by Stanley Azuakola
On Tuesday, September 25, INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future, holds the finals of its first INDIAFRICA Business Venture Competition and Awards Ceremony at City Hall, Lagos Island. IndiAfrica is an innovative and unique youth outreach and people-to-people contact programme olding
At the finals 9 teams will make presentations before a 9 member Grand Jury that includes Jahman Anikulapo, Editor of The Guardian on Sunday; Enase Okonedo, Dean, Lagos Business School; Ini Onuk, Sustainability Expert and CEO, Thistlepraxis Consulting; Vivian Ani, Advisor, Enterprise Development Centre, Pan African University; Niyi Yusuf, Country Managing Director, Accenture Nigeria; Ozim Obasi, Senior Counsel & Compliance Leader, GE Sub-Saharan Africa; and, a team of three from India, led by Prof Aruna Reddy of Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.
The nine teams were drawn from five countries — Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and India.
There would also be presentations by two of the most enterprising young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Chude Jideonwo, the MD of Red Media and Creative Director of The Future Awards, as well as Toyosi Akerele, CEO of Rise Networks. They will speak on “Collaboration in the Age of Competition” and “Creating a Brand New Future: a Personal Perspective” respectively.
Quantum Vibes, the runner-up at Star Quest 2011 will also be there to thrill the audience with a live performance.
The competition was flagged off last April with a day-long session at the University of Lagos, and was followed up with campus outreach activities across 19 Nigerian cities by INDIAFRICA Brand Ambassadors appointed by AIESEC Nigeria.
Riva Ganguly Das, the Joint Secretary, Public Diplomacy Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt of India, released a statement saying that “This public-private partnership in bringing the youth of Africa and India closer to each other has been successful. We had 153 qualified entries from some of the best institutions from 20 countries, with Nigeria accounting for the highest number of entries from Africa.”
Amit Shahi, CEO & Co-founder, theIdeaWorks, the firm that runs the programme added, “ The idea was to provide a platform to Indian and African youth to compete, collaborate and co-create at multiple levels. September 25 is going to be a celebration of the spirit of enterprise amongst our youth. We thank Lagos Business School and Indian School of Business for their support.”