I want to help young people actualize their dreams, says UK-based Nigerian entrepreneur, Jasmine Cannon-Ikurusi

London—A Nigerian entrepreneur based in the UK, Jasmine Cannon-Ikurusi has said she hopes to continue to build people and help youths all over the world to figure out what they want to do in life.

Jasmine who is the founder of The Sapphire Community Group, she wants to continue, through her foundation, to give platforms to youths to actualise their dreams as well as to provide necessities and opportunities for families across the world.

In a recent interview with a UK tabloid, At AlBright, Jasmine stated that the mission of her foundation is to primarily inspire young people across the globe to find and understand more about their calling and help them to be the best version of themselves.

She disclosed that her organization has worked with over 5,000 disadvantaged youths in the past seven years.

In her words; “For over seven years, the Sapphire Community Group has been working in Southwark, Islington, Tower Hamlets, Hackney, Lewisham, Greenwich, Camden, and Lambeth.

“We have worked with over 5,000 young people to date, especially those from minority and disadvantaged backgrounds.

“The Sapphire Community Group (The Sapphire Foundation) aims to equip young people to not only be the best version of themselves but also inspire them to have a genuine insight into what they would like to pursue in the near future.

“More importantly, the community group is put in place to make a major contribution in order to give a voice to the voiceless; this is done by providing a platform for young people to find and understand more about their callings.

“We are an organisation that aims to restore, revive, and rebuild a divided generation. One that accepts everyone and encourages individuals to be true to themselves.

“We work with 5-30 year-olds around the world and we instil the message of love, but most of all, self-worth. We seek to empower and stabilise a segregated community. The sole purpose of The Sapphire Community Group is to build people up.

“Moreover, we ensure that each individual finds what they are meant to do in life. Through mentoring, coaching, literature, entertainment, events, and workshops, we aim to provide a platform and pathway for young people all over the world to find their calling.

“Additionally, we will attempt to help each individual believe they can create a change for the extraordinary. We aim to teach and inspire individuals to believe in themselves and see their full potential.”

Jasmine advised other early-stage purpose-driven female founders to be patient and have a clear-cut plan on how they would achieve the objectives of their organizations.

“To move at your own pace. At times it can feel aggravating because you feel like you should be in one place and you’re not or you’re struggling but that’s okay.

“Everyone moves at their own pace – there is so much to learn and you shouldn’t rush it. Just make sure that your goals are clear and you have a strong plan to start seeing your dreams through,” she advised.

Jasmine Cannon-Ikurusi is the second daughter of HRH Samuel Sambo, the Amadabo of Sambo Ama in Twon Brass, Bayelsa State, and her Sapphire Community foundation was honoured with the London Community Award earlier this year for its social impact, particularly in the United Kingdom (UK).

Jasmine after receiving the London Community award earlier this year

The organization also was recently awarded the BMW I‘ Pitch Of The Day’ by BMW UK Marketing Director, Michelle Roberts in recognition of its social and economic Impact in the UK where it was given a three-month loan of a brand new all-electric BMW to help the foundation with its business.

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