Asejere is dedicated to helping African Micro, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises brace local business challenges and achieve scale. Asejere is a platform for MSMEs to connect, have access to resources majorly to enable them scale their businesses. Spread Media was live at the official unveiling of Asejere which was held on the 24th of January at iDea Hub. The programme started with a welcome address from Abiodun Odunuga.
The event later went on to unveil Asejere as a resource which aims to create a platform to ensure sustainability of MSMEs. Guests in attendance included Wole Odetayo of Wennovation Hub, Johnson Abbaly from the Nigerian Economic Summit Group & Achievers Consortium, and Jide George who is an International HR practitioner. Several speeches were made by the speakers at the event. It was made known to guests in attendance that there is over 17 million struggling businesses in Nigeria. Asejere is out with the objective of helping SMEs to connect. Wole odetayo talked about the role of SMEs in nation building. He mentioned that three things are needed by entrepreneurs which includes the following:
- Data/Information: he said without information, you cannot build any solution
- Knowledge: he said this is needed to scale a viable business into a growing business
Johnson Abbaly also gave some notable comments, he was majorly about empowering the youths, he said ‘
’. He also made mention of the fact that banks in the US are almost totally protected from loosing their loans due to the support of a small business administration. This encourages them to lend out money to SMEs which in turn helps SMEs fastrack their growth. Johnson Abbaly said NIGERIAN YOUTHS ARE NOT LAZY. He said Nigeria totally belongs to us and we have to take an active part in it. Abbaly said the only thing that keeps a business existing 20 years to come is not money but the Vision.
Jide George made it known to the audience about the great future prospects he saw in Asejere. He said he farms in an African country and paid 2000naira for an acre of land, you can imagine how much that would cost you in Nigeria. He said everybody has one thing or the other that he/she can develop and become who they want to be. Jide said everyone needs to wake up and start thinking. He said you should look for people with the right minds to help you achieve your dreams.
You can sign up with Asejere at Asejere.com
The event ended with a picture and networking session for the participants. Here are a few pictures from the event below.