Chris Kwekowe, a young Nigerian entrepreneur is reported to have turned down an employment opportunity to be a software engineer at Microsoft, owned by the richest man in the world, Bill Gates in favor of establishing himself inLagos.
At 23 years of age, he proudly revealed turned down Bill Gates during a television interview for Africa’s brightest young entrepreneurs in August 2016, according to Vanguard.
He said he did so, to build up Slatecube– a website aimed at curbing Nigeria`s unemployment problem.
“When I told him, Gates was intrigued and he smiled. After the programme, all the directors were like, ‘Dude, you mean you actually turned down a job at Microsoft and had the guts to tell Bill Gates?’”
According to reports, a survey of 90,000 young Nigerians which was done in January 2016 discovered that 45% of college graduates didn’t have jobs with key reason on lack of professional skills such as: critical thinking, entrepreneurship, and decision-making.
He noted that Slatecube seeks to solve that problem by nurturing the graduates through digital internships and so far, Slatecube has an 80% employment rate for its users. Companies that have used the platform, have saved over $100,000 in 2015 by hiring skilled, ready to work employees.
Chris who recently won the 2015 Anzisha Prize which came with a $25,000 cheque, is currently seeking investors and potential employers to use Slatecube in America and expected offices in Kenya, Ghana, and South Africa in 2017.
Young Nigerian Entrepreneur Turns down Job Offer From Bill Gates