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Reading: 19-year-old man abandons university degree to become a scholar in cake making, now earns over $100,000
Reading: 19-year-old man abandons university degree to become a scholar in cake making, now earns over $100,000

19-year-old man abandons university degree to become a scholar in cake making, now earns over $100,000

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19-year-old man abandons university degree to become a scholar in cake making, now earns over $100,000
19-year-old man abandons university degree to become a scholar in cake making, now earns over $100,000

At 19-year-old, Justin Ellen is an extraordinary entrepreneur, who chose to forego the traditional route of enrolling for a degree in a US university in favor of pursuing his passion for cake making. In an interview with CNBC, the budding cake expert opened up about his journey from high school to becoming a scholar in his field.

When Justin finished high school at 17, he faced immense pressure to pursue a college degree. However, he was determined to follow his own path and, despite his peers enrolling in university, he chose to focus on his cake business, Everything Just Baked. Now, the business earns over $100,000 annually and is proof of his dedication and devotion to baking.

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Justin’s story of taking an unconventional route to success stands in stark contrast to his peers who attended college and have since won a number of scholarships and grants to do scientific research. His message of going against the grain in order to achieve one’s dreams is a powerful one.

This teaches us all that sometimes the easiest root to success is though business.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.