It was an exciting time on Saturday (10th June) as PAU’s undergraduate students exhibited their entrepreneurship at this year’s Entrepreneurship exhibition tagged PAU Expo 2017. A total of 36 businesses founded by the students featured in the exhibition which was publicised on social media using the hashtag PAUExpo17. In addition to having a much larger number of businesses exhibiting, the turnout of visitors was even more impressive.
The Premier of Guateng, South Africa, David Makhura, visited Lagos Business School (LBS) today, Friday, June 2, 2017 and was welcomed by members of the management board and faculty.
Dr Uchenna Uzo, MBA Director, Lagos Business School in his welcome address stated that the visit was in line with the objective of developing responsible leaders for Africa and the world. He explained that visits such as this further exposed the LBS MBA students (future African business leaders) to Pan-African perspectives of business, cross border opportunities and connections outside the classroom.
During his visit, the Premier delivered a lecture which critically examined the narrative of ‘Africa Rising’. He stated that even though economic growth plays a key role in determining how far Africa has risen, it is not the only factor that should be considered in the Africa rising narrative. “The Africa rising narrative misses the point because it does not address the issues we as African’s are concerned about. It is not enough to look into economic growth only to determine the rise of Africa” he said.
Makura further stated the various factors which determine and shape the Africa rising narrative which include: The need for African countries to produce and manufacture goods; Youth empowerment; Strong leadership and governance; Active participation and investment of the middle class in their own countries and other African countries cohesively. “There is no African country that can advance and make progress without working with other African countries” he said.
In regards to youth empowerment he stressed that it is a necessity because a common problem in Africa is youth unemployment and there is a dire need for African countries to develop its human resources as the youth are Africa’s greatest asset. “Africa is a youthful continent; its youth are its greatest asset. We must continue to invest in our youth as they are drivers of regeneration” he said.
The MBA students appreciated the Premier for the lecture and engaged him with questions which led to healthy discussions bordering on how the LBS MBA is helping them shape their understanding of the Africa Rising narrative and how they hope to be responsible and effective leaders for the growth that Africa is bound to record.
“May we please have your card” “yes of course”, the charming smile and the easy hand-over was enough icing on the cake to a perfect day. The day’s guest speaker was definitely as friendly as they come. Ready to catch his plane, he stayed a few more minutes after his lecture to engage with the curious and ready-to-learn students – and faculty.
Carl Fredrik Sammeli is a world-renowned expert in Management Crisis and Public Relations. He was present for the guest speaker session here at the university on Friday, 26 May due to his passion for lecturing young mind in his field and beyond. Although he had little time to spend, he made sure to go over numerous innovative considerations and case studies put forth by his company when dealing with their clients – the government, businesses, etc. He did not shy from the questions thrown at him by the SMC year 2 class. Leaving the inspired students with his card, details and internship gateways, he encouraged more networking and entrepreneurial skills among them. He was intense and attentive.
His input on the importance of “communication” and “integrity” was defiantly transcendent. Even by mentioning his exit from his company to live nicely with his family in South Africa, he stressed this to the students: you can only play, after working with all you got.
Carl Fredrik Sammeli is the founder of Prime, the world’s most awarded PR agency by Cannes Lions in the period 2010-2013. He has over 20 years of experience within entrepreneurship, business development, sales, strategy, marketing and communication including crisis management. He works with all industries but is specialised within B2B industries, in particular professional services.
Lagos Business School has once again been ranked as a top global school by the Financial Times (FT). This is LBS’ eleventh consecutive appearance in the annual ranking of top business and management education providers in the world done by FT.
According to the FT’s Executive Education 2017 ranking published today in London, LBS is ranked among the most prestigious business schools globally in two categories: open enrollment and customs executive education. The Lagos Business School is one of only four schools in Africa that made the prestigious list.
Dean of LBS, Dr Enase Okonedo in her remarks, reiterated the commitment of the School to providing global standard business and management education. “The FT ranking is further recognition of our continuous efforts at providing world class business and management education with local relevance to Nigeria and Africa. Our business school’s determination for excellence has also recently been recognized by our accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the association of MBA’s (AMBA).”
Dr. Okonedo also added that as part of plans to extend the benefit of LBS education to other Africans, the school had been admitting more non-Nigerian nationals to its programmes, and would also be extending its executive education to other African countries.
The Financial Times of London publishes annually a list of the best management programmes from business schools around the world, based on the quality of learning, staff and student diversity, growth in business and international reach.
Other schools that made this year’s ranking apart from Lagos Business School are the Harvard Business School, USA, the IESE Business School, Spain, and IMD in Switzerland. Others in Africa include the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), USB Executive Development and Graduate School of Business, all in South Africa.
News has reached us from ICAN that a Pan Atlantic University (PAU) student (Miss Chukwuyemisi Isichei – year two Accounting student) won the overall 2nd best student in the ICAN-ATSWA stage 1 examination held in March 2017. The student also won the 1st overall best result in Communication Skills. This exam is conducted for the entire West Africa.
Furthermore, out of the 17 PAU students presented for the exam, 16 students passed all the four papers at first attempt.
Lagos Business School hosted the 2017 Women Techmakers Summit on Saturday, April 8, 2017. This global event which has been held across 52 countries worldwide, is organised by Google in honour of The International Women’s Day to drive visibility, community and resources for women in Technology.
The theme of the event “Tell your Story” allowed women who have excelled in their various careers and businesses share the stories of their journey to success. In her keynote address, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, Country Manager, Google, encouraged young ladies present, to work hard and believe in themselves. “If you want to be taken seriously you need to be able to do the work. You can be your best champion. It is not about the result, it is the process. Every situation presents an opportunity to grow, it may not be palatable but it is necessary” she said.
In a plenary session, the Dean of Lagos Business School, Dr Enase Okonedo, acknowledged that the scope of business has changed as women are now more actively involved in business activities. She highlighted in her response to the prominence of women in business that, “Africa has a lot of entrepreneurs, I am happy to say that 40% of entrepreneurs in Africa are women. I am proud to say we have about 45% women currently enrolled on our full time MBA programme. These women are desirous of using their business degree to go on and help other businesses grow”.
Other notable speakers present at the event included: Kemi Adetiba; Mich Atagana, Head Communications and Public Affairs, Google; Ommo Clark, CEO, iBez; Adia Sowho, Director, Etisalat; Afua Osei, Founder, She Leads Africa; Chika Uwazie, CEO, Talentbase; Ire Aderinokun, Technical Lead, Big Cabal Media (Google Developer Expert) and Teju Ajani, Google.