Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Leaders: Junior Achievement Nigeria, Union Bank Host 22nd LEAD Camp

Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) in partnership with Union Bank implemented the 22nd edition of the LEAD (Leadership, Empowerment, Achievement, and Development) Camp for girls. The program which took place from the 24th July through the 26th is tailored towards inspiring and empowering young girls with leadership, entrepreneurial and career development workshops needed for them to be high achieving leaders.

It was the ninth year in a row where Union Bank partnered with JA Nigeria to implement the LEAD Camp program, a JAN flagship program focused on developing and empowering young girls across the country.

This year’s LEAD Camp, brought together 400 female senior secondary students from 16 schools nationwide which include Seed of Life College, Oyo, Topfield College, Lagos, Redeemer’s International Secondary School, Lagos, Queens School, Enugu, Kano Capital Girls School, Hope High Academy Zawan, Plateau, Rosa Mystical High School Agulu, Anambra, Faith Baptist College, Rivers, Bedrock International School, Mararaba, Community Secondary School Asokoro, FCT, Taidob College, Ogun, Baptist Girls College, Ogun, Merit International School, Ondo, Faith Academy, Kaduna, Christian Secondary Commercial School, Akwa-Ibom and Adiahaobong Secondary Commercial School, Akwa-Ibom. These participants included students in the leadership arm of the JA Company program, where senior secondary school students learn about entrepreneurship and leadership, and other high-achieving students from diverse geographical and cultural backgrounds.

The three-day camp featured interactive workshops, panel sessions, and skill-building activities to equip the participants with valuable leadership skills and knowledge. Notable speakers included Simi Nwogugu, Morenike Molehin, Solape Akinpelu, Vivian Imoh-Ita, Vanessa Ojekwe, Olande Adekunle, Dr. Gbonjubola Abiri, Jennifer Ikechiuku, Koromone, and many others.

Throughout the camp, the girls had the opportunity to be coached by experienced mentors who led them through developing their presentations. A panel of judges evaluated their presentations, and the winners had the chance to win prizes and further enhance their leadership skills. This year’s LEAD Camp took place in Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, and the FCT.

We appreciate our sponsors, Union Bank, for their unwavering support in the implementation of LEAD Camp program over the years and we anticipate a continious partnership with them.

Goodness Godwin-Usoro

Goodness Godwin-Usoro