Chinelo Obogo, Lagos
The Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, has charged youths to challenge themselves and strategically position their minds for success.
Onyema gave the charge recently during the 2020 edition of Thinkation Conference, a platform where top entrepreneurs recount their success trajectories to motivate youths. He said young people should start thinking outside the box and ‘breaking the rules’, in order to succeed.
On wealth creation, the airline proprietor said youths should observe their environment for problems and develop innovative solutions to tackle such problems, adding that success does not happen overnight but requires a lot of consistency.
He said: “You need to critically assess your environment, seek out inherent problems and create reliable solutions to such problems. That’s one way to create wealth.”
He said that the motivation behind the establishment of Air Peace was to solve the problem of unemployment in Nigeria. “I was already making enough money off real estate, but I wanted to create jobs for many Nigerians. I was told that an aircraft could provide multiple jobs, hence I ventured into aviation,” he revealed.
Onyema also chronicled how his peace interventions in the Niger Delta helped to quell the then militancy, which was disrupting oil exploration activities in the littoral region.
The Thinkation Conference is an annual event, organised by the Ubong King Foundation. This year’s edition featured motivational speeches by ace actor Richard Mofe-Damijo; comedian and filmmaker, Ayo Makun (AY); founder of Phillips Consulting, Folusho Philips; founder of Century Energy Services, Ken Etete, and a host of other successful entrepreneurs.