The Nigerian Entrepreneurship Summit and Honours (NESH) has designed a tool to mobilise entrepreneurs to lead the country out of the current economic recession.
The maiden edition of NESH is scheduled to hold on November 16 and 17 at Ballroom and Grand Ballroom of Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The Founder of the summit, Emeka Ugwu-Oju, said at the pre-event briefing in Lagos that the project is targeted at making Nigeria a haven for entrepreneurs to become the major drivers of the nation’s economic development.
He said it was time for both young and aspiring entrepreneurs to see the need to promote made in Nigeria product in order to help bring the country out of recession.
“NESH will be at the forefront of promoting the patronage of Nigeria made goods and services for the world and not for Nigerians alone,” he said.
He added that this year’s edition would provide an avenue for thought leadership and engagement, knowledge exchange, networking, benchmarking and appreciation of the contribution of entrepreneurs to national development. NESH will offer not only a live hub but also build out an online platform (NESH TV) for and about entrepreneurs, offering advice, case studies, news and analysis.
There will also be a NESH for young entrepreneurs from age 18 to 35 years named NESH-NXT, and some of the NESH-NXT attendees will also participate in the NESH to gain further insight and network with more experienced entrepreneurs.
“It is fortuitous that NESH will be commencing when Nigeria is in an economic recession. NESH as a platform will be at the vanguard of mobilising Nigerian entrepreneurs to lead the country out of the current recession.”
“Expected to be in attendance at the NESH are leading lights of Nigerian entrepreneurship and the public sector, led by the grand patron of NESH, Prof. Yemi Oshibajo, SAN, Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said.
The Chairman, Board and President, Africa Import and Export Bank, Dr Benedict Oramah, would deliver the inaugural keynote speech.
Ugwu-Oju added the NESH, will honour and recognise comprise of NESH Titan; NESH entrepreneur of the year; NESH 100; NESH 500; NESH award to state governments.
The NESH Titans is the equivalent of Hall of Fame in some jurisdictions. These are entrepreneurs dead or alive, who were giant entrepreneurs in their various fields at one point or another.