On September 30th, the beneficiaries of the Bemint Program, funded by Siemens Stiftung alongside other partners, convened for their first hangout since graduation. The Hangout was designed to achieve three main objectives: AHK certificate collection, team bonding, and life after Bemint talk sessions.
The Hangout commenced at 9 am with a ludo, scrabble, and monopoly tournament among the various classes of the program. These games facilitated new friendships and provided learning opportunities for alumni, especially those unfamiliar with the games. At 10:30 am, Jumoke Olarewaju, the Finance Officer of the Bemint program, addressed the alumni for 30 minutes on the importance of documentation, savings, and money management as young adults in Nigeria. Following her speaking session, she dedicated another 20 minutes to answering questions from the alumni regarding finance, reporting, and the Bemint stipend.
Subsequently, Angel Benson, the Program Manager of Experimento Nigeria, extended greetings from the EAE leadership team before speaking to the alumni about team building, career planning, and navigating life as young adults in Lagos. She emphasized the significance of taking action and being accountable.
The final segment of the speaking engagement was led by Bemint Project Manager, Lucy Chioma Aniagolu, who expressed gratitude to the previous speakers and delved into the Bemint alumni network. The floor was then opened to alumni suggestions for ideas and activities to keep the alumni community engaged. After gathering all ideas, the speaking session concluded, and attendees participated in more bonding games and activities.
During the second phase of bonding activities, the alumni received refreshments and took turns, according to their batches, to collect their Bemint certificates from AHK, a training partner within the project. The certificate collection proceeded smoothly, and the hangout concluded a few minutes past 3 pm with the capture of pictures and videos.