“I Love My Business”, “My Business is my tomorrow”, “without my business, I’m finished” – These were some of the responses of entrepreneurs and business owners who thronged out in large numbers to welcome the City Walk Team. The walk kicked off from CBN South-South Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) office at Prof. Eyo Ita House through Marian Road– Rabana and Akim Market.
At the Akim Market, Business owners came out from their shops to identify with the message of the team, Some of the Business owners who spoke, acknowledged that doing business is the best thing that has happened to them as it makes them more independent and free to grow and explore other opportunities.
Mr. Fidelis who runs a sporting wear outfit at Marian road, said that “People tend to look down on business owners but the reverse should be the case. For instance, am a graduate and I own this business, I don’t believe there is any Government job that can pay me what am presently making in this business”.
Another person Mrs. Effiong was all smiles as she noted that if only people know and understand the hidden wealth in running a business, everybody will embrace business. Her jewellery business has grown from strength to strength as it now employs 20 different hands and contributes to the Nigerian Economy through regular payment of tax.
The City Walk was organized by CBN South-South Entrepreneurship Development Centre and kicked off all the activities marked to celebrate the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The aim of the City Walk was create awareness of Global Entrepreneurship Week, engage and interact with community business owners/CEO’s and encourage more people to see business as a sure way to financial freedom and wealth.
Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare, during one week in November.
GEW is a platform positioned to inspire people everywhere through entrepreneurial activities to help exploit existing and emerging opportunities as well as intimate networking gatherings, connect practitioners to prospective investors, collaborators and even mentors.
As an institution set up to drive entrepreneurship within the region, collaborating with the Calabar Chamber of
Commerce, and joining the global entrepreneurship community, the CBN South South Entrepreneurship
Development Centre, has organized commemorative events to celebrate the week.
See pictures from the city walk below: