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Success tips for youths at Stanbic IBTC leadership forum – The Nation Newspaper

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Award winning filmmaker, Kemi Adetiba, innovator, agriculturist, and entrepreneur, Onyeka Akumah, and  programmer and a CNN Heroes award winner, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, over the weekend in Lagos shared valuable success tips with an appreciative audience at the 2019 Stanbic IBTC Youth Leadership Series (YLS).

Stanbic IBTC said the youth empowerment motivational series was conceived as a way to energize, through deeper engagement, the entrepreneurial spirit in young Nigerians while helping to build the next generation of leaders. Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings PLC, Mr. Yinka Sanni, said the YLS is a platform to engage the youth, a critical and vibrant segment of the population that will not only help to drive its sustainability but also help shape the future of the nation.

“It is clear to us that sustainability of our brand is very important. However, we do appreciate that our future is closely woven with that of the energetic, innovative and hard working Nigerian youth. It has been from the very beginning considering that the Stanbic IBTC brand, which is 30 years this February, was set up in 1989 by an innovative and audacious 33-year old Nigerian, Mr Atedo Peterside,” Sanni said while welcoming participants to the event. “Where others see young millennials, we see business leaders, successful entrepreneurs; we see scholars, innovators, and high profile professionals with whom we are honoured to partner,” Sanni added.

According to Sanni, Stanbic IBTC’s youth-centric focus is evident in its support for a number of initiatives directed at the youth as well as its establishment of programmes such as the YLS that help to engage the youth at a deeper level. Some of such initiatives include the Stanbic IBTC innovation lab in Yaba, Lagos, set up to support techpreneurs, financial technology firms and startups; sponsorship of the Higher Institution Football League and being a major sponsor of the yearly Social Media Week, among other youth-oriented initiatives.

The three speakers, Akumah, Ajayi-Akinfolarin and Adetiba, agreed that the most important ingredient for success is knowledge acquisition through education. Ajayi-Akinfolarin narrated how she defied her parents and risked her life in her quest to be educated. The need to hone one’s skill(s) is also critical. Their ability to identify their passion early on and work on them propelled the trio to success. For Kemi, she had a flair for entertainment, despite her training as a lawyer. It was coding/programming for Abisoye and farming for Onyeka. According to the trio, success is not instantaneous but with hard work, focus, resilience and a positive attitude, success is guaranteed.

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