When the top student entrepreneurs converge this year in Toronto Canada for the Global Student Entrepreneurs’ Awards (GSEA), Nigeria will be represented by Olanrewaju Fadodun, an undergraduate of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State; students for the Awards are expected from 50 Countries
Fadodun, a student of the Department of Microbiology, emerged winner in Nigeria after becoming the first runner-up in the final, dailynigerian reported.
The second and third runner-ups are Aliyu Bello Aliyu, a Pharmacy student at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and Emmanuel Tishion who studies Business Administration at the National Open University of Nigeria.
Though, still a student, Mr Fadolun owns and manages an Ile-Ife based local food processing firm: Temophadis International, a company that prides itself as providing “better food from the heart of Africa to the world”, the firm is know for producing processed foods for used in making Nigerian dishes such as Gbegiri, Akara etc. according to its Social Media Profiles
This is what the national winner has to say about himself: “I am skilled in food product formulation, food bio-preservation, food processing equipment design and cleanability and products branding, I worked as a salesperson of a frozen foods merchandise and as a manager of a start-up business enterprise in the past.”
He’s expected to be hosted for at least two days by Entrepreneurs’s Organisation (EO) for learning, mentorship and pitching of innovative business ideas.
The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards
Founded in 1998, the Global Students Entrepreneur Awards, founded by John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University and financed with Mercedes-Benz Financial, recognizes excellence among student owners of profit-making businesses while still in College/University. The organization was taken over by Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) in 2016.
Findings by campusbiz.com.ng shows that only one African has won the Awards since inception, a South African by the name of Ludwick Marishane in 2011, if Olanrewaju Fadodun wins it, he would be the first Nigerian ever to win the awards.
Written by: Bolaji Dawodu; Editing by: Funmilola Abidemi for campusbiz.com.ng