JAN hosted its annual flagship event, National Company of the Year Competition (NCOY) on Thursday, October 5, 2017. The event was a signature showcase for Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) and the students who benefited from the impact of the JA Company Program®, which is a school-based entrepreneurship education curriculum for senior secondary school students. This annual celebration of success allowed nine regional winners from schools across Nigeria to demonstrate their business acumen and spirit of entrepreneurship in a competitive environment.
This year’s competition was judged by Mr. Adebola Williams, Co-Founder, Red Media; Mr. Danladi Verheijen, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Verod Capital; Mr. Gbenga Omolokun, Managing Director, Germaine Auto Center; Mr. Seyi Ajibola, Co-Founder/CEO of Wilson’s Juice Co. Ltd; and Sanyade Okoli, Managing Director Alpha African Capital and; Mrs. Hajara Adeola, Managing Director, Lotus Capital Limited. In addition to this esteemed panel of judges, our keynote speaker was Mrs. Nkechi Obi, Executive Vice Chairman, Techno Oil.
The competition was fiercer this year, as most teams demonstrated innovation and creativity. In third place, “Vue Special” a student company from Redeemers International School, Lagos, created decorative lamps that were sold to students and parents. In second place, “Apex Discovery” a student company from Caro Favored Schools, Ajegunle Lagos, created an LED display board as a way to help small-scale proprietors within their local community advertise their products cost effectively. Finally, in first place, “The Flourishers” a student company from Noble Heights College Karu, Abuja, produced several variations of flour, such as : beans flour, sweet potato flour and unripe plantain flour. The student company also created a highly popular breakfast granola and a student mathematics app. The Flourishers will represent Nigeria at the JA Africa Company of the Year competition in South Africa in December.