Leapfrogging Human Capital Development was the theme for the 2019 ENACTUS Nigeria National competition which took place on Wednesday 10th July and Thursday 11th July at The Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
With active participants of over 1000 individuals comprising students and academic leaders from over 25 Nigerian tertiary institutions, business leaders and observers from various organizations.
The 2 days event did not fall short of expectations as the participants were thrilled and amazed at the turn out of the event.
As with the tradition of the ENACTUS Nigeria annual competition,18 Enactus teams were split across four Leagues in the opening round of competition with each league having an average of 4 teams having 25 minutes each to make an Audio-Visual presentation of projects they have carried out in the preceding year that has improved the quality of lives and living standards of those around their local communities. 3 teams from each league to total 12 advanced to the semi-final round of the competition.
The first day also featured a leadership and innovation summit sponsored by Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation with the theme: Multi-Stakeholder Collaborations: A Tool for Achieving Sustainable Large Scale Social Impact. The session was moderated by KunbiWuraola (Principal Consultant, Discover Your Potentials)and the panelists included Tonye Cole (Co-Founder, Sahara Group), OsayiAlile (CEO, ACT Foundation),Abosede George-Ogan(Director Strategy, Funding and Stakeholder Management, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund).
The leadership challenge competition followed immediately after the summit and the ENACTUS teams from University of Ibadan in 1st place, Bayero university Kano and Federal university of Agriculture Abeokuta in 2nd place emerged as winners and were given cash rewards of 400,000 thousand Naira and 300,000 respectively to further scale up their projects.
The second day of the event witnessed competition from the 12 teams that advance from the opening round with the Sahara Group Energy Efficiency Innovation Exhibition from the Enactus Teams from Federal University of Technology Owerri, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Tai Solarin University of Education, Kaduna Polytechnic, and University of Port-Harcourt happening concurrently.
At the semi-final round Award Ceremony,the teams that proceeded to the final round were the ENACTUS teams from Bayero university Kano, Ahmadu Bello university Zaria, Covenant University and University of Agriculture Makurdi. The Enactus team from Covenant University emerged National champion for 2019 and will represent the country at the World Cup in San Jose California, USA.
ENACTUS, which is an acronym for Entrepreneurial Action US, is an international community of students, academic and business leaders who use entrepreneurial action to create a better world. ENACTUS is presently in 36 countries including Nigeria,active in over 1,730 tertiary universities with over 72,000 student members and over 550 corporate, organization and individual partners.
For more information, please visit www.enactus.org.ng