Jaja Bright, Founder iCreate at the Youth Forum in Abu Dhabi

Peter Uzoho

The iCreate Skill Festival, an annual youth empowerment festival will
unlock vocational, innovative, and entrepreneurial skills of young
Nigerians and Africans for the overall economic development of the
continent.

Being first of its kind, the youth empowerment festival with the goal
to transform skills acquisition across Africa, holds its 2018 edition
in October at the National Stadium, Abuja. Set to become Africa’s
largest vocational event, and organised in partnership with the Abuja
Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the multipurpose event will comprise
different sessions including skills competition, exhibition, and a
conference.

According to the organisers, unlike any other vocational event, the
iCreate 2018 skills competition will see the most talented
technicians, artisans and innovators from over 50 universities,
polytechnics and vocational training centres in the country showcase
their excellent skills, compete for tremendous funding opportunities,
as well as exclusive internship programmes.

“Being one of the largest exhibitions to emerge from the continent,
the iCreate exhibition will bring top manufacturers, employers,
sponsors and clients, face to face with the best vocational experts,
innovators and a pool of young creative minds doing phenomenal things
on the continent,” Mr. Jaja Bright, Founder, iCreate, said.

“The conference will deal with the fundamental issue of infrastructure
and policy. We will host over 300 top government officials,
policy makers and drivers, as well as vocational experts to
discover the structures, opportunities, and policies in place to
build the vocational sector of the Nigerian economy.

“We will chart direction and unravel potential opportunities available
to youths and Nigerians seeking economic opportunities through
vocational skills. iCreate 2018 will expose young Nigerians and
every participant to the value and promise the vocational
sector holds, shedding light on the indispensable role of
vocational skills in the growth and evolution of the Nigerian
economy,” Bright noted.