After about nine years of helping Nigerians to design and execute solutions to tackle the many intractable problems in Nigeria, Femi Longe, the co-founder and Director of Innovation at the Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) has finally left the company to pursue other interests.
In a Medium post announcing the move, Longe wrote: “I’m happy to inform the world that I have stepped out of daily operations at Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) and from my role as Director of Innovation, to tackle a fresh challenge.”
According to him, the move was driven by his concern about “how to address Africa’s bulging youth population and their desire for meaningful work”, the “deep challenges with our education systems” and the “challenge of youth unemployment & employability in Africa”.
Longe’s search for a solution led him back to the University for a research-based Masters in Education Technology/Learning Science, with the conviction that “the root of the problem and the solution lies in education with digital technology as a critical platform for scale.”
That’s why he is launching Qiesto, a platform he says will allow young people to use and showcase their competencies as a pathway to a meaningful future (jobs, further studies or entrepreneurship).
“Through the platform, forward-thinking organizations from all over the world can crowdsource breakthrough ideas, market insights, and services from a distributed network of millennials and Gen Z talent across Africa,” says Longe.
The platform wants to support education providers with understanding the full competences of their students and in using data to guide them to meaningful careers, while it crowdsources services, insights and breakthrough ideas from its talent pool which they can also recruit from.
Longe, who quit CcHub back in July 2019 and “content” with his journey at the social enterprise, can only hope that his burning question: “How might we get young Africans ready for meaningful work at scale?” could be finally answered though his new endeavour.
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