Nejat Abdella opened doors for Ethiopian Youth

“I believe we are all born with a special gift” – Nejat Abdella


In school they’ll tell you the only way you’ll be successful in life is though studying day-and-night and scoring high on exams, and although many people follow this principle, it isn’t entirely true. Look at people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, they dropped out of college to follow their dream and it turned out to be the million-dollar company they never imagined. This means there’s more to the equation than cramming books and pulling an all-nighter to write essays, right? Ms. Nejat Abella says ‘To be successful, you need something else other than knowledge: social skills’

Nejat Abdella is a young, inspiring, passionate Business Advisor for the United Nations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She went to high school at Sandford International School (Ethiopia) and later on after pursuing her IB Diploma Programme she got a Full Scholarship to attend Trent University. After finishing University, Nejat came back to Ethiopia to give back to the youth community that she believed to have so much potential. She started her own social enterprise called ‘JU90’ which places IB (International Baccalaureate) seniors in organizations that match their field of work interest. The students then undergo a 6-month internship with the organization learning and developing both personally and professionally. These skills help them in their future (e.g. university applications, career pathways).

 NejatAbdullahEstablished in 2013, JU90 combines projects and initiatives to harness  ones potential and social skills. JU90 believes that you perceive  development from within than from anywhere else. As development is  a  series of progression rather than a destination, JU90 contributes to  this  process by instilling positive changes. It fosters innovation and  entrepreneurial spirit to youth.

Schools are wonderful institutions that act as a fountain of knowledge for  everyone – yet, they often miss out on things that matter like happiness,  passion, commitment and so on. These are extraordinary qualities you pick up when you experience firsthand what the business environment is like.

JU90 has already opened doors for so many youths to explore their talent, discover life-changing opportunities and experience a truly meaningful time in their assigned placement organizations!


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