Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) has partnered with Union Bank for the third consecutive year, to empower fifty (50) girls from various regions across Nigeria in the Ninth edition of the Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement, and Development (LEAD) Camp which took place from Monday, July 9th– Saturday, July 14th in Lagos.
The mission of LEAD Camp is to inspire and empower young girls to become high-achieving women leaders. This addresses Social Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. In order to achieve this, the participants are taken through series of activities which include leadership workshops administered by HOD Consulting Inc., empowering discussions with leading women from the private and public sectors in Nigeria; conceptualization, development and implementation of group projects serving the needs of girls in Nigeria (achievement sessions); and self-development sessions that address critical areas such as sexual reproductive health, personal hygiene, etiquette and character education.
In the words of Simi Nwogugu, Executive Director of Junior Achievement Nigeria:
“I developed LEAD Camp back in 2001 because, after two years of running JAN, I noticed that some of the girls who were shy or timid at the beginning of the Company Program, were more confident by the end and needed just a little more encouragement to secure their new found leadership skills. Seventeen years later, we now have several notable LEAD Camp alumni leading and working in positions and institutions, doing impactful work to make the world a better place.”
Speaking on their partnership with JAN, Emeka Emuwa, Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank, stated:
“Our sponsorship of this initiative aligns with our efforts in talent development which is one of our 3 Corporate Social Responsibility pillars at Union Bank. The LEAD Camp programme provides the opportunity for us to nurture and encourage a leadership and empowering mindset in these young women who we expect will become corporate leaders of tomorrow.”
This year’s event featured notable female leaders from the private and public sectors in Nigeria who volunteered their time and resources to inspire and empower the girls. Some of the speakers include Dr. Nnoli Edozien of Dangote Group and Temitope Iluyemi of Procter & Gamble who sat on the ‘Women in Big Industry’ panel; Wonuola Olatunde-Lamidi and Toyin Odulate who sat on the ‘Women in Entrepreneurship’ panel; Lola Cardoso of Union Bank and Adesola Sotande-Peters of Unilever, who were both on the ‘Women in Finance’ Panel. Others include Keke Hammond of Rue14 Studios, Temie Giwa-Tubosun of LifeBank Nigeria, as well as lawyers – Stella Duru, Adesua Dozie and Buslola Odusanya who were on the ‘Women and the Law’ panel.
LEAD Camp 2018 featured three LEAD Camp alumni namely Nkechi Eze (2005 LEAD Camp alum) who moderated the ‘Women in Creative Arts & Entertainment’ panel, Oduolayinka Osunloye (2003 LEAD Camp alum) who moderated the ‘Women in Technology’ panel and Orode Uduaghan (2003 LEAD Camp alum) who spoke at the Press Conference. Similarly, panel speakers Kene Rapu and Timoni Akindolie are both alumni of JAN programs having participated in the JAN Company Program while in secondary school.
Also at LEAD Camp 2018 were Kanyin Adio-Moses of Etiquette by Kanyin, Sanitary Aid for Nigerian Girls led by Tife Soloye, a JAN alumna and Dr. Toke Oke who all facilitated Development sessions on etiquette, personal hygiene and sexual reproductive health respectively. The Socially Africa team led by Adaora Mbelu-Dania facilitated an interactive session on Problem Solving through Critical Thinking and Mind Mapping skills.
The media mentors at LEAD Camp 2018 who worked with the girls to conceptualize and develop messages on the girl child for the public as part of their Achievement sessions include Omaliicha of Rythmn FM, Esse Akwawa of Pulse TV, Delphine Okobah of The Delphinator TV, Oladapo Sofowora of Thisday Newspapers, Funmi Oyaide of Silverbird TV, Olive Emodi of WazobiaMax TV, Chamberlain Usoh of Channels TV, Kaylah of Cool FM, Adenike Oyetunde and of course, Yakubu Abigail Obehi of BellaNaija.
To all panelists, speakers and media mentors, we say thank you, for volunteering your time and resources with the girls.
LEAD Camp 2018 would not have been possible without the support of our Corporate Sponsors – Union Bank PLC, airline partner – AirPeace who transported the out-of-Lagos participants, program facilitation sponsors Farmcrowdy and Andela who hosted the girls on their field trips to both organizations as well as JAN Board Members Agile Communications and Channels TV for adequate press and media coverage.
To be eligible to participate in LEAD Camp, beneficiaries must have previously participated in JAN’s flagship Company Program, which provides training in the different facets of setting up and running a business.
Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) is part of Junior Achievement Worldwide (JAWW), the world’s largest and fastest-growing non-profit economic education organization with a 120-country network. Since inception in 1999, JAN has reached over 800,000 students in over 1,000 schools in 29 locations across the country with the support of over 2,000 volunteers. Junior Achievement operations in Nigeria are governed and financed by its Board of Directors, which include Accenture, Agile Communications, Channels Television, Citibank, Dangote Foundation, Deloitte, ExxonMobil, FirstBank of Nigeria, Oracle, Schlumberger and Stanbic IBTC. As part of a global network, JAN is able to leverage resources and expertise to deliver localized cutting-edge experiential programs built on JAWW’s three pillars of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy, to in- and out-of-school youth ages 5 to 27 free of charge.