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COVID-19 brought to the fore an increased appetite for information and the realization that success can only be achieved if there is cooperation amongst people, businesses and countries.  As a company passionate about changing the African narrative we have an important role to play in championing and facilitating conversations that bring together influential players across all sectors to proffer solutions to pertinent issues that have been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic through our Leadership Webinar Series and Millennial Conversations.

Leadership Webinar Series

The Inequality Virus: Revolution Based Change to Achieve Inclusive Growth

The direct and indirect effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are strongly conditioned by inequality between and within countries. Increased inequality from COVID-19 will have long-term consequences. Another outcome of the pandemic is increased social unrest.  Conditions globally dictate that the pandemic will simply increase the likelihood of unrest, uprising, and revolution. Today, there is an urgency which has birthed a revolution in the way change is being driven.

This webinar sought to encourage meaningful, honest and engaging discourse on the best ways to resolve this growing inequality specifically in the Nigerian / African environment which have unique challenges that may require bespoke solutions. 

Speaking as panelists were Hafsat Abiola-Costello, President & CEO, Women in Africa Initiative; Dr. Jason Hickel, Economic Anthropologist, Author, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London; Maimuna Maibe, Country Director Nigeria, Global Citizen, in a session moderated by CNN Correspondent, Eleni Giokos

Lockdown Exit Strategy: Timing, Scope & Governance

In late March 2020, the Nigerian Government implemented a lockdown strategy across certain states in a bid to contain the spread, transmission and associated deaths from the COVID-19 as number of cases began to rise. Following the 4-week long stay at home directive, the pressure on government to restart the economy led to the easing of the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun states, and the FCT with a number of safety protocols and guidelines to ensure a limited spread of the virus, and more importantly, the health and safety of Nigerians.

It is clear that there can be no single grand ‘exit plan’, neither is the timing for exit clear, as we saw countries like China, South Korea and Germany who eased the lockdown and began to see increasing new cases just weeks into their social integration. The need to get the timing of lockdown exit right is, therefore crucial, and so is the understanding of how to scope the respective phases of exit, as well as the governance system that will enforce required behavior.

This webinar encouraged a meaningful, honest and engaging conversation on the best ways to resolve the unique and uncharted issues associated with easing the lockdown restrictions, specific to the African environment. The session which was moderated by CNN Correspondent, Eleni Giokos had Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune, COO. Oando Energy Resources; Dr. Tomi Coker, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Ogun State; Prof. Akin Abayomi, Honourable Commissioner for Health, Lagos State; Ada Osakwe, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nuli Juice & Agroby Ventures; Joao Hrotko, MD & Partner, Lagos, Boston Consulting Group, as panelists.

Leadership Strategies for Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic

A recurring topic precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, is how you lead in a time of crisis. This webinar, moderated by CNN Correspondent, Eleni Giokos brought together, public and private sector leaders, Dr. Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune, COO. Oando Energy Resources; Sola Hammond, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on SDGs and Investments; Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, 2019 Obama Leader & CEO Futuresoft; Ini Ebong, Group Executive, Treasury and Financial Institutions, First Bank of Nigeria Ltd; Emmanuel Ijewere, Managing Partner, Emmanuel Ijewere and Co. & Independent Director,NOVA Merchant Bank Ltd; and Boye Olusanya, Chief Operating Officer, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, to discuss and proffer solutions to leadership issues, taking learnings from affected countries and industries.

Millennial Conversations

Intergenerational Perspectives: Suits, Strong Institutions, Strong Nation

Speakers: Ainojie ‘Alex’ Irune (Chief Operating Officer, Oando Energy Resources), Iyinoluwa Aboyeji (General Partner & Co-Founder, Future Africa), Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli (Managing Partner, Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutritiona Ltd), Olufemi Awoyemi (Founder & Chairman, Proshare Nigeria Limited).

A Millennial Conversation: Creating the Future Post #COVID19

Speakers: Tamara Aihie (COO, Grey Velvet Stores), Rima Tahini (Director of A&R, Mavin Records), Tito Ovia (Co-Founder and Head of Public Sector Growth, Helium Health), Shola Ladoja (Founder/CEO, Simply Green Limited), Tomiwa Lasebikan (Co-Founder & Head of Product, BuyCoins), Adenrele Sonariwo (Founder, Rele Art Gallery and Consultant to the Ogun State Governor on Culture & Tourism), Zulu Oyibo (Co-Founder & Film Executive, Inkblot Productions), Yanmo Omorogbe (Co-Founder & Director of Growth, Bamboo)

Host: Folu Storms

A Millennial Conversation: Change Starts With Us

Speakers: Bright Jaja (CEO & Founder, iCreate), Foluso Agbaje (Head Human Resources, Jobberman, Nigeria), Odunayo Eweniyi (Co-Founder, Piggyvest), Micheal Famoroti (Chief Economist Stears NG), Samson Itodo (Executive Director, YIAGA Africa).

Host: Folu Storms

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