The 2016 AYEEN screening was scheduled for Monday and Tuesday August 2016. The event witnessed thousands of Nigerian Youths from the south western region of Nigeria in attendance. People came all the way from Ogun, Oyo and other neighboring south western states.
For those that don’t know what AYEEN 2016 is all about; AYEEN stands for Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria it was conceived to effectively affect the business space and entrepreneurial minds of young Nigerians. The conception has led to the identification of viable business ideas, start-ups and existing businesses which have been generously aided with grants, business mentorship and coaching. In one sentence, they help SMEs and young entrepreneur with loans, grants, scholarships and mentoring.
The event witnessed a lot of glitches. Well we could pardon them because this is the maiden edition and there is room for improvement in the subsequent ones.
Prior to the screening, it was advertised that AYEEN 2016 registration will be free. Later a Two Thousand Naira (N2,000) J18 form was introduced to make the process easy, which didn’t go well with many Nigerian youths.
My Issue with the AYEEN 2016 program was the J18 form was not worth it, It could have been made available online to be downloaded and filled. The introduction of the J18 offline form made the process tedious and cumbersome. iF the form registration was online, It would have aided a smooth registration and screening process.
Here is the J18 Form
Back of the J18 Form
The screening that was schedule to end by 5pm didn’t end until almost 8pm.
Wishing those that registered and have been screened good luck and success.