YEC-Academy Concludes in Celebration of Creativity, Opportunity

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The Youth Entrepreneurship and Creative Academy, or YEC-Academy, the project designed and implemented by CYFI’s Vocational Training team, concluded with flair on Saturday, with an exhibition featuring displays of hand-crafted wares and testimonials from the program’s participants.

Some of the trainees’ handmade shoes incorporated ankara fabric designs.
A photography trainee discusses his photo of a popular market in Ibadan.
Another YEC-Academy trainee displays men’s sandals he crafted.
One photo featured Ikogosi Waterfall.

As the culmination of nearly four-month vocational training program, the Creative Youth Exhibition, which was held at the Alliance Francaise in Ibadan, provided a platform for the program’s participants to showcase what they’ve learned. Shoemaking students filled tables with colorful sandals, slippers, dress and casual shoes — including some original, creative designs, made with denim and ankara fabric — while photography students presented photographs they’d taken on both prominent and prosaic sights and themes. A highlight of the exhibition was the presentation of a short film, written, filmed, and produced by the program’s filmmaking trainees. The film, called “Thelma’s Dilemma,” addressed issues relating to sex and unsafe abortions amongst Nigerian university students.

A photography trainee discusses her photo of children walking uphill.

At the conclusion of the event, YEC-Academy’s participants received certificates of completion, and spoke about their experience in the program. Several said that they are in the process of starting their own small business and soliciting customers as a result of the program. Others said that while they’d gone into YEC-Academy with minimal expectations, the skills they learned and the exposure to other motivated peers inspired them to pursue their creative passions.

CYFI fellow Obinna E. reviews photos of the event.

To support or purchase handcrafted wares from any of the YEC-Academy participants, please contact the CYFI Board at for more information. Facebook users can also view the group’s page here: and check out a photo album of work by one of the academy’s participants here:;=1