The Founder of DBY-World, Debbie Okorie, has affirmed that Covid-19 brought new ways of doing business.
The Abia State indigene and Sociology graduate of Delta State University said that entrepreneurship is a mindset.
She said an entrepreneur is someone who continuously adds value to his or her world, someone who has a creative mind.
Okorie who launched a three months programme called Digital Skill and Mentorship Programme DSMP, revealed that starting her company about a year ago was not easy but whenever she reads the book: “Think and Grow Rich,” she always sees herself in the book.
She said she had a challenge with clarity because many people wanted her to go into Human Resource Management since she studied sociology but she had different interest and was confused about what to focus on. Another challenge she had was how to make people believe in her because some of her friends call her “Yahoo girl,” from her university days.
According to her, Covid-19 has created new ways of doing business. Though it affected the physical programme she was supposed to start.She said: “The pandemic brought new ways of doing things including income generation so it did not affect me much .”
Okorie disclosed that many youths, especially graduates complain of unemployment. Which is why DSMP is designed to teach them how to position themselves for opportunities. It will teach them digital skills and open their eyes to many ways they can generate income.
She said: “A young man reached out to me recently, he is a graphic designer but he was not making progress, so I had a section with him and told him what to do and he was so excited. These are some of the things DSMP will teach them; how they can build a business around their skill, talent and passion leveraging on technology.”
She advised the youths to stop depending on government, their certificates, to look beyond their environment and think outside the box.
On how much she has achieved she said: “I will not say I have achieved much but I am excited about the little achievement; I have been able to build a team of young people that I work with. I have been able to teach over 50 young people different skills. I want to build an organisation that will create opportunities for youths and also establish a skill acquisition center. I hope more achievements would be recorded in 2021.”