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COIN CONSULTS TO ENSURE ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT IN KWARA STATE THROUGH BUSINESS STRATEGY SESSIONS (BSS) OF ITS COINKWARA PROGRAMME.
On Saturday, 22nd of April, 2017, Coin Consults held its first BSS at the Knowledge Platform Centre of the Mustapha Akanbi Foundation, Agba Dam Link, GRA, Ilorin. The programme which had twenty (20) participants in attendance was declared opened by Dr. Akanbi Usman of Knowledge Platform. Dr Akanbi who is also a lecturer of University of Ilorin, explained that the Knowledge Platform was opened in memory of his late mother, Alhaja Mufa’at Akanbi to serve as a centre where people can share knowledge and where entrepreneurship is promoted. He further explained that series of programmes like the monthly BSS will continue being hosted in the Platform in conjunction with Coin Consults as a partner in knowledge sharing and entrepreneurship development. While presenting the BSS to the participants who were made up of Entrepreneurs, Innovators, Business persons and students; the CEO/Co-founder of Coin Consults, Mr. Mustapha Muhammed Jamiu explained that the BSS is a segment of their CoinKwara programme which is designed to build a community of skilled and world class entrepreneurs, innovators and investors by recruiting them into the Coinkwara community and exposing them to 21st century ways of conducting business through series of monthly Business Strategy Sessions (BSS) and other programmes. He further presented Coinkwara website, www.coinkwara.com to the participants as the only website presently in Nigeria that is focused on promoting locally made products and services, especially that of Kwara state. He therefore encouraged non-Coinkwara members to also submit their locally made products/services to the website to allow both customers and investors have access to their products and services. He also encouraged them to visit the website for patronizing locally made products and services of Kwara state. As explained by another co-founder who is also the Admin/Programme Director of Coin Consults, Mr. Hanafi Olanrewaju Rabiu; the CoinKwara BSS is unique and first of its kind when it comes to entrepreneurship development programme in Kwara state specifically and Nigeria as a whole. He based this assertion on the principle that their BSS is a continuous programme that will occur monthly, the language for training are both English and local language of the hosting community to accommodate participants regardless of their career or level of education and, also inclusion of ICT topics in every monthly programme to help the participants in understanding ICT and its importance to their enterprise. He said the vision of Coin Consults towards this BSS programme is to take it to all Local Government Areas of Kwara state and therefore appealed for support from Philanthropies, organizations and government to assist them in developing entrepreneurs throughout the state.
The theme of the programme was Road Map to Success: From SME to a World Class Entrepreneur (Part 1) and three (3) major topics were discussed to build the skills of the participants. The topics as divided into sessions included: (1) Business Persons and Entrepreneurs, who are they? (Difference), (2) Questions every entrepreneur must ask, and (3) How much of the world is online?
Mr. Hanafi Olanrewaju Rabiu delivered the topic; Business Persons and Entrepreneurs, who are they? (Difference). Using a full participatory approach and citing relevant case studies from within and outside Kwara State, Mr. Hanafi unequivocally proved to the participants that an entrepreneur is different from a businessman by highlighting five (5) key differences between them. He highlighted the differences under headings such as creativity, origination of idea/product or something, motive for operation, start-up capital and the quickness in making profit. He further opened the minds of the participants on; who entrepreneurs and businessmen are and similarities between the two people. He also explained that both entrepreneur and businessman are both similar since an entrepreneur is also a businessman and he intends to make profit too although by solving people’s problems. He ended his presentation on the note that both entrepreneur and businessman contribute to the economy of a society and they both create jobs for people.
Mr. Mustapha Muhammed Jamiu presented the second topic; ‘Questions every Entrepreneur must ask’. The topic which was delivered with passion towards ensuring development of all the participants in entrepreneurship and business, delved on three core questions and answers that all entrepreneurs must ask. These include: (1) What kind of enterprise do I need to build? (2) What risks and sacrifices does such enterprise demand? and (3) What strategies do I need? He stressed the importance of strategies in achieving entrepreneurial goals and gave three (3) core areas to examine, namely, resources, organizational capabilities and personal resources. He highlighted the do’s and don’ts for entrepreneurial success and ended the presentation by presenting ten (10) inspiring quotes for entrepreneurs.
Mr. Isiaka Gafar, a Professional Counselor who is also a board member of Coin Consults, gave a thoroughly well researched presentation on the topic, ‘How much of the World is online?’ The main highlight of the presentation was when he presented statistics of Nigerians being the highest number of Multi SIM devices users in the world. He further explained that Nigeria ranked 8th when it comes to number of internet users in the world and according to Mr. Isiaka, this number increases daily. He explained that 42% of the world is online and 52.4% of the internet users penetrate the internet through mobile devices. In ending his presentation, he highlighted questions that entrepreneurs need to ask themselves when it comes to internet.
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