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UNILAG Alumnus wins 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship 2015




Norden Thurston, Head of Marketing, Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc; 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship 2015 recipient, Bankole Rasheed Makanju and Adeyinka Adesina

Hardworking and intelligent Bankole Rasheed Makanju, a 2010 Electrical Engineering graduate of UNILAG has been awarded a full scholarship at Harvard Business School, United States, one of the best business schools in the world to study for the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) for two years.

The scholarship is sponsored by 7up, as part of its corporate social responsibility with the objective of helping to produce the next generation of Nigerian leaders with excellent business skills who are equipped with global leadership best practices. Bankole was unveiled last Tuesday, August 11 at a fully packed Afe Babalola hall, Unilag made up of over 400 guests drawn from serving corp members in Lagos, Post-graduate students of UNILAG and other interested members of the public.


Cross section of guests

Lanre Olusola, “The Catalyst”, a renowned life coach and motivational speaker gave some nuggets on how to achieve greatness while ace comedian, Koffi was MC at the event.


Lanre Olusola, The Catalyst, keynote speaker at the event

Yinka Adesina, GM, Human Resources, Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc (SBC) said Bankole like other former recipients is not under any obligation to pay back.


Adeyinka Adesina

Head of Marketing, Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Norden Thurston is happy that the vision of the scholarship is already being achieved with a previous winner, Misan Rewane already making an impact to alleviate unemployment in Nigeria by starting an NGO, WAVE that trains and finds jobs for unemployed youth in the hospitality and retail sector.

The other previous winners of the scholarship are Misan Rewane, Olujimi Williams, Mayowa Kuyoro and Shola Olaniyan.

See more photos below:


Registration of guests


7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship 2015 recipient, Bankole Rasheed Makanju


Brand Manager, Seven-Up Bottling Company Plc, Segun Ogunleye


Cross section of guests


Head of Marketing, Norden Thurston, GM, Human Resources, Adeyinka Adesina and Manpower Development Manager, Steve Olayinka, all of Sevenp-Up Bottling Company Plc


Bammy College Students, Alimosho Lagos



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  1. babygiwa

    August 17, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    I remember Bankole when I met him at the Mckinsey test preparation sessions. He told us how he passed his McKinsey test and started working for them. Congrats Bankole.

  2. Duchess Maria

    August 17, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    BIG Congrats to him. HBS truly opens doors for people who are privileged to attend.

  3. HBS hopeful

    August 18, 2015 at 4:50 am

    I’m looking to apply to a top business school like HBS. Does anyone have any recommendations for admissions consultants based her in Nigeria?
    I heard tweakmycontent offers such services

  4. MichelleI

    August 21, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Sola Olaniyan who went to Queens College?

    • Blossom

      October 4, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Yup! Homegirl is on a roll.
      More power to all of them though. Very impressive profiles.

  5. flaky

    May 13, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Yes.She is now Sola Olaniyan Bright

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