The Enterprise Hunt
Nigeria is undergoing a transformative period of Change. Change in a new Government. Change in our attitude and direction for Nigeria. At LegendArk we have come up with an astounding new Impact Investment Program with a simple goal:
‘Identify 1000 creative people from 1000 under-served Nigerian communities and market these unique products on our online site Builder’s Hub’
The reason for this ambitious project:
I got tired of the never-ending headlines proclaiming the deplorable state of an average Nigerian and the nation’s economical plight. “Over 100 million Nigerians live below poverty level” V.P. Osinbajo, “80% of Nigerian youths are unemployed” CBN. The question I began to ask myself daily, which became my mantra was, “How can Nigeria be so poor amidst so much?”
We are a people capable of ingenious inventions tied to long term vision. How then did we become such an import dependent nation? The reason is, we have allowed ourselves to be brainwashed into thinking that Nigerian made products are substandard and inferior, yet our history is evident that this was not the case. It’s perplexing to believe that Nigeria, the great Trans – Sahara trader driven by the Songhai and Borno empires facilitated by Sorko crafted beautiful hand-made boats from the Calice drat tree, as far back as the 13th century. Nigeria, home of the Nok culture, land of the builders of the mighty Wall of Benin (800AD– 1400AD) which stood four times longer than the Great Wall of China was one of the largest man-made structures in the world.
Our ancient Ife, a land whose glass works in beads were an economic tool in the sub-Sahara regions; a city known worldwide as the creators of terracotta and refined bronze, stone and copper artistry; the rare kingdom of Nri who prided in their handwork and never participated in slave trade. Nigeria, for all she has been by a collaboration of the great dynasties, kingdoms and empires was to become the giant of Africa. Yes, that’s who we were, who we should be and who we can still become… and more.
The spirit of Builder’s Hubs Impact Investment Program (BHIIP) reflects the character of our ancestors’ legacies. Those blacksmiths, carpenters and wood carvers, cloth weavers and others, who centuries ago without electricity and “technology” created works that presently adorn museums worldwide. I’m at a lose to think that blacksmiths in my ancestors generation made metal hunting tools but now we struggle to make worthy furniture hinges. It is easy to argue that the good was taken by the colonial masters, but the reality is that the best is yet to come!
Nigeria is being announced as Africa’s largest economy. Therefore it is time for Nigerians to seize this extraordinary opportunity by participating in BHIIP to turnaround our economic status quo from an importing to an exporting nation.
Although I agree that a number of factors such as a reorientation of our educational system (which is presently focused on producing more employees rather than employers of labour) and awareness of socially responsible investment structures etc, ought to work simultaneously in harmony for there to be an effective paradigm shift. In achieving a sustainable wealthy economy, we as a people must emphatically intend to start where we are, use what we have and do what we can!!!
Over the next few months, the BHIIP team shall reach rural communities in hunt for talented and industrious local enterprises capable of producing indigenous crafts and tools made from locally sourced materials like wood, metal, clay, to name a few. These crafts whether in semi finished or finished form will complement the local and international building industry.
BHIIP will then carefully bridge investors with the sourced local enterprises. The investors shall support the entrepreneurs’ creativity and endorse that socially responsibly investments can generate an impact, and equally meet their financial return requirements.
BHIIP shall be duly quality tested and certified by the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and be presented with an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certificate before showcased to investors for adoption. This will make a seamless acceptance into an international market when traded on the E-Commerce specialty marketplace for all things building, construction and home improvement – The Builder’s Hub (www.thebuildershub.com).. coming soon…
As the founder, it is only natural that the Enterprise Hunt kicks off from my home town of origin – the Ebiraland. This is home to one of Nigeria’s most hardworking, talented and outspoken people. This fertile land reaps great blacksmiths, cloth weavers and carpenters .The paramount ruler of the Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim, wholeheartedly welcomed the project and has graciously offered his palace as the venue for BHIIP launch and orientation.
BHIIP is not affiliated with any politically party or religious belief; neither does it discriminate against gender, age or the physical challenged. As we prepare to tour Kogi and other states, we implore skilled and talented people to turn up, listen and be a part of conscious self development.
I know that your definitive vision for a changed Nigeria is just the same as mine, and that is why the entire Builders Hub team pledges to emphatically apply the Matrix of Motivation framework. This postulates a value chain that intends to create societal impact with an intention to generate financial value to the locals thereby ushering Nigeria to a dawn.
Here’s to the 1000 enterprises from 1000 communities!!!
Barr. Natasha Hadiza Akpoti
Builders Hub (Founder)