Can it Ever be Enough?

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…It downed on him that it wasn’t a dream. He was being kicked out of the building. His well ironed suit, with his starched pink shirt and a tie to march his black shoe made C.K(as he is popularly known) the girls dream guy. He was tall, ebony and little muscular in nature, almost like the NBA stars just that he wasn’t the sport guy. Oh Yes! C.K wasn’t the type that flirted or partied either. Rumor has it that he had an agreement with the god of intelligent, but it was just people and their talk. It was simply principles and determination that made C.K what he was until today.

What really happened to C.K” asked this gorgeous lady who I know had this crush for me. Recovering from the shock that C.K had just been sacked; I still didn’t know what to say to the lady besides me still asking what has happened to my best friend and colleague. I mean, C.K wasn’t just my best friend or the best employee in ‘REACH THE ZENITH CONSULTING FIRM’; I was a secret student under his mentorship although without his knowledge. He was my mentor!best

“What happened, talk to me”, pleaded Ada. “Okay, okay”, I answered trying to ease her from her own curiosity. “C.K has been sacked”! “What? Why? When? How? By who?” was her quick response. “Which do I answer first, calm down” I was beginning to wonder if she was also one of C.K’s secret students.

No doubt, C.K was very intelligent, but he was too absorbed in what he had learnt already that he forgot that there are a lot to learn. He frequently missed seminars and trainings organized by the company. He would always say to me, “o boi! Wey tin I go learn wey I never sabi”? (Translation; ‘O boy! What is new to learn when I know them already’), in my simplicity, I would just smile.

C.K thought he knew everything, that he never wanted more, he never humbled himself before knowledge to be mentored or tutored. He was contended with the knowledge he had already. With his old knowledge.

“Ada, he was sacked by the new management who couldn’t stand him any longer for the reason you know already, through an email and a typed letter (hard copy) this morning in this office” I answered still checking if I have omitted anything. I then added, “If this can befall C.K, then we are not a problem. Knowledge is power and I will always yearn to develop mine. I will learn, unlearn and relearn on frequent basis. Hope you will too”?

“Of course I will, let me go and summit those files before I will be next in line”! She replied as she walked to her desk……..

iKapture Networks in Calabar, Nigeria Launches the Enterprise Development Program

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Calabar, Nigeria – July, 2014

Entrepreneurs are the new rock-stars: You can be one of them. They are the backbone of a Nation’s economy and with creative skills and diligence, many multinationals have been born. You are on your way to joining that league.

iKapture Networks has launched the Enterprise Development Program (EDP) to help develop entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs in various skills. The program is aimed at reducing the rate of unemployment in today’s Nigeria, fostering Youth Development and building enterprises. The iKapture EDP seeks to educate the participants on how to build their enterprise without running into a ditch.

The EDP program is enriched with intensive teachings on entrepreneurship, guide to developing a business plan, mentoring and information on grant opportunities. It is hoped that the iKapture Networks EDP participants should at the end of the program be able to build a self-sustainable and scalable business and enterprise in their various areas of interest and be competitively outstanding.

Find below the various enterprise skills starting in July, 2014

1. Graphics Designing 5 weeks N15,000
2. Computer and ICT 5 weeks N10,000
3. Ankara Designing 3 weeks N10,000
4. Public Speaking 4 weeks N10,000
5. Photography & Editing 4 weeks N10,000
6. Blogging 3 weeks N10,000
7. Baking 5 weeks N15,000

About iKapture Networks – iKapture is a social enterprise that seeks to provide solutions to the youth and educational challenges using innovative strategies and information and communication technology (ICT) in Nigeria.

For registration, partnership and more information, please contact:

Head Office and Training Center:

iKapture Networks
No. 3 Victory way, Satellite Town,
Calabar (Behind CUDA)
Phone: 08090970206; 08036241262
Email: [email protected]

Youngstars Roll Out of the 1st iKapture YLEAD Training Program

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Gathering of the Premiere Youth Leaders at iKapture Networks, Calabar from the 19th of May to June 6th 2014.

On Monday the 19th of May 2014, the much awaited iKapture Networks three week Leadership, entrepreneurship and Personal development training for youth between the ages of 15 to 25 finally kicked off with 12 participants.

The training session began with one hour of orientation to familiarize the participants with the organization, its environs, its ethics, values and expectations from the trainees. Forms to evaluate each training session, writing materials and name tags were distributed to the participants.
We immediately launched into the first one week in-house training proper. The lecture sessions were colorful and spiced with different flavors from the variety of facilitators handling different topics. We had two external and five internal trainers including; Mr. Jonah Benson, Mrs. Ann Mesembe, Miss Grace Ihejiamaizu, Miss Vivian Bassey, Miss Edima Frank, Mr. Kenechukwu Ogbuagu, Mr. Steve Ogar and several volunteers.

Each class began by 9am and ended by 2pm. The participants were served lunch every day at noon day and this was a bonding period for the trainers and facilitators. Everyone was expected to talk, feel free and relax for thirty minutes before the afternoon sessions.

As part of our efforts to help young people ‘learn by doing’, a day was set aside for a general volunteering experience at a chosen location. This exercise was aimed at inculcating the virtues of community service and servant leadership into the heart of the trainees. Apex Nursery and Primary School Int’l was chosen for its proximity to our office. The trainees and the in-house facilitators therefore marched to the school and immediately volunteered to serve.
Some trainees taught the pupils, some supervised classes, some swept the environs, and others washed the bathrooms to the surprise and pleasure of the pupils, teachers and management of the school.

The second week was set aside for a volunteering experience in different partner organizations which included Apex Nursery and Primary school Int’l, Sparks Shop, Gladem Printers, the American Corner and iKapture Networks. Dressed in our cute t-shirts, trainees were distributed in groups of twos and threes to each organization. They were expected to serve and write a daily report of their activities under the supervision of an appointed supervisor at their locations.


By the third week, the trainees were eager to resume classes to meet with their friends and speculate about the excursion that was fixed on Wednesday the 4th of June. We all visited the Drill Ranch on Marian Road Calabar for the excursion. It was an exciting experience as none of the trainees had been there before. The tour guide gave us a fascinating recount of the drill monkey species and its peculiarities. We also saw a couple of antelopes, parrots and a monitor lizard. We were advised to visit the other branches of the drill ranch in Ishie Street off High Way, Calabar and the Head Quarter in Boki LGA, Cross River State.

We had a day set aside for a mentoring experience. The trainees were exposed to young successful individuals to answer life questions concerning career, relationships, business, leadership, academics and their spiritual life. The mentors included Mrs. Ann Mesembe, Mr. Jonah Benson and Mr. Joseph Edet (La Shakara). They also had an agreement to continue the mentorship sessions for one month after the training.

The graduation day was Friday the 6th of June 2014. The trainees were so excited. They gave brief presentations about their stay, experiences and lessons learnt during the YLEAD training. They also gave positive feedback on their aspirations and dreams, promising to accomplish them with all the information and knowledge gathered from the training.

There was a cash prize and a gift awarded to the best student (Miss Blessing Baki) and gifts to the second runners up who had a draw. (Mr. Favour Ihejiamaizu and Emmanuel Okobe).

The trainees also gave a gift to iKapture Networks for a job well done after the presentation of certificates.
The trainees described the YLEAD training in one word and these were their tags; YLEAD is ‘great, amazing, impactful, making sense, nice, encouraging, WOW, inspiring, cool, fine, and wonderful and gbosa!!!’

Slide8There was a lot of celebration and refreshment as the ceremony came to an end at exactly on 6th June 2014 at 12.30pm. Preparations are on for the next batch of young leaders and we can’t wait to receive them!

We appreciate everyone who supported and sponsored this effort!
The iKapture Team

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