The Future Project Stories

  • Powerpoint training from The Future Enterprise Support Scheme: Register Now

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) will be holding a 6-hour Masterclass on PowerPoint designs. Microsoft Powerpoint is a powerful tool that allows you to create captivating slide presentations that can easily be shared and used by young professionals. TFESS has courses to help you learn how to use Microsoft Powerpoint and get started on creating memorable PowerPoint presentations, win pitches and impress your clients. You don’t need any graphic design experience, just start from zero and create amazing presentations that look awesome one slide at a time. This Masterclass will be taught by a Microsoft certified trainer. Topics to be covered include:
    • Learning the features of powerpoint
    • Creating presentations with powerpoint
    • Organizing powerpoint slides; working with graphics, tables and charts
    • Adding multimedia and integrating with Microsoft office files
    Other benefits of attending include:
    • 6 hour intense hands-on training
    • One-on-one support
    • Access to loads of resources to spice up your presentation
    • 4-week post training support by the facilitator
    This training is for those who already know the basics of PowerPoint but wish to improve their design skills. Basic training requirements: Participants should come in with their laptops as it will be a practical class. Details are as follows: Date: August 19, 2017 Time: 10am Fee: N25,000 (early bird discount applies) Venue: Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria Limited seats available. Register now to confirm your interest. For more information, call 08022226712 or email [email protected] with Powerpoint design Masterclass as the subject.
  • International Youth Day Tweet Chat With Dozie Nwafor

    The International Youth Day is focused on the innumerable issues confronting youth in our society and also spotlights the innovations of youths across the world. To celebrate this day, The Future Project had a one-hour twitter chat session with Mr Dozie Nwafor Mandela Washington Fellow 2017 to engage our followers on the 2017 theme ‘Youth Building’ as well as how youth can participate in peace building in Nigeria. These discussions include the promotion of a culture of non-violence and social responsibility among Nigerian youths, Leadership opportunities across the 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. See the Twitter chat interview below
  • The Future Project and Microsoft Nigeria announces call for application for Accelerate the Economy through Youth in Enterprise (Accelerate LABS)

    The Future Project in collaboration with Microsoft Nigeria today announced the call for application for “Accelerate the Economy through Youth in Enterprise” (Accelerate LABS). Accelerate LABS is the activation of Small and Medium Scale Business Engines to accelerate economic development through enterprise development and technology. Through this intervention, the initiative will equip 2,160 youth across the six geo-political zones in the country to build socially inclined, high profit, and highly competitive enterprise capable of impacting the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country. “Microsoft, through our YouthSpark initiative seeks to empower the youth population of Nigeria to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship, helping them create a real impact for a better tomorrow,” said Olusola Amusan, Citizenship Lead, Microsoft Nigeria. “We are delighted about this partnership with Microsoft Nigeria, it will serve as part of our mission to build a network of empowered citizens through jobs, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship which is in line with the Microsoft YouthSpark mission to increase access for all youth to learn,” said Bukonla Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project. “By the end of one year, we would have empowered young people to develop empathy, find clarity of purpose and the needed resources to build socially responsible enterprises in their communities. We will have youth across Nigeria leading the frontiers of change in various disciplines,” she added. Each geo political zone would be represented by a host state that will serve as a hub to incubate these businesses. Accelerate Labs will be in three streams with each stream running for 3 months. Each stream will include 3 weeks training session, 4 weeks mentoring session, 3 weeks research and practice and a demo day for pitching of business ideas to prospective investors. The call for applications is now open and will run from 7th of August to 24th of August, 2017 via this link Accelerate Labs is an initiative of The Future Project and its powered by Microsoft Nigeria. For more information visit or email [email protected]. Follow @tfaafrica on Instagram and Twitter. Official hashtag is #TFPAcceleratelabs #Sparkforgrowth.
  • The Future Awards Africa Winner Bukola Bolarinwa receives Queen’s Young Leaders Award for 2017

    Bukola Bolarinwa who won The Future Awards Africa Prize for Advocacy in 2016 was selected last year as one of the 2017 Queen’s Young Leaders. She was presented with the award on Thursday 29th of June, 2017. Bukola Bolarinwa was born with Sickle Cell Disease, and after noticing the chronic shortage of blood faced by people living with Sickle Cell who need regular transfusions, she joined the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation in 2010 to help raise awareness about the importance of giving blood. She is the founder of Haima Health Initiative (HHI) which was founded in 2015. In June 2017, she joined The Future Awards Africa Alumni on the school tour to secondary schools enlightening them about career development and overcoming challenges in academics. She began a monthly campaign drive in partnership with the National Blood Transfusion Service to try to ensure a regular supply of donated blood, and to help combat cultural fears about giving blood. In 2015, Bukola set up an online blood donation register which asks young people to register to donate blood in emergency situations. During its first year, the register has gained more than 1,000 prospective donors and, through the use of social media and text messaging, linked over 500 donors with patients in urgent need of blood. Bukola is currently working to recruit 5,000 people as registered blood donors by December 2017. Her activities have reached over ten thousand people across various states in varying capacities in Nigeria. This includes blood donations, genetic counselling, school programs and social media campaigns.
  • Nigerian and British Universities join The Future Awards Africa for summit on Leadership and Career Development

    The University of Lagos hosted the University of Sussex (UK) and winners of The Future Awards Africa on Friday June 30, 2017 to engage the youth audience on leadership and empowering strategies for productive careers. The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) are a set of awards given to young individuals between the ages of 18-31 who have made an outstanding impact. The winners included Godwin Benson; winner, TFAA Prize for Education endowed by University of Sussex; Ayo Thompson winner, TFAA Prize for On-Air-Personality (Radio); and Bidemi Zakariyau winner, TFAA Prize for Media Enterprise. Prof. Abigail Ogwezzy of the University of Lagos delivered the keynote address which explored female leadership, gender empowerment and equality in the workplace. Turning to employability, Tosin Adebisi and Prof. Richard Follett from Sussex said: “As recent graduates starting out, it is important to have a clear purpose, develop an ability to see opportunities and how you can add value through your ideas and business”. “Our desire is to empower, challenge and equip Nigerian youths for a bright future”, they added. TFAA role model Godwin Benson shared his life story and recipes for success with the audience comprising university students and National Service Corp Members. He said that “you have to get mentors who are in line with your vision and also try to develop your weak areas”. Bidemi Zakariyau addressed the need to excel, acquire academic knowledge and real world experience through internship programmes. She added that with the emergence of new media, anyone can access relevant information needed to succeed in their chosen profession. Finally, Prince Mohammed Momoh, Lagos State Coordinator, NYSC challenged the youth to fully develop their potential by being leaders and active citizens in Nigeria’s future. As part of the post-award activities, we are happy to engage TFAA winners and students of the University of Lagos. For more information, please follow @tfaafrica ‎on instagram and twitter See photos below:
  • Olumide Makanjuola appointed Executive Vice-Chairman of The Future Project board

    The board of trustees of civil society organization, The Future Project has announced the appointment of Olumide Makanjuola as the new Executive Vice-Chairman of the organization. The announcement was made at the 2017 board meeting on Friday, 23 June 2017. Makanjuola, who has over 10 years of extensive experience in the civil society space, is the Executive Director of human rights organization, The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERS) and 2016 recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards. He has been a board member with The Future Project since 2015. He takes over the position from Chude Jideonwo, who is also a co-founder of the organization, as part of its succession planning process approved in 2015. Jideonwo has taken a leave of absence from the board. In this position, he is responsible for leadership of the organization, guiding the board in effective oversight, as well as overseeing its transition as independent from founding media group, RED. The Future Project, 11 years now, is focused on building empowered citizens across Africa, with primary focus in Nigeria. Its thematic areas focus on citizenship and enterprise; with enterprise encompassing employability and entrepreneurship. It is also the convener of Africa’s leading youth awards, The Future Awards Africa. Makanjuola’s appointment is effective 1 July 2017.
  • Why you should register for the TFESS ‘YesOrWow’ design training this June

    As part of its unrelenting efforts to upskill the African youth, The Future Project will hold the third edition of the YesOrWow graphics design training in conjunction with one of Nigeria’s fastest-growing design agencies, FourthCanvas between June 26-30, 2017 in Surulere, Lagos. In what has consistently brought in some of the top leaders in the design industry, this edition which is also supported by renowned design agency, Cregital comes with a number of reasons that will interest you. If only for this reasons, do everything you can and register as soon as possible. 1. First, design is the future. It is important to expand on the underlying reality that makes this training a major decision to make or not. The future is fully digital and with the traditional barriers to media and communication off the path, more and more brands will emerge. That in returns means we will increasingly have so many things and messages flying around at the same time and in with the communication crowd to emerge, brands need more than ever to speak more distinctly and beautifully. Now you see the point and the role of visuals in that, and then the potential for careers in design. 2. Holiday option for full-time company employees Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 June, 2017 are public holidays, meaning two days free of employment obligation which would have made it difficult or impossible for people on paid employment who have a ‘side-interest’ to learn design. The organizers also allow for a 50% discount for people who can only attend on these two days. With Introduction to design and Introductory Software Training on the calendar for the first and second day, which makes a lot of sense for attendees who will consider to maximize this unique opportunity. 3. The crop of top designers in the country slated for the training As part of the culture of the training series, this edition comes with its own list of big names. Headlined by The Future Awards winner Evans Akanno of Cregital (one of Nigeria’s top design agencies), the list of facilitators include top design and brand communication specialist, Oluwole Fanegan and CEO at FourthCanvas (co-organizer of the training), Victor Fatanmi, . The “master list” also includes two Obafemi Awolowo university alumni who attained huge fame while on campus as A-list design experts and coordinated the prominent designer development initiative, Campace — Tunji Ogunoye of Sigma Brands (as well as FourthCanvas) and Ogunkunle Charles of Ferricool Studios. 4. Internship opportunities with top design agencies With a number of design agencies being a part of this and a lot of others literally watching, students from the training stand a good chance to intern with some of the agencies in and out of Lagos. The design review session which will be on Thursday is to hold at the Cregital office. The last time this happened (first edition of the training), it was a huge motivation for the designers and a number of the students got on with the agency as interns after the training. Yes! Its also a massive opportunity for networking among students that can lead to future partnerships, collaboration and exchange of ideas.Also students are added to an online WhatsApp group where there engender continuous conversation and exchange of ideas which can also translate to a place for sharing opportunities and offers. 5. Access to design resources and softwares The design tutors will share links to resources and provide guides to where designers can get help and inspiration on the internet. There will also be a lot of sharing of access to fonts and stock imagery, while the software classes will also include access to some free design setup files for installation. Hence in one week you can fast-track the growth of your design assets and resources and move faster, way up from a starting level. 6. Practical approach and review sessions In what has become a standard practice for the model, the training is consciously beyond theory and the tutors design the classes with a lot of examples, tasks and reviews. This edition prioritises practical by dedicating the whole of Thursday June 29 for a review of design tasks and assignments to hold at the Cregital office, with Evans Akanno. YesOrWow has a growing alumni of designers who continue to build successful careers in design and this is a great opportunity for you to take the big step towards your desire or already initiated move towards becoming a professional graphics designer. Call +2348022226712 or send a mail to [email protected]
  • Donald Duke, Peter Obi, Japheth Omojuwa, Seun Onigbinde, others call for transparency and accountability in government

    Former governor of Anambra, Peter Obi, has called for transparency and accountability in governance across all levels. Mr Obi expressed this notion at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders which took place today at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos. Themed ‘Open Governance: Improving Transparency and Accountability in Government’, the Symposium brings together leaders in politics, business, media, and more to discuss issues and challenges of open government and active citizenship. While speaking, Peter Obi decried the cost of governance in Nigeria stating that Nigeria needs a broad, comprehensive approach to address issues of budget inflation and corruption among public servants. “The present cost of governance in Nigeria is totally unacceptable”, Obi said. “Expenses of running the government in Nigeria is at the detriment of the citizens. Most Nigerians have no knowledge of the Chairman of their local government, so how do you expect to keep them accountable?” Seun Onigbinde, Co-founder, BudgIT, affirmed that citizens need to demand answers from elected officials at all levels. “Nigerians need to demand transparency all the time. The National Assembly spends 10 times the budget of other federal institutions in the country. The government serves the people, not the other way round. Nigeria is our collective responsibility, and as true citizens of this country, we need to find our voices,” Onigbinde said. Speakers at the event include Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; and Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach. Others are Dayo Isreal, youth advocate; Rinsola Abiola, youth advocate; Ayo Thompson, award-winning TV/Radio presenter; Seun Okinbaloye, Arit Okpo and political correspondent, Channels TV. The third edition of the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders was powered by The Future Project, in partnership with National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/  
  • The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders

    Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Donald Duke, others to speak at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders The Future Project partners the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/ to host the third edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders on May 30, 2017 in Lagos. The Symposium will bring together leaders in politics, business, advocacy, media, and more – to engage and discuss the theme ‘Open governance: Improving transparency and accountability in government’. “YNaija, through YMonitor [] – its accountability and governance portal – continues to perform its strategic role as media watchdog through which citizens keep tab on projects and activities of government with a view to building democratic institutions and strengthening the levers of governance at all levels,” said Isime Esene, managing editor of Y!/] – its accountability and governance portal – continues to perform its strategic role as media watchdog through which citizens keep tab on projects and activities of government with a view to building democratic institutions and strengthening the levers of governance at all levels,” said Isime Esene, managing editor of Y!/ “The Symposium will provide young leaders a platform to crystallize ideas and proffer solutions to issues of leadership facing the country.” Bukonla Adebakin, the chief operating officer of The Future Project, urged participants to drive robust engagement and further the course of young people across Nigeria. “We are excited by the sheer quality of discussants lined-up to speak at the event,” Adebakin said. “There is no better time than now to take on the theme of the Symposium which focuses on the crucial leadership and development imperative of open governance. It is only through adopting globally accepted democratic values such as this that we can truly succeed in building active and empowered citizens,” she added. Speakers at the Symposium include Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation; Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation; and Hon. Adbulmumin Jibrin, member of the House of Representative. Others are Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarenwaju, senior project manager, Courier Plus; Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach; Seun Onigbinde, co-founder, BudgIT; Yemi Adamolekun, executive director, EiE Nigeria; Seun Okinbaloye, political correspondent, Channels TV; and Dayo Israel, a youth advocate. Speakers who have headlined the Symposium include Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education; and Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister of youth and development.
  • Jake Okechukwu Effoduh to deliver Keynote Address at the Human Welfare Conference in Oxford

    Winner of The Future Africa Awards for Community Action in 2014, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh has been selected to deliver the Keynote Address at the University of Oxford’s Human Welfare Conference. Hosted by the Green Templeton College of the University and scheduled to hold in May 2017, the Human Welfare Conference is an annual meeting that explores new and comprehensive ways to tackle issues of human welfare across the world. From 2006-2013, Effoduh co-hosted Flava, the most widespread radio programme in Nigeria at the time, which was syndicated to 103 stations and reached over 25 million weekly listeners. The show aimed squarely at raising sexual and reproductive health awareness and preventing the spread of HIV. For it, Effoduh travelled extensively around Nigeria engaging with youth and challenging stigma. In 2013, Effoduh moved to host Talk Your Own: Make Naija Better, a weekly BBC Media Action radio programme covering governance issues, which is syndicated across 150 stations. The show features interviews and discussions, and invites audience participation to improve awareness on governance. Focusing on topics around education, electricity, water and roads, Talk Your Own explores ways people can participate in governance decisions that affect their lives, including through engagement with leaders and government institutions, public petitions and legal protest. Thus, a broadcasting career which begun as youth seeking to fund himself through school, has become a means for Effoduh to contribute to grass-roots empowerment across an entire region. Effoduh graduated from the University of Abuja with honours in 2010 and was admitted to the Nigerian Bar in 2012. He also obtained his Masters degree in law from the University of Oxford. As the curator of the World Economic Forum’s Abuja Global Shapers from 2015 to 2016, Effoduh led the Amana Initiative, a confidence building project that engaged at least 28,000 youth and 2,050 security officials in confidence-building activities ranging from, but not limited to, anti-terrorism campaigns, athletic competitions, town hall meetings, truth and reconciliation panels, etc. In his capacity as the Assistant Director of the Council on African Security and Development, Effoduh invited the former NATO Secretary-General and President of the European Union, Anders Fogh Rasmussen to Nigeria, to the first ever Summit on National Security which engaged 200 experts on strategies to bolster the coordinating task force for security in the northeastern part of the country. He is 29 years old. Speaking to YNaija on Monday, Effoduh said the conference seeks to address the difficult questions of what constitutes being “empowered”; why empowerment is important; and whether the term remains meaningful in today’s context of rapidly changing socioeconomic and political landscapes. His keynote address will be on “Reinventing Empowerment in the 21st Century.” For more information: