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After our 2018 research these were some of our findings, Africa currently is battling with numerous challenges, some of them are illiteracy, poverty, violent, terrorism, unemployment, inequality, crime, and abuse. All these challenges take a root from bad leadership. Africa will never be truly free until it has good leaders. The kind of leadership that will change Africa is not that which is elected every 4 years at the polling booth. The leadership that will change Africa is a total overhaul of our cultural attitude as Africans. We must begin to see the world has a jigsaw, this mean that if one is misplaced then we all fail.Africa must go back to dig the UBUNTU value. To change and shape culture, the educational sector is a very important sector to invest in. Politicians have come and gone, they have invested huge amount into infrastructure and system that end up been crashed by the ignorance and bad attitude of individuals. Politicians don’t want invest much in education because it is a long term investment. It is an investment that is slow and cannot be harvested immediately. If Africa will truly achieve its potential, it will start from the school and family not from the hospital, government house, legislative house or court room. Africa must massively invest in grooming and educating the mind of children and young people for socioeconomic growth and development.

Phone shot: Ibadan and Ikorodu Mentor-Protege hub in session

With a growing need of leaders across Africa in every sector, there is a need to raise a new breed of trans-generational leaders. This can be seen through our public office, technology and private sector. Leaders are made not born. In 2015, Akinnike Michael took on mentoring 5 young people, he monthly had time to speak, inspire and encourage them through his daily routine and exploit. They got inspired by his humble beginning and his drive to succeed. As time went by they all went into the university and today all of them are succeeding in their endeavors. A few of this proteges will be on the spotlight in our subsequent communication.

As we look forward to 2020, we are starting the full scale of our Mentor-Protege Hub where young people(proteges) are connected with young leaders in their community in small cells. In this small cell young people will find a supporting system to build the 3Cs of Leadership namely; Character, Competence and Commitment.

It is a year long project where every months proteges meet mentors across 20 locations(Lagos, Ibadan, Uyo, Jos and more) in Nigeria to share, discuss and act on subjects around leadership. In 12 months we hope to build a strong leaders with strong character(values) and competence. The 12 months will test their commitment to leading a life of role-model in their community.

We are sure that this will be a life changing opportunity for both proteges and mentors who enrolled in this year long project.



Read To Lead started at 12:07pm. We all recited the 2nd stanza of the National anthem as the opening prayer, the event was anchored by Miss Seun.

Miss Seun asked all schools and organizations to introduce themselves. We had participants from Emmanuel excellent school (Mowe), Oregun High Senior School (Oregun), Renaissance Academy (Mushin), Utol School (Arepo), and Brich Freman Senior High School. Miss Seun asked a participant to talk briefly on what he knows about Akinnike Michael, the founder of Young Protégé Leadership Foundation. He introduced himself as Felix Mameh; he said, ‘Michael is a mentor and a role model leader to him’. Miss Seun then gave the microphone to Akinnike Michael for the welcome speech.


Michael said a big thank you to The U.S Consulate in Nigeria and CC Hub for hosting the Read to Lead of July, 2018. He said a warm welcome to all the participants. He started his speech with a brief story of how he lost his father as a teenager which led to his lost of direction on life and purpose. He spoke about how education and reading inspirational book led him to self-discovery and then started Young Protégé Leadership Foundation in 2011. He encouraged all participants to read a book in the coming summer holiday, He told the attendees that reading is an important habit of great leaders. He encouraged everyone to continuously ask and answer these three questions; Who am I, what can I offer to the world and why was I made? If you can answer these questions correctly your life will henceforth be correct and everyone will want to be like you, he said. He concluded saying a reader is a pilgrim, the pages of the book are the road to wisdom and wisdom is the father of wealth. The room was filled with rousing applause after the speech.

It was time for an icebreaker called Charade. Miss  Seun led the Icebreaker. Deborah Joel and Ayodele Ayoola played the game. Charade is a communication icebreaker. One of the player communicates with clear body language while the other interprets to the audience after understanding the message passed across with body language. Learners learned that there is no communication without a receiver who had understand the message passed across.

We all saw 2 videos of teachers breaking barriers through innovative teaching using song, rap and more as a tool to teach in class. In the first video, it resulted in 100% success rate for the elementary school pupils. The second video, it resulted in 93% transition from high school to college in a neighborhood known for high drop out rate after high school. Akinnike Michael implore teachers to use creative and innovative means to ensure learners learn in class.

The Read Aloud session was led by Deborah Joel; a team member of Young Protégé Leadership Foundation. She quickly spoke about the aim of Read To Lead. She said Read To Lead is aimed at inspiring young people to pick reading as a lifelong culture enroute leadership. She introduced he book to be reviewed as Protégé Comic book. A book written and illustrated by Young Protégé Leadership Foundation. We had four groups;

Group 1 led by Mrs Tolulope Adebayo

Group 2 led by Deborah Joel

Group 3 led by Titilope Adeuja

Group 4 led by Adekanbi Michael

The group all read the second comic story in the Protégé Comic book titled; Who is the Leader?

Saba Basit said, “he learned that Tobi was the leader even when he was not a prefect because he chose to solve the problem of the school, Michael was the senior prefect but was irresponsible and a bully”. Animashaun Yussuf said,” He learned that young people can be a role model to elderly people and correct them politely when they are doing wrong”.

We had the 2nd Video session titled; The Tree. The video illustrated that anyone can lead provided they can take active responsibility to solve a particular problem in their immediate community.  It was a very emotional moment for the young people in attendance as some where crying as they watched a 5 years old boy lead the removal of a tree when everyone was complaining about the tree.

It was time to have fun. We played the Protégé LEAD game. We all had 15 mins to play the game. Participants felt the time was too short to play the game. The Protégé LEAD game is the first African Leadership board game that teaches leadership values while having fun. Mrs Oyeyemi said, “ She enjoyed the game especially the quote that came with the corresponding cards”. Zainab said, “The Protégé LEAD game is not just a game but an educative game that everyone should have”. Adekanbi Michael led the Protégé LEAD game session. Adekanbi M. concluded the session charging all that passion is not enough, they should acquire knowledge and implore it to lead positive change in their community.

Miss Michelle; a staff of the American Corner, Yaba, Lagos spoke about the opportunities the venue had to offer like the MOOC camp, STEM Club and Entrepreneurship Club.

Mrs Adebayo Tolulope; a member of Young Protégé Leadership Foundation advisory board was very excited to be part of the event. She said her expectations were exceeded and the event was outstanding. She encouraged the participants to be the change they seek. She stressed the need for everyone to be a problem solver wherever they found themselves.

Miss Ebun; a member of the research team of Young Protégé Leadership Foundation gave the vote of thanks. She said thank you to CC Hub and the American Corner initiators for hosting all of us in their space. She also said thank you to all participants and volunteers who made their way to the event despite their busy schedule. The Read To Lead came to a close while we all had snacks and a bottle of water for lunch.




Akinnike Michael Welcome Speech at READ TO LEAD HELD @ THE American Corner, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.


I say a big welcome to all our guest, schools, partners and amazing volunteers. A big thank you to the U.S consulate Nigeria for approving this space for todays event and the entire team of CC hub. We are glad and excited about the privileged to be here.

In 2008, a young secondary school leaver lost his father after a long battle with sickness. He never knew this particular tragic event will forever change his life. He lost direction on life and purpose. He could not imagine his life without his father. He could not continue with school because of financial constraint. He started working on a construction site as an unskilled labour to earn #700 after working from 8am to 5pm. On the construction site he made few mistakes with drugs, alcohol and abuse on the female gender.


On a fateful day, he came late to work and was assigned to carry 50kg cement bags up a three storey building construction site to be paid #700. The boy himself was 53kg in body mass. He was tired, hungry and depressed while doing the job for the day. After the days job, he was paid his wage and he continued to ponder on three questions that has engulfed his heart. The questions were; who am i? what was I made for? Is this the only thing I could offer the world? This was the beginning of destiny for him.

Fast forward, in 2011 he went back to school to study Mathematics/Computer science at the National Open University of Nigeria. He founded Young Protégé Leadership Foundation to educate, mentor, and empower young people and children on leadership for socioeconomic growth and development in Africa.


Young Protégé Leadership Foundation has under his leadership designed the First African leadership board game Protege LEAD game to teach leadership to children and young people with fun and Protégé Mobile App 1,0 on Google play store which you should download. You all will play Protégé LEAD game today and have the privileged to give us feedback on it. The event you are attending is the 9th Read To Lead session and the first in Lagos and was planned with that boy called No Future Ambition as the LEAD. YPLF has reached over 12,000 children and young people directly and indirectly.  That same boy is standing before you this morning.

Education is very important to achieving our potential in life, as young people we must all strive to get a good education. Education does not end in the four walls of the class room. We must maximize our time on the internet to acquire knowledge that will make us a positive value to our community. I cannot over flog what reading has done to me in particular. The team of Young people at Young Protégé Leadership Foundation are a testimony to what life long learning and reading good books can do. Book expose you to the world beyond your own. it enlightens, inspire and energize your mind. Books are therapy to the soul. A reader is a leader. I want to charge you all that during this forth coming summer holiday pick up a book. Read books that will help you see the impossible. Books that will push you toward success in all your endeavor.


In conclusion, not all books are good for your consumption but in books are hidden the treasure of the future, only readers can mine this treasure. A reader is a pilgrim in search of knowledge, the pages of the book are roads paved to wisdom. At the end of every book the reader becomes wiser and wisdom i say is the father of wealth.



Once upon a time,
Far away in the africa desert,
In the black land of agony concert,
There’s Nigeria, our nation.
Encapsulated by drama of the prisoners of the mind,
Tortured by the hands of colonial masters,
Living their lives through us.
We were never in the best of sense,
We never enjoyed our existence.
Under the heat of quizzical glare,
We saw a glorious reality, but yet unclear.
A fight for liberty was inevitable,
Strategies and plans laid on round table,
Male, female, young and old,
For the freedom fought; so i was told.
We won! Yes indeed we won!
Nigeria! We hail thee,
Our own dear native land.
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Singing praises of the one-in-three,
For the new glory and reality we now see.

-Adekanbi Ademola Michael

Nigeria needs You.



Nigeria my beloved,
Dear Nigeria,
The land of my father,
Nigeria, the dream of our heroes past and unsung.
Nigeria, a land of plenty.
The land of green field and black gold.
Nigeria, hope of Africa.
Nigeria, hope you are well?

I am worried about you, Nigeria.
I contemplate, if you achieved your dreams.
I had thought to write to you,
But I was confident on our last conversation.

What is this rumour I hear,
That you are in an economy recession,
Your children go to school on bear foot,
Oh! Nigeria, that your schools have no roof,
Radio says your child pick up food from dunghill,
I don’t see, but I heard about what Boko-haram has done in Chibok,
Dailies say corruption has destroyed and collapse your house and you are homeless now,
I am bittered and sad, but still treat this as a rumour.

I rhetorically question our last conversation,
Our dream, our vision, our aspiration, our hope….
Please, find time to write me and dispel all this rumour.

We dreamt of a land of justice, equity and equality.
We dreamt of a land of hope,
We dreamt of land of grandeur and excellence,
We dreamt of a land for all Africans,
A land of unity, faith and love,
A land united in strength and living in Peace,
A joy of the coming generation,
This our land, Nigeria!

How did you get here?
How did you turn rotten?
How did you become a shame?
How did you get into total and gross darkness?
How did you become a disappointment to us?

But we still believe in this dream,
But we still believe in this nation,
But we still believe in your potential,
But we still believe in this nation, Nigeria!
We still believe in Nigeria’s greatness.

But to achieve,
Nigeria needs you,
Nigeria needs you to think right,
Nigeria needs you to do right,
Nigeria needs you to love unconditionally,
Nigeria needs you to stand in and for truth,
Nigeria needs you to be a better driver,
Nigeria needs you to be a better conductor,
Nigeria needs you to be a better lawyer,
Nigeria needs you to be a better doctor,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Politician,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Youth,
Nigeria needs you to be a better father,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Mother,
Nigeria needs you to be a better teacher,
Nigeria needs you to be a better civil servant,
Nigeria needs you to be a better sweeper,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Leader,
Nigeria needs you to be a better role model,
Nigeria needs you to be a part of Nigeria,
Nigeria needs you to be a better Nigerian.

Then the future is near,
The vision will not tarry,
The hope will not differ,
And a great Nigeria is emerging,
Because Nigeria has you.

Happy 56th Independence day celebration to all Nigerians home and abroad

Poem written by Akinnike Michael Oluwatobiloba

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This great vision was birth out of great passion for a change in Africa. His personal story has inspired close to 15 start-up organization and 2,500 direct young people and 10,000 others. This is the story of mediocrity turn success, grass to grace, irresponsibility to responsibility… Read the amazing story fb_img_1468433874771

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Opportunity comes but once they say,that is why I don’t toil with anyone I come across.Few months ago my mentor, the founder of Young Protege Leadership Foundation,Tobi Michael Akinnike told me about a two weeks internship programme organized by Ola foundation. And he told me to fill the form as soon as possible.

I checked the link he sent to me and as I was filling the form I saw different categories they will be training the interns on.As a debater, i was looking for a platform I could express myself but saw categories like online marketing, fashion,baking, coding,leather works etc so I decided to choose leather works.I submitted the form and some weeks later I was called to be interviewed,I pass the interview and I was chosen to learn how to make slippers and sandals at shoe speed.

During and after the internship programme I have made different kind of slippers and sandals.My page on face book is “Dmf quality”,that is where you can find my works.

This are some of his works.






My profound gratitude goes to MR. Tobi Michael Akinnike,Young Protege Leadership Foundation, Ola foundation,ShoeSpeed Ltd. and the Almighty GOD,for this opportunity. You are not a blessing until others have been bless by you,thank you for being a blessing to me.





I do not reply.

Not because I do not want to but because I do not remember. I force myself to. I try, but I cannot. It is a blur. I only remember in snatches.

Maybe I do not want to remember because it is too much. Too much for me. Too much for the others I left behind.

‘Leave her alone’ my mother rebukes my brother in Hausa. ‘ She is tired. And you too, go to bed’ My brother scurries away, his unending questions about the kidnapping hurrying out after him.

‘Hauwa are you..?’ she sits beside me

‘I’m okay Ma. I’m fine’ My mother worries too much about me since I arrived with the vigilante a few weeks back. I know she is supposed to, but perhaps I am not used to all the care and fuss after seven months of living in the bush.

She swallows. I can hear it, hijab and all.

‘Let me hold her’ She looks at me, as though unsure whether to give me my baby to hold, as though somehow she feels I am not able to mother a child, as though because she named my child, I had lost all motherly rights.

She eases the girl into my hands

‘Why did you name her Aisha?’ I never asked

‘Why didn’t you name her?’ She searches for answers in my eyes

I stare out ahead of me into the night. April 14 comes rushing back. All of it. The strangers filling our school, the kidnapping, the bundling into a truck, the journey to Sambisa. I do not want to remember.

I scream. My mother tries to hold Aisha for fear she would fall.

I push her away with more force than I think I have. I see shock or is it fear in her eyes, then she retreats into the house.

I squeeze my hands firmly around Aisha and weep. I had not named her because I did not know if I was going to keep her. I did not know if I was going to be able to restrain myself from smothering to death the baby that was an offspring of a terrorist, a constant reminder of Sambisa.

Yet tonight for some reason I want to hold her. I want to accept her. I want to look out at the starless night and think of how Aisha can have a life better than mine.

Tonight, I imagine a peaceful Nigeria, free of terrorism, disgruntled avengers, religious and socio-cultural violence. I imagine a place free of Boko Haram. I imagine Stella, Faith, Joy, Khadijat and all the other 200 of us safe at home.

In the past two months since I returned, there have been what-ifs, regrets, suicidal thoughts even. I would replay the night of April 14th and blame myself for not doing or for doing, for not being or being.


Tonight, things change. Tonight, I come out from behind the mirror and stand before it. Right in front. I take a look at myself and tell myself that the only way I can protect the future of Aisha and millions of other Nigerians who could be victims is to work for peace.

I do all of this with Aisha in my arms, under the starless night.

Together we can achieve a peaceful and sustainable world. #UBUNTU

There is no way to PEACE, PEACE is the only WAY.


Compiled by Adebayo Caleb for Young Protégé Leadership Foundation




Learners’ summit was held on 17th Day of September, 2016 by YOUNG PROTÉGÉ LEADERSHIP FOUNDATION. The Learners’ summit was designed to empower and change the mindset of the Nigerian youth on certain issues facing us in our society such as unemployment, crime, terrorism and many more vices as present within our society. It is held annually and our focus ranges from education, career, health, entrepreneurial skills, politics, leadership and mentorship. We believe the Nigerian youth should be ready to make a change in the various sectors, thereby a need for them to be empowered with the right information.
The event was anchored by Adekanbi Rex Michael; the project team lead for learner’s summit and Founder of Rex initiative.

The event start with the National Anthem. The welcome address was said by Agboga Stephen; young director of Mr Chow and Media Director for Young Protege Leadership Foundation.

Akinnike Michael Oluwatobiloba, founder, Young Protege Leadership Foundation facilitated the problem solving session. We watched the video of how teenagers solved the problem of “No Pitch to Play Football” because of their village was a floating village, the teenager should team spirit and resilience despite stern challenges, they went on to design a floating pitch, formed a local team, competed in national championship, came 3rd in the their first tournament, and now 8 times champion.

Learners’ summit 2016 had Vincent Adeoba as its chief speaker. Vincent Adeoba is a motivational speaker, an educationist as well as a writer, founder Joytohumanity School of Leadership and Public Speaking. He became an orphan at the age of 4 and didn’t have a very smooth childhood, yet that didn’t deter him from achieving his dreams. He graduated from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he studied Management and Accounting. His publications include
The Task To Be a Hero
The Change Is Possible
Blueprints For Positive Change In Your Life
The Secrets Of Great Heroes
Vincent Adeoba spoke on the making of a champion. A champion is a person who has overcome challenges. Becoming a champion isn’t an easy task and requires a lot of hard work.
There are 5 cycles involved in making a champion
VISION- Vision is the picture of the future, it should not be based on the present but the future. Your vision should not look like you at the moment’
ACTION- Action is putting vision into practice. Take risks, invest in your life. Make adequate preparation because hard work is the way to success.
PASSION- Passion is the drive behind your vision. Make excellence your standard. Put in more efforts. Be consistent in what you do, be focused.
THOUGHTS- The greatest success of as mabn is not on the wall but in the deepest recess of the heart, think positively.
CHALLENGES- Life challenges are not stumbling blocks but stepping stones to greatness. They include –discouragement, disappointment, and opposition amongst others.

In addition to this, we also had Mr Raji Oladimeji talk to us about digital marketing and how it solves the problem of unemployment and yields great income.


It’s never too late to become that champion you have always dreamt to become. The greatest form of blindness is to have sight without vision. Your VISION when backed up with proper ACTION and PASSION gives you THOUGHTS that helps you overcome your CHALLENGES, thereby MAKING YOU A CHAMPION.




Many are ashamed to put the learner sign on their car. They don’t want people to laugh at them. They don’t want to look inferior to people who may see them. Forgetting that everyone was once a learner

Infact, many people you are putting into consideration don’t even know how to drive. They laugh at you because they want to intimidate you

They are afraid you are going ahead of them
Never mind. Amateur status is temporary if you can persist at learning. You will either despise the shame and learn or remain ignorant. Even the greatest athlete, musician, leader or whatever field were once a LEARNER. They are champions today because they persist at learning

Never mind if you have to enrol for a course with people far younger than you in a class. Never mind if you have to buy a book meant for people far below your age. Never mind if you have to get your hands dirty in the process of learning. Never mind even if as a leader your follower needs to put you through something you do not know

Learner status is not something to be ashamed of
It is something to embrace. Learning is continuous be ready to assume the position from time to time on your way to greatness

Keep learning, keep winning

If you are close or around Lagos and Ogun state, you are invited to
Date: 17th September, 2016
Venue: Hebron College, Adesan, Mowe, Ogun Time: 10am prompt.
Speaker: Vincent Adeoba (Transformation Ambassador)
Theme: CHAMPIONS (The Struggles and Successes).img-20160825-wa0002