Dr Stephen Akintayo, A real estate expert, GMD/CEO, Gtext Holdings has rewarded the first set of beneficiaries of his foundation with $5,000 USD each in grant, with focus on Agriculture for January.
Following the launch of the Stephen Akintayo Foundation’s $5, million USD for five years grant (2023 to 2027) to support 1000 SMEs, the initiative rewarded the first set of recipients at an award ceremony/birthday held simultaneously in Omole, Lagos, and in Dubai on Saturday, Jan. 28.
It would be remembered that the GMD/CEO, Gtext Holdings had announced plans to roll out the SME grant starting from January 2023, with the focus of January being on Agriculture.
The first set of beneficiaries for January include Victoria Adeyeye of Phenacoconut Product and Yetunde Taiwo of YT Foods.
Expressing their joy, the beneficiaries who were elated to have won $5,000 USD grant commended the laudable economic initiative of the foundation while promising to give their best.
In the same vein, Akintayo further rewarded Miss Martha Onsachi as the highest salesperson of the year 2022 for Gtext Holdings, with a brand new car.
According to the staff of Gtext Holdings, January 28 was a day of celebration for the brand as it also marked the birthday date of the CEO, hence the flurry of activities on the day.
While the day had kicked off with the Dubai edition of the Global Wealth Festival, GMD/CEO in celebrating his birthday also launched three new books, bringing the number of his published works to 41.
The books include; ‘Becoming a Billionaire Land Banker’, ‘Billionaire Habits For Entrepreneurs’, and ‘Billionaire Habits For Pastors’.
Speaking on the activities that made up his birthday, Akintayo said, “The whole concept of entrepreneurship is always finding a way where there is no way, creating value amid challenges and constantly looking for opportunities.
“So, as much as I am grateful to God for how far we have come as a business, we must begin to raise entrepreneurs who are serious about their business.
“I started this company 15 years ago with just N1,000, so I understand what it means to start a business without funding or capital.
“This is why we are working only with businesses that have started and have shown that their value is accepted in the marketplace. Also people that are willing to pay for it no matter how small.
“Our grant is there to help SMEs scale it up, so if you have just started, you have demonstrated value and you just need something to help you scale up a bit.
“Ultimately, what is important is the success rate of those that get it, as we are not just supporting them with cash, but also with mentorship.”
Expressing her gratitude, Onsachi, attributed her car gift and being the best salesperson to hardwork and commitment.
“It is a continuous season of giving, and this shows that Gtext sees and values my efforts.
“It also means that I must work harder to keep doing what I do well so that I don’t abuse the trust that has been placed upon me,” she said.