Entrepreneurs need Mentorship in Nigeria

It has been interesting watching the entrepreneurial ecosystem n Nigeria for the past couple of years, and I must admit, the growth has been exponential and has had a positive impact on the Nigerian economy.

But my question remains, has entrepreneurship in Nigeria been by choice? Or by the current hard economic condition of the country and the lack of jobs have pushed Nigerians into entrepreneurship?

Whatever the case might be, having been in the space for quite some time, I realized a common challenge amongst Nigerian entrepreneurs, which is “No mentor guidance”.

Would this be attributed to the lack of good and proper mentors? Or ignorance by the entrepreneurs to seek one who is more experienced than them in their chosen entrepreneurship journey?

But what is mentorship? Mentorship, as defined by Wikipedia, is:

Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but he or she must have a certain area of expertise. “

One might ask, “Why do I need a mentor?”

Every entrepreneur needs a mentor, for the obvious reason “Growth”. Mentorship is similar to the parent-child relationship.

All my life I have actively been seeking mentorship with regards Business Development to push my entrepreneurship endeavours and my career forward.

In selecting a mentor, I always wanted someone easily accessible, preferably in person and not remote mentors, as I was able to pull off their positive energy, body gestures and learn how to behave in certain scenarios.

As humans, we are always worn out emotionally and physically. When we fall short of our goals and expectation, it is very common to wear out or break down, and in such times, we all need a good support system, this is where the need for mentorship comes in.

Having access and getting advice from someone whom has gone through similar paths and has had a similar experience is impeccable at such times.

Yes! Now you have understood the need for a mentor, but then you might ask yourself the question “How do I select the right mentor?”

The first advice I would give is, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Does the story/journey of the potential mentor inspire you?
  2. Would this mentor be easily accessible?
  3. Does his/her life philosophies/ core principles align with yours?

After you have identified an individual that meets your requirements and fits into your life philosophies, the next step is to initiate contact with this individual.

Be brief and concise will contacting them to mentor you in a certain area, explain why they inspire you, and why you think they would be a good fit for you. Highlight their strengths and also state how tapping into their strengths and deep insight will aid you towards achieving your goals.

Do’s and Don’ts

You need to ensure your mentor is accessible at least once a quarter, nothing beats physical interaction.

Don’t become a bug to your mentors, only get them involved when you have hit certain milestones and have certain challenges moving to the next level.

Keep them informed with the important details only.

Ensure to show gratitude each time you have the opportunity to interact with them, time is the most important resource in life, and for them to have spared time out of their busy schedules to address your life issues is no joke.

Your mentors are on a journey towards achieving various targets set for themselves, do well to celebrate them when they have achieved high stakes, everyone likes a pat on the back.

I have been opportune to work closely with my mentor for the past 3 years and I have seen myself grow exponentially in all aspects of my life.

I advise everyone and most especially entrepreneurs of today, to get a mentor.


Dayo Akinpelumi, Product Lead www.mechanics.NG

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