Dare2Dream Bootcamp day 5 had the dreamers visiting the FCMB and the Nigerian Stock Exchange. At the first master class session which was at the FCMB headquarters, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Uti Nwachukwu spoke to the dreamers about their life’s journey.

Executive Director of Finance, FCMB, Mrs Yemisi Edun who was the first to speak to the dreamers, spoke to them about being focused. According to her, focus was the differentiating factor between the achievers and the unachievers. She also spoke about handling adversities, saying, “See any adversity that comes your way as an opportunity for greatness “.

Thereafter, the second mentor, Hon. Desmond Elliot spoke to the dreamers. He had a lot of words of wisdom to unpack to the dreamers. According to him, one could not have a successful career unless they had a burning desire for it. He also referred to the Dare2Dream competition saying, “It is not about winning but what happens afterwards “. After he spoke to the dreamers, they got to make requests which he granted. Comedian Sebastian from UNICAL will be sending Hon. Desmond Elliot a script which he had been working on, UNIJOS artiste Dizzo, and UNILAG model, got a chance to audition for a role in one of Desmond’s projects and, UNIJOS Designer Iphi, got a chance to style Mrs Elliot for an event. It was a win for the entire team.

Uti Nwachukwu mentored the dreamers next. His mentorship session was impactful as well as entertaining. He told the dreamers’ stories which led to an advice for the dreamers, “Never give up, always look at failure as a stepping stone”. He also further advised the dreamers on their attitude towards life, emphasizing that one’s attitude towards life could make or break a person.

Thereafter, the dreamers headed for the Nigerian Stock Exchange for the next masterclass. They got to view the floor and watch the work flow from the gallery. Soon, the speakers, Adebayo Oke Lawal the CEO of Orange Culture, and, television presenter, Bolanle Olukanmi, arrived at the venue. The Managing Director of the Nigerian Stock Exchange was also present to give the dreamers a brief talk about the Exchange Market.

Adebayo Oke Lawal of Orange Culture spoke to the dreamers about how he got a lot of rejections, however, it took only one person who gave him a chance to fly. He said to them “Rejection will make you strong”. He also let them know that life was not a bed of roses as it is full of challenges saying, “If you want to break boundaries you have to be ready for the challenges that come with it”.

Television presenter, Bolanle Olukanmi told the dreamers to learn from their journey instead of thinking about winning alone. Again, another mentor mentions to the dreamers that nobody owes them anything, in her own words “Get over the mentality of self entitlement”.

After both mentors had spoken, The Managing Director of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, Mr Oscar Onyema, gave the dreamers words of encouragement to help them push forward and, Mr. Abimbola Babalola, the Head of Market Surveillance, Nigerian Stock Exchange explained the concept of shares to everyone.

At this master class session, some of the dreamers got pluses from the mentors. UNIBEN model, Olamide got introduced to a major modelling agency, UNIJOS Artiste, Dizzo, got his song across for a listen, by a record label.

With two masterclass sessions ended, the day was only just beginning, as the dreamers got on the road again to Cool Fm. Here, they had a super master class with Dotun. He said to the dreamers, “Do not get high on your own supply” and he spoke to them about the importance of building other people as they built themselves. He said, “As much as you’re trying to build yourself, spend time building the people around you”.

After the master class, the dreamers were taken into the studio where they met Kayla and Daddy Freeze. The dreamers went live on the radio!!! Unilag Artist Ella and Unijos Artiste Dizzo got to give some of their bars on the mic.

All in all, it was an amazing experience for the dreamers and of course they couldn’t leave without singing the Dare2dream theme song. Back at the hotel, practice in preparation for the Grand Finale commenced.

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