According to World Bank research, 11 million young people will be entering the job market each year across sub-Saharan Africa, but a large percentage will face unemployment. In Nigeria for instance, a study by the British Council revealed that around 23% of fresh graduates would not find jobs, as the number of graduates far exceeds the job opportunities available.
Thus, the idea behind Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs (A.Y.E) was born, and SSF, alongside the Vice president of A.Y.E, Ibada Ahmed, officially launched the Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Programme (AYEEP) in Nigeria in 2014. With the title Africa’s young entrepreneurs empowerment Nigeria (AYEEN) that funded and developed entrepreneurs across Nigeria. This program has recorded several successes and its being embraced by other African countries and their respective government.
He looks forward to the coming years and is confident that through the organizations’ initiatives and its newly launched platforms such as, Economic Development Team (EDT), A.Y.E Connect (an entrepreneurs APP), AFRICA 1800 and Business incubators; the mission of driving Africa into prosperity will be fulfilled!