21st March 2023
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  • 11:32 am Meet the 2022 shortlisted authors for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing.
  • 5:13 am 6 African startups among World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers 2022 cohort
  • 1:01 pm Canadian Based NGO GoldenKes Foundation holds First Empowerment Program in Nigeria 
  • 5:38 am Meet the 6 Africans shortlisted for 2022 Commonwealth Short Story Prize
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GoldenKes Foundation launched its first empowerment programme in Warri, Delta State, Southern part of Nigeria. The initiative was a two day training from 5th to 6th of May, 2022 which focused extensively on how to make local confectioneries and pastries that could launch the careers and businesses of beneficiaries . 

 “We want to make sure that people have the practical skills to make some income for themselves. We want to empower them to start their own businesses with the skills they learn during the course of the training. That’s why we chose the first initiative to focus on trading and service activities” reiterated the founder, Ekes Isibor who spoke to Desert Bloom’s Editor in Chief.

The trainer, Anwuli Olodu who is a professional baker in Warri taught participants how to make different pastries. A total of 10 participants engaged in the training which was not restricted to pastry making only. They also learnt important principles for starting, marketing and operating a confectionery shop. This balanced training of hard skills and business strategy gave the trainees an insight on how to navigate the world of entrepreneurship. 

Some beneficiaries of the training

In Nigeria, several individuals have benefited from free skill acquisition programs held by various other organizations and many have gone on to become entrepreneurs and trainers themselves. More so, the high rate of unemployment and poverty in the country makes the need to acquire skills more important. 

The goal of Goldenkes Foundation is to empower youths and young adults from the rural and suburban parts of Nigeria Live Above abject poverty (LeAP). By creating skill acquisition programs, the Foundation aims to empower youths and young adults to earn a living for themselves and their families. 

Desert Bloom Advisory is proud to be a consultant partner for this pioneer project. We congratulate all the participants of this pioneer skills acquisition program. 

To learn more about the GoldenKes Foundation, kindly visit www.goldenkesfoundation.com

Ruth Torty

Ruth Torty is a biochemist, and freelance science writer. She writes to shed light on health issues, rare diseases and science research in Nigeria. She is also a creative writer and has published on different literary sites including Spillwords and Nnoko Stories. She is passionate about genomics and its role in healthcare.