Thoughts on creating more jobs in Nigeria.

At the beginning of 2016, I had a number of to-read books, which I hardly read. However, my kindle reading statistics now displays that I’m 18% on one of those books; New York Times Bestseller “Benjamin Franklin,” by Walter Isaacson (Author of Einstein and Steve Jobs)

There was a line in the book that reinforces my life mission. It says, “The riches of a country are to be valued by the quantity of labor its inhabitants are able to purchase, and not by the quantity of silver and gold they possess.” This was referenced from the article [“A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper Currency” — Apr 3, 1729]

Case in point — here in Nigeria, we have hundreds and thousands of businesses, which unarguably stands next to America’s business like a candle to the sun. It’s that small, but it has, if not 100x growth potential in the next 200 years. However, if we do not rightly invest in our desperate young talents our candle will burn out and we will be begging for more wax.

My twin and I are fired up to build the workforce that will develop our economy, this resonates the work we do at Stutern which has been spurred by our partnership with Jobberman, we have helped more than 500 talents get their internships and first jobs. While that is laudable, there is in fact more work to be done. We haven’t started yet, yourself and I all need to rise up and take our place in our capacities to build the future of Africa (Like E famously says).

I will in particular be working on a field that has remained rather untouched. As a Computer Animator back in London, I have seen the top studios in Soho, not to talk of bigger ones in Los Angeles, Mumbia, Dubia, Malaysia and Poland. A huge number of our graduates can perform excellently in this interdisciplinary field and they can get a well paying and stable job. CG (Computer Graphics) , VFX or traditional animation isn’t just about the big Hollywood movies. It’s a discipline in demand across a range of media channels, from apps to advertising, websites to music videos, architecture and beyond.

Plus the distinction between live action and animation is narrowing all the time, as shown in three biggest hits of the year, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory and Zootopia which depended as much on the believability of their animated/motion captured characters as much as the ‘real actors’.

I recently met with Emeka Onyenwe from Audax Solutions because I really like the capacity building programs in tech they run in their Lagos centre. We then decided to come together to make this work after I found out that he studied visual communications and shares a similar passion in development of human capacity in the creative industry.

Whether you are student studying the art / science; mass communication, computer science, physics & solar, geography, engineering, theatre art, creative-writing, micro-biology this is a field you can be trained as, you already have what it takes. To make it more attractive, we will be paying you while learning and also working with leading studios around the world. Several of the large VFX and animation houses have developed online work environments. Some are cloud-based and some are simply Internet-linked real-time systems. This also means we will be creating an industry here in this continent.

If the true measure of a nations’s wealth is the talent, we need to keep our candle burning for it to take the place of the sun someday. You can apply here if you are fired up for richness of our country.

Thanks for the edit, Taiwo, Simi, Gbemi, Tayo, Princess, Emeka and Richard.

Co-founder, Stutern

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