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Youth urged to nurture entrepreneurial spirit

BY: Juliet Akyaa Safo & Delali Sika
 Olumide Olatunji, MD of Access Bank Ghana
Olumide Olatunji, MD of Access Bank Ghana

The Managing Director of Access Bank, Olumide Olatunji, has called on the youth to nurture their entrepreneurial spirit and make their voices heard.

He was speaking at the seminar dubbed; “Fill the UPSA Auditorium” at the weekend in Accra, on the theme; Income, Impact and Influence.

The event, sponsored by Access Bank, coincided with the launch of a book titled “The Einstellung Effect” authored by Kwame Antwi Adjei Opoku, facilitator of the event.

In a speech read on his behalf, the Access Bank Managing Director said; “I believe presenting opportunities for your voice to be heard, providing guidance to nurture your dreams, helping to develop your talents and having access to funds will spur you on to achieve greatness, and that is what the seminar is about,” he noted.

He stressed the need for the youth to take advantage of the seminar and network with people.

Investment and empowerment

He noted that as a financial institution, the bank had a focus to deliver services to empower the youth.

“We have invested in the lives of over 70,000 youth, empowering them through internships, sponsorships and partnerships.

We have also assisted graduates get full-time employment through our Solo Ambassador Initiative. We also provide financial literacy education for students,” he said.

Mr Olatunji explained that Access Bank was interested in empowering the youth because they were the greatest assets for building the future.

“You are the generation that will bring solutions to our future predicaments, lead countries, preserve democracies and systems of justice,” he noted.

Speakers

Three international keynote speakers at the event also advised the youth to start thinking globally and avoid celebrating mediocrity.

They explained that every individual had the potential and capabilities to thrive in any venture, hence the need to go beyond the boundaries of Ghana.

The speakers were Kwame Antwi Adjei Opoku, Vusi Thembekwayo and Robert Burale.

Addressing participants, Mr Opoku urged the youth to prioritise building their capacities in order to succeed in their chosen field.

He also urged persons in authority to give the youth the opportunity and platform to execute their skills.

“Africa’s problems will be solved by only Africans. Africa does not need aid, Africans need opportunities.

Build collaborations

Mr Thembekway also reiterated the need for individuals to get helpers along the journey to success, noting that the quality of people individuals surrounded themselves with determined their future.

He urged the youth to collaborate and build good relationship with people who matter.

Mr Burale, for his part, challenged them to break boundaries and think outside the box.