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Meet Africa’s Lead Social Entrepreneur

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Javnyuy Joybert is a Social Entrepreneur, Empowerment Strategist, Enterprise Development and Corporate Trainer/Consultant, Skills Development Expert and the Co-Founder/CEO of COSDEF Group which is an African holding Social Innovation Enterprise with 4 subsidiaries namely The Centre for Entrepreneurship, Leadership & Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa, Wikajobs Career Management Firm, COSDEF Mobile  Microfinance, Skill Study (E-Learning) and other initiatives which include Social Innovation Hub, Rural Driven Empowerment and Pan African Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship (PASEF)

Javnyuy is a certified trainer by The American Entrepreneurship Foundation (AEF) California USA, he is a highly sought after enterprise development trainer (Business Coach), consultant & speaker, author of several articles that have been published on several platforms & magazines across Africa. Javnyuy speaks in averagely 200+ capacity building workshops, conferences, corporate events yearly across Africa reaching thousands in the areas of enterprise development, corporate efficiency, process innovation, strategic execution & personal development. He is the author of one of Cameroon’s sought after personal efficiency book “35 Days of Re-Defining You for Success” and Co-Founder and COO of The 50 Most Influential Young Cameroonians Awards Initiative.

Javnyuy is a Member of the Global Youth Skill & Innovation Council, featured as the future leader of World Economic Forum Davos (Switzerland), Global Youth Ambassador, Motivating Africa Ambassador and alumni of the Cameroon Leadership Academy Fellow 2017

He has 4 years’ experience lecturing entrepreneurship, business management & marketing courses in two private universities in Cameroon that is International University of Bamenda and Impact Polytechnic Kumbo. 3 years’ experience training social entrepreneurship, organizational leadership and executive skills with the African Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) Accra Ghana, 2 years’ experience training executive skills with Power & Wisdom Bible and Leadership Institute Buea, senior trainer & consultant with Vocational Center for International Development, Country Director Consultant, Head Trainer with Christian Life Training Organization, International Career Coach with MARLEQ. Javnyuy have offered hundreds of management and organizational leadership, corporate training programs, team building programs, talent development, work place efficiency skills, organizational productivity strategy trainings to several national and multinational organizations, government agencies, religious organizations, startups among others.

Javnyuy together with his close friend Agbor Franklen Co-founded AFA Designs Software Development Firm which focuses on developing innovative tech solutions for African businesses. AFA Designs have served over 100+ businesses across Africa in diverse sectors like E-Commerce, education, agriculture, not-for-profit, churches etc. Under the leadership of Javnyuy, the AFA Designs team is responsible for Afamuziq app (Download on play store) which is an innovative stylish music player, entertainment partner which gives you full control of your entertainment, enhancing your sound quality, let you share the song you listening with friends and loved ones, Stream favorite sound tracks (Audio and Videos) online, view on playing song lyrics, connects you to your favourite entertainment platforms and blogs with just a click, Mobile TV connecting you with your favourite stations on the go and just much more

Education & Professional Accreditations

Javnyuy has a well-balanced education credentials. He completed his Bsc program in Financial Management in International University Bamenda, he is a certified trainer by the American Entrepreneurship Foundation, Certificate program in Entrepreneurship & Leadership from YALI Regional Leadership Center Accra Ghana (Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration), Certificate program in Strengthening Africa’s Public Sector Human Resource Management from United Nations Public Administration Network, Certificate program in Advance Business Management & Public Service Governance from International Governance Institute, studied Entrepreneurship and Business in Clark Atlanta University, Georgia USA under the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, Lean Six Sigma from The Hudson Strategic Group and The Quality Group, Atlanta Georgia and currently undertaking a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with Rome Business School

Media

Javnyuy have been featured on over 100 radio/tv programs and magazines across Africa including BBC World Service, Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV), 1000 African Voices on Channel Africa, HiTV Cameroon, LTM TV, Canal 2 English International TV, 7News TV, University of Ghana Radio, CBS Radio, CBC Radio, City Community Radio, Africa Business Communities magazine, Inspire 237 magazine, Jongo hub magazine, The Afrikan Legacy Magazine, Betatinz magazine, Konnect Africa magazine, Uphold Africa magazine, Her Business magazine Kenya, Africans Building Africa magazine among several others.

Awards and Recognitions

African Youth of the Year Award nominee 2016, Princess Kuja Recognition Award 2016, UK Base Kinnaka’s Blog Gola Project Award winner 2016, United Council for Youth Empowerment 2017 Nation & Continent Builder of the year award, Young Citizens Contributing Positively (YOCICOPO) award 2017, Voted among the 100 personalities inspiring Cameroon in 2017 by Inspire magazine, Queen’s Young Leaders Award Runner-Up Winner, Cameroon Achievers Award Entrepreneur of the week, profiled among the top 20 young CEOs inspiring change in Cameroon by Cameroon Achievers Magazine, 2018 class of 100 Most Influential Young Africans by Africa Youth Awards and nominee Digital Citizenship SDG Awards

 

Reach out to Javnyuy on

javnyuy@cosdefgroup.com or infos@celbmdafrica.org

Call: Cameroon +237 674949153

          USA +1 202 766 0280

Follow me on LinkedIn and facebook as Javnyuy Joybert

 

 

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African Entrepreneurs creating Jobs and Employment in Their Communities – Olasupo Abideen

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Olasupo Abideen ” My greatest achievement is being a 25yr old employer who employs 35 people and has trained 475 Others” as one of african entrepreneurs.

Meet Olasupo

I am a 25year old one of Nigerian african entrepreneurs, founder/CEO of OPAB Gas with over 6 years of transnational experience leading and working with diverse teams to facilitate youth empowerment, development projects and youth involvement in policy. I am a UNESCO ESD Young Leader, a WEF Global Shaper and a Fellow, Young Africa Leadership Initiative.

Since receiving the $5000 Seed Capital in December 2018, my Company has created employment for thirty-five (35) University undergraduates (through our Work Student and Student Ambassadorship Program), opened ‘four (4) new Gas stores’, and trained ‘four hundred and seventy-five (475) unemployed youth and corps members‘ (through our #Gasprenuer Initiative). As a means of giving back to the community, we have also helped ‘five (5) kids’ return to school through our #StreetToSchool programme for our Community.

My Humble Beginnings

I watched my mother walk long distances to gather firewood and buy coal to cook for my family in my growing up years in my village in south-west Nigeria, where I was raised. It wasn’t peculiar to my mother; this was commonplace for all families. We all knew it wasn’t safe. We knew that if it made them this uncomfortable, there was no way it was safe, but we didn’t know there were alternatives. After all, this is how our grandparents and their parents before them lived.

It bothered me to see my mother’s red eyes, and the wet eyes of other women in our rural community bothered me a lot. Even though I did not know until recently that cooking with firewood is equivalent to smoking 400 cigarettes per hour, and is one of the three causes of mortality among women and children, I knew there had to be something I could do, but I couldn’t figure it out; or better put, I did not have enough education nor access to information to figure it out.

 

My Business Idea

The Idea to start my business came from a need that I identified and solving that problem meant a business opportunity. As a student of chemistry at the University of Ilorin, I was exposed – through volunteering – to MDGs (and subsequently SDGs), and I took a keen interest in clean, renewable energy, that could be used instead of orthodox fuelling options, and one of them was Liquefied Petroleum Gas.

After a long time of advocacy for SDGs, as an undergraduate, my SDGs advocacy and youth development organization, Brain Builders International, signed an agreement with the Kwara State University’s Community Development and Entrepreneurship Centre to train young Nigerians african entrepreneurs on the Sustainable Development Goals, their benefits, and ways toward actualisation.

I noticed that every time I took the 55min trip to Kwara State University to facilitate these training sessions, I would encounter students carrying gas cylinders: either going to fill Gas in Ilorin or coming back from Ilorin after filling Gas. I later learnt that the only cooking gas supplier in the community at that time was exploiting the students by using a manual scale that could be manipulated and also selling at a rip-off price.

 

Solving the Problem

In 2017, I took a soft loan from a friend, added some of my own moneyand after conducting intense market research, filing necessary papers, and satisfying ethical and professional standards, we opened our first OPAB Gas station. The services we offered hinged on three things; convenience, safety, and trust. Students could now focus on academics, as we did not only sell gas at the standard rate, but we also offered pick-up and delivery services. We used safe measures alongside a digital scale to address the issue of trust. Within three months we had broken even.

The TEF Intervention

In 2018, I applied for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme but was only selected for the GIZ list to be one of the 210 beneficiaries of the training and $5000 funding. The training provided by the foundation on business planning, financial intelligence, scalability, among others could only be likened to a mini MBA.

Immediately after the training myself and my team we started discussing how to dominate the market in which we operate and capture new markets.

With the seed capital, we were able to expand our business.

 

Our Growth and Milestones as one of african entrepreneurs

  • Expansion: We have expanded the business to 6 stations in two townships to target the student populations and made over $25,000 since receiving the seed capital from the foundation.
  • Employment: Staff strength – 2 (in 2017), 35 people (2019).
  • Gas on Wheels: We now own delivery vans and offers delivery services
  • Digitization: We now take orders on the business’ website in both cities where we operate.
  • Introduced Customer Loyalty service
    • Health safety card – to educate users about safety measures.
    • Customer reward: Points reward system.
    • Holiday Promos
  • we also have a few impact initiatives that we run.
  • OPAB Gas has trained 450 Youth Corps members, unemployed youth in Kwara State on the economic merits of the Gas economy and the many opportunities that abound in the sector.
  • In line with the UN SDGs, OPAB student work experience – an internship programme where we train students. During this internship, they work on Sundays for a stipend. They then receive N10,000 for every 1000kg of gas sold.
  • OPAB gas student ambassador scheme – delivery service.

 

The Future

The vision for OPAB Gas has always been to solve energy availability and ease of use for everyone across Nigeria so we are constantly working on ways to reach out to more Nigerians.

Our OPAB telemetry solution will allow people to monitor and manage their gas usage, notify them when it is almost finished, connect them to the nearest gas stations and pay for gas with existing mobile money applications.

 

 

Contact Details

Website: https://opabgas.com

Instagram: @opabgas_

Phone call/WhatsApp: 07068775529.

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