During my days in the university as a student, I heard about Enactus here and there and I did wonder what it really was. But I cannot explain why I did not really put my time into trying to know more about them, since I already perceived that they were just one social club that train students to become better graduates.

I was not totally wrong after all, but I had a shallow knowledge about what Enactus really is. Now, I have made my research and I found something interesting to share with you about Enactus Nigeria.

THE HISTORY OF ENACTUS

Enactus is an American non-profit and non-governmental organization which has its headquarters in Springfield, Missouri USA. Enactus was founded in the year 1975 and it is committed to creating economic perspectives through student groups.

The present day organization called Enactus was founded as a project of the National Leadership Institute, with the name Students in Free Enterprise, SIFE. This group was created with the aim of preparing students for the free market and to inspire them into the roles of entrepreneurs.

This organization only existed in the United States until 1995, when some exchange students of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln laid the foundation for the global expansion of the organization. They went to their home country, Russia and formed the teams in some universities there.

In October 2012, the organization changed its name from Students in Free Enterprise, SIFE to Enactus (which it bears till date). The name was coined from three words: Entrepreneurial, Action and Us (ENACTUS). This would literally portray Enactus to be a body or organization poised to spur entrepreneurial actions in us (people, students and so on).

ENACTUS NIGERIA

Having explained Enactus as an international NGO, you can simply understand that Enactus Nigeria is one of the extensions of the organization, which are already in 36 countries of the world. Five years after the parent organization started spreading to other countries of the world, it arrived Nigeria.

Enactus Nigeria was founded in the year 2000. Since then, the organization has been founded in 45 tertiary institutions across 27 States in the country. On the average, the body has over 1500 number of active members.

The Nigerian Enactus community as well the global community of the organization, is made up of dynamic undergraduates, academic and business leaders. This community in Nigeria has directly impacted over 100 communities through the implementation of more than 150 innovative developmental projects.

WHAT DOES ENACTUS NIGERIA DO?

There are over 72,000 Enactus students dispersed across 1,730 tertiary institutions around the world. Primarily, Enactus is made up of teams of students from different tertiary institutions around the world. And what exactly do they do?

As I already explained, the goal or aim of the Enactus globally is to culture entrepreneurial minded youths, who are not only innovative but proactive. They are also poised to helping the development of the society, through various impactful projects the teams engage on.

Enactus work by forming teams among themselves and each team is assigned a project. A team can also come up with their own project, which can only be approved after its viability has been tested and found worthy.

A team is required to go into the study of how best to accomplish the project they are given, under the supervision and guidance of academic and business professionals.

Enactus Nigeria partners with different corporate organizations in order to see that these projects are supported. Such corporate organizations that have partnered with Enactus are KPMG, Sahara Group, the US Embassy, FCMB, First Bank, SMEDAN, Bank of Industry (BOI), GTBank, Interswitch, Accenture, ACA Foundation, Seplat, Eko Suite and Hotel and so on.

ENACTUS COMPETITION

Enactus organizes different competitions in order showcase and broaden the horizon of the transformation students across the world are giving to lives and in contribution to an enabling progress.

Annually, the organization and other extensions across the world organize a national competition to determine which team will represent her in the prestigious World Cup.

At the Enactus national competitions, different Enactus institutions present their projects and the best project is selected based on the result of the evaluation of the depth and reach of impact the project will do on the society. The deeper and more important the impact, the better chance a project has to win.

The team which has this most impactful, relevant, scalable, innovative and sustainable will be chosen to represent Nigeria in the Enactus World Cup held annually in different prominent cities of the world.

Enactus Nigeria however has remarkable record in the well revered Enactus World Cup, as the Nigerian teams have made it to the final round of the competition 9 times out of 13 times they have been to the competition.

TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS IN NIGERIA WITH ENACTUS TEAM

  1. Adekunle Ajasin University
  2. Ahmadu Bello University
  3. Ajayi Crowther University
  4. Babcock University
  5. Bayero University
  6. Baze University
  7. Benue State University
  8. Caleb University
  9. Covenant University
  10. Ekiti State University
  11. Enugu State University of Science and Technology
  12. Federal Polytechnic Mubi
  13. Federal Polytechnic, Idah
  14. Federal Polytechnic, Nekede
  15. Federal Polytechnic, Offa
  16. Federal Polytechnic, Oko
  17. Federal University Dustin-Ma
  18. Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  19. Federal University of Technology Akure
  20. Federal University of Technology, Owerri
  21. Kaduna Polytechnic
  22. Kano University of Technology, Wudil
  23. Kogi State University
  24. Kwara State University
  25. Kwararafa University
  26. Nassarawa State University
  27. Niger Delta University
  28. Nnamdi Azikiwe University
  29. Obafemi Awolowo University
  30. Olabisi Onabanjo University
  31. Rufus Giwa Polytechnic
  32. Tai Solarin University of Education
  33. University of Agriculture, Makurdi
  34. University of Calabar
  35. University of Ibadan
  36. University of Ilorin
  37. University of Jos
  38. University of Lagos
  39. University of Maiduguri
  40. University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus
  41. University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  42. University of Port Harcourt
  43. University of Uyo
  44. Usman Danfodio University
  45. Yaba College of Technology

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why should I join Enactus?

I cannot tell you why you should join Enactus, but I believe if you want to sharpen your entrepreneurial mindset and become more innovative, Enactus will be great for you.

You would also want to build necessary connections through Enactus. You will definitely be building your career to be great if you really take the opportunities presented by Enactus.

How can I join Enactus?

If you want to join Enactus Nigeria, you will need to be a student of any of the above listed schools in Nigeria. Locate the meeting venue of the body in your institution, acquire the form and get on board if your application is found good.

What is Enactus competition?

The Enactus competition is the competition organized both on national and international levels in order to ascertain the team with the best project. This competition is organized to showcase the impact of the Enactus projects on the society.

The competition is usually team oriented and challenging, but it creates a sense of accountability and motivation for teams to continually improve their projects.

What does Enactus stand for?

Enactus was coined from three words: Entrepreneurial, Action and Us. From the first two letters of these three words, Enactus was formed.

What type of organization is Enactus?

Enactus is a global non-profit and non-governmental organization.

What is Enactus World Cup?

The Enactus World Cup is an annually event which brings together many Enactus team representatives from across the world, in which different projects are presented and the best projects ascertained.


CONCLUSION

Have I not learnt enough if I already know all these things? Well, I feel elated that I have tried to share with you the things I found out about Enactus Nigeria. Everything you need to know is what I guess I have covered.

Meanwhile, leave your questions and contributions in the comment box; we will be glad to hear from you.

Do share this post with your friends; some might still be in the partial darkness I used to be in when I was an undergraduate.