Meet 18-year-old Arinze Obiezue

18-year-old Arinze, originally from Nigeria, studying in Mauritius, is a social entrepreneur and runner-up of the 2016 #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge. Meet this exceptional young man with a big heart.

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Tell us about you Arinze and how you came to get involved in the Challenge:

I am currently studying Business Management at the African Leadership University. I am also the Founder & CEO of the Ingress Media Group

I heard about #AdamStart from Twitter; it was just a day before the competition was supposed to be over. 

I applied to #AdamStart mainly because of the opportunity to be mentored. Being a teen entrepreneur isn't easy as you have to learn a lot of the things on-the-job. So having another young entrepreneur guide me was something I knew that I didn't want to miss out on.

What is your business, what does it do?

Ingress Media is a pan-collegiate media company which connects universities across Mauritius using the tools of media and entertainment. Its purpose is to give young African college students a voice, an opportunity to develop their skills, and a space to share their talents with the rest of the world.

Being the runner-up for the 2016 #AdamStart has helped me mostly in developing myself as a leader. Under the tutelage of great men like Adam Bradford, I have been able to hold myself accountable to become an even better leader of the talented set of young people I work with at Ingress. The competition had also helped me structure the venture and integrate processes which have been able to set us on the right path of rapid growth. 

What advice would you give to young people applying in the 2017 Challenge?

I'd advise other people who are applying this year to simply be original. Don't try to sugar-coat things or say things you think the #AdamStart team wants to hear. Be you. Don't be afraid to admit the flaws in your project. The #AdamStart team is here to help you, not judge you.

What can we expect to see from Arinze in the future?

Moving forward, I'll keep on working with Ingress Media and expanding our influence outside of Mauritius to the rest of Africa. Alongside that, I'll be doing a lot of social projects: growing the Model UN society that I run, and another project aimed at supporting, promoting and developing the next generation of writers.

Adam Bradford