The Future Project Stories

  • Recap: International Youth Day by The Future Project

    The Future Project held a one-hour twitter chat session on August 10, 2018 with Mr. Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), and Mr. Segun Awosanya, Chief Executive Officer, Aliensmedia. The discussions held included the promotion of a culture of non-violence and social responsibility among Nigerian youths, issues of police and SARS brutality, as well as access to quality education, health care and basic services to promote their role as active contributors to society and more. The conversation held on twitter @tfaafrica  

    To celebrate the International Youth Day 2018, The Future Project joins other organisations to honour International Youth Day tagged ‘Safe spaces for youth’. The International Youth Day is focused on the issues confronting youth in our society and also ensuring that youth have safe spaces to engage while effectively contributing to development, including peace and social cohesion. The Future Project will be having a one-hour twitter chat session on August 11, 2018 with our theme ‘Raising new voices for a better Nigeria’, with Mr. Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), and Mr. Segun Awosanya, Chief Executive Officer, Aliensmedia. These discussions will include the promotion of a culture of non-violence and social responsibility among Nigerian youths, Leadership opportunities across sector, governance inclusive, as well as access to quality education, health care and basic services to promote their role as active contributors to society and more.Safe spaces such as civic spaces enable youth to engage in governance issues; public spaces afford youth the opportunity to participate in sports and other leisure activities in the community; digital spaces help youth interact virtually across borders with everyone; and well planned physical spaces can help accommodate the needs of diverse youth especially those vulnerable to marginalization or violence. Follow the conversation on twitter @tfaafrica by 2pm on August 11, 2018.      
  • The Future Awards Africa continues school tour at British International School

    In conclusion of the 2018 school tour for The Future Awards Africa (TFAA), organisers of the awards, The Future Project (TFP) held a 2-hour seminar at the British International School, Lekki. The School tour is focused on developing young individuals in leadership, career and active citizenship, began on Tuesday April 24, 2018 and will run through till July 31, 2018. The courtesy team included Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project; Anita Brows, winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Beauty 2017; Kenny Blaq, winner The Future Awards Africa Prize in Comedy 2017; Bisola Borha, winner The Future Awards Africa Prize in Business and Jeffrey Okolo, Programs Manager, The Future Project. See more photos from the tour below:
  • 54 winners emerge from Microsoft Nigeria and The Future Project’s ‘Accelerate LABS’ initiative

    Fifty-four winners have emerged from the Accelerate LABS program, an initiative of The Future Project supported by Microsoft Nigeria. The winners were announced during the Grand Demo Day held at the City Mall, Lagos on Saturday, 30 June 2018. The Demo Day provides an opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn, network, and pitch innovative ideas to investors so as to scale for impact. Speaking at the event, Project Lead of The Future Project, Bukonla Adebakin said: “Our quest to identify, spotlight, and support the most innovative entrepreneurs with impactful ideas has taken us to all the corners of the country including Abuja, Edo, Enugu, Kaduna, Bauchi and now, Lagos. Getting the best young minds across the country to showcase their ideas have been a fascinating experience as well as an eye-opening one as we have seen them accomplish mind-blowing feats”. Divided into 3 streams, participants went through a 12-week incubation process covering taught sessions, mentorship, research and development. The initiative is blended in structure through Online and In-Class training, supporting different sectors of the economy ranging from technology, fashion, education, agriculture, transportation, and others to stimulate development. “The initiative doesn’t just up-skill young people looking for an alternative to the conventional career route, but it also gives them tools and opportunities to put those skills to excellent use. Winners from Accelerate LABS Stream 1 have gone ahead to access funds from our partner organizations. They represent a new generation of businesses, scion of the pilot phase of the program launched a year ago,” she added. Speaking to participants and guests at the event, Olusola Amusan, Philanthropies Lead, Microsoft Nigeria stated that the project has successfully trained over 2,212 participants across Nigeria, thereby “boosting employment opportunities, working to eradicate poverty, promote quality enterprise education, and contributing positively to national GDP”. He further explained that the initiative is strategically positioned by Microsoft Nigeria to support the next generation of entrepreneurs by equipping them with resources needed to gain financial independence while seeking opportunities to scale, create employment, and impact the economy. Launched in August 2017, Accelerate LABS aims to empower selected young entrepreneurs by providing technological resources, training, mentorship, and seed funding necessary to build socially-responsible businesses in their communities
  • The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) Digital marketing masterclass

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme(TFESS) put together a 6-hour engaging course content training on Digital marketing on May 19, 2018. This master class provided a training ground where interested participants garnered practical lessons, while engaging with experts who provided solid experiences of managing and growing online businesses. At the end of the masterclass, participants were able to network with like-minds which goes a long way in building their network as a digital marketer while receiving mentorship from our top-notch facilitators. Facilitators for this masterclass were; Tosin Ajibade, Founder, John Obidi, Founder Smart B Camp Curriculum taught were; Introduction to Social Media tools, Social Media Marketing, Efficient use of traditional and digital media, Social media importance in business growth, SEO management
  • The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) photography workshop

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) held its annual photography workshop between May 21-25, 2018. The workshop which was a 5-day intensive training, featured Yagazie Eguare, Creative Director, GazMadu Studios; Emmanuel Oyeleke, Creative Director Emmanuel Oyeleke studios; Tobbinator, Creative Director TCD Concepts Limited; Bunmi Adebimpe, Creative Director, VP Cube Photofactory and ace photographer Jide Odukoya. The workshop had a distinctive structure that improved the skills of participants regardless of the level of their knowledge. Courses taught at the workshop were; the business of photography, headshots and Portraiture, handling a camera/lighting principles, street & wedding photography, basic editing principles and more. At the end of the training, participants learnt new photography and editing techniques, they were also exposed to different types of photography while identifying their own photography style and had mentors to train them.
  • Young people demand political inclusion at the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders   

    Young Nigerians have called for more inclusion in leadership and governance at the fourth edition of the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders which took place today at the MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos.
    Organised by The Future Project, the event featured panel discussions on ‘2019 Elections: Are Nigerian Youth Prepared?’ with Mmanti Umoh, Hamzat Lawal, Ife Adebayo and moderated by Chioma Chuka; ‘Governance and Transparency, an Evaluation of the Current Administration’ with Asuquo Ekpenyong, Hon. Muhammad Sanni Abdullahi, Gbenga Sesan, Mark Okoye and moderated by Yemi Adamolekun.
    Participants were also involved in extensive discussions on ‘Redressing Voters Discuss: My Vote or My Life?’ with panel members such as Ayisha Osori and Aisha Yesufu and moderated by Yemisi Adegoke, including a session on the the ‘Viability of States in Nigeria: Strength or Weakness?’ – moderated by Tolu Adeleru-Balogun with Linus Okorie, Leonard Ebute, Chydee Okereke, and Dr. Oyeleke Ajiboye as discussants.  
    Themed ‘Shaping New Narratives’, the Symposium brought together leaders of thought and influential personalities in politics, business, advocacy, media, and more – to engage and discuss issues of governance, public policies, and civic engagement.
    As an annual knowledge-exchange and mentorship event between present and emerging leaders in government and the public sector to facilitate learning and youth inclusiveness, the annual event provides a platform for young Nigerians to engage public officials on democratic institutions and national development.
    Speaking at the event, the chief operating officer of The Future Project, Bukonla Adebakin, explained that the growing need for effective change in Nigeria highlighted the need for a theme that reflects the importance of elections and voters’ engagement in the country, while using the event to create a new sense of direction and renewed commitment to transparency and accountability in governance.
    “The 2019 elections can play an important role in creating a better future for Nigeria, especially when we can collectively defeat voter apathy and young Nigerians realise that through elections, we can truly pass the message about true governance and effective leadership. This is an opportunity for inter-generational dialogue and to seek feedback from those who hold the levers of power on the quality of their service and stewardship”.
    The event was created to highlight the need to change negative narratives about Nigeria while spotlighting the role of the youth in demanding for better governance and improvement in the system of leadership.

    In a democracy, the citizens are the popular sovereign and one of the ways they engage the system is by participating in the selection of political leaders through voting. 2019 election is near, there is need for active and deliberate and conscious participation of citizen now. Citizens must understand that they have a direct influence and the electioneering period also confirms the fact that the office of the citizen is the highest office in the land. That is why it is important to get more eligible voters who are yet to get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) to do so. This is the only way to challenge the notion that votes don’t count. The question is; how do we get this critical numbers? One of the events I am most excited for at this year’s The Future Project’s The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders is its ‘Your Vote or Your Life’ panel. The Nigeria Symposium has built a reputation for avoiding the pointless rhetoric that seems to choke the life out of similarly themed programmes and focus instead on the equitable sharing of knowledge from people who are actually out in the field, making the mistakes that need to be made to make our democracy better. This year’s event is no different. But the organizers are taking this idea one step further and giving us an all-woman politics panel. I can’t even contain my excitement. If you follow politics in Nigeria then you have to understand how great the barrier to entry is for women. Apart from the fact that we are conditioned to trivialize the efforts of women in any field and other it if these women also do not find a way to also conform to often restrictive societal expectations. This and many other factors eventually lead to minimal participation at the highest levels of government and even the women who manage to surpass all these odds and make an impact often do so at great sacrifice. At YNaija, we’ve explored this phenomenon asked the important questions on how to get more women into politics, but why throw out these questions into the ether when we can hear directly from the ground-breaking women who are actually leading the charge. It is fantastic to see that the good people at the Future Project have pulled together a seasoned group of rule breakers and pioneers in activism, politics and social justice for this talk. Ayisha Osori should need no introduction to anyone who closely followed the last major Nigerian elections and carefully analysed its aftermath. Osori experienced first-hand the bureaucracy, underhandedness and misogyny that keeps political office in Nigeria a boy’s club when she tried to win the primaries to contest in the Nigerian parliamentary elections under the People’s Democratic Party, and documented all her journey to the elections and the insights she gained in her critical best seller ‘Love Does Not Win Elections’. Osori who was once president of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund has always championed the causes of women in all fields, and understands just what it takes for a young person to navigate unfamiliar political spaces without losing their integrity. Aisha Yesufu on the other hand might not be a politician, but she is certainly a political force to be reckoned with. Mrs. Yesufu has spent the last five years in the trenches of one of Nigeria’s most relevant political and ethical battles, she the co-covener of the non-profit organization/pressure group The Bring Back Our Girls movement. The BBOG movement was started as a knee-jerk response to the sudden abduction of 234 girls from the town of Chibok by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014. After years of living in fear of the insurgents, Yesufu and her co-founder Oby Ezekwesili took a stand, protesting the government’s refusal to face the problem head on. They faced arrests, teargassing, a smear campaign that went on for months, growing to envelope not just themselves and their movement, but the plight of women, especially in the regions worst hit by the insurgent crisis. As the years have progressed Yesufu has become a model for gaining political influence by focusing on civil and humanitarian issues and pressuring the government to take its promises seriously. And of course Yemisi Adegoke is moderating the panel, and who better to pick the brains of these phenomenal women. An alumnus of the Future Project (she was nominated for the Future Awards Africa prize for Journalism), Adegoke has an impressive portfolio, working on multimedia news and documentary content in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She currently has bylines in the Guardian Nigeria, the Guardian UK and the Independent UK. It will be interesting to hear perspectives from within and without the political structure on how to reach critical mass as we advance towards the elections.
  • Senate repeals, re-enacts 28-year-old CAMA

    Here’s something to give us hope for a better future… The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday, 15th of May passed the repeal and re-enactment of the Companies and Allied Matters Act, which the legislative body termed “the biggest business reform bill in Nigeria in over 28 years” None can deny that it is with no doubt a positive turning point for the Nigerian Economy and Young business owners at large. The senate shared the benefits of the bill on their social media pages and it includes, making Nigeria’s business environment as competitive as its counterparts around the world. This will allow individuals to be able to start businesses by themselves, as well as promote the use of technology to registration of their business. Other benefits include: • CAMA removes all the unnecessary regulatory provisions for small companies. • It reduces the minimum share capital for companies and start-up in Nigeria. • It creates another new category of legal identity for Nigerian businesses. • And lastly, it ensures that Nigerians can now register their businesses from anywhere in the country through the e-registration system that the senate’s amendment gives legal backing. The senate president further stated on his twitter page that; “Today is a significant milestone in our legislative agenda. The passage of CAMA which is by far the biggest and one of the most far reaching legislations ever passed in any legislature in our country. Now start-ups can register and run a business in an easier and more efficient way. Kudos to the Nigerian Government for this!
  • The Future Awards Africa launches 2018 school tour

    In preparation for the 2018 edition of The Future Awards Africa (TFAA), organisers of the awards, The Future Project (TFP) have launched its post TFAA activities starting with the school tour. The School tour is focused on developing young individuals in leadership, career and active citizenship, began on Tuesday April 24, 2018 and will run through till May 31, 2018. Alumni of #TFAA2017 paid courtesy visits to Supreme Education Foundation and Queensland Academy. The 2-hour seminar educated students on career planning and the opportunities available to evaluate and expand their job-related skills and knowledge. “It is good to see these students driven by personal growth and excited about their future beyond tribal/religious differences, which is our theme for the awards. We are proud of the work our alumni are doing, as we begin to inspire and change the narrative of just what it means to be a youth in Nigeria,” said Bukonla Adebakin, Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project”. The courtesy team included Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project; Nancy Isime, winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in On Air Personality (Visual) 2017; Femi Bakre, winner The Future Awards Africa Prize in New Media 2017; Timilehin Bello, winner The Future Awards Africa Prize in Media Enterprise; Chris Kwekowe, winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology 2017; Bisola ‘Lady Biba’ Adeniyi, winner, The Future Awards Africa Prize in fashion; Eromo Egbejule, winner The Future Awards Africa Prize in Journalism 2017; Vanessa Onwughalu, Nominee for Prize in Beauty; and Jeffrey Okolo, Programs Manager, The Future Project. See more photos from the tour below: