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L-R: Chief Executive Officer, EnterpriseNGR, Ms Obi Ibekwe; Media Personality, Eni Adeoluwa; and Head of Programmes, EnterpriseNGR, Ms Joy Abara… At the Youth of Enterprise Graduation Ceremony on Wednesday.


EnterpriseNGR’s Youth of Enterprise (YOE) Internship Programme, an initiative designed to address youth unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria, celebrated a significant milestone with the graduation ceremony of its second cohort. Themed “Paving the Way for Career Success,” the event, held on Wednesday, 3 April 2024, marked a pivotal moment for over 100 young interns across the nation. This event brought together top employers in the Financial and Professional Services (FPS) sector, senior human resource professionals, industry leaders, the graduating interns, and numerous aspiring Nigerian graduates eager to forge successful career paths.


Guiding the proceedings with youthful energy and finesse was media personality, Eni Adeoluwa, who served as the event’s compere. Through his adept hosting, the ceremony seamlessly blended captivating entertainment with intelligent discussions addressing youth unemployment and capacity building, being the challenges that the YOE Programme is on a mission to address.


In her opening remarks, Ms. Obi Ibekwe, CEO of EnterpriseNGR, lauded the graduating cohort for their unwavering dedication and perseverance throughout the rigorous programme. From the initial application stage to the Graduate Aptitude Test (GAT), orientation and eventual placements in leading firms, each step demanded resilience and determination, culminating in the successful graduation of today’s cohort.


A highlight of the ceremony was the Keynote Address eloquently delivered by Mr. Bola Adeeko, Group Director – Special Projects at Flour Mills of Nigeria (FMN) Plc, focusing on “Building A Successful Career Path.” Adeeko underscored the importance of resilience, urging the graduating interns to embrace setbacks as opportunities for growth and to uphold the values instilled during their time in the programme.


Chapel Hill Denham, a founding member of EnterpriseNGR and sponsor of the Cohort II awards, was represented by Ms. Adaora Obikili, Head of Retail Products. Obikili, reflecting on her own career journey which she began as an intern over two decades ago, emphasized the benefits of long-term investments as the pathway to financial freedom and a fulfilling retirement.


Announcing the top three performing groups and the overall best graduating intern, Ms. Obi Ibekwe, CEO of EnterpriseNGR, expressed gratitude to Chapel Hill Denham for sponsoring the awards. She commended the groups for their outstanding presentations and presented the winners with gifts: the group in the third-place received N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) worth of investments for each group member, while the group in the second-place received N100,000.00 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) worth of investments per member. The winning group and the overall best graduating intern received investments worth N250,000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Naira) each.


Additionally, the ceremony served as an avenue to announce the waitlist for Cohort V of the Youth of Enterprise (YOE) Internship Programme. Aspiring participants can access the waitlist on the EnterpriseNGR website at


As the event drew to a close, Joy Abara, Head of Programmes at EnterpriseNGR, offered words of encouragement to the graduates, urging them to remain teachable, resilient, and committed to excellence as they embark on their professional journeys.


In concluding the ceremony, EnterpriseNGR reaffirmed its commitment to empowering young Nigerians and shaping a brighter future for the nation’s workforce. This event serves as a testament to the YOE Internship Programme’s impact in equipping Nigerian youths with the skills and opportunities needed to thrive in today’s dynamic job market.


About Youth of Enterprise (YOE)

Youth of Enterprise (YOE) Internship Programme is an initiative of EnterpriseNGR that aims to address the problem of unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria. Since 2022, the organization has empowered up to 1000 young Nigerians nationwide with employability skills to position them for success.


About EnterpriseNGR

EnterpriseNGR is an independent member-led group established for the purpose of promoting and influencing an enabling policy environment for the Nigerian Financial and Professional Services (FPS) sector. The FPS sector includes Banking, Insurance, Pensions, Capital Market Operators, Asset Management, Exchanges, Depositories, Clearing Houses, Law, Accountancy and Management Consulting Its overarching goal is to support the growth and development of Nigeria’s Financial and Professional Services

sector a with a view to championing the transformation of Nigeria into the premier financial services centre in Africa.


EnterpriseNGR is a member of the World Alliance for International Financial Centres (WAIFC), a global organization that brings together leading international financial centres to facilitate cooperation, exchange of best practices, and promote the interests of financial centres globally. WAIFC serves as a platform for collaboration among international financial centres, allowing them to work together on common challenges and opportunities. Member financial centres include prominent global financial hubs and centres, such as London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, Mauritius, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Brussels, Toronto, Casablanca, and others.