellence to the keynote speaker, facilitators as well as the donation of over 50 copies of a book titled, “Key Traits of a Successful Leader/Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurial Workbook”, authored by Professor Familoni, to participants. There was also an exhibition and the display of value-added herbal products and fabric bags with their accessories.

Present at the event were: Dr. Bolatito Ikenweiwe of the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, COLERM; Mr. Tomisin Oyewole, Department of Economics, COLMAS; Mr. Adewale Adesina, Chief Executive Officer, Ebenezer Animal Affairs, Lagos; Mr. Babajide Ogunleye, CEO, Denaro Properties Limited, Lagos; Mr. Adewale Salami, Marketing Insight Manager, MTN Nigeria, Mr. Femi Akinbola of Fastcash, Lagos and Mr. Adesola Adepegba.