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Meet Chris Kwekowe, Nigerian Entrepreneur Who Rejected Job Offer From Microsoft To Start His Own Company

Most unemployed young Nigerians understand the struggle of finding a good job – or any job at all, to be honest.

So imagine our surprise when we heard that a young Nigerian turned down a job at a whole Microsoft– and even had the mind to tell Bill Gates when he eventually met him.

When you tell your Nigerian parents you turned down a job at Microsoft:
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Twenty-three years  old Nigerian entrepreneur, Chris Kwekowe reportedly turned down a job offer at Microsoft, owned by the richest man in the world, Bill Gates, to begin his own start-up in Lagos.

The talented entrepreneur had told the billionaire in August 2016, during a television interview that featured some of Africa’s brightest young entrepreneurs, that he had to reject the software engineer role at Microsoft, specifically to building a startup called Slatecube – a website that aims to solve Nigeria’s unemployment problem.

During the television interview, Chris didn’t ask the Microsoft founder for a job or business advice. Instead, the 23-year-old Nigerian told Gates how he had turned down a software engineer role at Microsoft.

“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?’”

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Kwekowe emphasized his desire to use Slatecube’s digital internship to help other young Nigerians find jobs.

Based on a survey conducted in January 2016, among 90,000 Nigerian graduates,  45 percent were unemployed. Some research also pointed out the key reason employers often reject graduates  were lack of professional skills; critical thinking, entrepreneurship, decision-making, etc.

The graduate of computer science from Lagos founded the company with his brother, Emerald, 20, in October 2014. Both siblings funded their efforts by freelancing as web designers and running a software solutions firm.

23-year-old Chris Kwekowe did it for good reason though: He was building a startup called Slatecubeto help other young Nigerians find jobs.

In 2014, when Chris and his 20-year-old brother, Emerald, were just getting started, they funded the company by freelancing as web designers (not every time wait for investors).

How does Slatecube work?

Users first complete a course in their chosen discipline – classes ranging from corporate finance to anger management.

Next, the startup assigns them virtual internships, allowing them to work remotely for some big name companies like Cisco and Grant Thornton

If the virtual internship goes well, companies can then hire the Slatecube graduates for full-time work – simple.

 

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Written by How Africa

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