Nigeria Leadership Initiative inducts new set of accomplished leaders

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The Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI) recently turned out 22 new Fellows into its Fellows Program. The second Fellows seminar took place from September 27 through October 2, 2015 at the Yale
University, New Haven, Connecticut.

The five-day seminar event was part of the Fellows program of NLI,created to bridge the vacuum between “emerging leaders” and those referred to as “accomplished leaders”.

The seminar comprised of a cohort of twenty two accomplished individuals from diverse sectors such as consulting, banking, public service, business, entertainment, media, legal, civil society, and telecommunications.

The chief executive officer of NLI, Yinka Oyinlola, said the objectives of the program was to deepen the leadership learning of the participants, challenge them on how to create impact for a good
Nigerian society, encourage them to move from thought to action through a high impact class project.

Mr. Oyinlola said “the newly inducted Fellows are now poised to go back to their roles with more tenacity and enablement to thrive under uncertainty, ready to create high impact in the society, to enhance personal and professional growth and to achieve key competencies necessary to boost performance”.

The newly inducted Fellows had resounding testimonials. Joke Aliu
(Partner, Aluko & Oyebode Law Firm) recounted how the programm
provided “a platform for reflection, networking, inspiration, and goal
setting. Certainly one of the best programs I have ever attended.”

“The program strikes a chord in me on the need not to give up on the
vision of a Nigeria of my dreams. It is possible and we can do it” – Bunmi Dayo-Olagunju (Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited).

The participants at the seminar were young Nigerians at home and in the diaspora, who occupy key leadership positions, with prior record of occupying supervisory positions. Part of the leadership trait that qualified them included being passionate about moving Nigeria forward through volunteer experience and/or mentoring efforts. Other factors considered include diversity, gender, profession, industry and sector and geography.

Since the NLI fellows seminar was launched in October 2014, in
partnership with Yale University, with the help of the experienced moderators, each participant had an opportunity to contribute his or her own reflections, experience, and knowledge to the seminar thus collectively producing values-based leaders who are guided by values and driven by character for the eventual transformation of Nigeria.

The newly inducted NLI Fellows were Olubunmi Dayo-Olagunju, Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Asset Management Limited (SIAML); Fela Durotoye, Chief Executive Officer, GEMSTONE Group; Ogedi Onyeama, Vice President, African Capital Alliance (ACA); Onofiok Luke, Member, Akwa
Ibom State House of Assembly; Hauwa Yabani, MD/CEO of Abuja Technology
Village; and Danladi Verheijen, CEO/MD of Verod Capital Management.

Others were Kemi Ajayi, COO, Banwo & Ighodalo Law Firm; Eyo O. Eyo, Head, POS Business Unit and Prepaid Card Business, First Bank of Nigeria; Fatima Kere Ahmed, State Counsel, Code of Conduct Bureau; Gimba Mohammed, Head, Public Sector and Education Sales Team, MainOne; Joke Aliu, Partner, Aluko & Oyebode, Law Firm; Ifeoma Monye, Associate Partner, Ciuci Consulting; Paul Okeugo, Head of Sales for Microsoft
(MMDS) West Africa and Co Founder, Chocolate City Group; Oluseyi
Ajibola, Co-founder, Zircon Marine Limited; Nasir Ingawa, Managing
Partner, Nasara Real Estate Limited.

The rest included Onome Ako, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Amref,
Canada; Olurotimi Odunaike, Global Delivery Manager, Digitas LBI;
Stephanie Busari, Digital Supervising Producer, CNN International;
Tajudeen Ahmed, Assistant General Manager (AGM) and Head of Corporate
Planning & Strategy at Skye Bank Plc; Tunde Ladipo, Country Head, Tony
Blair African Governance Initiative (AGI); Uzo Nwani, CEWA, Global
Partner Executive, IBM; and Yemi Osindero, Managing Director Standard
Chartered Private Equity’s West Africa.

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