Top creative entrepreneurs and artistes in Nigeria have partnered with Graduatepro, a non-governmental organisation, to produce an audio book capable of inspiring Nigerian youth.
Titled ‘I’m a Gruaduate, Now What?’, the audio book will be produced by Kehinde Lawrence and Remi Olutimayin, and feature 55 Nigerians Graduatepro considers to be role models.
These role models, selected from a wide range of industries will act as narrators in the book. They include Audu Maikori, Ukeje, Segun Lawal, Yemi Amusan, Amanda Kirby Okoye, Dare Art-Alade, Chioma Omeruah, Ayo Makun, Chinedu Ikedieze, Jane Maduegbuna, Lanre Olusola, Michelle Aisha Bello, Kola Oyeneyin, Nimi Akinkugbe, Japheth Omojuwa and Andre Henshaw.
The project’s Creative Director and Founder of Graduatepro, Ms. Naomi Lucas said the selected role models would serve as narrators on the project, giving life to the scripts under the supervision of a voice coach and a creative director. The project, according to her, will be replicated in key African countries using local influencers in the region and managed by Graduatepro’s country leads.
According to Lucas, “We must adopt a pan-African approach to solving unemployment. We must show our young people that they can stay here and find meaningful work.”
She added, “My aim is to use the power of audio-visuals, young people’s attraction to the creative industries and the pervasiveness of Internet and mobile technology to reverse the scourge of unemployment on the continent. Learning styles have evolved and the onus is on those who facilitate learning to remain one step ahead.”