The Future Project Stories

  • 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:
  • The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) Training – Quarter 2

    After the successful completion of TFESS Quarter 1 trainings, The Future Project once again announces training scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. These trainings are set to support and up-skill young persons who are interested in developing their skills in the following fields: Graphics Design: This workshop is an introduction to the field of Graphic Design where participants will be taught about what it takes to be a good designer and how you can make a career in this field. Starting with Zero capital: is targeted at prospective entrepreneurs/business owners who desire to excel in building a successful business. It aims to empower the next generation of leaders who can build sustainable ventures that would lead to development of communities and Nigeria as a whole. Comic Illustration workshop: This workshop is an introduction to comics and use of photoshop. Participants will be taught about what it takes to be a good artist, how to promote the comic book business to a global audience and how you can make a career in this field. Make-up masterclass: will give aspiring makeup artists who want to learn a new skill or improve on their natural talent the opportunity to learn professional makeup artistry by providing professional tutorship in a variety of subjects around the past and recent makeup technique and style. The Business of Music: This class aims to provide attendees with the skills they need to succeed in building viable music businesses and in operating in international markets; give them an understanding of the challenges and constraints in the music industry; and knowledge of the strategies to help them overcome. This quarter, TFP partners with Ace Graphics Design company Fourth Canvas, Comic Republic and Doranne Beauty. Our outstanding faculties from across different fields are there to give you the best learning experience. To register, sign up here About The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) TFESS is a series of seminars, workshops with focus on the Entrepreneurship, Technology and Creative (ETC). Trainings act as a door towards skill acquisition and capacity building for young people who want to get a job or start a business.
  • The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) Training – Quarter 1

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) in March 2017 set up three (3) trainings for upcoming and aspiring young digital marketers, photographers and entrepreneurs who were willing to learn and perfect their skills. Our trainings include: Photography Workshop Digital marketing masterclass Branding masterclass Our facilitators for these sessions were: Alile Osayi (CEO of ACT Foundation), Yemi Orimoloade (Communication Lead, Microsoft), Adaora Mbelu (CEO of A2 Creative), Tomilayo Akanni-Aluko (Founder of The BBC Company), Ibukun Onitiju (Head of Digital strategy, RDM Africa), Jide Odukoya (Creative Director JOP studios), Seyi Body Lawson (Creative Director Of Body Lawson Photography, Kola Oshalusi (Creative Executive, Kola Oshalusi Photography) The curriculum consisted of a variety of theoretical and practical demonstrations from our faculty who were on-ground to mentor the participants. Feedback gotten from the trainings was impressive, with some of the participants already starting up businesses and getting new clients for their businesses. For more information on trainings in technology, creativity, and enterprise, please visit and follow @tfaafrica on Twitter/Instagram.‎ To register, click on this link http:/ send an email to [email protected] or call Jeffrey Okolo on 08022226712
  • Branding Master-class – Three (3) Reasons You Shouldn’t Miss this session on Saturday the 18th of March, 2017!

    Few days to go for TFESS Branding Masterclass! The Future Enterprise Support Scheme presents a one-day intensive master-class as an empowering and creative course to help participants plan, build personal and business brands. Personal brand is a vivid indication of the best you have to offer and value your employer/client can expect from you. Here are 3 reasons, why you should not miss this:
    1. Crop of facilitators: With the crop of facilitators who will be available to take the session, you wouldn’t want to be left out. They are:
    Osayi Alile: is the Immediate past Chairperson Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ) and the CEO of ACT Foundation. A facilitator/management trainer, Osayi is the founding curator, Global Shapers Forum Nigeria. Owing to her experience, she has worked with many brands within and outside the country. Osayi sits on the board of several organisations that includes, House of Tara, Chairperson, Zapphire Events, Culinary Academy and Global Dignity, an affiliation of the World Economic Forum in Norway. She will be speaking on demystifying some brand myths, Brand sustainability and more. Adaora Mbelu: She has worked on projects across various industries, as a Project Manager, Media Manager, Content Director/Developer on projects such as: Copa Lagos, X Factor Nigeria, The United Nations World Tourism Organization conference, Nigeria Centenary Awards 2014, Presidential Democracy Day event with former President Goodluck Jonathan, and International Conference on Peace and Security (with 28 World Leaders in attendance). Adaora is currently the CEO of A2 Creative, a business and brand management company that specializes in creative strategy, marketing, and brand development that help brands connect to their target audience through innovative strategy and experiential marketing. She will be speaking on Personal branding Tomilayo Akanni-Aluko is a Brand Consultant & Life Coach, at The Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA), which provides you a unique opportunity to give meaning to your Career, Business, Relationships and Life through our various Bespoke Coaching Programs. Over years, Tomilayo has garnered experience in Brand management and has facilitated many trainings and workshops. She will be speaking on positioning your brand and the use of Social media          2. What you will gain: CUSTOMER CONNECTIVITY: Good brands connect with customers emotionally. You want customers to feel good emotionally when they engage with your company and products. BRANDS GENERATE REFERRALS: Good branding leads to product sharing by customers. When they buy your product, they share your brand through wearing your product, eating your product, etc. BRANDS CREATE EXPERIENCE AND IS A PROMISE: Customers want to purchase products from companies that will take care of them. Creating a brand allows your company to state their promise to the customer. BRANDS PROVIDE VALUE & SETS YOU APART: Strong brands give companies value beyond just their physical assets. In today’s market, companies are never safe from competition so it’s critical that your brand stands apart from others.  
    1. Pool of Participants:
    You will have a good opportunity to relate with like-minds from different industries and share ideas. This goes a long way for you.   We hope with this few points of ours we have been able to convince you and not to confuse you that…: D Save the Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017. Time: 11am Contact us via [email protected] or call 08022226712 to register Registration closes March 17, 2017.   Only 30 seats available.
  • TFESS Photography MasterClass – Become an Expert!

    Learn from the best in the Photography industry in Nigeria in The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) Photography Workshop 2017 set up for upcoming and aspiring young photographers who want to learn and perfect their skills in the art of photography as a career or an entrepreneurial endeavour. Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communication, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution which the workshop would proffer training on how best to explore. The workshop has a distinctive structure that makes sure that no matter the level of knowledge the attendees may have, learning and improvement must still take place. The Future Photography Workshop is put together for aspiring young photographers who want to learn or fine-tune the skill of picture taking with the aim of setting up a business or getting a job. The workshop has a distinctive structure that lends itself to learning and improvement regardless of the level of knowledge of the attendees. The curriculum consists a variety of theoretical and practical demonstrations with topics including LightingDepth of FieldVisual AestheticsComposition & editing and more to be extensively discussed. The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS), as a program under The Future Project reaches out to young people through training, workshops and conferences in skill acquisition, capacity building and entrepreneurship. For more information on training in creativity, technology and enterprise, please visit and follow @tfaafrica on Twitter/Instagram.‎ To register, click on this link http:/ send an email to [email protected] or call Jeffrey Okolo on 08022226712 Opportunity to register for this master class closes today, March 17th, 2017.      
  • TFESS Digital Marketing Masterclass – A MUST FOR EVERY YOUNG PERSON!

    In this 21st century, everyone is doing literally everything to keep up with technology advancement, with the aim of capturing our growing and very lucrative online marketplace. People are coming up with digital marketing strategies as a way of attracting targeted audiences online. The Future Enterprise Support Scheme in partnership with A2 Creative is putting together an engaging course content training on Digital Marketing this week. You do not want to miss this opportunity to set yourself apart. Digital marketing and its associated channels are important – but not to the exclusion of all else. It’s not enough to just know your customers; you must know them better than anybody else so you can communicate with them where, when and how they are most receptive to your message. To do that, you need a consolidated view of customer preferences and expectations across all channels – Web, social media, mobile, direct mail, point of sale, etc. Marketers can use this information to create and anticipate consistent, coordinated customer experiences that will move customers along in the buying cycle. The deeper your insight into customer behavior and preferences, the more likely you are to engage them in lucrative interactions. This training is designed to integrate with our digital marketing course content so you can enjoy an all-inclusive learning experience. Guarantee your digital marketing strategy success with additional practical insights, action plans and case studies.   One of the advantages of attending this is networking opportunities with like-minds. This goes a long way in building your network as a digital marketer while having mentorship from top-notch facilitators. Register now for this masterclass to understand the business of Digital Marketing, mobile marketing, SEO management and more.   To register, click on this link http:/ send an email to [email protected] or call Jeffrey Okolo on 08022226712 Opportunity to register for this master class closes today, March 17th, 2017.  
  • Tfess Branding Masterclass: Register Now

    The Future Enterprise Support Scheme presents a one-day intensive masterclass as an empowering and creative course to help participants plan, build and implement in their business. Developing a strong, recognized brand is the goal of most businesses with products in the general market. To become a household name, businesses need the guidance of capable brand managers properly trained through business courses in branding. Branding is one of the most important aspects of any business, large or small, retail or B2B. An effective brand strategy gives you a major edge in increasingly competitive markets. But what exactly does “branding” mean? How does it affect a small business like yours? Our training will be able to answer these questions and also cover a wide range of business topics, such as strategic marketing, personal branding, branding myths, ethical issues, and more. At the end of the training, participants will be issued a certificate in brand management. This one day program will also guide you through the key steps of brand building and show you how to build your brand online. Whether you are looking to assert yourself as an expert, pivot your career or simply stand out, this program has what you need. This masterclass is for entrepreneurs, executives, job seekers, business owners, and anyone who wants to really stand out. Course outline: Demystifying some Branding myths; Why Some Brands Are Loved Unconditionally (and What You Can Learn From Them); Personal Branding: Steps Toward a New Professional You; Building a sustainable business brand via social media There will be lunch, networking and more. Limited seats available. Register now to confirm your interest. Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017 Location: Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria. Gate Fee: N10,000 Contact Jeffrey Okolo on 08022226712 or mail [email protected] to register. Registration ends on March 17, 2017