Winners of ‘Enterprise Challenge Competition’ get N1.5 m each

Odiete, Yammama with organisers of the competition. 

Eseoghene Odiete and Nasir Yammama, both winners of ‘Enterprise Challenge’ have been awarded their prizes of N1.5 million each in addition to other gifts.

The  ‘Enterprise Challenge” is an online competition which seeks to give young, brilliant entrepreneurial minds the opportunity to further develop their entrepreneurial skills and bring their innovative ideas to limelight for possible future development.

 The British Council, in partnership with Virgin Atlantic Airways and Zenith Bank in 2014 launched the maiden edition of its online competition tagged ‘Enterprise Challenge.’
A total of 10 finalists (Nigerians based in the UK and at home) battled for the top two spots and on the 14th of June 2014, and Eseoghene Ise Odiete and Nasir Yammama emerged winners of the competition.

 They have since had the opportunity to meet with, and be mentored by Sir Richard Branson, one of the UK’s foremost entrepreneurs and Chairman of the Virgin Group.

Eseoghene Odiete is an award winning young female fashion entrepreneur and the brain behind Hesey Designs, (an African inspired accessories label). 

Nasir Yammama just concluded his postgraduate studies in creative technology at Middlesex University in London and he is currently developing an agricultural themed mobile application which he hopes to launch before the end of the year.   

Other prizes won by the top two include, a five day entrepreneurship foundation course at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa, in addition to the business support grant of N1,500,000.00 (One Million Five hundred thousand naira) which each of them got.

The grant will be used to either support an already existing business or develop a business idea.

  As a show of continued commitment to the development of Nigerian youth, the programme partners have committed to run another cycle of this competition in second quarter of 2015.

This year’s competition will be open to Nigerians domiciled in Nigeria, who fall within the 18 to 35 year age bracket.

 Further information about the competition rules and regulations and criteria for qualification will be available on the British Council, Nigeria’s corporate website from the 31st of May 2015; all direct enquiries can be sent to