International musical sensation, Innocent “2Baba” Idibia and popular movie actress & producer Stephanie 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, 2Baba 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 fund 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 Diaspora 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.