Nigeria Youth Summit 2020

The Nigeria Youth Summit is an annual convergence of the nation's promising youth and top business leaders aimed at fostering a thriving ecosystem that supports their career and business aspirations.

Why the Nigeria Youth Summit?

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the global economy, with emerging opportunities and threats alike. While governments across the globe are exploring ways to support their people and communities through policy actions and relief efforts, individuals and organizations must take up the responsibility for reskilling and building new competencies for the new world of work.

 The Nigeria Youth Summit, spearheaded by the Nigerian Bottling Company, is designed as an exclusive platform that provides Nigeria’s youth the tools, mentorship and support to leverage the emerging opportunities in the post-COVID-19 global economy for personal and business growth and address the critical issues around youth employability and capacity enhancement for the emerging world of business and life.

The summit will culminate in the launch of the Nigerian Business League for Youth, a coalition of private organisations committed to deepening the Nigerian youth development agenda.

 

Who Should Attend

This summit is targeted at youth aged 18-35 - young professionals, entrepreneurs and recent graduates determined to make a mark in their careers and businesses.

The event is also open to young people, who though are outside of this age bracket, but are interested in unlocking the hidden secrets to thriving in business, career and life in the New World.  

Don't miss this opportunity!


Meet Our Speakers

Mr. Sunday Dare - Honourable Minister of Youth & Sports Development

Well-traveled journalist, seasoned scholar and accomplished administrator, Mr. Sunday Dare, was on Tuesday, July 23rd 2019, announced as one of the 43 Ministers Designate by Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari.

The multilingual 54-year-old hails from Ogbomoso in Oyo State, South West Nigeria, and represents a generation of Nigerians, who have come full circle having been born just before the Civil War, witnessing the 2nd and 3rd republics, fighting the military jaunta via guerilla journalism, helping to entrench the 4th Republic before now taking up leadership roles. Mr. Dare's impressive resume reads like a thriller novel, as it shows a man that has lived an exciting, challenging but ultimately successful and exemplary life.

After bagging a Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in International Studies and a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from two of the most respected universities in Northern Nigeria, Mr. Dare took to the skies to pursue more knowledge abroad. Before this, though, he left his indelible mark all over his country of birth. Tired of seeing his country ravaged by poor and contemptuous corruption aided and abetted by unscrupulous military leadership, he joined the elite league of news reporters, who dedicated their lives to afflicting the comfortable while comforting the afflicted. While his contemporaries choose to join the civil service or take up cushy jobs in the banks, he chose to risk his life by investigating corruption, unearthing deep truths and exposing it to the world. This was one of the most dangerous jobs anyone could do at the time, but he and a select few did it and excelled at it. For more than a decade, he lived vicariously. He saw his closest friends and mentors dragged to jail, felled by bullets or beaten to within an inch of their lives. He was never deterred.

When in 1999, the military handed over power to civilians, Nigeria owed a great amount of gratitude to the likes of Mr. Dare. But, they had done their service to fatherland and it was time to move on. Given how much respect and experience he had garnered over the years, Mr. Dare was offered so many fellowships and jobs abroad. In 2001, he took up the challenge to became the Chief of the Voice Of America (VOA) Hausa Service, Africa Division  in Washington D.C. His job, simply put, was to compete in content and audience share with the already established BBC Hausa Service. Armed with all the experience he needed, Mr. Dare quickly conceptualized and directed radio programming in Hausa and English languages to a targeted weekly audience of over 21 million in Nigeria and countries in the West Africa Sub-region. He was a hit. He held the job for eight years until the call to return home became too loud to ignore.

In 2009, he became the Media Adviser to the Honourable Minister for Information and Communication on all media related matters and government information dissemination and media policy. He held the job for a year until he was asked to take up the role as Chief Of Staff/Special Adviser Media to Former Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Being the first person the great man saw in the morning and the last person he saw at night was a herculean task. The political leader was oiling his machinery to get the Progressives into power at the centre, hence his schedule was gruelling. Mr. Dare was, among other things, responsible for the overall coordination of all political, social and business activities while simultaneously acting as Media Adviser and was coordinating all media interventions, interviews, interactions,  communications, speech writing, research, documentation and advice on policy matters. The job of at least four men but he did it with enviable calm and grace.

At the request of President Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu reluctantly released Mr. Dare from his duties and he was appointed as Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC. This has been his role in the last three years until this new call to serve.

In 2010, the father of two lovely girls became an Oxford University Research Fellow with his research work published under the heading: New Media and Citizen Journalism in Africa-A Case Study: Using New media Tools and Citizen Journalism to Investigate Corruption in Nigeria. He has authored three other books and is working on two more.

He is also a multi award winner home and abroad and is a member of many prestigious associations. He is constantly sought out to provide insight on establishing media outlets, a skill he is most proud of.

In the run up to the 2019 elections, Mr. Dare briefly offered himself to serve as Governor of his beloved state, but aligned with the party when it chose to field another person as candidate. His contributions to his community has won him accolades as he introduced a new way of doing politics to the grassroots. His health intervention, "Digi Dare", was a fan favourite.

It is clear that President Buhari made a particularly great choice in picking this man, who bridges the gap between the old and the young. He is a product of tested and trusted political operators but has the mien and energy of youth. His love for technology and how it fits into almost all spheres of life shows how balanced he is. Little wonder his nomination has drawn praise from everyone - from his traditional rulers to his massive followers on social media.

Mrs. Ibukun Awosika - Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited

Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. The companies in the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.

Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: d.light Design Inc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), Digital Jewel Limited, House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Imperial Gate School and Peniel Apartments Limited. She was Chairman, GEMS Africa Limited, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited. She also served on the board of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).

With high interest in social issues, including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). In November 2019, she was appointed as the President of International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC).

As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NJCC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain and the Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University.

Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008. She loves to watch investigative and legal series in her leisure time. She is happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.       

Jimi Tewe - CEO, The Jimi Tewe Company

Olujimi Tewe is an expert in human capacity development. As the CEO of The Jimi Tewe Company, a human capacity development firm focused on providing effective people solutions to organizations across different industries, and improving individual capacity; Jimi expresses his expertise in training and career coaching.


Jimi is an Executive and Career Coach; a certified Job Evaluator and Emotional & Social Competence Intelligence Specialist with the Hay Group of South Africa and a Member of the American Association of Career Coaches. As a Coach, his strong passion for seeing emerging careers and businesses grow into institutions has resulted in him coaching young CEOs and working professionals towards achieving and even surpassing their goals. Also, he has been involved with designing career coaching interventions for corporate clients.


Previously, he worked at Senior Management levels in the banking industry specifically in United Bank for Africa & Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank). At various times, he functioned as Head of Recruitment, Head of Performance Management and Head of Organizational Development. He has consulting experience having worked with Accenture & Restral consulting at various times.
Beyond speaking at events, Jimi Tewe has also pioneered several events that have grown over the years- The National Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (held in partnership with the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government), The CEO Masterclass, The 7 Star Worker Conference and most recently the Exponential Accountability Circle.


Jimi is an author of various books; Where Did All My Money Go, Getting a Job Easily, Free from Corporate Slavery, Think – Move Your Life Forward on Purpose, Get Employed and The Purpose Book.


Jimi’s clients include MTN, Access Bank, GT Bank, Friesland Campina, IHS Towers, and Cardinal Stone Partners, etc. He is an internationally sought speaker who has graced several platforms within and outside Nigeria including the Harvard Business School, Boston, and has been recognized as one of the 100 most influential Nigerians and won several awards for his work done in the personal development space.


He’s also a certified member of the International Coach Federation (ICF), a UK certified Life coach, a member of the Life Coaches Association of Nigeria (LCAN), the American Association of Small Business Consultants, Texas, USA and the International Certified Consultants Association, Canada.


How To Participate

To participate in the high-powered webinar, please click bit.ly/NigerianYouthSummit to pre-register.

 

The youth of any nation is its future, and we are aware at the NBC that this demography constitutes the majority of Nigeria's most energetic population. However, due to factors beyond their control, most of these young people are finding it difficult to set out on their own. The Nigeria Business League for Youth is a proprietary call-to-action initiative of NBC to other corporate organisations to refocus attention and recommit to critical interventions and policy actions that support the development of the Nigerian youth.

Ekuma Eze Public Affairs and Communications Director, NBC