…as Dakkada Business and Leadership Forum(DB&LF) recognizes and celebrates unalloyed Dakkada Spirit displayed by Secondary School Students in Akwa Ibom State.

Igniting the flames of entrepreneurship and innovation in the young minds of students of select public schools in the state was the focus, as the Dakkada Business and Leadership forum in partnership with the house of Diamond Community initiative hosted the Diamond Challenge, a pitch event for high school entrepreneurs in Akwa Ibom State.

The diamond Challenge, an international innovative entrepreneurship competition for secondary schools’ students offers teens and secondary school students across the world an opportunity to pursue their passions through entrepreneurship while putting their ideas into action. The event, in its 8th year will see successful student entrepreneurs compete in the final pitch competition at the University of Delaware, USA.

Speaking at the Uyo pitch event, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr Ime Uwah described entrepreneurship as the livewire of any thriving economy. Uwah said that all over the world, entrepreneurs were the major employers of labour, thereby helping to alleviate the burden of unemployment and by extension bettering the economy. He encouraged the students, especially those from public schools not to wait for “white collar jobs” on graduation, but to seek out ways they can solve problems in the society through entrepreneurship, as their source of livelihood could lie therein.

Speaking further, the Governor’s aide hinted that the Dakkada Business and Leadership Forum (DB&LF) has a core objective of identifying and recognizing excellence amongst the sons and daughters of Akwa Ibom State, and is poised to continue encouraging the students to become winners.

Highpoint of the event was the presentation of cash prizes to winners at the pitch event by the SSA. The first prize winner at the Uyo pitch event, a group of secondary school students – Caleb Essien, Wisdom Edighienyong and Abasifreke Sunday, who developed a mobile phones solar charger will travel to University of Delaware, USA for the pitch finale.