Ibrahim Oredola, a Nigerian entrepreneur, has won $1,000 grant at the Black Friday pitch competition organised by Udo Udoma and Belo-Osagie (UUBO) law firm.
The entrepreneur emerged winner at the event which held in Lagos on Friday.
Oredola is the chief executive officer of SkillNG, a solution based business, which helps young people learn global in-demand digital skills by connecting learners to professional skill tutors and critical learning materials through a peer to peer learning network.
As the first prize winner, UUBO will grant Oredola $1,000 as well as 20 h0urs of legal, marketing and HR advice for a duration of six months while Fela Akinse, the second prize winner, will get an equivalent cash prize and 15 hours of legal advice.
Reacting to development, the SkillNG boss said the victory is a big deal adding that he looks forward to utilising the legal service to further promote skills among Nigerian youths.
“We are so excited to have won this competition and this is a big deal for us. Besides the funding, we are more excited about the 20 hours of legal, HR & marketing services we’ll be getting from Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie Law Firm and we can’t wait to fully maximise this opportunity to continue to facilitate sustainable livelihood for African youths through strategic skilling,” he said.
“We dedicate this award to every youth in the country trying to find their place in the job market, we are coming to help you!”
In a tweet, the law firm congratulated the winners, saying it is an achievement of pride.
“We are proud to announce that Ibrahim Oredola of SkillNG and Fela Akinse of Salubata have emerged as winners in the UUBO Black Friday Pitch Competition. Congratulations!!!” it tweeted.
We are proud to announce that Ibrahim Oredola of SkillNG and Fela Akinse of Salubata have emerged as winners in the UUBO Black Friday Pitch Competition. Congratulations!!! pic.twitter.com/ApAWXLNgv6
— Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie (@uubolaw) November 29, 2019
Oredola said he looks forward to expanding operations of SkillNG beyond the south-west.
According to him, the skill-focused organisation with a database of 500 tutors has trained over 2,000 youths.
“Our goal for 2020 is to extend our operations from southwest Nigeria to the rest of the country by building a community of 50,000 skill tutors and learners while facilitating sustainable jobs for over 5,000 Nigerian youths and we are open to all forms of partnership and support.”