Youth Empowerment Program: Supported By A One -time “Pepper Seller’s” Foundation #STEMHub

When your beginning is humble and through resilience, hard work and providence you succeed; it means a lot when you try to help others up. This is the story of Dr. Adeola Olubamiji the First Black person to hold a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. Adeola grew up on the streets of Mokola Ibadan selling pepper for her mother. Find her story in an earlier post titled “Meet Dr. Adeola Olubamiji” 

Never let your background keep your back on the ground. You can rise above your seeming limitation. Look deep inside you there is a gift in there; harness it with the opportunities that come your way


A group of young people got an opportunity to partake in a free Tie & Dye Design training in Ibadan. It is a training put together by STEMHub Foundation in collaboration with JOBAT The Greatest LTD. I was privileged to be present on one of the days to see what was up. I met a group of enthusiastic youth – Ladies and gentlemen. In fact, there were a few adults and retirees willing to acquire a skill to improve their earning power.

A chat with a few of the participants revealed that these young people were kicking and ready to go do something fantastic with what they had learned within the two weeks of the training.

Testimonies of some participants & Plans going forward:

Joy Okoli – I live at Mokola and I am seeking admission into the university. I thought while I am still waiting for my admission, I could acquire a vocational skill; that’s why I enrolled in the training. I have learned a lot about different Adire cloth designs and the facilitator has been very patient with us. I hope to be economically empowered after this.

Olaoji Precious – As a participant in the Tie and Dye training I have learned a variety of Adire designs such as the Spiral design. Free-hand Design; solid shape design; the Batik. During the training, I was able to Dye materials and make some of these designs. I plan on making products and selling. I also hope to collaborate and do business with others who make shoes and clothes by sharing my designs with them.

Emetima Mishel: I am a graduate of the University of Ibadan and I studied political science. I really enjoyed the training because I have a liking for clothes and this Tie and Dye Adire design is really African. For me, It is an opportunity to produce traditional clothes and take it to an international market.

Photos from training & Adire Designs made by Participants:

A little bit About the Facilitator:  Pastor Ilesanmi Abiona of JOBAT The Greatest LTD used to be a banker but wasn’t fulfilled in that line of work. Before getting into the university he had earlier learned how to make various Adire cloth designs. He thoroughly enjoyed doing Tie and Dye however he later abandoned it for a white collar job after graduation. After a few years, he soon discovered that his heart was not in the banking job. He made a decision to go back to his Tie and Dye business and today he has trained many others who make a living with Tie and Dye. Pastor Abiona volunteers his time to train and empower young people and anyone who wishes to acquire this skill and become economically empowered.

 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer
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