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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.






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


Today we are so proud of Kehinde Daniel who is a young protege at Young Protege Leadership Foundation. We met Kehinde Daniel in JSS 3 and he has improved ever since then.


Though Daniel had gone through lot of challenges and delay, his ability to see into the future is amazing and inspiring. Today, he graduated from the Ola foundation internship partnered with MICROSOFT. We are really glad that he made us proud as an outstanding intern at the fellowship, he has open door of opportunity for other proteges, we hope we can reach more young people like Kehinde in all corners of Nigeria and Africa.


We are commited to the birthing of transgenerational leaders for the socioecomic development and growth of Africa.

Watch him below make his last presentation at OLA FOUNDATION….





Nigeria can achieve the SDG 4 through incluve education for all- Ijeoma Sorochi Okorie

We had a twitter conversation today with @ijeomatgf. She is a media specialist and global citizen.She is the director of Teenz global foundation.

She spoke about education being a long term investment that bring about a sustainable and peaceful world. She stressed the need to make education affordable and training of teachers. She laid emphasis on the need for an inclusive education, the potential of IDPs to the transformation of Nigeria. She said disease, hunger, inadequate health care and hunger are the effect of war on the global community #sdg4nigeria #unite4peace

Below is the conversation in a glance enjoy:

@Abocco speaks about Education as a tool for National Rebirth

We had a twitter conversation today with @abocco. He is an entrepreneur and blogger. He is the director of Ghanathink foundation.

He spoke about making education affordable and inclusive for the physically challenged. He stressed the need for including technology in learning and making sure capable personnel are trained to make use of them with good and standard infrastructure.  He also spoke about the need for scholarship for the poorest families in the society to achieve sdg4. #sdg4nigeria

Below is the conversation in a glance enjoy:


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VOLUNTEERISM BY ADEKANBI MICHEAL, Logistics Director and Founder of Rex Initiative.

schoolSocial Development, community development, constructing amiable social structure, propagating sustainable development and a laudable society are long over due to be experienced in Nigeria. Various mechanisms, models and skills have been used overtime to fostering the desired changes of which some to an extent were successful. However, one of the vital tools to quickening the realisation of the aforementioned in our contemporary age is Volunteerism. According to ‘’, Volunteerism is the policy or practice of volunteering one’s time or talents for charitable, educational, or other worthwhile activities, especially in one’s community. Volunteering is an expression of the individual’s involvement in their community. Participation, trust, solidarity and reciprocity, grounded in a shared understanding and a sense of common obligations, targeted at reinforcing values at the heart of governance and good citizenship.A second form of volunteerism is mutual aid or self-help when people with shared needs, problems or interests join forces to address them. Asides the benefits of volunteerism to a society as a whole, Eyitayo Ogunmola a social entrepreneur and the founder of PM Hub Nigeria, outlined a few benefits of volunteerism to the sole actor which are; passion discovery, positive karma, experience profiling, travel opportunity, work hard rigour, mastery of skills, gain field insight, gain respect and reputation, network expansion and profile build-up. Your professional skills and knowledge are needed in your community irrespective of your age, social status, height or sex. Volunteer to doing something tangible in your community today and you would be surprised seeing the changes that would erupt



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On 19th April, 2016 we got great news for our hardwork and passion working on quality education (SDG 4) for the past five years from

Empowered by World Merit Stamp is now an official partner of Young Protégé Leadership Foundation We have educated, mentored and empowered about 5000 children and young adult through our innovative and creative projects.


At this time, this is a time to double our effort on advocating for a change of attitude toward education and we are ready and committed to birthing and raising of trans-generational leaders for the growth and development of Africa.

In the next few weeks, we will be considering what this partnership has to offer for us, our volunteers, Nigeria and Africa at large in respect to SDG 4. We hope that you stay close to us because we cannot make this change alone; we need YOU to reach the unreached and vulnerable.


     youth-leadershipTeens stepping into Leadership.
> Who are Teens? Teens are people with Great Initiatives, they are little ones with
large hearts and as most people would say, "They are the leaders of tomorrow"
> But come to think of it, we have a million and one teens stepping into leadership
with or without positions. We have a lot of teens with that leadership
characteristic. Teens like Zuriel Oduwole, Malala, Samuel Adekunle to mention but
a few are examples of teens changing the world from where they are.
> Listen, Leadership is not about position held but by impact or influence. You
might be in position of Leadership but you might not be leader, while you might be
a leader without a position.
> In this article, I would be explaining to you the keys of becoming a good leader.
> 1. Mentoring: A good leader needs to be mentored especially teens(because we get
easily influenced by what happens around us) Teenagers needs Mentors that have the
same mindset as they have, some people pick Mentors with these questions.
> A. What are the impacts he or she has  made in people's lives? What are the
things I want to learn from him or her.
> B. What are his or her flaws (even though you have to overlook some flaws and work
on it in yourself), does it have effect on my personality also?
> C. Is he/she Godfearing?
> D. What is his line of vision?
> E. What are the things I want to learn from him in the nearest future?
> But see a Leader is not a leader until he has a mentor because a Leader without a
GOOD mentor is likely a stray dog without a guide or a blind man without a guide
dog. You cannot give what you don't have, you must have learnt from someone if it
is true that leaders are not born but made  Your mentor is someone bigger and
better with More experience.
> 2. Taking Responsibilities
> If I were to be asked who a leader is? my reply would be 'someone that takes
responsibility for challenges, wrong and problems around him to make a positive
change because Leadership is about taking responsibilities of things that are not
happening right around us. There is no leader without responsibility.
> 3. Learning.
> An individual can not and would never know all because no one is a walking
Encyclopedia of knowledge. Sometimes, you have to go steps lower than your status
to learn but trust me it always worth it.
> 4. Becoming a leader requires patience because Leaders are not born, they are
made. To become the best of a leader, you should have gone through a lot of tests,
I.e. receiving insults from people less than you are but trust me it is worth it.
Applying these guides will not only help you realise the leader you are, it would
also help you unleash it.
> I am fully expecting more teen leaders in this world to change thing, I hope you
would be part of them. See you at the top. Have a nice day.

Metamorphosis College, Adesan host Read 2 Lead



The Read 2 Lead project which was created to help young children read and to inculcate the lost reading culture into the children of today,  was held at metamorphosis college, mowe on 5th February, 2016.

“All sessions where educative and inspiring said praise a student, from the opening to the book review, to through the role play and sharing of success stories by facilitators was splendid”, she said.


The book reviewed were changes for Kristen and Catalyst: Change Agents. The children learnt about Gender equity and also about transformers and conformers.


The spelling bee was interactive, gifts and one week free launch were given to the outstanding students.

The children also participated in the Role play, stepping into the shoes of their parent and teacher while the an adult played the role of a child. The pupils in their role play as a teacher, stressed the need of literacy to succeed and the need of making right choices as a parent.

The children watched a video clip on Pastor Nick Vujicie titled “Attitude is Altitude” and John C Maxwell, America’s leadership expert on “Finding your purpose”.

The success story telling session was inspiring as Isaac success shared on how he overcame his speech problem to become a public speaker, Victoria spoke about he w she came from the ghettos with low self esteem to become a global citizen. Akinnike Michael Oluwatobiloba in his preceding speech about how he found himself after losing direction of his life and purpose, and how he started Young Protege Leadership Foundation. He express his joy to see the children start solving local problems in the community.

The curtain was drawn as Miss Chioma, a serving NYSC corp member from Abia said “this is what mowe community needs, the children needs transformation from old cultural ways of the locality , as teenage pregnancy and dropping out of school is fast becoming a culture”

The proprietor, Mr Ofili expressed is surprise and unending joy in his words “we just wanted to keep the students engaged positively but this event is beyond our imagination and we are overwhelmed”

The project ended on a funfair note, Selfie and group photographs drew the curtain of Read 2 Lead.

Written by Adekunle Samuel.