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Oluwadamilola Olayiwola. GTC Odomola Epe

My dad attended the Government Technical College in Oshogbo and he is the current principal of GTC Odomola, Epe. When I was in JSS3, he discussed the unemployment situation in Nigeria with me and advised me on the benefits of having a vocational skill with which I can be self-employed.

Although I wanted to study theatre arts at the university, I took his advice and enrolled for Hotel and Catering Management at the Technical College, Odomola. It was a new course at that time and we were the first set of students. Our instructor wanted us to be industrious so she tasked us to make things that we could sell in school. I chose to sell Zobo drink.

My mum sold some for me in her shop and I took the rest to sell in school. Due to the efforts of our instructors and encouragement from my parents, I fell in love with the course. Our instructors went the extra mile to organize extra-mural classes for us towards our JAMB examinations. Today, I am a third-year student studying Home Economics and Hotel Management at the Tai Solarin College of Education. My university education is an advanced form of the foundations my instructors laid for me at GTC Odomola. I have already started my own business – Optimistic Aladire –I engage in creating new adire fabrics and innovative recycling of old clothing materials for tie and dye craft. When I finish school, I plan on creating my own empire of businesses in laundry, events management, hospitality and confectionaries production.