Okey Enelamah Charges Entrepreneurs at ALA to Adopt a Counter-Cultural Mindset

David Afolayan
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okey Enelamah to Address Delegates of the Ausso Leadership Academy Masterclass 9

The Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah has charged the entrepreneurs to adopt a counter-cultural mindset in order to become successful business gladiators. He made this known in an interactive session with the delegates of the 2nd Ausso Leadership Academy (ALA) Masterclass at the Entrepreneurs’ hub in Lagos.

According to Dr Enelamah, the counter-cultural mindset is a call to excellence in spite of prevailing culture of mediocrity within the Nigerian business clime. He encouraged the delegates to adopt an Olympic mindset and prepare to play on the global stage as well as possess a deep understanding of their local space.

Speaking at the event, Mr Austin Okere, the Founder and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Ausso Leadership Academy, thanked Dr Enelamah for honouring the call to mentor the entrepreneurs and business professionals at the Academy. He noted that the session has been instrumental in providing insightful details about the activities of the government.

“Honourable Minister, we are pleased that have you honoured the invitation to sharing experiences that will motivate the delegates to aspire to greater heights. Today, you have reinforced the recurring mantra from other champions at ALA that you can be ‘excellent and successful'”, he said.

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okey Enelamah to Address Delegates of the Ausso Leadership Academy Masterclass 4Speaking on behalf of the delegates, the class President, Amina Deji Logun-Leko thanked the minister for coming to share his experience with the class. She encouraged the Federal government to prioritize such interactive engagements so it can regularly intimate stakeholders on its efforts and what role they can play in the process.

Dr Okechukwu Enelamah shared other guiding principles with the delegates of the masterclass. He encouraged them to have an Olympic mindset and not be a local champ, never to rest on their oars, to have a deep understanding of the market, discover their competitive advantage and possess clarity on their vision.

He also spoke on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (EGRP) of the Federal Government of Nigeria,  a plan that was developed to restore economic growth while leveraging the ingenuity and resilience of the Nigerian people. According to the minister, the plan has been articulated by the government with an understanding of the role of government as an enabler of growth, in the 21st century.

The ALA Masterclass is a bespoke programme designed to impact entrepreneurs and business professionals via learning experience in a very conducive physical ambience, coupled with teachings delivered by a faculty with proven experience and an enviable track record in business and entrepreneurship.

The on-going masterclass has featured other notable champions. These include Dr Ernest Ndukwe, the Father of modern Telecommunications in Nigeria, Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, a banking mogul, Oscar Oyema, CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and Mr Biodun Shobanjo, Chairman, Troyka Group.

Commenting on the ALA mentorship programme, Mr Enelamah said: “The ALA mentorship programme supplies the experiential learning quota that is lacking in the business environment. I am also very impressed by the ambience of ALA Entrepreneurs’ Hub. It can pretty much compete with the best training institutions around the globe.

It is expected that the entrepreneurs will achieve a double-digit growth within a year after impact and would have imbibed a code of Governance and a culture of Succession and Legacy.


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