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‘How We Are transforming Life At KingsHill Academy’

Gbenga Ademujimi
Posted: Sep 22, 2016 at 6:17 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

 Gbenga Ademujimi the chief executive officer of Kingshill Coaching Academy, a life-coaching academy based in Lagos. He is a certified life coach and entrepreneur. He spoke with Ikechi Nzeako on how the academy is changing lives. Excerpts:

What does Kingshill Coaching Academy do?
We unlock potential in people; we raise people as reformers and builders.

Can you expand on that?
We train people on entrepreneurship and leadership for national transformation. How long have you been doing this?
I have been doing this in last 15 years but I started it Nigeria in 2008. I came to the country in 2008 and that when I started the academy but I have been doing it abroad before I came back to the country.
What exactly did you set out to do with the setting up of the academy?
The vision is to help people who do not know where they belong to life; we want to help people who do not understand their purpose in life; we want to help people who do not understand what they should be doing in life. We teach them to stop running other people’s race.
We teach them not to use other people’s clock to run their own race. We train them to live according to the dictates of God their creator because they are products in His hands. We help to discover where they are supposed to be doing in life. A person who is supposed to be a medical doctor and he is doing the work of a mechanic, he will see the reason why he should go and study medicine and become a medical doctor.

How do you do this?
We do it by training them and coaching at our academy.
What has been the experience coaching person?
It has been tough but it has also been sweet as well. We have trained over 30,000 Nigerian youth since 2008 when we started. We have had issues with some people who did not want to listen; they want to do things their own way; you Nigerian youth. But we will not be discouraged especially in this hunger period. Some of them do not have parents or guardians but we will not be tired of them. We will still keep on helping them. At time we house and buy clothes for some of them. There was one who was into dry cleaning service, I bought a washing machine and a generator. There was one that was a hairdresser, we bought her a drier and a shop.

Do you help them after they have been trained?
We have a mentoring programme whereby we attach them to people who are ahead of them in their line of business who they can always reach out to in case I am not available. For example, a fashion designer will get an experienced fashion designer as a mentor.
What is your assessment of the Nigerian business environment?
The Nigerian business environment is evolving. I want the government to reduce the interest rate on loans. They should stop giving loans to foreigners at low interest and not giving loans to Nigerians; there is need to change the banking policy on interest rate. Government should make foreign exchange accessible to Nigerian entrepreneurs; it should not be the responsibility of business people to go and look for foreign exchange.

How can government encourage entrepreneurs in the country?
Government should buy off the products of entrepreneurs; every nation in the world subsidies the products of their entrepreneurs; go to South Africa, United States, it is farmers that are the richest because government subsidies everything they use in their farm and government buys their products.

What do you say to Nigerians who have a penchant for buying foreign products?
We are getting to a place where foreign products will no longer sell, especially if the value of the naira keeps on falling. Foreigners promote their own products and they have known brands, if we do not promote and patronise our own products, nobody will do it for us. We should celebrate our own people and their products. In the same vein, our entrepreneurs should be honest and true in the production of their products. I should not give you N1000 for a product worth that amount and you give me a product that is worth N100. They should stop dishonest practices.