Entrepreneurs Laboratory (Elabs) Africa recently held its second annual seminar in February. The event which took place at Abuloma Town Hall, Port-Harcourt was to reach out to people in the local community and educate them on taking social responsibilities that will enhance economic growth in the society.
One of the brains behind the initiative, Okechukwu Matthew, opened the floor with his topic, ‘Connecting your skills to the future’. He stated how information helps connect people’s skills to the future and how they can take advantage of their device which gives them access to the internet.
The second speaker, Miss Chinaza Okorie spoke on the reasons why youths should engage themselves positively in things that will make them grow. She also spoke about project 1000, a free training organized by 36 Forum to train 1000 youths on digital skills. Mr. Gabriel Eze, Founder of Touchabl, advised the participants and complemented Elabs Africa for being part of the people impacting the lives of African youths.
The need for social entrepreneurship which was the major theme for the event was also discussed. Mrs Theodora Isola, an ICT strategist, emphasized the importance for youths to know the issues in their community and be real and faithful to themselves. She concluded by saying, “become a social entrepreneur and together we can build a better community and ultimately a better world”.
The event attracted young people from within and outside Abuloma and also gave them the opportunity to network with each other. Two youth who participated spoke on their experience and how Elabs Africa had positively affected their lives.
As laudable as the event was, Elabs has more plans coming for the year. One of such is the free graphic design and basic computer training skills it plans to host later this year. It also has an upcoming project, ETECH (Entrepreneurs in Technology) to bring graphic designers, web developers and digital marketers under one platform where they can communicate among themselves and also do freelance.