Detoun Ogwo

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This profile was prepared when Detoun Ogwo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
The New Idea
Nigeria’s largest demographic advantage lies in its teeming youth population who make up 70% of the over 150 million citizens. According to economic outlook reports, Nigeria stands on the threshold of what could be the greatest transformation in its history. Youth, not oil, may very well be the countryʹs most valuable resource. Many young Nigerians are however ill--‐‑equipped for life in a modern economy, with a large percentage taking many years to become productive contributors to society. Whilst jobs are limited for the educated, the challenges of information asymmetries and lack of career services to manage the school to work transition of youths persist. Nigeria’s limited economy size has caused the government to create policies and programs that can diversify the economy and increase the contribution of the informal sector to economic growth and national development. However these plans cannot successfully yield results in an environment with hampered youth potential and high level unemployment.

Detoun is changing the paradigm, building an institutional structure for unemployment she is using advocacy to create an employability council and creating a voice for the unemployed in the Nigerian society. She is shifting the way the country treats the most productive population also igniting enterprise in young people. She is positioning young people to gain skills that employers want and she is connecting them to resources, she is teaching them how to build a career and not just preparing them to get jobs. She turns the searchlight inwards and help reset the young people to be ready to face what life offers, she also works with employers getting feedback from them as regards the performance of young people who have passed through her program. She also has a Television program that helps to build entrepreneurial skills in young people who want to own businesses and become self employed.

Detoun is tackling both the demand and supply side by dealing with the short term problems while projecting and working with companies to create internship opportunities for these young people. She plans to put creation of employment opportunities across the region especially through ICT at an institutional level.

Detoun is changing the paradigm, building an institutional structure for unemployment she is using advocacy to create an employability council and creating a voice for the unemployed in the Nigerian society. She is shifting the way the country treats the most productive population also igniting enterprise in young people. She is positioning young people to gain skills that employers want and she is connecting them to resources, she is teaching them how to build a career and not just preparing them to get jobs. She turns the searchlight inwards and help reset the young people to be ready to face what life offers, she also works with employers getting feedback from them as regards the performance of young people who have passed through her program. She also has a Television program that helps to build entrepreneurial skills in young people who want to own businesses and become self employed.

Detoun is tackling both the demand and supply side by dealing with the short term problems while projecting and working with companies to create internship opportunities for these young people. She plans to put creation of employment opportunities across the region especially through ICT at an institutional level
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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