ABOUT RISE NETWORKS
In a country like ours where the present youthful population [millennials] are only fixated on white collar jobs that are virtually non-existent, some are already positioning themselves to be a part of the bigger picture. This people have taken the first baby steps towards laying the right foundation for the dream that will define the world’s development and secure the future.
These people have gone past merely mouthing the “Future of Tomorrow” maxim, which by the way has become hypnotic in effect; slung by politicians, motivational speakers and life coaches alike. These people have decided not to merely swim in life’s current but dictate the tides!
I learnt what it takes to be empowered. The speakers took turns to educate us on the need for us to build our capacity. I came out a better person than I went in. Thanks to the RISE Team.
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RNYF is a game changer. In 2010, I had the honour of volunteering for the Akure session. That was a clear beginning of transformation in my life. After my encounter with RNYF, my business grew exponentially, got on several media platforms, got nominated for the Future Awards prize in Agriculture, won the title of Nigeria’s Champion for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards, and many other significant things. Today, I am proud to be associated with the growth and progress of RISE and will do everything to inspire other young people that I come across.
I was privileged to know about RISE when they came to Kaduna in October 2010 for the RISE NATIONAL YOUTH FORUM event usually done nationwide. Since that encounter, I was really surprised that here in Nigeria we have such an organization wheeled at impacting the lives of Nigerian Youths through Technology, Education, Management Skills, Motivational Messages and Books, Media e.t.c. I wanted to be a part of the mission and vision so I ensured I got the opportunity to meet with Toyosi and was blessed and I ended up becoming a volunteer rep in Kaduna. I fortunately spearheaded the #BringBackTheBook initiative in NTA KADUNA which touched so many lives here in Kaduna and a great success nationwide.
The Rise National Youth Forum which was brought to my school by Rise Networks taught me how to be a personal enterprise, how to start my own business and the importance of Mentorship.
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When I learnt that RISE Networks was coming to town, I knew I had to be there. I was inspired by the story of Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu. I have started my small business as a livestock farmer. Thanks RISE Networks for looking out for Nigerian Youths
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Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen’s story was the high point of that memorable event for me. I was touched and inspired by his experience in the Movie Industry. Thank you RISE Networks for such a wonderful experience. Skill is Definitely King.
RNYF 6 (BENIN SESSION)
Thank you RISE Networks for inspiring me to be an Entrepreneur. I won’t have been able to achieve this if you had not visited my school. Thanks to the inspiring lecture from Bankole of TechCabal.
RNYF 6 (EKITI SESSION)
My journey to becoming an entrepreneur started in 2009 when I attended the Benin Session of the Annual Rise National Youth Forum where I met with the Founder of Rise Networks.
Having communicated and noticed some outstanding qualities in the young leader, I was inspired by her testimony and decided to focus on my dreams and like they say…. THE REST IS HISTORY.
My participation since 2008 in the annual RISE NATIONAL YOUTH FORUM has greatly impacted on my life and career goals. For me, it was beyond attending the event as I enjoyed the privilege to serve on the team with other promising young people and volunteers in ensuring the success of the Youth Forum in various states in Nigeria. Working on the 2008 and 2009 RNYF Team Inspired me and gave me the courage to champion the first Lagos State Teens and School Leavers Summit which was held on the 12th of December, 2009 at the Faculty of Education, University of Lagos. This Milestone as a teenager in 2009 and my subsequent editions of the RNYF has helped me to attain greater feats and given me the tool to create the life of my dream today as an emerging Global Social Entrepreneur.
The RNYF is and always has been for me a great opportunity to serve and contribute to youth development in Nigeria. Been a volunteer leader for such a long time, in Lagos and other states of Nigeria where this great movement has been to, presented me with the unique experience of working with a Sister and Mentor, Toyosi Akerele as well as the hundreds of young volunteers i met and worked with over those years. If time and chance permits me again, i won’t hesitate to be a part of the family again.