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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.

Deelivia features Akinnike Michael Oluwatobi

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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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



Have you ever been clueless about what a festive period will look like? Have you ever sang songs in anticipate of a special day? Have you spent a festive day hungry? Do you know what it means to be poor? How was going to school, easy or hard? Have you lived in a Ghetto before?

DSCN0745Today, Young protege Leadership Foundation, One African Child Foundation, Galaxy4Peace, United Action for Change  and Dreams from the slum partnered to make this children’s day a special one for the children in Araromi, Ajegunle community. The media partners were Map tv, 3:16 metro , and Tobi illuminious photography.






The event was aimed at educating,inspiring the children to achieve their dreams to make the world a better place and most importantly help the children catch fun without bound.



Victoria Ibiwoye of the One African child stressed the need of the children to go to school, as education has the power to lift them from their current position to a higher ground. Tobi a volunteer from OAC taught the children about “LOVE AND EMPATHY”.

Mr Chukwuka onyebuchi of Dreams from the slum anchored the programme, Mr Isaac Success the Executive Director of Dreams from the slum organized face painting and play therapy with the kids.

The children shared with us their aspirations; Matilda wants to be a teacher, Muhammed wants to be a fashion designer, while Muiz wants to be a Nurse. Who will help this children achieve their dreams?



Pa Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most power weapon which YOU can use to change the world”, this is our question to the government, the philanthropist and to you reading, WHO WILL HELP THIS CHILDREN FULFILL THEIR DREAMS? I know you will ask Can i? we say YES, YOU CAN, How can you? with the little in your hands. YES, WE CAN.


Adjaka Seyi taught the kids how to play the Protege LEAD  game, the kids learn and had fun while playing the game, Lateef won the game and was gifted a pack of the Protege LEAD game by Akinnike Michael Oluwatobiloba founder/Teamlead of Young Protege Leadership Foundation.



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Pictures credited to Stephen Agboga of Young Protege Leadership Foundation

@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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     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.