The inaugural edition of the MBA Refresher Programme, held at the Lagos Business School recently. A total of 41 alumni, from the Executive MBA, Modular EMBA and Full-Time MBA programmes, were in attendance.
The MBA Alumni Refresher Programme is a continuous learning programme designed to enable MBA graduates of the Lagos Business School, catch up on various developments in the business world, improve their management thinking in the period since they received their qualification and helped them brush up on their leadership skills.
Faculty in attendance were Dr Uchenna Uzo, MBA Director; Ike Kelilume, Economics, who gave a lecture on Changing Micro & Macro Environment of Business in Africa; Professor Chris Ogbechie, Professor of Strategic Management, on Playing and Winning Responsibly in a Dynamic Business Environment and Mr Chidi Okoro, MD, UAC Foods Limited, on Realities of Corporate Life in Nigeria. Uche Attoh, Faculty, HRM & Organisational Behaviour, anchored the Experience Sharing.
Participants who attended the event were impressed with the knowledge they obtained. Mr Kosoko Adewale of HANIC, an Electrical Engineering Firm and an alumnus of the MBA 11 class, said “I am doing the refresher course because I am changing roles in my company. I am moving from a supervisory role to a commercial role, which would have to do with contracts, pricing and strategy building that would carry us forward. Today’s refresher was a good one for me because, I am learning more about the Engineering and Construction Industry and I just needed something to bring me back home and prepare me for 2018, which would be an aggressive year for me.”
Mrs Abimbola Adeyanju of Citibank Nigeria and an alumna of the EMBA 19 class said, “Learning is a lifelong thing, and I have been out for about two years; so much has changed in the Nigerian business industry and so much is going on, and I wanted an update. I know that one of the best places to get this from LBS, and it served the purpose. I enjoyed Ike Kelikume’s class; he taught about happenings in the economy that I wasn’t aware of; he also talked about how things have panned out in the last two years and how they would be in the next three years.”
Mr Obinna Onunkwo of Purple Capital Partners Limited and an alumnus of the MBA 14 class said “I am here because it’s been 10 years since I graduated from the MBA programme and in the course of one’s career, things change. It is important to refresh once in a while and see the perspective of the academia, regarding what is going on and that is the importance of these gatherings. If you are doing business, you might be in a bubble, and need external help; someone to say ‘Hang on this is how the economy is doing, and this is what is missing out’, it helps to straighten your perspective.”
The event ended with a cocktail in the School’s Gazebo.