200 participants will be selected from a pool of numerous applications to attend a 5 day intensive professional bootcamp.
Opportunities like mentoring, internships an investment seed funding opportunities will be accessible to the most promising participants.
This year's edition has been streamlined into 3 key sectors:
YPB is a new initiative of The Platform Nigeria powered by Covenant Christian Centre.
This stream is designed to highlight and equip participants with the key attributes required to build a successful corporate career.
As one of the fastest growing & diverse employment sectors, this curriculum will help participants acquire the knowledge + skills necessary to become successful leaders in Entertainment, Media & the Arts
This stream is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs validate their ideas and understand steps to establish and grow their business
We’re led by a team who constantly questions, tinkers, and challenges to unlock great creativity around every turn.
Poju Oyemade is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos. This fast growing church holds 4 services every Sunday morning, with services in Lekki, Yaba and Iganmu.
He was called to ministry whilst he was still an undergraduate at the University of Lagos. He was ordained into ministry by Bishop David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of Living Faith Ministries Worldwide (a.k.a Winner’s Chapel).
Pastor ‘Poju is a teacher of the Word of faith with insight into how believers can apply biblical principles in a pragmatic and practical way in their daily lives.
This dynamic pastor hosts regular Faith Seminars, Singles’ Summits, Financial and Business Seminars where believers are taught the undiluted Word and how it can be applied directly in their situations to produce results, God’s way.
The Platform Nigeria – Worker’s Fair and National Development Fair are also outreaches of his ministry where prominent business men and women (that are believers) share how they thrive in their industries using and applying principles founded in the Bible.
He is the present Chief Executive Officer at Hygeia HMO Limited. Before this he was head: Business Transform PBB RoA of Standard Bank Group South Africa.
Obi was the Head Personal and Business banking for Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. The role made him the head of Commercial and retail banking business.
He was formerly the acting CEO of Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers Limited, Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund Administrator. He was responsible for overseeing the retirement benefit administration and management of over N300 billion in assets on behalf of over 700,000 individual contributors and close to 20,000 retirees.
Obinnia is a graduate of Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with an MBA from the prestigious Imperial College London. He is a Shell Nigeria scholar and British Chevening scholar. He is also a chartered accountant, Chartered banker and Chartered stockbroker. With his experience in asset management, he is a benefit to administration and sales in various capacities.
Obi Abajue’s passion is what he calls “Focused Intrapreneurship” designed to make a difference in both his industry and community.
Chika Nwobi is founder of Level 5 Lab (L5Lab)– a venture development firm that has incubated several successful African tech companies including Jobberman.com – Africa’s largest online jobs portal and Cheki.com.ng – Nigeria’s leading online cars marketplace. L5 Lab has invested in 21 startups in Nigeria.
Before L5, Chika played a pioneering role in the mobile content industry in Nigeria as Co-Founder and CEO of MTech. Chika was also a founding director of Wireless Application Service Providers Association of Nigeria (WASPAN) and has led consulting engagements for Ford Foundation and IFC( World Bank).
Chika graduated as a Honors scholar from East Tennessee State University, USA, with a BA in Economics and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and is in the Masters in Software Engineering program at University of Oxford.
Chika is passionate about education and developing young people and has been invited to speak at Wharton, NYU and Lagos Business School. He has also served as judge for Federal Government of Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship business plan competition – YouWiin and as a mentor for the World Bank XL startup program. He is an ordained minister at Covenant Christian Centre where he leads The Platform - Young Professionals team.
Chika completed Stanford University SEED transformation program and is also a partner in Rise Capital, an emerging-markets focused venture capital firm. He is a member of the board of Directors of Unilever Nigeria PLC and the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA)
Mayokun Fadeyibi is the Head of Business Development & Strategy at OLX where she is responsible for all aspects of Operations Strategy, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships and Business Intelligence.
Her work cut across all business units – Marketing, Sales, Finance, and User Operations as she helps to optimize business operations. She currently leads the incubation unit for all experiments and strategic initiatives at OLX.
Mayokun holds a PhD in Business Analytics from Bentley University in Massachusetts.
Adesola Sotande-Peters is a seasoned Finance professional with over 23 years of experience, she has worked with notable companies such as the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) UK, Informa Group UK, Openwave Telecoms UK, Sakura Bank London, Diageo Plc, and Unilever Nigeria Plc.
In 1995, Adesola was awarded her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from The American International University in London (Richmond College). She also holds an MBA for finance professionals from Manchester Business School.
In 2015, Adesola was appointed the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Unilever Ghana and Nigeria, the first Nigerian CFO and first female Vice President Unilever Nigeria has ever had in it’s 96 years of existence. She also leads the Controls agenda in Africa. She is saddled with the responsibility of proactively providing strategic finance leadership to ensure optimal allocation of the company’s resources in the planning and execution of the business strategy to create and maximize shareholders value across both businesses. This requires her to lead the entire Controls and Governance Agenda for Unilever Africa.
Adesola played a pivotal role in driving business growth and value creation in Ghana-Nigeria during a period of very challenging conditions. This had a significant impact beyond her core functional responsibility. In 2018, Adesola was promoted to her current role as Vice President Finance, Ghana-Nigeria and Africa Controls.
Adesola holds the following positions with different professional bodies in Nigeria and abroad.
Osinachi Ibeneme is a seasoned senior finance leader with over 15 years’ professional in several finance domains including – Commercial Finance, Financial Reporting, Audit and Assurance, Controllership, Financial Planning & Analysis and Business Process Improvement.
A graduate of Microbiology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Osinachi is also a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He won 4 National ICAN Merit Awards for his outstanding performance in the Institute’s Exams, including Best Overall Candidate for 2 consecutive Diets.
Osinachi started his career in PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Audit Associate in 2004. During his 6-year stay in PWC, he led several audit engagements for companies in the financial, manufacturing and energy sectors. His leadership qualities earned him multiple awards in PWC up till 2010 when he joined General Electric as Financial Controller, GE Nigeria in 2010. Considered as one of GE Top Talents in Africa, Osinachi has been given increasing levels of responsibility in the organization. Some of the roles he has held include the following:
Ayokunnu Ojeniyi serves as Technical Assistant - Industry, Trade and Investment in the Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He also plays an active role in Nigeria's recent business climate reforms in his capacity as Project Manager and Technology Lead at the Secretariat of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Secretariat Council.
Prior to his current engagement, Ayokunnu was responsible for the technical governance of multimillion-dollar data warehouse projects at a Global Fortune 500 organization. He is passionate about the Nigerian and how the Nigerian government can help improve the chances of success in life for fellow citizens.
Maurice Igugu currently heads the Creative and Content Development team at Sterling Bank. He studied in the Delta State University where he received his B.Sc Chemistry in 2002. He began his career in graphic design at Aangels Communications where he interned in 2005 and then worked in Moore Advice and Alternative Media Solutions as an Art Director and Lead Creative Director in 2006, 2007 respectively.
He ran the Brand Management and Design shop for Diamond Capital in 2008 before joining Diamond Bank as a Product Manager for DiamondXtra and then as a Campaign Manager/Creative Lead in 2011 where he led the Creative team through the Diamond Bank rebrand and the design and launch of its key product and service offerings. He recently joined Sterling Bank in 2017.
He has a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Brand School, South Africa and a certificate in Art Direction from the University of Arts, London amongst other professional certifications. He is a registered practitioner of Advertising (arpa) with the Advertisers Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and a volunteer trainer with Enterprise Development Center, PAN-Atlantic University, with CHINI Productions (Roger Hatchuel Academy) and a member of the planning committee for the Young Professionals Bootcamp.
Mezuo has a 20-year career in a broad spectrum of finance related roles in private equity, investment banking, and corporate finance. Over the past seven years, Mezuo has worked extensively within the agribusiness sector in West Africa and across a broad range of crop value chains.
Mezuo started his career with the corporate finance team of the Sabre Group in Dallas in 1995, and then worked in J.P. Morgan & Co’s mergers and acquisitions group in New York. He was previously a Partner at AFIG, a private equity firm covering 28 countries in West and Central Africa; and has also worked in leadership positions at SecTrust (now Afrinvest), Ocean & Oil Holdings, and MTS First Wireless. He resigned from AFIG to co-found Sahel Capital in 2010. He is also a Co-Founder/Chairman of AACE Foods, an ago-processing company based in Ogun State, Nigeria; is on the Editorial Advisory Board of BusinessDay Newspapers, and on the board of L&Z Integrated Farms.
Mezuo holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School, and received a B.Sc. in Industrial Management, with a minor in Information Systems, from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a 2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow and a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow.
Oluyemi Adeosun is a top-performing, accomplished and skilled Human Resource Executive with over 13 years experience across high profile industries including Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Real Estate, Advertising, Consulting & Volunteer work.
Oluyemi who is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) offers professional expertise and a diverse range of skills within organizational strategy development, business partnership, change management, employee relationship management and administrative expert HR role.
Oluyemi has consulting experience, working with key players in the telecommunications industry, is a member of Toastmasters International, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) designation - the highest award possible.
Oluyemi enjoys helping people get what they most desire from life. By mastering the art of listening and asking probing questions, without making the client uneasy, Oluyemi is able to engage, help declutter thoughts and help many move beyond been overwhelmed, rise above indecision and pursue life’s journey with optimal motivation and clear direction.
Born in Lagos on January 8, 1980, Kemi Adetiba started her journey into the media as a young child where she headlined two national television commercials for the iconic detergent brand OMO, Towing the path of her father, Dele Adetiba, a veteran in the advertising and broadcast industries who played a pivotal role in the development in Nigeria.
Though a law school graduate, Kemi has, in a short space of time, excelled in the entertainment both in Nigeria and across sub-saharan Africa.
Kemi started out professionally as a radio presenter with Rhythm 93.7 FM, where she became the voice behind two nationally syndicated hit shows: Soul’d Out and Sunday at the Seaside, and soon began to make a transition from being a voice on radio to being a face on television by producing and presenting several shows on Mnet, which includes Studio 53, Temptation Nigeria which she presented alongside Ikponmwosa Osakioduwa. Kemi was also a presenter on Soundcity TV and hosted Maltina Dance All for three consecutive seasons.
After years of success being in front of the camera, Adetiba enrolled into the New York Film Academy to learn the ropes about being behind the cameras and today, her bodies of work as a director are spread across the African continent and beyond its borders. Kemi Adetiba’s short film “Across a Bloodied Ocean” was screened at the 2009 Pan African Film Festival and National Black Arts Festival.
On the 8th September 2016, Kemi Adetiba’s first feature film “The Wedding Party” (a Nigerian Rom-com film) premiered opening night, at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), as the opening film of the City-to-City Spotlight. This was was followed by another movie titled “King of Boys” released on the 20th October 2018.
Some of the awards her works have won include Best Female Video for the song "Ekundayo" by TY Bello at the Soundcity TV Music Video Awards, Best Female Video for the song "Today na Today" by Omawumi at the 2010 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Kemi was nominated for Best Music Video Director of the Year at The Headies 2014. She won the City People Entertainment Award for Best Music Video Director Of The Year (2015) and a HNWOTY Award for Woman of the Year in Film and Television (2017).
Biola Alabi is an award winning filmmaker, entrepreneur, investor, public speaker, and television anchor. The media icon heads Biola Alabi Media, a fast growing media company dedicated to telling authentic African stories to the world.
Biola Alabi is the Executive Producer of the award winning films: Lara and the Beat (2018), a coming of age film; as well as 2017 Nollywood blockbuster, Banana Island Ghost (B.I.G). She is also the Executive producer of Nigeria’s no.1 food travel documentary-series “Bukas and Joints” currently airing across Africa and in the USA. As part of her dream in evolving Biola Alabi Media into a 360-degree entertainment company, she delved into book publishing with the release of a young adult novella titled The Adventures of Lara and Dara.
She is also the founder of “Grooming for Greatness” a leadership development and mentorship program for a new generation for African leaders and a Non-Executive Director of Unilever Nigeria. Named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and CNBC Africa’s AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year (2013). For over five highly successful years, Biola Alabi held the high-profile position of Managing Director for M-Net Africa, part of the globally renowned Naspers Group. Prior to this, she was based in the United States where she was part of the executive team at the influential children’s television brand Sesame Street.
An alumnus of the University of Cincinnati where she graduated with a Degree in Public and Community Health, Biola Alabi has spent recent years polishing her knowledge with Executive Education Programs at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and Yale University's Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. From August to December 2014, she also participated in The Yale World Fellows Flagship Program at Yale University. Alabi has also spoken globally on the status of the African creative arts industry, the opportunities available on the continent, the success of Nollywood and the need for ongoing investment into infrastructure and skills sharing initiatives.
Respected as an expert in her field, her speaking engagements include: SES Industry Day (October 2018), Global Citizenship program (Morocco) in November 2017, Faculty at Africa Leadership University (ALU Rwanda) in July 2017, Chairwoman and Speaker at AFRICOM (Africa’s leading TMT gathering, Institute of Communications, Telecommunications and Media Forum) at Brussels in March 2014. She is a regular panelist on Africa related subjects at the World Economic Forum meetings.
Kunle Fadiora is a Value Added Services, Cloud Computing and Network Security Solutions Provider.
Prior to Fullware, Kunle Co-founded and led Stack Arena Ltd, which was arguably the most successful mobile applications development company with viral apps including Akpos Jokes which was featured on blackberry appstore for several weeks as app of the day with 2.1m downloads Blackberry and Android Platforms. Akpos Jokes went on to win awards from Tecno (AfMobi App of the Year) and score advertisement contracts from Konga, Jumia, Google and Terragon’s Twinpine. After this, Kunle also founded Multitexter.com a mobile marketing and transactional SMS company with clients such as INEC, Dominos Pizza, Coldstone Creamery, Microfinance banks and so on, helping thousands of entrepreneurs reach 30 million mobile subscribers yearly.
Kunle graduated from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta with a B.Eng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and has completed many other trainings in Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Product Development, Web Analytics, Digital Marketing and Life Coaching.
Kunle is passionate about enterprise development in young Nigerians and has advised and coached several to profitability. If he had a motto, it would be “Your potential, my passion”.
Best performers will be selected and given fantastic opportunities and rewards. Understand YPB better with our FAQs.
The Young Professionals Bootcamp (YPB) is a 5 day in-residence program for high potential 20-25 year olds to learn world class practical training for success in the marketplace.
You must be between 20-25 years by December, 2017. You should have a passion to succeed.
The courses available will be under the broad streams. Sectors are:
2. Creative Industry
3. Corporate Career
YPB is absolutely and completely FREE. Accommodation will also be made available for selected applicants.
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Dates are from September 4th to September 9th, 2019. Venue will be communicated to successful applicants.
Admission cannot be transferred.
No. Anyone who meets the requirements across Nigeria can apply. However, participants outside Lagos will need to take care of their transportation to the venue.
You should stay in the camp to enjoy the full benefits.
Dress in comfortable, casual but moderate clothing. Jeans and trainers are welcome.
You will be contacted either via e-mail and/or SMS.
You will have some of the best people, top performers in the various sectors. Visit the Facilitators section of the website to see a full list of your facilitators and a brief bio on each facilitator.
There maybe group tests but no individual tests. On completion of all sessions, you will be awarded a certificate of participation. There will also be fantastic rewards for top performers.
Please call or send Whatsapp to 08068124543 - Kelechi and/or 08168986311 Abiodun or mail email@example.com
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