After four successful outings in Owerri – Imo State, Umudike – Abia State, Benin – Edo State and Ado-Ekiti – Ekiti State, Rise Networks’ National Youth Forum continues in its crusade of encouraging young Nigerian Graduates to embrace The Blue Collar Campaign Initiative (Hands on Skills). This time, it’s Ijebu Ode’s turn as the NIGERIA BEYOND OIL drive makes its final stop at Ogun State.

Each year, only 40,000 out of the over 400,000 Nigerian graduates who pass out of the NYSC scheme get employment. Furthermore, only about 20 percent of the 40,000 graduates who get employed are in their desired place of work.

These are clear indications that the employment capacity of the country is inversely proportional to available job seekers. The employing capacities of multi-nationals and blue chip companies (which are the dreams of young job seeking graduates) that service hundreds of thousands of Nigerian Youth are relatively low.

As you may well know, RISE NETWORKS is an institution passionately dedicated to assisting Youth to express and achieve their highest feats in idea building, education advancement and wholesome human development.

After a much deserved hiatus taken to research and plan, the highly anticipated, national discourse on Nigeria’s Youth development blueprint, Rise National Youth Forum is finally back with this Season’s theme as NIGERIA BEYOND OIL; Strengthening Youth Entrepreneurship in the Next Most Productive Sectors), ENTERTAINMENT + AGRICULTURE + TECHNOLOGY – (EAT).

The highlight of the restructured Program is its Skill Oriented, Job Centered, Technology Driven approach with the view to train Participants on practical skills that will  empower them to earn money and create Jobs. This season’s event will feature very experienced, skilled, knowledgeable Entrepreneurs and dynamic Change Agents as Speakers entrepreneurs who will teach/train Participants and also prepare their minds to compete in the “soon would-be” next most productive sectors.




With the various successes recorded in our previous venues, we are even taking it further this time by introducing three more segments which are totally centered on showcasing the various abilities of the Nigerian youth.

These three new segments include:





The RNYF Students’ Debate will see Four articulate and well informed Students from different departments in your University slug it out presenting arguments for and against “The Importance of Skill Acquisition in addition to Tertiary Education”

This Students’ Debate will be centered on Unemployment and Job Creation and the perspectives shared by the Debaters, Mentors and Participants in the audience will be used as feedback to influence policy within Government and Private Sector.

This segment of the program is poised to help University graduates see the need to be versatile in their Career choices and move from being job seekers to becoming the best choices for Employers or ultimately Entrepreneurs. Any Interested Student who will like to participate in this Debate should send his/her name, department, level and a short essay of not more than 200 words describing him/herself via Sms to 0706797667, 07060545018 or email to by or before midnight, 27th May 2014.


This segment allows the participants to engage and listen to existing young entrepreneurs who run skill oriented Businesses and are making successes of their Ventures. The Youth Entrepreneurs in focus will share insights on their challenges and lessons on how they empower themselves financially as well as how they do same for others by creating jobs for other Youths and adding to the GDP of Nigeria’s Economy. These testimonies will be a true reflection of the importance of skill acquisition in eradicating unemployment amongst Nigerian Youths.


Students from across your University who are currently involved in skill oriented small Businesses will have the opportunity to showcase and present their PRODUCTS in this segments. Please note that we are not seeking people who merely have ideas. Students who have created things with their hands may wish to apply to get shortlisted for this Segment as we will be taking 10 Students only. A surprise Fantastic prize awaits the SKILLED student entrepreneur who impresses the Guest Mentors, Rise Networks and the Participants the most.

Any Student with relevant skill to showcase can apply now by sending Sms to 0706797667, 07060545018 oremail to include his/her name, department, level and a short essay of not more than 200 words describing their skills and products and ways through which they are working to advance Nigeria’s Economy to by or before midnight, on 27th of May 2014.


Mrs OLUFUNSO AMOSUN (Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Nigeria)


Professor OLUYEMESI OBILADE – Vice-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED)

THEME DISCUSSANTS ON NIGERIA BEYOND OIL – TUNJI OYEBANJI – Managing Director, Exxon Mobil Nigeria Plc AND YOMI FAWEHINMI – Head, Learning and Advisory, Chevron Nig. Plc

1. Between Nigeria’s Human Resource and Oil Wells, how Creativity wins Capitalism – KUNLE OLAIFA – Head, Human Resources, Samsung West Africa

2. Opportunities, Case Studies and Lessons in Nigeria’s Technology Business – FUNKE OPEKE – MD/CEO, Main One Cable

3. SME Growth, Best Practices and the right tools of trade in the Digital Age – UGO OBI – CHUKWU – Head, Finance and Admin, Sahara Energy Group

4. Deeper Knowledge and Structures as drivers for the Advancement of Nigeria’s Entertainment Sector – GBENGA ADEYINKA THE 1ST – GCFR – MC, Comedian and MD/CEO, Laughter Incorporated Inc


1. Agriculture as a Viable Business for sustainable Job Creation in Nigeria


2. The potentials of Social Media as a Business and a key driver for Citizens’ Empowerment

The idea of the EAT Model is to begin to build capacity of young Nigerians to embrace radical change and innovation in preparation for the diversification of Nigeria’s Economy. If Nigeria’s Oil dries up today, these 3 Areas and other divisions of General Production are the major sectors that can guarantee the highest level of employment and Revenue as much as Oil and the barriers of entry into these Industries are pretty low.

Nations like China, India, Japan, North Korea, have massively invested in human capital development which has led to tremendous economic growth in those nations.

For instance, China is known to be the world’s fastest–growing major economy, the largest exporter of goods, and the largest manufacturing economy in the world. This feat was achieved due to the introduction of vocational skills to cater for the ever growing population which is set at above 1billion people.

RNYF Infographic

This spectacular, life transforming, impact focused Program which has an indisputable track record of commanding the attention of the largest single gathering of Nigerian Youth in one Venue is coming to a city near you.


Students through a raffle draw will have the opportunity to win loads of prizes ranging from Laptops, Recharge Cards and Internet modem courtesy of MTN, the official Lead Sponsor of the Rise Networks’ National Youth Forum 6. Participants will also get the chance to win best selling Leadership and Business Management Books and Material.

Rise Networks has also introduced Instructional Video Content on different areas of Vocation oriented and Production Centered Businesses and will launch and be made available to millions of budding Entrepreneurs on MTN Nigeria’s Online Digital Content Portal, MTN Play.

The Location Roll Call is below:

Ogun on the 29th of May, 2014 (#RISENETWORKS)

Venue: Main Auditorium, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Time: 10am

MTN (Lead Sponsor), NescafeTASUED, Close-up7UP and Verve.


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