Nigerian by birth and Pan African by heart, Ukeme is passionate about social entrepreneurship and youth empowerment. He believes youth employment should not be left to the government or private companies alone. Ukeme believes our youth should be equipped with the entrepreneurial skills to create a prosperous future for themselves. Thus, in the summer of 2013, he launched an entrepreneurial summer camp, Youth Entrepreneurial Summit (YES), a camp that brought together over 150 young entrepreneurs and leaders for an intensive two-week entrepreneurial leadership program. Over fifty participants got funding for their projects and have gone on to make massive positive change in their communities.
Ukeme’s strong interest in youth empowerment was ignited when his brother lost his life in a job stampede during a job recruitment drive in his hometown. He imagined how his brother’s death could have been prevented if an entrepreneurial program such as YES had existed to provide him with the entrepreneurial mind-set and skills to drive and create his venture instead of relying on government jobs. His brother’s death is the inspiration for the entrepreneurial leadership camps he runs for youths in his community. Ukeme hopes to reduce the unemployment level in Nigeria by 50% by establishing Nigeria’s Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership, a rigorous six month program that will equip Nigerian youth with the entrepreneurial and business skills to create sustainable jobs across Nigeria.
Beyond his entrepreneurial pursuit, Ukeme has had a very successful stint with stand-up comedy. He has staged over seven stand-up comedy shows at the African Leadership Academy and in his home town; often using such shows to fundraise for his entrepreneurial camps.