After a careful review of 334 applications received from all the 36 states and FCT in Nigeria, 55 applicants were shortlisted for interview, and 38 of them made it to the final stage of the 2020 edition of the GLP Fellowship. 22 of the finalists, however, met all the requirements and graduated to become Fellows. The 2020 finalists were trained on the concept of transformational leadership, entrepreneurship, team building, starting with WHY, and 21st-century leadership skills by seasoned facilitators drawn from the United States, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Bahrain, Zimbabwe, and Sierra Leone.
During the sessions which were held on Zoom, they were also trained and simulated on topics such as the problem with Nigeria and the way forward, promoting ideas through social media, life hacks and opportunities, and changing communities through innovation. In addition, 2017, 2018, and 2019 GLP Fellows Adesina Gbenga, Adaude Adalunweze, and Abubakar Mustapha respectively were invited to share their experience and how they are making a difference in their various communities to inspire the finalists. The joint winners of the 2019 GLP Fellow of the Year award Olamide Durodola and Benedicta Uweru-Apuamah also shared their story of impact.
The highlight of the graduation and the award-giving ceremony was the announcement of the award recipients. Ekundayo Kayode won the Ideas pitch contest. His project centers on providing free coaching (education) for the less privileged and children with special needs in the Ibule-Soro community, Ondo State. With a cash prize of N150,000 and partnership with GLP, he will be able to scale the impact of his work. Fasanmade Jesudemilade was the first runner up, winning a cash prize of N100,000. Through his project, Ride To Eliminate Poverty, he is able to support the elderly and underprivileged citizens with the profit he makes from his transport business in Lagos. In the second runner up position was Oluwatoyin Agaja, who won a cash prize of N50,000. Her project, Eco Network Nigeria, is providing climate and environmental education for young Nigerians.
Group one– which comprises Jeremiah Onyeama, Ibrahim Aji, Patience Agidi, and Austin Oribo– won the group contest. Their project proposal is focused on solving the electricity problem in Nigeria through the provision of a tri-ratio transformer which generates, transmits, and distributes electricity synchronously. Other award winners include Daniel Olufemi, GLP 2020 Emerging Leader; Patience Agidi, BENEMMA Global Enterprise Entrepreneurship Award; Uwak Alfred, Ekundayo Kayode, Adebiyi Testimony, Jeremiah Onyeama, and Fasanmade Jesudemilade jointly won the Magnanimous Award for outstanding performance; Ekundayo Kayode and Fasanmade Jesudemilade jointly won the Brain Teasers Contest and Best Graduating Finalist award category. All award winners were rewarded with a certificate of achievement as well as cash prizes.
GLP Fellowship is an annual leadership training program that helps young people with bold ideas from across Nigeria to find purpose and make a difference in their communities. The newly graduated fellows will now go on to start an eight-week mentorship, during which they will launch their community project or business. Past GLP Fellows are making an impact in different parts of the country.
Some of the finalists have this to say about the program;
Ibrahim Muhammad Saleem (Katsina): This GLP program is a life changer for me, it has changed my way of thinking and opened my eyes to new possibilities. I can’t really appreciate the organizers enough for giving me such an amazing opportunity to rediscover myself and find my purpose.
Alabi Olivia Yetunde (Rivers state): I sincerely learned a lot, more than I expected. When I usually hear of leadership programs, I don’t put many mind to it since most talk theoretic that is inapplicable in real-life situations, but in this fellowship, I learned skills and techniques that are actually useful in today’s world. During these two weeks, I was also able to act as a leader to my team and I feel I took a step closer to becoming the leader I want to be. Thank you very much for granting me this opportunity.
Folashade Ojo (Abuja): ‘This is one of the best leadership programs that a Nigerian has ever organized in history. I now have a changed mindset about life generally. I have a topnotch leadership experience here. The goal is to be relevant to our nation and the world, which I have started with my experience at GLP fellowship.
Lilian Elechukwu Efobi (Lagos state): Out of all the leadership training I have attended, this is the most organized. From day one to the exam, it was well structured. The facilitators are topnotch, the organizers are strict and empathic at the same time, my fellow GLP Fellows are great and awesome leaders. Truly, GLP is a serious business; I definitely will tell my story about GLP in the future. It’s not like the norm, it’s extremely different and impactful. I have so much to say but all I can say is that the fellowship has not only made me a transformational leader but also more determined about being the change in changing the status quo of leadership in Nigeria, most especially in youth inclusiveness and awareness on Governance in the country.
Nwankwo Godson Kelechi (Enugu state): It was practical and action-oriented. My take-home from each session was straight away implementation and all the strategies worked especially on team building and social media management. To the organizers, I like to say a big thank you and I like to commend their excellent administration and unwavering commitment to every session.
Zambwa Godiya Joseph (Adamawa state): I feel great and accomplished. The program was incredible! The organizers are creative, amazing, and dynamic. God Bless You All!