Union Bank’s community investment focus on talent development, agriculture and financial empowerment has led to the bank’s partnership with LEAP Africa in implementing the 2015/2016 Social Innovators Programme (SIP).
The Fellowship programme which commenced with a week-long workshop on the 8th of February, 2016, had 20 young Nigerian change agents from different parts of the country including Bauchi, Delta, Lagos, Osun, Plateau, Yobe, and the FCT at the Nigerian Breweries Star Academy, Iganmu, Lagos.
Through the support of Union Bank Nigeria, the workshop aims at equipping the fellows with the knowledge and skills needed to sustain and scale up their impact through series of intensive learning, trainings and presentations in the workshop from top professionals across different sectors in Nigeria.
LEAP Africa’s 2016 Social Innovators Fellows are young, dynamic and visionary Nigerians contributing to the development of their communities and country. They are initiators of high impact community development projects with potential for their initiatives to expand its reach.
Their initiatives range from empowering rural farmers, improving education for children in underserved areas, reducing maternal mortality in rural areas, Innovative use of ICT in improving youth employability, creative renewable energy products in rural areas and youth entrepreneurship development among others. According to Asuquo Asuquo, Programme Coordinator for the Social Innovators Programme at LEAP Africa “The SIP identifies, develops and supports young Nigerians who are addressing social challenges in their communities using creative and sustainable solutions. It gives them a platform to significantly touch the lives of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians through its trainings and resources in the Fellowship.
The 2015/2016 Fellows are:
- Abdullahi Salisu – Founder, Haleematus-Sa’adiyya Recyclings
- Adeloye Olanrewaju – Founder, SaferMom
- Afere Lawrence – Founder, Springboard Nigeria
- Aigiomawu Ehiaghe – Co- founder, Codulab
- Amusan Oladayo Joseph – Founder, Female Leadership Development in Africa (FLDinAfrica- FLD)
- Andrew Adaiza – Team lead, Design, Construction and Testing Of an Improved Solar Food Drier
- Sunday Bala – President/Founder, Sunday Bala Oma Foundation
- Buba Imrana – Founder, My TV My School Initiative
- Chidebe Runcie – Founder, PINK BLUE
- Okocha Nkem – Founder, Mamamoni
- Taiwo, Femi – Co-founder, I.T.Y (Catch & Inspire Them young)
- Tony Joy – Founder, A.D (Making a Difference) Initiative
- Durosimi Ebrahim – Co-founder, uJuzi
- Edema Tobore – Founder, The Gladies
- Ezeakor Chinenye – Founder, SISTEM
- Ibiwoye Victoria – Founder, OneAfricanChild
- Inegbedion Chaste – Founder, Giving Garage
- Ogunmola Eyitayo – Co-founder, TIE Nigeria
- Akomaye Peters-Benson –Founder, Jaymak Energy Resources Ltd
- Owoicho Nelson – Founder, Education for Change Initiative for Young People (Education for Change – EFC)
The Social Innovators Programme (SIP) is an initiative developed in partnership with YouthActionNet®; a programme of the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a nonprofit organization supporting youth development programs in 80 countries.
The SIP is a part of the YouthActionNet® global network now comprising 16 national/regional youth leadership institutes across the world. SIP seeks to identify, develop and support young Nigerians who are addressing social challenges in their communities through creative and sustainable solutions.