Misan Riwane is the founder of West Africa Vocational Education, a novel vocational education program that seeks to connect its graduates with entry-level jobs within six to eight weeks of completing the program.
Born and raised in Nigeria, Misan was alarmed at the difference between the educational opportunities abroad and the unexploited potential of millions of young Africans, having studied in the U.K. and the U.S.
Misan, while at Harvard Business School for her MBA, met her WAVE co-founders from other African countries, who were also concerned about the state of youth unemployment in Africa, so they started WAVE.
While one of the challenges of Nigeria’s education sector is the lack of necessary training on the skills required to function in accessible jobs, Misan decided to do something about it.
WAVE bridges the opportunity gap between unemployed African youth and stable jobs in the fastest-growing industries, including the hospitality and retail sectors.
WAVE trains young adults in time-keeping, conflict resolution, management and team communication through lessons and role-playing before a two-week placement with businesses it uses as partners. In some cases this leads to a job.
By 2019, WAVE aims to train 25,000 youth annually in marketable skills to reach their true potential and supported them in stable jobs.