Our motivation for compiling the list of exceptional young people in Enugu state we feel should be applauded for the year 2017, can be easily summarized in this cute short story.
A story is told of a king, who went to his garden one morning, only to find everything withered and ‘dying’. He asked the OAK tree that stood near the gate what the trouble was. The oak said it was tired of life and was determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine tree (whistling pine). The pine complained that it could not bear grapes like the grape vine. The grapevine was determined to dry up because it could not stand erect and produce fruits as large as peaches. The geranium plant was fretting because it was not tall and didn’t have a nice fragrance like the lilac plant. But coming to a violet plant, the king found its ‘face’ as bright and happy as ever, and asked, “What is your secret? You don’t seem to be in the least discouraged. The violet said: “No, I’m not. I know I’m small, yet I thought if you wanted an oak or pine or a peach tree, you would have planted one. Since I knew you wanted violet, I’m determined to be the best violet I can be.
This is the list of young people in Enugu state who determined to be the best of themselves in 2017. Eligibility for appearance on this list is three pronged; social media, creativity and consistency.
Olive Tree Hair Clinic:
The umbrella name for the first natural hair clinic in Enugu state and owned by the 23 year old Chinyere Okoro. The olive tree hair clinic is geared towards hair consulting, bespoke bridal hair and styling. Speaking at the business dinner of the wedding showcase 2017, Chinyere explained how she started her business in her father’s garage at home because as a fresh graduate she didn’t want to remain dependent on her mother for financial support. For a young woman, Chinyere showed wisdom and creativity in introduction, advertisement and in the running her business. She helps women ‘slay’ their natural hair in an effortless manner and almost puts to shame the ideology; ‘It is near impossible to be a successful start up in Enugu state’.
Abafor Chima Chuka has successfully flagged off an e-commerce website and the first food delivery and app in the coal city. Ogwugo.com is an online market hub for quality products for both manufacturers and consumers. The ogwugo.com app not only allows you to select your favourite meal from specified restaurants within the city, it delivers your order in forty-five minutes. On the app also, you can shop and have it delivered to you - drinks, male and female shoes, clothes, electronics and refill gas cylinders. Ogwugo.com is south East's number one online market and we have Abafor Chima to thank for that.
For those who had no idea who Kennedy was, it came as a pleasant surprise when he was announced the winner of THE NEXT TITAN show, season 4. To his family and friends, such recognition was long overdue. THE NEXT TITAN is a 10 week Entrepreneurial Reality TV show designed to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of Nigerians. The TV Reality Show which is in its fourth season gives an opportunity to young talented Nigerians who have great, innovative and unbeatable business ideas, to compete against one another in real-life entrepreneurial challenges in a bid to ultimately win Five Million Naira and a Brand New Car to start their new business or to support their existing business. As you can already guess, Kennedy emerged the winner. From Future Awards ‘Young Person of the Year’ nominee to The Next Titan season 4 winner, he recently revealed he’s gunning for Forbes under 30 list via a post on Instagram. Good looking out to him.
Once upon a time, people thought women who are gym addicts to be muscular and unattractive. They were so wrong
Chinenye Ulaegbu is the sexy CEO of Dioda fitness. A fitness coach and actress, she encourages women to live a healthy lifestyle and have a banging body too. Through the course of the year, she held several fitness classes and weight loss challenges. The transformation process was visible online and she got quite the attention. The first wealth is health and Chinenye is at the fore front of this movement, changing bodies and lives. She also launched her fitness wear line, which is the first indigenous fitness wear brand in the south east.
You probably know him as Mister Brainbox. He co-owns with his two business partners, Blueafric Media, a 360 media company and parent company to Blueprintafric, Christian is an exceptional student entrepreneur. He never boarded the bus carrying people who are ‘waiting to finish school’ before they can start pursing their dreams. His company blueprintafric, hit a lot of notable milestones this year. They were media partners to Lagos fashion and design week, fashion focus talks Enugu chapter, Nexus kitchen cook out with BBN star Uriel Oputa, the Africa international film festival (AFRIFF 2017), the wedding showcase (TWS2017) etc. As a brand maker and manager, Christian headed the online campaign plans of major brands such as Mycity ride, Akwata.com, Lilburn health and fitness centre, Ogwugo.com and Ola Ndi Igbo 2017. His nickname ‘brain box’ stands to represent his creative nature.
Dj Xtacee: And then there was X. . .
A lot of factors adding up makes Xtacee stand out. Can we start with his talent? His skill as a deejay is superb. His grind is ‘brotherly’. He has worked with every recording artiste coming out of 042 in the past decade. In 2017, he gave his fans a feel of X with ‘Jump off with Dj Xtacee, a street banger featuring Zoro and Ivan Edd (OMG), true love featuring K-Large, hit list mix vol 5 (summer vibes), X session with Slow dog etc. Dj Xtacee is the most consistent disc jockey brand in South East Nigeria.
a.k.a the south east media girl. Jasmine is fearless when it comes to carving a niche for herself in the south east media space. CEO of South East Trends and Nazmine Media, her blog supports, promotes and investigates everything south east while her events and PR company handles events. She was the brand ambassador for Mycity ride, a mobile app that connects drivers with passengers in Enugu state. Her events company (Nazmine Media) successfully planned and executed an event for the former governor of Cross Rivers state, Donald Duke, and biggest event of the year in Enugu state, Phyno Fest.
She is special for using her social media to drive change as seen in her campaign, #FixSoutheastRoads She was also part of the ‘Talk with Vanessa’ campus tour where she taught ‘using social media to drive change’ to undergraduates. She is termed ‘south east media girl for always showing unalloyed support for the south east.
‘Igbo to the world’ is what Quincy “Onye Egwu” represents. A hustler from 042 is fast making his way up the ladder in the Nigerian music industry.
Quincy has been creative and consistent in 2017. Asides his banging hit singles like ‘Oga Landlord’, he featured artists like Phyno (Jombo) and Illbliss (Intoto) this year. Good looking out to him!
Just like her name implies, Tamara is the sweet makeup artist that built a successful brand for herself this year. No one is truly ugly this days, all you simply need is a good makeover. With just a touch of her magic brush, sweet Tamara can turn an everyday girl into a Disney princess.
She has worked with Nollywood actresses such as Rachael Okonkwo (Nkoli Nwa Nsuka) and Cha Cha Eke Faani. She was also one of the makeup artists for the wedding showcase model shoot.
Popularly known as Lekwas, Chimezie is a humanitarian and child rights advocate.
He works with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) Nigeria and applies information technology to improve how we make reports of child abuse and neglect; to create awareness about the rights of the child in Enugu State specifically and Nigeria in general. As a passionate child rights advocate, Lekwas believes in equipping girls with information to make them know their rights, be confident and withstand abuse. He also teaches young boys and equips them with information to help make them loving and not tools for domestic violence.