Barrister Festus Adebayo, CEO of Fesadeb Communications and founder of Housing TV Africa, has emphasized the need for nurturing young talent.
Adebayo, who made this call in Abuja, during an interactive session with children from the ‘Our World’ show on AIT, urged them not to wait until their twenties to make a mark, emphasizing his intent to catch them young.
“I’m going to catch you young. I’m going to create a platform where I begin to teach you how to own affordable housing, I’m going to teach you how you can own your own house, I’m going to teach you how you can access a mortgage. I’m not going to allow you to get to 25, 26 before you start thinking of that.
“I hope that one day the government will also include it in the university or secondary school curriculum on how you guys can own a house,” he stated. In a remarkable gesture, Adebayo, walking the talk of empowerment, announced that the children, inspired by his vision and commitment, will be granted free airtime on the soon-to-be-launched TV station to anchor their program.
Reflecting on his journey from the banking sector to affordable housing advocacy, the serial entrepreneur shared how a gap in a television station’s programming led him to champion the cause of affordable housing through the media.
“One day I got to NTA, and it was at the NTA that I asked the question concerning the programs they have on the station related to housing promotion. They couldn’t provide me with any program. It was then I moved back and made up my mind that there is a need for me to establish a program, run a television that will enlighten people on why they need to own a house and also reorient the government’s attitude towards housing provision… that is what led me to what you see us doing today…establishing a platform on television.