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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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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.





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)
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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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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.

This New Protege LEAD Game Teaches Children How To Develop Honesty, Leadership, And Life Skills


Albert Einstein is reported to have said something like, ‘if you cannot teach it for a 6 year old to understand, then you don’t know it well’. One meaning of Einstein’s statement is that, if broken down well enough, almost every topic can be simply understood by children.
Einstein’s line of thinking is why Young Protege Leadership Foundation, a social enterprise from Nigeria, wants to teach children leadership skills, using a fun board game that can be played by any five-year old child.
Billed as ‘Africa’s first leadership paper board game’, this new game walks children through ethical leadership in a simple, basic, and fun filled way.
According to the game producers, the idea behind the product is simple. Many of the problems we see today in Africa can be traced to unethical and bad leadership. It appears very few people actually understand the essence of leadership, that is why many politicians, advocates, or others could end up in key positions but still not know how to lead. There are simply too many misconceptions about leadership. Some people think leadership means being a good public speaker, others think it means knowing statistics and data, and others think it is all about having a network of people who can solve a problem.

True leadership is broader than all the above and this is exactly what the Protégé Lead Game teaches young children. The game is being introduced as a tool to start the learning process from an early age. It comes in a kit complete with over forty paper cards, a board, and dice. Two to Four players are needed to play the game, as they play, the children will meet concepts like ‘vision’, ‘education’, ‘mentoring’, ‘passion’, and ‘determination’. There are also action points that make the player know what each term means.
The game kit has two comic books which use colorful characters and memorable storytelling to tackle the problem of corruption and who a leader is. The comics are good because we learn eighty percent from what we see and hear.
Apart from the comic books, the game kit also contains an exercise book, pencil, pen and eraser, to support the SGD 4 quality education project; the growth and development of a country or nation is directly proportional to the quality of education by majority of its populace.
Toby Akinnike Michael Oluwatobiloba is a leadership enthusiast and the team leader of Young Protégé Leadership Foundation, the maker of the game. Toby says “even though Africans inherited a rich culture from our ancestors, we have added negative things like greed, corruption and oppression, to our rich culture. To clean our culture, we must take be ready to take strange steps. This is a timely solution. We have to erase the bad culture of corruption, unethical practices, and bad leadership, using creative and innovative educational tools like this game”.
The Protégé Kit is available for sale for USD 10, excluding shipping. Special offers for NGOs and other groups. For more details, email