Tuface, Stephanie Okereke-Linus join forces with NYPF to lead the charge on entrepreneurship in Nigeria

International musical sensation, Tuface Idibia and popular movie
actress & producer Stephanie Okereke- Linus have joined forces
with the Nigerian Young Professionals Forum NYPF in their fight to
grow more indigenous entrepreneurs and encourage the culture of
self-reliance among young Nigerians.
As part of their commitment to the NYPF, the newly signed Brand
Ambassadors will participate in NYPF events that connect
entrepreneurs at home and abroad, lend their voices to projects
that stimulate a start-up culture in Nigeria and also harness their
own ideas and experiences to the NYPF goal which is to develop
the next generation of Entrepreneurs through easy access to capital
for innovative ideas and education.
Speaking during the signing ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria Chairman
NYPF, Moses Siasia said the multiple award winning stars were
selected by NYPF to champion its cause because they possess unique
ideas on how to develop entrepreneurs in the country.
“As you know, Tuface is one of Africa’s finest music artists
while Stephanie is a multiple award winning actress and
movie producer with a passion for the girl child. These two
young individuals have created jobs for Nigerians and we
believe that as Ambassadors, they can use their experience to
inspire other bright Nigerians to achieve their educational
goals or become self-employed on a sustainable basis”.
NYPF had in March 2016, launched the first of its kind N500 million
seed funds for members in partnership with Heritage Bank. The
fund which is called the Young Entrepreneurs and Students Grants
(YESGrant) is provided by successful members of NYPF with
development partners and disbursed by Heritage Bank Limited. The
Fund is available through the grant’s online application system
www.yesgrant.com
The grant is available to both men and women with innovative ideas
under the ages of 40, even though, preference will be given to
women as a means to challenge the inequalities that still exist for
girls and women worldwide. According to Siasia,
“when we empower our women, everyone benefits because
women use their success for social good and tend to invest
more in their communities”.
The NYPF, a non-governmental organisation made up of over 5000
young business owners residing in Nigeria and the Diasporia has
been at the forefront of building the next generations of business
frontiers for Nigerians. In 2015, the group met for the ground
breaking Young CEO conference in Abuja to discuss how to
encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the Nigerian business
environment as a means to develop the economy.
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