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Another narrative on perseverance, determination and innovation will dominate the Nigerian landscape on February 1, 2019 when the second edition of the Stanbic IBTC Youth Leadership Series, themed Against The Odds, holds.

The stirring evolution of Onyeka Akuma, Founder and CEO, Farmcrowdy;  Kemi Adetiba, video music director and Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, women’s rights activist; headliners at the event, will provide immeasurable inspiration to the youth as Nigeria seeks to build a new cadre of leadership in the country.

In unveiling the guests, the company says it believes participants and the youth in particular will encounter mind shifting experience at the event scheduled for the Grandeur events Centre, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.

It is expected to match and possibly surpass the standard set at the maiden edition last year which featured Kechi Okwuchi, a survivor of the ill-fated Sosoliso plane crash of December 2005; Member Feese, survivor of the United Nations Building bomb blast in Abuja; and Cobhams Asuquo, renowned music producer who was born blind. 

Since Farmcrowdy was founded in 2016, Akuma and his team have through the deft application of technology and innovation created Nigeria’s 1st Digital Agriculture Platform focused on connecting farm sponsors with real farmers in order to increase food production while promoting youth participation in agriculture. Through the platform, Farmcrowdy has impacted the lives of close to 8,000 small-scale farmers across 10 states in Nigeria since inception.

Prior to Farmcrowdy, Akuma was the Chief Commercial Officer of – one of Nigeria’s leading online travel agencies. He has also worked with as Vice President – Marketing, as Director of Marketing & Partnerships, as Online Marketing Manager, E-Marketing Coordinator for Deloitte for West, East and Central Africa, and Webmaster for British Council.

Kemi Adetiba, famous for directing The King of BoysAcross a Bloodied Ocean and the Wedding Part, is a widely acclaimed music video director, filmmaker, and television director whose works have appeared on Channel O, MTV Base, Soundcity TV, BET and Netflix. Prior to going behind the cameras, Adetiba anchored several shows on both radio and television.

Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a computer programmer, exemplifies what is attainable with determination and curiosity.  She lost her mother when she was only four years old, but that never deterred her from pursuing her dreams. Her success has been quite inspiring.

In 2012, Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin established the Pearls Africa Youth Foundation, an NGO dedicated to helping girls in disadvantaged areas in developing technical skills with which to get ahead in life.  

One of her initiatives, Girls Coding, has reportedly reached over 400 beneficiaries, including girls from orphanages and correctional homes, in addition to young women fleeing insurgency in the North-East.

Last year, Ajayi-Akinfolarin was named one of ten CNN Heroes of the Year.

By showcasing the lives of these illustrious Nigerians, the Stanbic IBTC Youth Leadership Series is adhering to its goal of encouraging the youth not to let whatever challenges they face to prevent them from actualizing their potential.

The future of Nigeria and Africa is in the hands of the youth and there is no better time to arouse and deepen their knowledge and entrepreneurial skills than now.



01 Feb 2019



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