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Winning! Ahmed Alimi emerges winner of 7Up Harvard Business School Scholarship



7UP Harvard Business School Scholarship

Ahmed Alimi has been unveiled as the latest winner of the 7UP Harvard Business Scholarship, an Initiative of 7Up Bottling Company Plc which was started in the year 2010. A Unilag Alumnus, Alimi will be adding a Harvard education to a list of achievements which include founding an NGO focused on mentoring young people at his home base; Bariga.

Ahmed Alimi joins the ranks of Misan Rewane, Olujimi Williams, Mayowa Kuyoro, Oluwasola Olaniyan, Bankole Makanjuola and Chidozie Ibekwe, all former recipients of the 7UP HBSS Award who have gone on to make their marks in their chosen fields.

7UP Harvard Business School Scholarship

Accompanied by his family, work colleagues and well-wishers, including his former lecturers at Unilag, Alimi Ahmed was all smiles as he accepted the scholarship and thanked 7UP for making his dreams a reality.

7UP Harvard Business School Scholarship

The first recipient of the 7UP HBSS award, Misan Rewane, shared her experience as a recipient of the award at the event. She spoke of how the scholarship empowered her to achieve her dream of impacting the lives of youths through her organisation, West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE).

7UP Harvard Business School Scholarship

At the event, Steve Olayinka GM Human Capital 7UP urged the attendees present at the event to follow their passions and continue developing themselves with the knowledge and skills needed to achieve their dreams.

7UP Harvard Business School Scholarship

Also speaking at the unveiling event, the Senior Brand Manager Seven Up Bottling Company, Segun Ogunleye stated that the essence of the 7UP Harvard Business School Scholarship is to train leaders with a global perspective who will in turn come back to impact the society and also further create more leaders.

Ahmed Alimi is the seventh recipient of the 7UP Harvard Business Scholarship.

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  1. J talks

    August 18, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Congratulations to him . I really want to know what 7Up is gaining from this and why Harvard. The school fees alone can send 200 people per year to UNILAG. Just saying,

    • J talks

      August 18, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      and 30 people to Lagos Business School….just thinking ….whats the point

    • chrisyinks

      August 19, 2017 at 9:42 pm

      So a few excerpts from seven-up’s website:
      Launched in January 2011, the scholarship program is SevenUp Bottling Company’s way of contributing towards building a greener future for Nigeria. Each year, a deserving Nigerian youth, resident within the country, will be selected and given the privilege of the best quality education at the Harvard Business School.

      There’s still more infomation about why Harvard on their site. You can check on

      To add some personal opinion to your questions. Businesses carry out Corporate Social Responsibilities or Social Initiatives to essentially give back to societies in which they operate. On the surface, these initiatives generate goodwill and strategically, it creates a better image for such companies and endears them to their environment – intangible assets that can be used for financial benefit. There are of course many other reasons for carrying out CSR activities.

      To your question on why Harvard: if you had $200, 000 to give, would you give such money to a Mark Zuckerberg who creates Facebook, or 200 people who may go on to live average lives? The requirements to get into Harvard and to win this scholarship are quite tough because they want to invest in that one person who has the potential to change a few thousand other people or maybe, a billion people. It’s more strategic and makes financial sense to do so. As much as they might want to extend such money to 200 people, reasoning dictates that should be the burden of the government. Here is a good time to ask what the Nigerian government is doing to afford quality education to her citizens?

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