This week, our spotlight is on Ogechi Ofurum-Omeike.
Ogechi is the founder and CEO of Techie and Savvy and the convener of the Future Business Leaders Conference.
She is responsible for steering the organization towards enviable heights by initiating and executing innovative ideas to drive business growth, profitability, continuity and providing strategic direction and leadership.
She is an alumna of Upper Iowa University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and Afe Babalola University where she was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters of Science in Communication (Distinction) degrees respectively.
Prior to founding Techie and Savvy, she had worked in various organizations in the Education Sector, rising from the position of a class as Teacher and Sectional Head Teacher in Silversands Hall School to a short stint at Mindscapes Children’s Museum as the Program Coordinator.
Also, she worked at ActivEdge Technologies Limited as the Marketing and Communication Manager where she collaborated with international brands such as IBM, VMware, HP, F5 and SmartStream in positioning and creating brand visibility for their respective product portfolio in the Nigerian market.
Her areas of strength include Teaching, Content Development, Program Management, Brand Management, Marketing and Communications.
She Facilities several Techie and Savvy training sessions in Entrepreneurship, Business Development and Public Speaking.
In January, we trained about 120 primary school Pupils in Lagos on Entr5eprenuership via the platform of The Future Business Leaders Conference. In less than a year of existence, we have secured relationship and established an Entrepreneurship with over 20 schools in Lagos.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS:
Techie & Savvy is a Social Enterprise in Nigeria; primarily focused on capacity building for children aged 5 to 16years.We are committed to developing and empowering young minds to become Entrepreneurial and consequently, Future Business Leaders. To achieve the aforementioned, we are collaborating with Parents, Schools, Companies, NGOs, Governments, and Individuals to empower the younger generation. This means that when children that have interfaced with us find themselves in situations where they are unemployed, they wouldn’t succumb to self-pity rather, they are able to use the skills learned to create new opportunities for themselves, start their own businesses, generate work and subsequently become employers of labor. To achieve the aforementioned we have established the following platforms:
School Entrepreneurship Club, Cost Effective Training (Entrepreneurship, Business Management, Financial Literacy, and Digital Literacy) and Conferences.
WHY DID YOU BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
The need to make an impact and create value spurred me to become an Entrepreneur.
WHAT ARE YOUR MAJOR SUCCESS STORIES SO FAR?
We have been able to achieve most of the targets. In less than one year, we have secured a relationship with over 20 Primary Schools on the Lekki/Ajah axis. By this, I mean we have over 20 schools that have signed up to our Entrepreneurship Club Program. We have exposed over 200 pupils within the aforementioned time frame to business and vocational skills. We also started a program called the Future Business Leaders Conference in January 2019. The conference is slated to be an annual program aimed at creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset in children. The program reached about 120 primary school pupils from 20 schools in Lagos State.
WHAT CHALLENGES ARE YOU CURRENTLY FACING AS A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR?
Well, there are challenges that exist as an Entrepreneur in Nigeria. However, I haven’t faced any challenge that is primarily because of my gender. Most likely because the workforce in Nigeria’s Education Industry are predominantly women.
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