In a display of sound knowledge gleaned from the quality of their studies, MBA students of Lagos Business School were the only Africans who recently matched skills in business case analysis with their counterparts from 15 countries across the globe.
Babalola Williams, Omoye Oghinan, Taiwo Salami and Uchechukwu Ukoh (MBA 12) represented LBS at the Yale School of Management’s Integrated Leadership Case Competition (ILCC); the first and only business school to achieve the feat in Africa. The ILCC convenes the best students from participating universities to develop creative solutions for business challenges that require the integration of multiple disciplines.
The participants received glowing commendations from the organisers for being the only representatives from Africa to participate, as well as the exceptional skills in case analysis they displayed, setting the stage for their emergence as front-liners in subsequent contests.
MBA Director Dr Uchenna Uzo explained that the students’ participation was strategic, given that they were the only representatives from Africa to make the shortlist.
“It was an opportunity to position ourselves as competent MBA students from Africa, knowing we have the skills to compete with top business schools globally so they realise that Africa can produce people with analytical skills,” Williams explained.
Meanwhile, another crop of MBA students from LBS are currently in IPADE Business School, Mexico for a three-month exchange programme. The participants – Onyanta Adama and Uchechukwu Ukoh expect to build their network and broaden their horizons after completing the programme.
“The exchange programme is in line with our quest to give our students a global mindset to doing business,” said the MBA Director.