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La Roche Leadership Foundation celebrates Tolu Ogunlesi, Ore Lesi, MI Abaga & More Inspiring Entrepreneurs in Lagos



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Recently, the La Roche Leadership Foundation recognized and celebrated exceptional youths in Lagos at the event tagged “The Chosen Youth” which held at the Astroturf 2000 in Ikoyi, Lagos.

A total of 13 youths who have contributed to the development of their communities in the areas of Social Enterprise, Sports, Tourism, Social Media, Entertainment and Fashion were recognized for the immense efforts.

Speaking at the event, Akinwunmi Ambode the founder of La Roche said “Today we recognize young people who have challenged the status quo and charted a course for themselves. Today we appreciate young men and women who have not let the circumstances in the country put them down but rather used it to motivate themselves. La Roche salutes your courage. La Roche salutes your passion. La Roche salutes your success. La Roche extends a hand of partnership to you and together we can inspire others to leadership and innovation and improve lives in Nigeria“.

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Akinwunmi Ambode (Founder of La Roche ) giving a speech

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He concluded adding that the selected young people have shown leadership qualities and innovation in their endeavors stating that “innovation is the product of vibrant young minds“.

Among the 13 chosen youths were; Tosin Taiwo, the Founder of the Street to School initiative which aims to promote access to quality education for children in under-served areas, and provides educational assistance for disadvantaged young people and empowering women in rural areas.

We also have Raquel Jacobs, who is the Founder and Executive Director of the Beyond the Classroom Foundation – and NGO that focuses on improving education for pupils in public and primary schools and the empowerment of the girls child. With her foundation she has impacted lives and worked with over 200 volunteers to implement education projects in Bariga and Yaba with the provision of school supplies, after school extra curricular support and mentoring for over 100 girls.

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Akinwunmi Ambode (Founder of La Roche ) & Tosin Taiwo (Founder, Street to School)

Ore Lesi is also among the 13. She is the Founder of the Womens Technology Empowerment Centre (WTEC) and helps build the capacity of Nigerian girls and women to increase their economic power and ability to speak about issues affecting their loves through ICT-based training and programes. in 2013 alone, WTEC had reached 2,207 women and girls & 21 teachers through its programs; and 612 people through its speaking engagements.

The selected youths were presented with plaques by La Roche Foundation in recognition of the exceptional work they have done in their communities.

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Akinwunmi Ambode & Tolu Ogunlesi (Journalist)

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Akinwunmi Ambode & Omilola Osikoya (Public Speaker/Life Coach)

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Akinwunmi Ambode & Titus Agbo Adakole (Youth Football Coach)

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Akinwunmi Ambode & Abiodun Akinyemi (Tourism Entrepreneur)

The selected youths include Taiwo Okunoren of Okunoren Twins, a clothing business that employs over 100 tailors; Tolu Ogunlesi, a renowned journalist; Omilola Osikoya, a blogger, life coach and public speaker; Abiodun Akinyemi, a Tourism and Tour entrepreneur and MI Jude Abaga, a renowned Nigerian musician. Others also recognized were Uche Pedro, the founder of the popular website BellaNaijaTitus Agbo Adekole, a grassroots youth football coach and sports leader; Bilkis Adebola-Abiola, the CEO of Wecyclers, a plastic recycling company and Adekunbi Adeoye the proprietress of SESEWA, an initiative which secures internship placements for students of Nigerian tertiary institutions.

SESEWA has trained about 102 students in the last year on employability skills and further increasing their chances of finding and keeping a job. The company has had a 98% success rate on its internship placements where fresh graduate interns become full time employees.

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Akinwunmi Ambode & M.I. Abaga (Musician)

Speaking on behalf of the select youths, MI Abaga confessed that he did not know that a lot of youths were contributing so much to the society and expressed his gratitude to the Foundation for organizing such an event. He also spoke of the importance of the youth to the Nigerian society. He said the youth must begin to think and work together towards developing their society and charting a new course for the future.

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Marina Osoba (Administrator, La Roche Leadership Foundation) giving an introductory speech about the Foundation


  1. Theresa Doghor

    September 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    Congratulations, you guys
    you are Nigeria’s heroes.
    We celebrate you.

  2. Khaleesi

    September 19, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    Congratulations to the “the chosen youth”. Well done!

  3. Anonymous

    September 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Now that you are contesting for Governor …you are giving out awards abi? politicians are silly…SMH…They see us as dull abi? I pity my people that will fall for this move.

  4. Tobi

    September 19, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Yay M.I!

  5. Dee

    September 19, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Good, the youth are really trying to help grow the economy though it’s hard . It’s good they are been recognized

  6. Nini

    September 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm


  7. FoxyMrsHolmes

    September 19, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    It’s a thing of joy seeing the young ones aspiring change in their own way….I see you Omi. .

  8. Sola

    September 19, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    This SESEWA Babe…so,glad her efforts are being recognized. Congrats OAU alumni.

  9. Don't Shoot

    September 19, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Pls what is the definition of ‘youth’. All these people are in their mid thirties and above? Not knocking their contribution but at what age are you officially no longer a ‘youth’?

    • Adegokeh

      December 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      Youth comes from within the mind..even at 40, you can still be a youth. It depends on you

    • anonymous

      January 12, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      stop deceiving yourself and stop allowing these people fool you

  10. @edDREAMZ

    September 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    All for 2015……

  11. Ambode Money Speaking

    September 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Akinwunmi Ambode has money oh! He must have really “worked hard” for 27 years in civil service to be spending money in the manner he has been. A man of integrity indeed! I’m sure his reign starting in 2015 will see him “work” even harder than ever before 😀

  12. wole Adesanya

    October 21, 2014 at 11:10 am

    Nice, recognizing youths making impact, Omilola your posts have been a blessing, keep up the good work

  13. Adegokeh

    December 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Good Job Sir…The World is watching!!
    Keep It Coming. God Bless!!!

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