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In July 2016, Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) hosted the sixth edition of its Leadership Empowerment Achievement and Development (LEAD) Camp for 50 outstanding female participants of the JA Company Program in partnership with Union Bank Plc. The mission of LEAD Camp is to empower and inspire young girls to become high-achieving women leaders while addressing Social Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender equality and empowerment of women and girls. The selection process was based on demonstration of outstanding leadership skills during their participation in JA Company Program, which introduces senior secondary school students to the different facets of running a business. During the camp, the girls attended leadership workshops and empowerment seminars conducted by respected women leaders from various industries and sectors, conducted media projects on the plight of the Nigerian girl-child, developed vision boards and identified goals for self-improvement and local community development. In addition to these activities the girls also went on field trips to Union Bank Plc, Reel Fruit, carried out live interviews on Channels TV and produced a Public Service Announcement (PSA) on Ebonylife TV which can be viewed HERE

“The majority of participants, who come from various parts of the country are public school students who may never get this kind of opportunity in their lives. We are grateful to Union Bank Plc. for making this possible and to our long list of inspiring speakers who have been very generous with their time,” said Mrs. Simi Nwogugu, Executive Director of JAN, who developed the LEAD Camp in 2001 because, after two years of running JAN she observed that some of the girls who were shy or timid at the beginning of the Company Program, were more confident at the end of the program and needed just a little more encouragement in embracing their new found leadership skills. Mr. Emeka Emuwa, Managing Director of Union Bank Plc, added that, “Developing and grooming young talent is a key focus area for Union Bank. The LEAD Camp provides an opportunity for us to nurture and encourage an entrepreneurial mindset in these 50 young women who we hope will be the corporate leaders of tomorrow. ”

Mrs. Lola Cardoso, Head of Group Corporate Strategy for Union Bank Plc, a guest speaker during the weeklong program also added, “This program was particularly attractive to us because Union Bank recently launched WEHub, our internal women’s empowerment network, to do precisely what the LEAD Camp does for these young ladies for Union Bank women across Nigeria. With this synergy and alignment of purpose, we felt that we were well positioned to support the program, not only financially but also through direct mentorship and personal development. We plan to be involved and active in the community change projects which the girls will undertake after the LEAD camp is over with our women employees across the country mentoring the girls in their local communities.” The WEHub mentoring phase of LEAD Camp 2016 kicked off in January 2017 with Union Bank assigning mentors to all 50 beneficiaries through the WEHub network across Nigeria. The seventh installment of LEAD Camp is already scheduled to hold in July 2017. Be sure to follow #JANLEADCAMP for updates.

On Tuesday Dec 13th, JAN honored the efforts of individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to us over the year. The festivities kicked off with a press conference with JAN Chairman Mr. Niyi Yusuf, JAN Executive Director, Mrs. Simi Nwogugu; and Mr. Rufai Ladipo and JAN beneficiaries. Our host for the evening was none other than Comedienne extraordinaire Chigul. To invest, partner and volunteer with JAN

Award Categories and Awardees:

Most Supportive School: Caro Favored School, Ajegunle, Lagos.

Most Outstanding Teacher: Mr. Mark Okoh, Principal, Caro Favored School,

Most Outstanding Alumni: Mr.Tunji Eleso, Managing Partner, CoCreation Hub

Longest Serving Board Member: Citibank

Most Involved Board Member: Stanbic IBTC Plc.

Most Supportive Board Member: First Bank of Nigeria Limited

Best Partner in Development (ViMP): African Capital Alliance Foundation

Best Implementation Partner (ViMP): The Lagos Business School

Most Outstanding Staff Member: Mr. Emmanuel Oturu, Programs Manager, South-South Region

Most Outstanding Volunteer: Mr. Kelechukwu Igwe

Nigeria’s largest online shopping platform Konga, partnered with Junior Achievement Nigeria to give 400 of our Elementary School Program beneficiaries an unforgettable Christmas experience. This was the first time Konga and JAN partnered on the Santa Project. This made the children very happy and definitely was a good way to thank the kids for being a part of the JAN dream.

JA (Junior Achievement) Zimbabwe hosted the Regional Company of the Year Competition 2016, in collaboration with JA Africa. The event which took place from 7-9 December 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe.

The Company of the Year (COY) competition is an annual event and the culmination of JA’s highly acclaimed Company Program and provides an exciting and competitive element to the program that enhances the students’ experience and creates significant practical exposure to the competitive world of international business. Currently impacting more than 380,000 young people a year globally, the JA Company Program teaches students how to start and run their own businesses, develop and market a product or service with the help and guidance of a local business volunteer/mentor. Through qualification rounds at the national level, finalists ultimately are selected to showcase their business acumen in a more competitive environment at the regional level. There, the COY creates a signature showcase for Junior Achievement, its sponsors and, most importantly, the students who have benefitted from the impact of the JA Company Program. This annual event allows young people to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment which engages business, education and policy leaders as well as the media.

This year, over 100 student entrepreneurs from across Africa attended the event with delegations from Botswana, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Students competed for prizes by showcasing their products to panels of judges drawn from business people and influencers from across Zimbabwe. The theme for this year’s event was “Start Young: Own Your Future” and the Keynote Speaker was Madam Tigui Camara, a Guinean native and former international model turned mining entrepreneur.

JA Africa appreciates the investment of time and resources that signature sponsors, Citi Foundation and FedEx have made to ensure the success of this event and the continued implementation of the JA Company Program. Each young person at the competition represented thousands of others receiving entrepreneurship training, mentoring and access to capital that will transform their financial situations and improve the wellbeing of their families and communities.

Nigeria was represented by Team Innovative Minds from Caro Favored College, Ajegunle who showcased their programmable dot matrix LED Display system they created as a means of supporting the advertising needs of businesses in their communities who lacked adequate power. Team Innovative Minds claimed victory at the regional and national level, but sadly didn’t bring home the trophy for Nigeria as JA Swaziland claimed the title this year. Team Innovative Minds were not disappointed about their loss and came back ready to take on the world. Special thanks to all our supporters and sponsors for all their support.