Lagos Business School Dean, Professor Enase Okonedo has been named a recipient of the Junior Achievement Nigeria Accelerator Award for her outstanding contributions to the non-profit organisation.
The Junior Achievement Nigeria is part of the world’s largest network of organisations dedicated to empowering students on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship through experiential, hands-on programmes.
Presented at JAN’s 20th-anniversary event held in Lagos, the Accelerator Award seeks to recognise individuals who through their organisations, have been actively and positively involved in the affairs of the NGO and has supported in the achievement of its goals. Lagos Business School has partnered with JAN since 2001 to host its annual Venture in Management Program (ViMP).
Through the ViMP, both organisations prepare youth corps members for the business world as managers and entrepreneurs by exposing them to the responsibilities, opportunities and demands of a career in management. Typically described as a ‘mini-MBA’, the ViMP engages participants in classroom sessions, case study discussions, study groups and panel sessions led by members of the LBS faculty.
Describing the partnership with LBS as “constantly evolving and symbiotic”, Executive Director, JAN, Simi Nwogugu said, “The ViMP is purposed to get the students to have a feel of a business school and to learn like managers and executives. LBS provides the environment needed to achieve our goal.”
Other recipients of the JAN Accelerator Award include CEO, FATE Foundation, Adenike Adeyemi; Managing Director, The Education Partnership Centre, Modupe Adefeso-Olateju; CEO, Bestman Games, Nimi Akinkugbe CEO, ACT Foundation, Osayi Alile, among others.
LBS is in partnership with organisations, multinationals, and institutions whose objectives align with its mission of changing the face of business locally and globally, by developing business professionals with high standards of business ethics and professionalism.