Junior Achievement Nigeria, on October 3, 2019, held her annual National Company of the Year (NCOY) Competition themed ‘Activating Disruptors’. The event was proudly sponsored by FirstBank of Nigeria held at Terra Kulture, Lagos and had 12 participating student companies in attendance.
The Panel of Judges consisted of Eloho Gihan-Mbelu, Managing Director and CEO, Endeavor Nigeria; Israel Nnanna, Manager, Business Process Solutions, Deloitte Nigeria; Awuneba Ajumogobia, Chairman CAPL PLC, UPDC PLC; Lola Ekugo, Head of the Digital Innovation Lab, FirstBank of Nigeria; Ibukun Osigbesan , Co-founder, PiggyVest; and Kehinde Olateru, Co-founder/CEO, Crenet TechLabs. Representing our sponsor, FirstBank Nigeria was Funke Smith, the Chief Financial Officer who delivered the keynote address. Nneotaobase Egbe of Channels TV did an amazing job hosting the event.
The competition comprised of three levels: the judges’ review of the annual report of each student company; a stage presentation after which each team answered questions from the panel of judges; and a trade fair, during which each team displayed their products and services for the judges and other guests.
After all three stages, the judges added up the scores and had the challenging task of selecting a winner from the collection of creative companies in the competition. After much debate, TC Achievers, a student company from first-time Company Program school, Taidob College Abeokuta, emerged the national champion. With the support of JA Nigeria Program Officer, Kabirat Ogundairo, they developed the Gas Leakage Detector, which solves the problem of fire outbreaks due to gas leakages in homes, offices, and industries. They also doubled as the winners of the Best Corporate Social Responsibility project for sensitizing parents, students and other members of their immediate community on the dangers of gas leakage and how it can be prevented. They will go on to represent Nigeria in the JA Africa Company of the Year competition which would take place in Ghana.
We thank our esteemed judges, for judging each student company objectively; and all our media partners (ChannelsTV, PulseNG, and BellaNaija). We also recognize and thank Citi Foundation, ACT Foundation, FirstBank of Nigeria, US Consulate and ANGUZ Partners for sponsoring the JA Company Program in various regions.