Success Attitude Development Centre (SADC), in the process of meeting up with their promises to Nigerians, when they launched the Successful Entrepreneurs Network (SEN), organized a three-week Basic Certificate Course in Entrepreneurship (BCCE).
The whole idea of establishing and instituting the Basic Certiﬁcate Course in Entrepreneurship is to reward the Successful Entrepreneurs Networker and, to fulfill the SADC mandate of raising successful entrepreneurs whose success in business is driven by the fear of God
The number of people enrolled for the pilot programme passed through a standard test to qualify for the training.
The programme which took place in August, 2008 had fifty people on full scholarship with accommodation, feeding and tuition fully paid for by SADC; another set of fifty people were given partial scholarship with free tuition, amongst others.
The course provided the attendees with ideas, strategies, facts, figures and “how to” guidelines and examples. In fact, they were equipped with everything an entrepreneur needs to succeed in any type of business.
The resource persons who came from within and outside our organization, took the attendees through the 5 solid pillars of entrepreneurship:
At the end of the 3 week Basic Certificate Course in Entrepreneurship, the participants who became SENPRENEURS were equipped with scores of checklists, illustrations, work sheets, and forms that they could immediately put to use in their business and have answers and solutions to all the toughest questions and problems involved with managing a business.
The first set of SENPRENEURS graduated on Saturday, August 23, 2008, having passed the required examinations and projects.
They have been impacting others with the knowledge they gained at this life-transforming institute, Success Attitude Development Center. They are multiplying themselves by spreading the good news across the country, a great percentage of Nigerians now know how to be the architect of their own destinies, doing something legitimate to help themselves.
The ultimate goal of the founders of SADC, Pastor (Dr.) Emmanuel-Sunny and Pastor (Mrs.) Esther Ojeagbase is to set up a standard University on Entrepreneurship i.e., Entrepreneurship University.
Pastor [Dr.] Emmanuel-Sunny Ojeagbase, is the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Success Attitude Development Centre (SADC), a not-for-profit NGO with a mission to “raise and nurture entrepreneurs whose success in business is driven by the fear of God, a burning desire to care for their families, and an unquenchable thirst to do good in their communities.”
He is also the Publisher/Editor-in-chief of SuccessDigest magazine and SuccessDigest Extral,’ one of the vehicles SADC is using to achieve her goal. He is also the Executive Chairman of Complete Communications Limited; Publishers of Nigeria’s #1 Sports Newspaper Complete Sports.
Pastor (Mrs.) Esther Ojeagbase is the Vice Chairman of the leading sports publishing company in Nigeria, Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Football, Complete Sports, a company she teamed up with her husband, Dr. Emmanuel-Sunny Ojeagbase, to establish in 1984.
After successfully establishing and taking Complete Communications Limited from ground ﬂoor up with her husband, Esther, whose passion for helping the less privileged to grow; human development for positive mindset and financial freedom/independence, is second to none, again teamed up with her husband to co-found Success Attitude Development Centre, SADC in 1995. She is a member of the Association of Certiﬁed Public Speakers of Nigeria, as well as the Professional Forum Co-operative, Thrift and Loan Society of Nigeria.
Mazi Samuel Iheanyichukwu Ohuabunwa read pharmacy at the University of lfe, where he graduated with an honors degree in 1976. He received additional postgraduate education in management and business from Columbia University, New York, USA and Lagos Business School (Pan Africa University). Lagos, Nigeria.
He is a fellow of many distinguished professional bodies.
Sam is a consummate entrepreneur and businessman with major interest in telecommunications, courier services, information technology and pharmaceutical manufacturing and marketing .He currently serves as the President /CEO of Neimeth International Pharmaceutical Plc.
Ehi Braimah is an integrated marketing communications professional who identified and developed a talent removed from his original background. After a university degree in Industrial Mathematics at the University of Benin, Mr. Braimah committed himself to a career in public relations and has over the past two decades acquired enormous experience in media relations, events management and brand development.
Braimah has consulted for a plethora of multinational organisations including Nigerian Breweries, Coca-Cola, Unilever, PZ and Promasidor amongst others. He commenced his career in 1988 with Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Nigeria’s #1 Sports Newspaper, Complete Sports.
By May 1999, Braimah co-founded TQA Communications Limited and served there as Executive Director until October, 2008. He is now the Chairman/CEO of Neo Media & Marketing, a company he founded in 2008, as well as Chairman/CEO of Adna Hotel in Lagos.
Braimah is the Vice President and Chair of the Publicity Committee of Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) where he was honoured in 2013 with the Outstanding Enterprise Award. He is also a mentor of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP); Honorary Fellow of the Business Process Management Institute; Trustee of the Experiential Marketers’ Association of Nigeria (EXMAN); and Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN).
Braimah is a writer, public policy analyst, motivational speaker, business coach, mentor, strategist and social entrepreneur. He became the 58th President of the Rotary Club of Lagos; District 9110 in 2018.
Adebayo Adeniji holds MBA in Marketing Management from Lagos State University (LASU), a Higher National Diploma in Agricultural Engineering, Federal College of Agriculture; Post Graduate Degree in Food Technology from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State; and PGD in Marketing, Nigerian institute of Journalism, NIJ, Ogba, lkeja, Lagos.
He began his professional career in 1993 as Supervisor/Coordinator, Surepath Ventures where he diligently supervised and monitored sales on daily basis among other duties.
Adeniji brought his exceptional marketing knowledge and skill to Success Attitude Development Centre, SADC as Bookstores Manager. He was charged with the responsibility to suggest marketing strategies and product development methods.
James Olu Gbolagoke holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Lagos.
He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He trained with Peat Marwick Ani Ogunde & Co (now KPMG) where he got qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985, while winning a prize in one of his professional examinations.
After working for about seven years post qualification in the auditing ﬁrm, he moved to the banking industry where he worked for eighteen years as pioneer staff of Devcom Bank Limited (now merged with Equatorial Trust Bank Limited. He later resigned to set up his consultancy firm GBOLA EMPOWER CONSULT, which commenced operations in November, 2005. He ministers in the area of investment Analysis, financial planning, management and control.
Rev. (Professor) Joseph Adedayo Adeyemo graduated from Pacific W. University, Alabama A & M University and international Bible Seminary in the United States of America where he graduated in Accounting Business Administration and Theology respectively.
He left the United States of America as an associate professor of Business Administration on August 27th, 1984 to join Ogun State Polytechnic, Abeokuta where he taught Entrepreneurship Course, Retailing Management, Purchasing and Supply Management, Cost Accounting and Research Methodology before leaving in 1990 to full time ministry and serving as a visiting lecturer to many institutions in Nigeria and abroad. He equally owns a publishing company called JARANSONS INTERNATIONAL COMPANY and MUlLTCONSULTlNG INTERNATIONAL LIMITED. He has authored and published several books.
Aderonke Onadeko is a serial entrepreneur and a multi sectoral professional with about 30 years of experience in largely the private sector but a bit of not for profit and public sector too. Her wealth of experience revolves around food and beverage manufacturing, agriculture and agribusiness, oil and gas trading, marketing and operations and consulting for large corporate organizations and government.
She is the Principal Consultant of DRNL Consult ltd UK and Owner Manager of Delt-R Company limited. She is considered as one of the go to person in the oil and gas sector, her experience is built from the inception of oil and gas in Nigeria.
For 11 years she acted as a country director and in-country representative for BNP Paribas, managed BNP Paribas formal entry into Nigeria covering corporate and investment banking, asset management and private banking. She also acted as a consultant to Natixis, a French financial institution in the Nigeria oil and gas sector.
She’s SuccessDigest young entrepreneur of the year.
Ajayi Olugbadebo is a trained Pharmacist, also with a Master’s degree in Business Management, whose glowing career span through marketing and banking.
Starting off as Regional Manager, Business Development – Eastern & South – South Markets with Zoomota Nigeria Limited immediately after his youth service program in 1999, Ajayi pioneered the penetration and establishment of the company in the Anthony, Obanikoro areas of Lagos.
He broke even on product acceptance and profitably within 3 months; organized and managed the distributors into effective distribution channels; performed environmental scanning and research and competitor activity monitoring; and organized and anchored sales presentations-to medical teams in teaching hospitals and private clinics like Shell Clinic, UNTH, UPTH,ABSUTH etc.
Olakitan Wellington is a seasoned, professional Internet Marketer of great repute. She studied languages in the Federal Republic of Germany but has always been an entrepreneur. She-is the CEO, Raising Wealth Ltd. and serves on the Boards of reputable indigenous companies – Executive Director, Famex Nigeria Ltd, Executive Director, Data Print, amongst others.
She started her Internet career in the year 2003 and has never looked back.
Olakitan Wellington is an innovative Internet Research Specialist who has a knack (ﬂair) for fishing out new, little-explored, but highly lucrative business opportunities on the Internet. She is-usually motivated by the amount of ‘journeys/trips’ which the Internet gives access to; and passionately takes pride in new discoveries.
Dr. Obiora Madu is the CEO and Programme Director of Multimix Export Academy. ln 1992, he left banking as head of Export/import operations to start Muitimix, the pioneer indigenous Export House in Nigeria.
He spent about a decade on the Export desk of two major export facilitating banks in Nigeria and was a member of the pioneer team that developed most of the export financing products and instruments that are generally used by most banks in Nigeria today.
He is popularly called Mr. Export because of his total commitment to the improvement of standards in export practice and management in Nigeria. In 1999, he was a recipient of the prestigious economics community of West Africa states Gold award for his contribution to international trade development within the sub-region.
Dr. (Engr.) Samson Makinwa In 1991 started his engineering business with just N600, in an area in ldimu, then a rural settlement in Lagos. Today Dr. (Engr.) Samson Makinwa chairs a group of companies and he is a very much sought after speaker and has also authored over30 books on wealth creation.
He is in the forefront of African industrial revolution. He has always been of the view that Africa is capable of turning their God-given resources and materials into money and lives comfortably on earth. He advocates beginnings; this philosophy is hinged on his belief of the possibility of starting a business even without money.
He is the chairman, Techo-Group of Companies with its subsidiaries: Techo-Quip Ltd, White Gate investment Ltd and Golden Ladder Nig Ltd. He is also on board of several companies He is the president of Samson Makinwa Wealth initiatives; President, Kingdom Leadership institute and Entrepreneur Development studies in Lagos.
Pastor Bisi Adewale is an Internationally known speaker and bestselling Christian author. He founded Living Home Foundation in 2000 A.D, and serve as its President. He is a prolific writer, a down-to earth but humourous teacher; he has been a blessing to millions of people world-wide.
He is a trained accountant and a graduate of Redeemed Bible College and several others.
An author of about 30 books, Pastor Bisi Adewale currently hosts FAMILY BOOSTER ON AlR on Television stations across Nigeria.
Jayeola Kayode is a fellow and practicing member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, and the Chartered institute of Taxation. He is also an associate member, of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NlM).
He has acquired over twenty three (23) years’ experience in professional Audit/Tax practice, Secretarial Training, and Management Consultancy Services, and has led teams of experienced Accountants to review the financial statements of Government establishments, public Limited companies, and other successful private companies within the Nigerian economy. He is the Executive Partner of KAYODE JAYEOLA & CO (Chartered Accountants/Tax Practitioners), and the CEO of NEWMOON NOMINEES LTD ( a Secretarial Training and Management Consultants).
Ahaji Mumini Alao is one of the most talented and most respected Nigerian sports journalists of his generation. A “cross-over” professional, he combines the talents and abilities of a ‘print and electronic journalist in a manner that is rare, even though his specialization is print.
A graduate of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees in 1987 and 1991 respectively, Alh. Alao joined Complete Communications Limited (CCL), the leading publishers of sports information in Nigeria, in 1988.
He became the editor of several titles including Complete Football magazine, Complete Football International and Complete Football Extra which he midwifed personally. He also at various times sewed as the managing editor of Sports Souvenir and Complete Sports before his appointment as managing director of CCL in 1999.
Under his supervision, the company grew in leaps and bounds as he extended his dexterity beyond journalism into management.
Barrister Tomi Vincent, who was called to the Bar in the year 1991, also has, in addition to his Master Degree in Commercial Law, an Advanced Diploma in Commercial Law and Practice; (Lagos) and Certiﬁcate in Media Enterprise from Pan African University (LBS/CME).
An expert in the law of intellectual Properties, Commercial Law and Corporate Management, Tomi has attended very many professional and management courses both locally and abroad. He is legal victories in his kitty both as an astute Solicitor and Barrister.
He is the convener of Avoiding Costly Legal Mistakes in the Ministry Workshops and has been invited to facilitate at the Pan African University (LSB). He is also the host of Avoiding Costly Legal Mistakes in the Ministry broadcast on Lagos Television (LT\/) every Monday at 10.10am. He is the Managing Partner of Ivory Solicitors, Maryland, Lagos.
Kola Owolabi has had a diversified exposure within the financial industry in the past 18 years.
He is proficient in both the money and capital markets having worked in a stock broking firm and merchant bank culminating in a stint at Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation, Lagos. .
He also possesses tremendous proficiency in consulting having worked in a reputable consulting outﬁt, Forbes international, SME and Investment consulting organization.
He has handled several consulting and business development briefs particularly when he was Chief Operating ofﬁcer/Principal Consultant of Daniel Institute of Business Strategy, Lagos, for close to 5 years during which he handled the landmark N500 million private placement brief for Redeemed Global Media (DOVE MEDIA Plc), a TV Satellite company promoted by Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Albert O. Aina is a Management Consultant with a divine mandate to raise effective leader for the church, empower business people, and motivate the young generation for a life of purpose and achievement.
He is the Chief Executive Ofﬁcer of Christian Leadership Skills Inc and Alaryn Management Centre Ltd. His organization conducts leadership conference, Pastor retreat, Ushers seminars, Sunday School And House Fellowship Workshop, Business Breakthrought Seminars as well as men and youth Conference across the country.
Ubong Essien, msp has been in the human capacity building profession since 1999 when he began publishing the award-winning Achiever’s Manual Series. Ever since he has worked as motivational speaker, trainer, coach and consultant to a variety of Nigerian organizations spanning both private corporations and public enterprises including Fidelity Bank, Bank PHB, Intercontinental Bank, Nigerian Tribune, Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), John Holt Engineering, UAC Plc, Mr. Bigg’s, MDS, CAP Plc, Brila FM, AIICO Insurance and Coscharis Technologies.
In 2007, he convened the ﬁrst ever International Speakers Summit in Lagos, Nigeria. As dean of the Motivators Academy and The School of Eloquence, Ubong has help train over200 people in 2 years in public and professional speaking skills development.
Ayo Arowolo, a Reuters‘ Award winner, has been involved in ﬁnancial education for the past 18 years as a reputable ﬁnancial and investigative journalist.
He has worked in. leading newspaper groups in the country, including the Concord Group, The News Group and This day Group.
He was the founding Managing Director/CEO of Financial Standard, the nation’s premier financial newspaper and former CEO of The lnvestment Club Network (TlCN).
He is now the Publisher/CEO of Moneywise, the country’s premier personal ﬁnance newspaper, and the lead facilitator at The Money Clinic-Nigeria’s premier personal finance education consultants. He has authored three books: ‘Become Your Own Analyst’, Fire Your Share Analyst and ‘The Millionaire Capsules.
Arowolo is a well sought after personal ﬁnance coach and motivational speaker. His speaking engagements have centered on how individuals can take charge of their ﬁnancial affairs.
John Abraham holds a Master degree in Adult Education and another Master degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management.
Over the years he has acquired huge experience in human resource management in the course of serving in the following capacity:
Senior Manager: Capital Resources & Financial investment Ltd. (Financial Analyst & Consultants). Program Director: Philip Edwards Consulting (Medical & Management Consultants).
External Consultant to UNDP for Educational Data in collaboration with Federal Ministry Education (FME).
The first set of graduates of SADC Basic Certiﬁcate Course in Entrepreneurship stepped out of the classroom and marched confidently into the marketplace on Saturday, August 23, 2008, fully equipped to stake their claim to the territory that belongs to them, and takes possession of it.
Fortified with the basic knowledge and tools, the SENpreneurs approach entrepreneurship from non-traditional ways:
Why? Because, whatever you buy from a SENpreneur is backed by an irrevocable, iron-clad money back guarantee.
This training has been so revealing, in fact, I’ve been looking out for where I can get such business training to develop myself with, been an artist. I now know many things about running a business that I didn’t know before. I’m taking away a lot of things away from this rare opportunity. I have a number of business ideas that I have been operating partially for fear that they may fail. This training has helped me to fine tune them.
When I get back home I will prepare my business plan as we have been taught and start up my business fully.”
– Pastor Akinyemi Emmanuel, Ilorin – Kwara State.
This training has been an eye opener for us. For four years now we have been doing our business sub-standardly in terms of record keeping, etc.
We are going back to take our business to another level entirely.”
Michael Essien, Port Harcourt – Rivers State.
“To me I have learnt a lot of things at this training. It’s been awesome; in fact, none of us at this programme has any excuse to fail any more in business and in life. For example, before now one aspect of my business I used to dread is rejection – I hated it when my service is rejected. But now I have learnt in this training how I can effectively position myself to be able to eventually win a client over even if that client had someone else already offering them the service.”
-IfeoIwa Oyedumade, Lagos.
“This course has shown me the absolute need and necessity to carry my wife along in everything I do. We’ve always worked together as a couple, but this occasion has brought out certain salient facts that I did not take cognisance of before now. For instance, before I will say I look at my wife with the two visions, as Dr. Obazu-Ojeagbase would say, that every other person looks at her. But now I have learnt that I should only look at my wife with only one vision, and that is the positive vision, and that way I will bring out the best in her and we will have the best of relationship. We’ve been twenty years old in marriage, but now I’m a brand new husband.”
Prince Vidal Wachukwu, Abuja.
“This course is a complete package, nothing is left out. From your spiritual, family and business life, everything is touched. I will like to tell other people in the network that are not here to try and work harder so they could be in the next batch, and I will also advice that if you made the training and your spouse did not, it will be more than worth it to pay for him or her to join you. It will do you a lot of good – it will be like starting life afresh!”
– Mrs. Christine Wachukwu, Abuja.
I didn’t expect the course to be this rich and encompassing. It has revealed to me how disorganized I’ve been running my business without keeping records, etc. The teachings on the spiritual angle and integrity to business success have really been a blessing to me personally. Even in the area of accommodation. Before coming I was telling my husband I didn’t want to stay, in a filthy hotel, but he assured me not to worry, that our “Daddy” loves good-things. And here we are, true to that, everything has been excellent. I bless God for the life of our “Daddy and Mummy”, Dr. and Pastor (Mrs.) Sunny and Esther Ojeagbase, for instituting this course.”
– Mrs. Joy Salau, Port Harcourt – Rivers State.
“This training has been wonderful and down-to-earth practical. A lot of things have been exposed to us such that even if you are already in business it will seem as if you have not started. And for those who have not started a business hints have been given _on how to start and succeed in business.”
– Alaba Oduse, Bauchi State.
“l have been in business for some time now, but this training has actually opened my eyes to see how bad I’ve been running my business like a blind man groping in the darkness thinking he is in the world I didn’t keep record, I didn’t pay my tithe regularly, etc. These slowed down my progress and I didn’t know. There are so many things I’ve learnt here,” it’s like starting a new life in business. Also I can now see why I should involve my wife in my business.”
– Sani M. John, Jos – Plateau State.
“This training is an eye opener to me, and also especially to those of us that have been doing and struggling with business on part time. We have learnt now that if we do certain little things consistently and persistently over period of time, we would see result. I have equally learnt that if I must be a successful business man I have to take marketing as number one priority.”
– Matthew David Udofot, Ikot Abasi – Akwa.Ibom.
“Every aspect of the programme has struck me. I’ve been overwhelmed with the accommodation, the feeding and the training itself. I have, now known the right way to do business. Though I’ve been in business for many years, I’ve lacked the fundamental things of running a business successfully, which we are being thought here. So, I’ll be going back to apply these new knowledge, which will bring me to the level God has destined for me.”
– Pastor Damion Innocent, Lagos.
This programme is amazing. Right from the rousing welcome we got at the arrival for the training, to the hotel we were taken to and then given an envelope containing money for our transportation, it’s awesome. As for the training itself, I cannot quantify what I’ve gained so far. lf l am asked to pay N100, 000 for the course it will still be an underestimation, when you consider the caliber of people taking us. I see all I’m being taught in this program as God’s doing to help me to be able to successfully disengage from the public service to my own business.
– Akorede Zakariyyah, Ilorin – Kwara State.
“It’s been wonderful to be part of this training. It has brought a transformation to my life and positioned me for greater things ahead. I’ve learnt the concept of writing business plan and the essence of it. I have also learned another wonderful thing here, which is going to the customer as the foundation of my market, which has never been so in the timber industry where l operate.”
– Tunde Ayenitanju, Lagos.