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International Motivational Speaker Willie Jolley Empowers Nigerian Students as First Bank Inaugurates the “Youth Excel Series” at the University of Lagos & University of Ibadan



As part of its youth engagement initiatives, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd inaugurated the FirstBank Youth Excel Series for students recently.

At the press briefing which preceded the events, Folake Ani-Mumuney, Head Marketing & Corporate Communication FirstBank said that the financial institution views its interventions in the area of youth empowerment as an integral part of its corporate responsibility projects. “At First Bank, our Ultimate goal is to remain a strong supporter of efforts geared towards equipping the youths with the skills and tools required for socioeconomic empowerment through our support of youth engagement initiatives, endowment schemes and infrastructure development. Our desire is to see our strategic and need- driven youth empowerment interventions culminate in equipping Nigeria youths for a bright future.”

The series which kicked off at the University of Lagos is in line with the Bank’s quest to increase its stake in the youth market sector. Both events commenced with comedy from Jedi, as well as a brief talent display from students. There were presentations from the FirstBank FirstMonie team, E-Business. Lots of students went away with gifts such as iPods, the customized Lagos Monopoly board game among other gifts.

Willie Jolley, one of America’s top speakers delivered his motivational speech that fired up students of both Universities. He crowned both speeches with an striking solo jazz performance.

There were lots to eat and drink for the students of the University of Lagos and Ibadan as well as souvenirs and gifts from First Bank Ltd. Dami Duro crooner Davido was on hand to perform at both Universities. He performed his hit tracks to the thrills of the students.

Here are some pictures from the events at University of Lagos and University of Ibadan:

Motivational Speaker and Author of the Best Selling Book ‘A Set Back is A Set Up for A Come Back’ Willie Jolley and GMD/CEO FirstBank Bisi Onasanya

Executive Director Public Sector FirstBank- U.K Eke & Willie Jolley

Head, Marketing & Corporate Communication, Folake Ani-Mumuney, Willie Jolley & Bisi Onasanya

Willie Jolley, his wife Dee & Group Head Retail Banking, Lagos Island Tunde Owolabi at University of Lagos

FirstBank University of Lagos Branch Manager – Jide Lafihan; Willie Jolley; Group Head, Retail Banking Lagos Island – Tunde Owolabi and Head, Publications & Conferences FirstBank – Oze .K. Oze at the University of Lagos recently

Willie Jolley

Comedian Jedi, students of University of Lagos participating in the competitions and Akinwande Meadows of Consumer Banking Department FirstBank

Students of the University of Lagos taking notes

Head Publications & Conference FirstBank – Oze .K. Oze; Willie Jolley and his wife Dee and Group Head Retail Banking Ibadan – Sunday Akinpelu in University of Ibadan.

Head, E-Cards Emezino Afiegbe quizzing participants on their understanding of the FirstBank Expressions on Cards

A cross section of the participants at University of Ibadan

Head, Publications & Conferences FirstBank – Oze .K. Oze handing a gift to a visually impaired participant

Guest Performer Davido in UNILAG

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Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Gracie

    March 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    hahahahahahahaha! Davido n his fans, choi! A man’s gift indeed makes room for him including the guest of the day Willie Jolley, i need to locate n digest this your book “A Set Back is A Set Up for A Come Back”

  2. Dan

    March 6, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    What is first Bank on about? These guys are confused. Bella i hope you will publish my comment so they hear the truth.

  3. Judy Jackson

    March 27, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Thanks for shairng this. 🙂 It’s really good to inspire and motivate people..

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