By LOVETH AZODO, Lagos

In its pursuit to strengthen education and reduce poverty, the Black Fragrance foundation has demonstrated a nobel gesture by launching out its Social Enterprise targeted at achieving annual awards of 100 scholarships on Basic Education

Chief Executive Officer/ Founder, Black Fragrance Foundation, Akapo Emmanuel disclosed this at the official Launching ceremony of the Black Fragrance foundation recently held at its building located in Ijesha-Surulere, Lagos.

According to UNESCO, Nigeria has 15 million children between ages 5 –15 who are out of school. This alarming figure propeled Black Fragrance Foundation to rise up to the challenge of curtailment of this figure.

Akapo revealed that as a means of economic empowerment, the foundation has established a design academy known as “Black Fragrance School of Design” and a design company by the name “Black Fragrance Designs International” to create sustainable creative businesses which will grow and lead to job creation. This will in turn contribute to the diversification and growth of the economy and lead to poverty reduction.

He said: “Lack of quality education and poverty are a time bomb and we want to contribute significantly towards abating these challenges in Nigeria though not through the usual aids and handouts approach, but through a social entrepreneurship model.

“We run as a social enterprise that seeks to foster sustainable development in Nigeria through entrepreneurial and social innovations that improve access to education, strengthen the creative economy, and develop enterprise. We will create goods and services in the creative industries and plough back a huge chunk of our profits into empowering the underserved in our society”

Speaking on the School of Design, Courses offered, he said it include: Fashion Design, Shoe and Bag Making, Cake Design, Interior and Event Décor, Photography, Web Design, Games and Mobile App Design, etc. Our vision goes beyond providing training, to further grooming, mentoring and supporting our graduates to become successful entrepreneurs.

“Our coaches at Black Fragrance are successful and renowned designers in their own rights who have chosen to share their passion, skills and experiences with students in an organised academic institution. The School shares same facility with its twin company – Black Fragrance Designs International –

“We intend to give out 100 scholarships yearly to indigent but talented youth, while those who can afford to pay a tuition fee will be charged, we also signed MoU with some of Europe’s biggest creative design institutions, where our students can proceed to further their education to various degree levels”.

Black Fragrance Foundation launched out two offices simultaneously in Lagos: the head office is at Sanya-Ijesha by Oshodi-Apapa Express way, while the other is at Eleganza Gardens, Lekki.