My social enterprise, oppourtunities.com, is an online platform that bridges the gap between opportunity providers and seekers. The platform thereby enables youths from different parts of the world to have access to timely and life-changing opportunities. The enterprise also advocates for quality education and ensure that youths are adequately empowered to create innovative entrepreneurs for a sustainable future. The social enterprise provides youths with access to different local and international opportunities, which in turn generate more avenue for people to access quality education — the social enterprise advocates for SDGS goal 4 and 8 for a sustainable future.
Oppourtunities.com was created in 2016, before my completion of my Higher National Diploma from Lagos State Polytechnic. After thoroughly thinking, I realized that most youths are always idle and unemployed on the completion of their undergraduate and high school education. What's a better way to make a difference and help add value to their lives than creating an online social enterprise that brings opportunities their way? Oppourtunities.com provides college and high school graduates with leverage that will equip them for a better future.
The enterprise also organizer various empowerment programs to equip young men and women on marketable skills. With these skills, youth can increase the number of innovative entrepreneurs in Nigeria which will, in turn, create safe space for a prosperous Nigeria and Africa.
Through the forum, over 6,000 youths from different parts of the world have been able to access quality and timely information about opportunities. The forum has made them changemakers in their respective countries. Over 20 young Nigeria youths have benefited from our forum through the various opportunities posted on our forum like Mandela Washington Fellowship, Obama Foundation fellowship, Erasmus Mundus scholarship, Young African Leadership Initiative, African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative program, African ChangeMakers Fellowship, and many others.
Till date, we have been able to empower over 200 young Nigerians in various vocational skills like Tye and Dye, Ankara accessories making, Game programming and others. These empowerment programs were carried out to help create more jobs and reduce youth idleness.
Being in a competitive world, we face many challenges ranging from finance, partnership and funding. It’s easier for the male counterpart to have access to funding. Thank God for the actions taken up by different organizations like the United Nations, United Nation Women, SheLeadsAfrica, SparkNg by Guardian Newspaper, and UK government for ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment concerning SDG Goal 5, females are now getting the full attention they deserve. It has been easier for women to access the necessary tools and grants needed for them to scale up their business.
My greatest reward is the smile and happiness I saw on peoples face when they are selected for one or two programs. I get messages almost every day from people appreciating my work and the impact the forum is making.
Funmilola Awosanya has six years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Higher National Diploma in Insurance from Lagos State Polytechnic in Nigeria. Her social enterprise connect youths with opportunities in the social entrepreneurship space. she helped create an avenue for youths to access timely and prompt local and international opportunities which paved way for quality education. Funmilola work with different community-based organizations and foundations to advance quality education and promote decent jobs. Funmilola has volunteered as a lecturing and overseeing committee, youth advocate, and agent of change, for diverse organizations including Young African Leadership Initiative West Africa Region, Makoko Dream Project, Young Transformation Initiative and Cherie Blair Mentoring Women in Business. Through these experiences. Funmilola through the years has developed skills in capacity building, leadership development, Mentoring, community service, business development and project planning and implementation. Funmilola is interested in SMEs, leadership, social entrepreneurship, business development, and management and youth empowerment.