Do It Afraid Entrepreneurship Workshop Reveals the Future of Agriculture in Nigeria | See Highlights from the Event

Ms. Angel Adelaja, founder of Fresh Direct, We Farm Africa and former Senior Special Adviser to the President on Wealth creation, Mrs Olusola Sowemimo, founder Ope Farms, Mr. Adeniji Kolawole, Group Managing Director, Niji Group, Omilola Oshikoya, convener of the workshop, Toluwalola Kasali, moderator of panel discussion, Mrs. Amaka Onyejianya, Co-founder Uwa Earth foods, Mr. Seun Abolaji, founder Wilson's Juice Co.

Angel Adelaja, founder of Fresh Direct, We Farm Africa
and former Senior Special Adviser to the President on Wealth creation, 
Olusola Sowemimo, founder Ope Farms,  Adeniji Kolawole, Group Managing
Director, Niji Group, Omilola Oshikoya, convener of the workshop,
Toluwalola Kasali, moderator of panel discussion, Amaka Onyejianya,
Co-founder Uwa Earth foods,  Seun Abolaji, founder Wilson’s Juice Co.

Nigeria’s Agribusiness sector received a boost recently, when renowned wealth and financial expert, Omilola Oshikoya organized the first Do It Afraid Entrepreneurial Workshop tagged ‘Agribusiness, The Next Frontier‘ on Sunday, 6th of March 2016.

Commenting on the event, Omilola said:

“The Nigerian Agricultural sector was in past decades, the biggest sector in the economy. Now, it contributes only approximately 23% to the GDP. This workshop was organized, with the aim of inspiring business minded individuals who out of fear, lack the will and conviction to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. I believe that with the country facing increasing economic uncertainties, developing the SME segment is vital to reducing the country’s rampant unemployment, thereby enhancing diversification from petro dollars and driving economic growth.”

The event had a panel session involving successful agro entrepreneurs who shared their business lessons.  Panelists included Olusola Sowemimo (Founder of Ope Farms), Seun Abolaji (Founder of Wilson’s Juice Company), Amaka Onyejianya, (Co-founder of Uwa Earth Foods), Adeniji Kolawole (GMD of Niji Group) and Angel Adelaja (Founder of Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied services). Kola Masha, MD of Doreos Partners and Obaro Osah, Regional Head, Bank of Industry also answered questions about funding agribusinesses.

According to Obaro Osah, agribusiness entrepreneurs can access up to N50 million depending on the scale of operations. He added that BOI has launched a N10 billion fund specifically geared towards agriculture. The bank is also committed to offering free financial advisory services for current and potential entrepreneurs in the Agriculture business.

Speakers at the event included Olayiwola Olatunji of The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) who talked about Navigating Trends and Patterns, Temitope Jebutu, General Manager of AACE Foods who talked about Agriculture as the Next Frontier, and Ada Osakwe, CEO Agrolay Ventures who talked about opportunities in Creative Agribusiness Ventures.

There was also an Enterprise Development Clinic by Adeniyi Aromolaran (Chief Resource Officer), Nehemiah Resources Limited.

See more photos from the event below:

_Ada Osakwe_, founder of Agrolay Ventures

​Ada Osakwe, founder Agrolay Ventures and former Senior Investment Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture and Omilola Oshikoya Africa’s premier wealth coach and convener of the Do It Afraid Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Workshop

_Nimi Akinkugbe_, Omilola Oshikoya Africa

Nimi Akinkugbe personal finance expert and CEO of Best Man Games Ltd, Omilola Oshikoya Africa’s premier wealth coach and Convener of the workshop, Olusola Sowemimo, founder Ope Farms

​Mrs Omilola Oshikoya Africa's premier wealth coach and convener of the Do It Afraid Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Workshop

Omilola Oshikoya Africa’s premier wealth coach and convener of the Do It Afraid Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Workshop

​Mrs Ajibika Olawale and Mr Rotimi Olawale, Special Assistant (Media) to the Chairman of House Committee on Justice, House of Representative Abuja

​Ajibika Olawale and Rotimi Olawale, Special Assistant (Media) to the Chairman of House Committee on Justice, House of Representative Abuja

Enterprise Development Clinic Session facilitated by Mr. Niyi Aromolaran founder of Nehemiah Group​

Enterprise Development Clinic Session facilitated by Niyi Aromolaran founder of Nehemiah Group​

Mr. Kola Masha, Managing Partner Doreo Partners and former Senior Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture, Mrs Omilola Oshikoya, Mr Obaro Osah, Regional Head of Bank of Industry

Kola Masha, Managing Partner Doreo Partners and former Senior Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture, Omilola Oshikoya, Obaro Osah, Regional Head of Bank of Industry

_Adeseko A Michael_, Regional Head, Nationa

​Adeseko, A. Michael Regional Head, National Agricultural Seeds Council, South West, guest and Olayiwola Olatunji, Representative of the Business Support Platform of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)

Deji Williams, Wunmi Williams, Omilola Oshikoya and John Olugbenga Oshikoya

Deji Williams, Wunmi Williams, Omilola Oshikoya and John Olugbenga Oshikoya

Nnenna Ajegbo, Omilola Oshikoya and Niyi Arolomaran.

Nnenna Ajegbo, Omilola Oshikoya and Niyi Arolomaran.

 Olayiwola Olatunji, Representative of the Business Support Platform of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

Olayiwola Olatunji, Representative of the Business Support Platform of the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA).

John Olugbenga Oshikoya, Legal Practitioner and his wife Omilola Oshikoya convener of the Do It Afraid Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Workshop

John Olugbenga Oshikoya, Legal Practitioner and his wife Omilola Oshikoya convener of the Do It Afraid Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Workshop

Omilola Oshikoya and her sister in law Damilola Aboderin

Omilola Oshikoya and her sister in law Damilola Aboderin

Deji Williams, Wunmi Williams, Omilola Oshikoya and John Olugbenga Oshikoya

Deji Williams, Wunmi Williams, Omilola Oshikoya and John Olugbenga Oshikoya

Omilola Oshikoya and her brother Mayode Aboderin

Omilola Oshikoya and her brother Mayode Aboderin

Mr. Temitope Jebutu, General Manager Aace Foods

Mr. Temitope Jebutu, General Manager Aace Foods

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For update on upcoming workshops, visit www.omilola.com

For the Agribusiness Workshop DVD, pre-order your copy by sending an email to: omilola@omilola.com

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11 Comments on Do It Afraid Entrepreneurship Workshop Reveals the Future of Agriculture in Nigeria | See Highlights from the Event
  • Anoy March 16, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    BN WHERE IS THE IBINABO STORY …DR GIWA sister response

  • Mr. Egghead March 17, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    Niyi Aromolaran runs Nehemiah Resources ltd and not the Nehemiah Group

  • Tosin March 17, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    Sometimes I don’t like big words. Like agriculture. Like entrepreneurship. When we’re talking about : food. farm. business. trade. things that have been with us for thousands of years.
    i feel keeping it simple makes it simple.

    Anyhow, happy to see agriculture join entrepreneurship on the new-cool list. Love.

    • neeka March 17, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      @tosin, i don’t think u have any idea what u just said. Agribusiness is the right term to use and i like how swanky the event looked. when u think about the African farmer, u envision a long suffering ma or pa who work work work all day… consider this, the EU CAP has one of the largest budgets in the entire EU. we need to encourage young people to see agriculture in a new way. and we need to push our gov’ts to provide infrastruture to sustain agribusinesses. If we as Africans can’t feed ourselves, we will always be begging.

      • Tosin March 18, 2016 at 7:03 am

        i’d delete your first sentence. (woah, you really love Agribusiness.)
        as for the rest, yes, agribusiness is the right term to use. you’re right.

        i have a theory, will search for support, that short words tend towards clarity of action (nobody says ready, set, proceed or ready set accelerate, right? but go. and : on. yes. short. move. quick. help! )
        Long words tend towards like you said memes and cool and gathering less clear ambling support e.g. entrepreneurship oh Lord it attracts because it sounds so advanced, but (psychologically) what an individual will act on day-to-day is love, life, profit, money, kill, run, wake,…
        both types of words have their place.
        naturally, in gathering support for these things in media and schmooze-land, the longer words are more important. and i completely feel where you’re coming from about how many are (still) put off from what they think is bad work and how maybe cooler words and glossier promotion can help. totally with you there.
        so: sometimes i don’t like big words. and i feel keeping it simple makes it simple. and i love ze agribusiness i.e. making money from farming and things related to food.

  • Tee March 17, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I’m very happy about this development and how it can help create employment, transform and improve our agricultural produce as well. We need more enlightened people in this sector. Recently, I was discussing with a friend about the use of pesticides on farm produce and the effect on human. This was as a result of some of the findings I read about our beans for example, how it is loaded with chemicals, and there was a time the UK put a ban on it. Another thing I noticed is our ‘rodo’ or scotch bonnet August/ September there about tends to have worms/maggots in them. I have known this for couple of years now cos I cut my pepper before blending. This goes for some other grains and vegetables too. I was told it was due to lack of abuse by farmers. Though the department of Agriculture have been creating awareness, but the problem is implementation. Another problem we have is storage. That’s why some food become expensive after a while or rotten thereby creating wastage and loss for farmers and increase in price for us. I would like to see more of this entrepreneurs look into this issue if we truly want to help grow this industry. We want to see more crops, herbs, vegetables grown in Nigeria too. I was told ‘Neem’ dongoyaro is a good alternative because it’s all natural. Is it possible they research more on ‘Neem’ to produce herbicides for farmers?

  • xx March 17, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Hi BN. I have been searching tirelessly for an article. Can’t remember anything about it but I think it had to do with a lady that won an award for some agriculture and she also has a blog. If any one has a clue on what I am saying pls just respond to me. Thank you!!

  • Avosiya March 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I was at this event and like someone also said, this is one of the best paid events I have attended. It was very informative and inspiring. We need more of this….

  • Olusola Sowemimo March 18, 2016 at 5:04 am

    Tee, Your concern is real and this is why some of us practice organic farming. Organic farming is a form of agriculture that relies on sustainable techniques to enhance the natural fertility of the farm. This includes companion farming, composting, crop rotation and more. There are four principles that guide organic agriculture. In summary they are: Caring – for the future generation, Healthy – humans, animals and environment, Ecology – to maintain the ecology ( the relationship between the air, land, animals, plants, organisms etc) of the land and lastly Fairness – equity and justice to all. So in organic farming for example, harmful pesticides are not used, birds are not caged and synthetic fertilisers are not used. There is a non-governmental body known as NOAN (Nigerian Organic Agriculture Network) created to serve as an umbrella body for all stakeholders involved in organic agriculture in Nigeria. It is my hope that more farmers will embrace it to make Nigerians healthier. We need the medical practitioners and nutritionists on our side to educate people that chemicals in farming are harmful.

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