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In order to boost networking among awardees and sensitize on the quality and goodness of Made-in-Nigeria products, YouWiN organizes a trade exhibition

An awardee (right) who is into photography and entertainment
An awardee (right) who is into photography and entertainment

Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN), one of the most successful economic programmes of the federal government of Nigeria, is exhibiting made-in-Nigeria products produced by its awardees in Lagos, Nigeria from December 7 to 8 2016. The exhibition takes place at Euphoria Event Place, 1B, Archdeacon Ogunbiyi Close, by Nuel Ojei Holdings, Ikeja, Lagos from 9am to 6pm.

The trade exhibition showcases qualitatively produced and beautifully branded products, and effective and efficient services the youth are providing to nurse the ailing economic sector of Nigeria. Some of the divergent products and services the youths provide include flower mixer machineries, solar installations, software development and car tracking equipments. Even on display was a solar-powered car developed by one of the awardees from Akwa Ibom state.

From left: representatives of NAFDAC, CAC, GEM and YouWiN
From left: representatives of NAFDAC, CAC, GEM and YouWiN

YouWiN is an economic empowerment scheme which kickstarted in 2011 to award youth under the age of 45 years with bankable business plans take-off funds ranging from N1 million to a cap of N10 million. Over 160,000 applications are received yearly from Nigerians across the six geopolitical divides of the country which are later pruned down and the best are selected for awards of the funds. So far, the scheme has empowered over 4000 youth who in turn have engaged more than 35,000 other Nigerians.

The YouWiN programme is a highly competitive programme that is powered by the Federal Ministry of Finance, World Bank and GEM.

As a pet project of the immediate regime of ex-President Goodluck Ebele, the scheme took off in 2012 with about 1200 youth comprising men and women awarded the funds. YouWiN 2 kicked off in year 2013 exclusively for women; while the third edition took place in 2014 for all sexes.

With the change of baton between the governments of ex-President Jonathan and that of President Muhammadu Buhari, the buck of continuing with the initiative now rested on the table of the latter. Even though the project suffered hiccups with the delayed payments of tranches to the third batch awardees, the present government finally straightened up the backend problems debilitating against the progress scheme.

It was these awardees, from the first to the third batches, who are providing qualitative alternative to overseas products, cutting down on unemployment rates and creating pools of revenues for local, state and federal governments that converged at the commercial nerve of the country, to exhibit their made-in-Nigeria for Nigerians to patronage. The products, which are of good quality and exquisitely packaged were displayed for the world to see, appreciate, buy and use.

Cross section of awardees and their products
Cross section of awardees and their products

Analysts have shown that there is mostly no much difference between products produced abroad to those locally manufactured. They even argue that in most cases, the locally made ones are of superior qualities to the foreign counterparts. They cite as examples, rubber plastics, electrical cables, rice and machineries.

In appreciation of the need to promote these made-in-Nigeria services, Memorila.com hereunder presents the sights and scenes from the YouWiN Made-In-Nigeria Trade Exhibition.

Tony Agah, a artist and sculptor
Tony Agah, an artist and sculptor
Ishola Patience, the CEO of FadamaPlus that produces original Ijebu garri
Ishola Patience, the CEO of FadamaPlus that produces original Ijebu garri
Faruk Ahmed of Memorila.com with the staff of a YouWiN awardee who is a cheerleader
Faruk Ahmed (right) of Memorila.com with the staff of a YouWiN awardee who is a cheerleader

 

A solar-powered car produced by a YouWiN awardee
A solar-powered car produced by a YouWiN awardee
An awardees who manufactures corporate tables
An awardees who manufactures corporate tables
iLearn Mobile Library, a project that encourages reading among children
iLearn Mobile Library, a project that encourages reading among children
Eddie O. Okoro of Echoarts Concepts Company
Eddie O. Okoro of Echoarts Concepts Company

 

Another YouWiN and her wares
Another YouWiN awardee and her wares
Rashad Art Gallery Enterprises showcasing their wares
Rashad Art Gallery Enterprises showcasing their wares
Premium Stiches CEO and her wares. She creates customised t-shirts, uniforms, etc.
Premium Stiches CEO and her wares. She creates customised t-shirts, uniforms, etc.

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