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Nominate an Outstanding Young Nigerian for the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate Programme – October 2011



The NLI Associate Programme
Every year, NLI hosts 3-day residential Future Leaders Seminars (FLS) as a prerequisite for individuals who wish to join NLI’s Associate Programme. The FLS is held in May and October each year for emerging public and private sector leaders aged 25 to 35 years and based in Nigeria or the Diaspora. At the end of each seminar, participants are inducted as Associates of NLI.

Moderators and speakers at NLI’s last seminar included: Bisi Onasanya (MD, First Bank of Nigeria Plsc), Bola Adesola (NLI Fellow and MD, Standard Chartered Bank), Jimi Morgan, (NLI Fellow and Financial Analyst), Nasir El-Rufai (NLI Fellow and former FCT Minister), Maryam Uwais (NLI Fellow & Principal Partner, Wali-Uwais & Co) and Asue Ighodalo (NLI Fellow and Managing Partner, Banwo & Ighodalo).

About The Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI)
The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) is a platform for credible, accomplished and uniquely patriotic Nigerians to develop and express values-based leadership skills with the aim of assuming a transformative role in the continuous development of Nigeria.

Established in January 2006, we are an international non-profit, non-partisan organisation registered as a charity in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Through our Leadership Seminars, Symposia, Social Responsibility Projects, Essays and Business Plan Competitions, we are mobilising the energy, talent and resources of Nigerians worldwide to collectively tackle challenges that confront Nigeria.

Motivated by the vision of our founders and the necessity of nation-building, we are blending the lines between citizenry and leadership to enhance engagement, moving Nigerians from “Thought to Action…Success to Significance“.

The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) was established in January 2006 by Mr. Segun Aganga, who was at the time an M.D at Goldman Sachs U.K, while our founding Patron is Dr. Christopher Kolade CON, former Nigerian High Commissioner to the U.K. Backed by an Advisory Board of distinguished individuals and corporate partners, the NLI has continuously encouraged emerging and established Nigerian leaders drawn from all parts of the world to take more responsibility for the future of Nigeria.

The NLI achieves its mission by organizing seminars for senior leaders and future leaders which produce a cadre of values-based community spirited leaders. Individuals from these seminars participate in NLI projects and/or execute a project of their choice through which they demonstrate their values. The projects must address a pressing need within the Nigerian society, have a discernible impact and be a reflection of the Fellows’ personal passions.

NLI October 2011
The next seminar is scheduled for October 27th – 29th at the Protea Hotel, Oakwood Park, Lekki, Lagos. NLI will cover all direct costs during the seminar including accommodation, feeding, seminar materials and travel (for those coming from out of the country or out of Lagos).

Each class is highly competitive and only 50 individuals are selected each year drawn from Nigeria and the Diaspora. Previous classes have drawn participants from Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, South Africa, Kenya and many other countries.

Nomination Criteria

  • Candidates must be 25-35 years old
  • They must be exceptional and outstanding leaders in their fields
  • They must provide a written paper on the topic, I am Nigeria
  • They must complete an application form found at
  • Self Nominations are Permitted

Deadline for Nominations: August 5, 2011.

For more information about the October, 2011 Associate Programme – [email protected]


  1. shabach

    July 20, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Great initiative… But what we say to these things ElRufai and his many troubles BPE, FCT ati bebelo. and He is a fellow NLI. I really hope he’ll come out clean. Gives me concern o especially if He is a fellow.

  2. Idris Bello

    July 20, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I still have great memories from attending this program last year. It was the validation I needed, to know I was not alone in my dreams for Nigeria. Check out my blog for a summary of my experience


    July 20, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Well thought out! Will be looking forward to the list of nominees.

  4. blcompere

    July 20, 2011 at 7:21 pm


  5. popsicle

    July 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    please limit the names of musicians and fashion designers or ppl in entertainment in general. We need a lot more inspiration from young entrepreneurs in Agriculture, Professional Services, Technology, Medicine, Sciences. etc. It is not enough that our beauty, fashion and entertainment are growing industries…we need industries dat would feed dis nation, heal this nation (health), teach this nation (Education), and soo on… and if there r young ppl that r already doing this, let us dig them out and Nominate them…there is one guy I am thinking of nominating sef…He has a snail farm, pig farm and a medium scale rice distribution firm…and he is less than 28.that is my 2 cents..

    • Sany

      July 23, 2011 at 10:17 pm

      well said!

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