After waiting tirelessly to get admission into the higher institution and fortunes failed to shine on her, Taiye Balikis has taken her destiny in her hands to acquire a new skill.

The young but ambitious lady is now equipped with enough knowledge to start her own small-scale business and hopefully have enough money to bank roll her studies when she finally gets a breakthrough into the higher institution of learning.


Balikis was one of the lucky 70 young women across Kwara State that benefited from the recent entrepreneurship and skills acquisition programme put together by Miss Nigeria International 2014, Saadat Bibire.

The former Beauty Queen stated that she felt moved to do her own bit in helping to reduce the rate of unemployment amongst women; hence the reason why she put up the empowerment programme.

While speaking with Bounce News in Ilorin, Balikis who now has the requisite skills in organic body soap and cream making said she is hopeful of better days ahead.

 "I feel very excited and delightful that my long-awaited dream came to pass during the course of the training.” She stated

"I plan to make effective use of the skills I learnt, and my message is that we ladies should try and grab any future enhancing programs that come our way”


“My appeal to the government and corporate bodies is that they should try and support the people who have this type of poverty alleviation programs” Balikis added.

Another beneficiary, Alasela Omowumi said she was glad she grabbed the rare opportunity that came her way and also advised her peers to be focused on achieving their dreams.


“My message to ladies out there is that they should be positive, goal-oriented and open-minded; to start small and grow big and to start now.

On her part, the facilitator, Saadat said: " I decided to create female entrepreneurs and make them their own boss.

The ex-Beauty Queen urged the youth to be serious and be determined as it takes determination to be at the top.

She appealed to the government, individuals, and Corporate bodies to support things like that.

The graduands were trained on makeup, wig making, event planning, fashion designing, shoe and bag making, digital marketing, Aso Oke embellishments Cocktails and mocktails, organic body soap and cream making.

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