Nigerian students emerge tops in entrepreneurial competition

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Chairman JA Rwanda Steering Committee, Emery Rubagenga (third left); teacher from Kosofe Senior College, Lagos, Mrs. Abidoye Aderonke and participants from JA Nigeria at the 2023 Africa Company of the Year Competition held in Rwanda.

By Michael Akinadewo and Opeyemi Babalola

For their entrepreneurial excellence, students from Kosofe Senior College, representing Nigeria at the Junior Achievement Africa Company of the Year (COY) competition held in Kigali, Rwanda, has won two awards.
The students, with the team name, ‘The Sustainable Future Advocate Company,’ creators of plantain peel briquette, comprised of Fauzyhat Bello, Moses Ilori, Modinat Kareem and Chinenye Nworie. The students got the Public Choice Award based on votes by Africans, and the Delta Airline Social Impact Award. The competition featured participants from various countries, including Côte d’Ivoire, Eswatini, Ghana, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and the host country, Rwanda.
Commenting on the award, the Acting Executive Director of Junior Achievement Nigeria, Olaolu Akogun, said, the students were able to attain such feat due to immense contribution of partners. He said: “The awards received are not solely a testament to the achievements of Team Nigeria. Instead, they signify the combined endeavours of the JA Nigeria community, supporters, and partners who consistently contribute to the empowerment and development of young entrepreneurs.” In a related development, a student of Grace High School, Gbagada, Lagos, Oluwateleola Sogbanmu has won the overall first position at the 24th edition of the Martin Luther King speech competition organised by the American Consulate in Lagos.
Another student, Chiziterem Umeh also emerged winner for the third topic of the competition titled: “My dream for Nigeria.”

Oluwateleola Sogbanmu receives her prize from the organizer

Sogbanmu, who was adjudged best for her diction and strong points, was applauded for her excellent delivery during the competition. Both winners were presented with laptops, school bags, and digital SAT book among others. The Head of Protocol of the Consulate who presented the gifts lauded the students for their speech delivery and articulate presentation of their points.
The Executive Director, Grace Schools, Mrs. Olatokunbo Edun, who expressed delight at the award, said the school offers well-rounded academic programmes. Edun noted that the school has reinvented the rules to develop the innate capabilities and competencies of its students. “We place a high premium on extra-curricular activities that can develop the potentials of our students,” Edun explained.

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