The Future Project Stories

  • 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:
  • Chellarams UNILAG Entrepreneurship Centre features Innocent Chukwuma, Executive Director, Ford Foundation, Bukonla Adebakin, Chief Operating Officer for The Future Project and Afua Osei, co-founder, She Leads Africa at the Non-Profit Management Accelerator on Sunday April 29th 2018

    Chellarams UNILAG Entrepreneurship Centre is a certificate program for social entrepreneurs, social sector development practitioners, NGO professionals/enthusiast and general humanitarians that offers the best value, exposure and resources for participants during the 6 weeks program. It offers a fresh approach to non-profit management that will position you for success and help you and your organization realize its vision and mandate. The program is designed for the following people: Professionals already in management positions within their NGO/Social Ventures who would like to strengthen their organizations and their careers – It also applies to those managing the NGOs/Social Ventures of others. It is also open to those interested in pushing a career within the NGO space. DURATION: One Sunday (12 noon – 06:00pm – We will be available to welcome and register participants from 11am) DATE: April 29th 2018 FEES: N5,000 (Lunch Inclusive) CASH PAYMENTS TO BE MADE AT THE TRAINING LOCATION CERTIFICATIONS & TESTING: At the end of the program, we will issue a meritorious certificate in social entrepreneurship competence having attended the following topics stated above. This certificate will be hard-copy and will be issued from the monday of the following week. these certifications are university of lagos senate backed and can be tendered anywhere in the world. For more enquiries, sponsorship and partnership, email EldaDavid – [email protected] or call 08086034420. Thank you.
  • The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TFESS) presents a 5-day certified Photography workshop

    TFESS presents a 5-day workshop between May 21-25, 2018, designed for individuals who desire to explore their passion for photography. Photography is a way to express ourselves, to capture the diverse moments and preserve those moments for life. It is one of the top skills needed to have a successful career with many organisations and individuals requesting the services of photographers. This training will not only teach hands on experience, it will teach the business of photography. This course will introduce participants to general knowledge of photography, specially designed for serious amateurs and professionals who own a camera and laptop. Participating in a photography workshop will renew your passion for photography. Picking up your camera and exploring new opportunities will motivate and inspire you to grow as a photographer. It’s a different thing that the need to earn money sometimes directs that love for photography to commercial avenues. Still, the ability to merge what one loves to do with what one makes a living out of can be the most blissful feeling. To be successful in photography it is important to have a clear vision of what you want to do. The workshop has a distinctive structure that lends itself to learning and improvement regardless of the level of knowledge of the attendees. This course outline includes; 1. The business of photography 2. Headshots and Portraiture 3. Handling a camera/lighting principles 4. Street & wedding photography 5. Basic editing principles Ace facilitators for this training are; Yagazie Eguare, Creative Director, Gaz Studios; Emmanuel Oyeleke, Creative Director Emmanuel Oyeleke studios; Tobbinator, Creative Director TCD Concepts Limited; Bunmi Adebimpe, Creative Director, VP Cube Photofactory Benefits of attending this training include: 1. You will have a better sense of direction with a good mentor 2. Review of your assignment 3. Learning new photography and editing techniques 4. Exposure to different types of photography 5. Have a professional portfolio 6. Identify your own photography style 7. Registration is at a subsidized rate of N50,000 with 20% discount for early bird registrants. Limited seats available. To register, call Jeffrey Okolo on 08022226712 or mail [email protected] Also register via this link: Registration ends on May 18, 2018
  • The Future Project holds its fifth edition of the SME Support Clinic.

    The SME Support clinic is an annual event hosted by The Future Project for small business owners to get practical tips to boost their business using social media. No theories or presentations, just practical solutions with one-on-one discussions with industry experts. The Future Project (TFP) is one of Nigeria’s most influential and impactful non-governmental institutions with a global audience. TFP has a simple mandate – to build empowered citizens across Africa, through enterprise and active citizenship. The session which held in Surulere, Lagos on Friday March 16, 2018 empowered top business owners on how to recognize opportunities and seek funding from possible investors. Facilitators at the session include Olamide Bada, Managing Director Jumia Foods and Mr Wisdom Fijo, Strategist, Lagos state employment trust fund. They emphasised on opportunities that can be leveraged upon to boost productivity and output in many ways including the use of social networking for direct referrals and publicity, advertising and more. Some of the Topics discussed include creating my business online, accessing funds from investors, developing a product your audience will buy and more. The event also featured one-on-one special clinics for participants.