The Skills Outside School Foundation is an organization over the last 6 years deploying education, employability and entrepreneurship interventions through our core pillars: data, interventions and advocacy. Working with 700+ volunteers (including business mentors, career mentors and trainers), 150+ international and local partners including UNICEF, Access Bank, ACT Foundation, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Secondary Education Board, Smyle Africa Trust, Opportunity Desk, Root2Fruit Foundation, Volunteer in Nigeria and the Nigerian National Youth Service, we have supported 2000+ youth and adults in Nigeria through various interventions.
Our content and model comes’ from our 6 years’ experience in education, entrepreneurship and employability as an organization, a board and management team with combined 60+ years of not profit, public and private experience, and trainers with 86+ years’ experience whilst leveraging on instructors and mentors with several successful businesses on the African continent. Our model guides the learner through 3 key pillars of learning: Absorb; Practice & Refine for which the core outputs are: Ideation; Implementation; Iteration.
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Some Success Stories
Meet John Fakunle, CEO of Vercunle Natural Oils, a premium shear butter manufacturing and distribution business. After participating in our program and receiving N200,000 in seed capital [US$500], John scaled the business beyond the federal capital territory in Nigeria, to 3 additional states, and has expanded to market outlets in USA and Germany. His customer base grew 400% and has expanded his product base.
Meet Ajisope Joshua, who after participating in our “unlocking funding opportunities” module applied for and received the infamous Tony Elumelu Foundation grant of NGN500,000.
During the 2019 pitch event, 6 participants received NGN2.5 million of seed grants [c.US$7,000].
Several participants received land and office spaces for their businesses from mentors and investors.
Previous Participants Testimonials
- “Had a successful business training, Headstart-into-Entrepreneurship was awesome, educative and inspiring. Thanks to SOS foundation and ACT foundation” - Amarah Joseph
- “Thank you, SOSF and ACT foundation. After the training, I was able to come up with a logo a vision statement for my business and a color”- Emmanuel Ehadagoro
- “Due to the Headstart training I was able to rebrand by product and change my packaging, imagine a fashion designer with her own branded label and paper bag. My sales have increased so much, I now export my outfits to UK and Canada” - Amanda Okolo
- “Building my business has been grueling, exhausting, inspiring and exciting, I was also able to come up with a job description for my employees for proper organizational structure” - StellaMaris Obeta
- “The Mentorship I had from Mr. Ahmed bello gave me more idea on ways to start my business, I just started my poultry business with 50 birds” - Elizabeth Iko
- “I received a very good mentorship from Mr. Samuel Moses. It was indeed very inspiring because he taught me ways on how to market my business. I am into shoe making because of the mentorship I was able to rebrand and market effectively” - Egberipou Wilson
- “I had no business idea before I came for the training, but after the business idea generation module, I was able to develop so many ideas, I now make snacks and distribute them at various shops” - Mary Abimbola
- “I was so excited about the program because am a fashion designer who designs wears for men only, I was able to know how to expand the skills I learnt from the training to expand my business” - Kufre Godwin
- I am so excited about this program. It was an eye opener for me to become valuable in my community through starting a business - Samuel Onoja
Ahmed Yero is the Transforming your idea into an Enterprise instructor. He is an experienced professional with 28 years’ experience across various organizations including First Bank PLC, North South Bank and ARM Asset Management company. He teaches students in the Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa Nigeria (part-time) and is an experienced and trained teacher and mentor. He is a member of several professional bodies including: Chartered Institute of Management of Nigeria, Nigeria Institute of Builders and Nigerian Environmental Society. He is a Fellow, Chartered Institute of Loans and Risks management of Nigeria. He obtained a BSc. in Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1988, MBA in Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi, HND Building Technology in Federal Polytechnic Nasarawa, MSc in Environmental Resource Management in Nasarawa State University and currently running a PhD program in the same university.
Justin Tochukwu is the Building and Communicating a Strong Brand instructor. He is a Brand and Business consultant with over 10 years of experience in Branding, Strategy and Digital transformation. He is currently the Brand and Business Development Manager at VTB Consulting. He was part of the elite team of brand experts that rebranded NairaBet, Nigerian’s first sport betting company, with over 40 million users. He engaged and lead the nationwide digital implementation of Scripture Union daily guide devotionals into mobile apps across Android and IOS platforms to reach more than 6 million members. He implemented the Strategic branding and market positioning for FRIMA, a Malaysian conglomerate with a vision to penetrate the African market. He is a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), a Fellow in the Institute of Management Consultant (FIMC) and Certified Management Consultant (CMC).
Belinda Ezeofor is the Must Have Skills of an Entrepreneur instructor. She is an experienced Legal Practitioner, Career Consultant, Motivational Speaker. She is the Co-founder of Beelanze Consult Ltd, a human resource consulting firm where she has successfully developed training, research, recruitment and skill acquisition programs. Belinda has a LLB degree, was called to the Nigerian Bar and has an MBA (Human Resources) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. She has spoken at and hosted over 50 events over the last 2 years as a motivational speaker including TEDX, America public speaking and motivational forum, Canvas on Air (by Shell Petroleum Development Corporation), JCT Abuja Metro and the UNICEF International Day of the Girl Child. Belinda is also an actor, having featured in several key features and movies in Nollywood including Merry Men 1, Swapped and Exparte. She is multi-lingual, being fluent in English, French, Igbo and Hausa.
Eyo Etim is the Managing and Projecting your Business Finances instructor. Eyo is a highly experience finance, tax and accounting professional with over 18 years of experience.
He is a Deputy Tax Manager in the Nigerian Federal Inland Revenue Service, where he provides audit and risk profiling services. He was previously Head of Accounts of Suctone Ventures Ltd. He has also held a cost accountant role in the same entity.
He was also previously a Senior Consultant at DOC-AA Consultants. He holds a BSc in Accounting from University of Calabar.
Veronica Agana is the Attracting, Incentivising and Managing the right human capital instructor. She has over 12 years of experience in Environmental Management, Human Resources Management, Customer Relations Management and Advocacy. She is the Founder of Waste Plus Environmental Services. She is a Product Manager and a nature expert at Sosocare, a leading emerging micro mobile health insurance startup using innovative approach to bring health insurance to millions of people who never had it before by enabling them to pay for a health insurance with recyclable waste in order to promote universal healthcare and business financing.
She was previously an HR Executive, iSON BPO, a leading BPO service provider in Africa. She also held roles as the National Volunteer, Citizen Led Monitor for the Voluntary Services Overseas, and a Customer Service Officer and HR Supervisor at MTN Nigeria, the leading telecommunications service provider.
She has a BSc in Biology/Biological Sciences from the Ahmadu Bello University, an MBA, focused on Human Resources from Bayero University and a post-Graduate Diploma in Business Admin and Management from the Bayero University. She received the “Best Business Idea Northwest Region, Nigeria” from the Accelerate Labs Project, a project of the Future Africa, building the next generation of African leaders in entrepreneurship. She is a Fellow of the prestigious Mandela Washinton Fellowship.
Olatunji Atoyebi is the Implementing strong corporate governance and legal structures for your business instructor. He is the Managing Partner of Rainmaker Chambers. He was previously an associate at Tawo E. Tawo SAN & Co. He is the Publicity Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (Abuja Chapter). He is an avid writer and blogger, contributing to various platforms including the Nigerian Lawyer. He is the CEO of Rainmakers Entertainment. He is the Legal Counsel to Etuk ng, the largest provider of shortlet apartments in Nigeria to law school students across all Nigerian law school campuses in the country, with over 1000+ active listings.
He has 8 years post call to bar legal experience in Nigeria. He has a BL from the Nigerian Law School, an LLB from the prestigious Igbinedion University.
Halima Ibrahim Abba is the Financing Your Business instructor. She is currently the Special Assistant to the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and a Senior Investments Associate at the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) a US$7.2bn pan-African infrastructure focused multilateral development finance institution.
She has over 10 years’ experience in international development, investing, social sector, public-private partnerships, consulting and strategic advisory primarily to SMEs and non-profits. With a focus on power, transport & logistics and heavy industry, she has appraised and executed transactions in excess of US$17billion and US$1billion respectively in infrastructure projects across the African continent including a US$270 million convertible debt and equity investment into a diversified platform of ports, integrated industrial zones, infrastructure and airports business verticals, across West and Central Africa, with key partners: Olam International, the Republic of Gabon and AP Moller Capital; development and all-equity financing of the first 60MW wind farm in Djibouti, syndicated financing with IFC and Gulf Capital to Carbon Holdings Limited in Egypt, mergers and acquisition of a US$500 million pan African 1730MW platform company with a diversified portfolio of 7 power assets across 5 African countries delivering power to millions of Africans. She is a consultant and trustee of several organizations. She sits on the boards of several high growth businesses including a group of companies focused on media, private equity/venture capital, entrepreneurship education, resource development and educator training; and a transport and logistics business. She is an advisor and consultant for several leading organisations and SMEs.
She is the Chair and Founder of Skills Outside School Foundation, a leading Africa-focused education, employability & entrepreneurship organization. She has worked in various organizations including Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Nomura and Nigerian Bureau of Public Enterprises.
Halima has an LLB from Kings College London (first class) and a Masters in Development Studies from Cambridge University. She is an alum of Harvard Business School Executive Education, Yale University School of Management and the International Finance Faculty. She is an Associate member of the Institute of Directors UK, International Institute of Directors & Managers, and a member of Women on Boards UK.