Guaranty Trust Bank plc, on March 8th 2018 held the maiden edition of the GTCrea8 Convention for Undergraduates at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
The one day convention brought together undergraduates from universities across Nigeria who are passionate about technology, digital media, fashion, and more to connect with peers as well as role models in their areas of interests.
As a convergence of creative undergraduates as well as seasoned professionals, the GTCrea8 Convention promises to be fun, innovative and entrepreneurial. The event will feature Masterclasses facilitated by captains of industries who will not only enlighten the undergraduates with practical knowledge in their areas of passion but also inspire them with first-hand experiences on how to build a successful business career out of their passions.
The various categories of the Masterclasses include The Business of Creative Writing to be led by Lola Shoneyin, author of The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives; Technology to be led by Iyin Aboyeji, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Flutterwave; Digital Media to be led by Uche Pedro, Founder of BellaNaija; Makeup Artistry to be led by Anita Adetoye, Creative Director of Anita Brows and Fashion Design to be led by Lanre Da Silva Ajayi, Creative Director of the self-named fashion label.
QUTOES FROM THE CONVENTION
Chase and nurture your passion before you graduate from school. Find and build a community around what you love – Iyinoluwa Aboyeji, tech expert and co-founder of Flutterwave
The key thing is to start, invest and put the money you make back into your business. You have to be patient, resilient and above all focused on quality – Uche Pedro
Despite the fact that I made nothing during the first 2 years, I never gave up; I was consistent, churning out quality content – Uche Pedro
People often require funding for building a business but it’s not the most important thing; access to customers is. Look for where the money is and target the people – Iyinoluwa Aboyeji
It’s important to develop a good reading culture. If you are not reading, you can’t write. It’s about knowing what’s out there. You use the work of other people to develop your own style. – Lola Shoneyin
In his comment about the upcoming GTCrea8 Convention, Segun Agbaje, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, said; “We are happy to provide young people in tertiary institutions with a platform that enables them connect with peers and interact with role models in their areas of interest. With the lineup of activities and the wealth of experience to be shared at the event, I am confident that the GTCrea8 Convention will have a lasting impact in helping the undergraduates who attend build successful careers.”
He further stated that, “At GTBank, we are committed to supporting the aspiration of young people by providing them with first class financial service, empowering them to achieve their academic goals and providing them with the opportunity to live their dreams.”
Guaranty Trust Bank plc has been at the forefront of supporting education for all and champions several initiatives that provide undergraduates with various avenues to learn, interact and have fun while in school. Beyond the GTCrea8 Convention, the bank also runs the GTCrea8 Education Support Scheme with which it offers financial support to undergraduates and the Campus Storms which brings Digital Skills Training as well as popular musicians and comedians to universities across the country.