- Adeniyi Akomolede
- Adeola Akomolede
- Damilola Adeoti
- Funmi Nworie
- Yinka Fisher (Coordinator, SMEDAN Lagos Buiness Office)
- Comrade Prince Saviour Iche (AMEN, National President)
- Pastor Olajide Esan (Coordinator, CVED)
- Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba (Registrar, CVED)
- Pastor Mercy Esan
- Funmi Alonge
- Hannah Adedina
- Cecilia Omoagbor
- Taiwo Ayotunde
- Blessing Agboola
- Hadeza Omotayo
- Josephine Chukwuma
- Solomon Gbadamosi
- Ayomide Oyekanmi
- Michael Ilesanmi
On the 2nd of October 2015, this session’s orientation and induction ceremony was held, and after weeks of skill training, 185 students made it to the final day! On the 18th of December, in the Dominion Faith International Church auditorium, the 18th CVED graduation ceremony was held! It was indeed another colourful ceremony as Pastor Jide Esan (the CVED Coordinator) welcomed all graduants and guests to the event. In his opening speech, he said he knows that many would have been asking how we have done this for years free of charge! He stated that our driving force is the vision of the church and also of the organisation (CVED) – to raise economically self-reliant individuals and leaders. He congratulated the graduants for the successful completion of their respective vocational training.
Pastor Nicholas Uanikhoba read the CEO’s speech, and on behalf of Rev. David Olatona who was unavoidably absent enjoined the new graduants to start up something with their newly acquired skills and encouraged them to be masters of their trade.
Mr. Adeniyi Akomolede delivered the first speech; encouraging the graduants the ideas rule the world. The skills they have just acquired are not new, but if they must go into business with the skills, they must stay true to their trades be innovative with their products. He told them that the training is like a seed in their hands that they must grow and must make attractive; this in turn will help them make impact. After his speech, he presented certificates to graduating Chemical Production students and the only graduating student in the Photography and Video editing class.
The second speech was given by Mr. Damilola Adeoti. He told of his story – how he did not start as a CEO, but is now a CEO. He talked to the graduants about believing in themselves, being hard workers, being honest with their clients and succeeding in the end! He also encouraged them to develop saving habits, as this will help them with start-up and continuity capital. Above all, they must stay informed and hold on to God. He, thereafter, presented certificates to the Adult Literacy and Skill Printing & Batik students.
Mrs. Adeola Akomolede gave the third speech. She asked the graduating students what they planned to do with the knowledge they have just gained. She used herself as an example; she was a branch manager of a bank who also baked. A lot of caterers, hairdressers, event decorators are out there but she charged and encouraged them that what would make them relevant is if they were confident, focused, maintained a mentor-protégé relationship (to not be too proud to ask questions), be all about their clients (“customer-centric”), and have faith in God! She said all these would make them stand out in their trades! After her speech, she presented certificates to the Hairdressing and Decoration graduating students.
Comrade Prince Iche’s speech followed. He pointed out that the previous speakers had said most of it all, but encouraged the students to start something now and continue until they became perfect. He told them this was the only way they would reach the destination God was taking them to. He then presented certificates to the Beads and Jewellery-making graduating students.
Mr. Yinka Fisher’s speech came next. He stated that a lot of people cry of want and lack because they have not discovered their gifts; he said there was no one without a gift! He invited Mrs. Goodness to the stage; she was a trainee under SMEDAN who now makes sweaters, socks and mufflers. He hoped that CVED would one day soon work with her to include her skill into their training program. He encouraged the graduants to practicalize their trainings to achieve their dreams; told them they would sure make mistakes but they must keep on; they must think big and start small.
Mrs. Funmi Nworie, mother of 6 and entrepreneur was invited to the stage next for her speech. She makes and packages juices and beverages. She stated she was glad to see a lot of women graduating, and encouraged her that women can build their families alongside their businesses. She said they should take their skills to business levels; and for evolution they must get information!
Mr. Fisher was invited back on stage to present certificates to the Make-over and Gele Tying students; and Pastor Jide Esan presented the final sets of certificates to the graduating Catering students.
Mr. Damilola Adeoti assisted in presenting cash gifts to the best student of each class. Pastor Jide Esan made the announcements for the next session. New and old students are welcome for the next session that would commence February 6, 2016. Forms would be available from January 12, 2016; registering students are to pay the sum of #1,200 upon registration – #200 for the CVED form and #1,000 graduating fee.
Mr. Yinka Fisher did the closing prayer, followed by the national anthem. The event closed on a high praise note, as choir members of the Dominion Faith International Church took the stage!