IMPACT STORY - Gideon Akanya

Friday, January 19, 2024

In order to keep up with expenses, Gideon worked in five differentestablishments where he was earning a stipend but because he was bent on beingprudent, he was able to get by and survive. After much search had been done, adding to his limiting degree as an NCE holder, he found it difficult to get a betterplacement. This was primarily because some employers were interested in B.Sc. andMasters degree holders. They were hardly interested in the experience. He feltinadequate based on his lack of information.
He heard about WAVE through the LagosState Employability Skill Training Acquisition scheme and that WAVE would notonly train him but provide him with good placement opportunities, mostly in thehospitality industry. This fueled his motivation, as this was a dream job.

Like some of the youths in the program, he trained at the academy in Eti-Osa Local government with high expectations. He had various questions in mindhoping they could be answered. Would the placement be in the private orpublic sector? Will I be able to have a business that will develop on the longrun and improve the nation’s economy? After the training, he participated in thejob shadow at a beauty hub at Lekki (a company that has its specialty in dealingwith creams, make-up and hair accessories amongst others). He was thesales/marketing manager. This entailed going to different places around Lekkiaxis to make sales. He enjoyed where he had to use his communication skills inmeeting good and different people in the course the program and was also ableto learn from his superiors.

Although he has not gotten a placement through WAVE, Gideon is at Ilasan,Lekki-Lagos as a teacher where he is making proper use of his communicationskills to educate better. To any job-seeker, the sky is your limit only if youcan persist and never lose hope.

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Salami Omotolani
I'm interested
February 19, 2024 6:03 AM
Mary Essien
I really love the transformation that Wave is causing in the lives of the young people. Mary's experience just stands out. She is more equipped to live. This and more is what young girls especially need to compete favorably in Nigeria. Apart from the people that are in Lagos state, how can youths from other states participate in this training? How much does the training cost? Before I go, I really appreciate the leadership of West African Vocational Education. God richly bless you. Thank.
January 31, 2024 8:33 AM
Great intro
January 19, 2024 4:32 AM
Very helpful tip.
January 19, 2024 4:32 AM
I'd like to be there.
January 19, 2024 4:32 AM
This is a great cause
January 19, 2024 4:32 AM
This is inspiring!
January 19, 2024 4:32 AM
I love this post !
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