Sixty talented youths across Nigeria were inducted into the pipeline of potential faculty and administrative staff of Lagos Business School (LBS) at the second edition of the Young Talent Programme (YTP) held in LBS today. The bright candidates, comprising mostly of first class honours graduates, emerged the successful 10% of a highly competitive recruitment process.
The one-day programme gave the young talents the chance to receive first-hand information from faculty members and experts on the various career opportunities available to them in academia and industry.
The programme kicked off with a welcome address from Dr Enase Okonedo, Dean of LBS, where she gave a brief insight into the mission of LBS as well as the objectives of the Young Talents Programme Initiative. She also spoke on the great importance of young talents to LBS. “You are the brightest in Nigeria and so we hope we get management scholars from you. We want to be in touch with the brightest people in Nigeria as we aim to transform society, therefore we rely on people like you within the larger LBS community; people who can help us achieve our mission”.
The programme progressed to a brief history of LBS and the achievements the School has made since its inception which was delivered by Professor Emeritus Albert Alos. “For the last 8 years we have been ranked by the financial times as one of the top schools in the world, it’s an amazing thing that here in Nigeria we have a school that is ranked amongst the likes of Harvard and Yale” explained Professor Emeritus Albert Alos.
Participants who had attended the Young Talent Programme in previous years had the opportunity to share their various experiences on how the Young Talents Programme greatly impacted their lives. Oyinkansola Ige, who attended the Young Talent Programme in 2015 said, “YTP changed my orientation about life, it changed my perspectives to everything, after the programme I decided to pursue a career path in academia and I applied to LBS. Since being at LBS I have been open to unlimited possibilities and opportunities”. Onyinye Etoniru, a participant of YTP 2015 edition, also attested to the impact of the programme on her life she said “ YTP broadened my horizon and knowledge, it changed a lot about my life, it changed my perspective and allowed me the opportunity to meet wonderful people.”
The programme came to a close with a cocktail networking session.