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The Young Professionals Bootcamp (YPB) is a 5-day in-residence program for high potential 20-25 year olds to learn world class practical training, inspire innovation, drive success in the marketplace and ultimately lead to transformation of the Nigerian economy.

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200 participants will be selected from a pool of numerous applications to attend a 5 day intensive professional bootcamp.


Opportunities like mentoring, internships an investment seed funding opportunities will be accessible to the most promising participants.


This year's edition has been streamlined into 3 key sectors:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Creative Industry
  • Corporate Career


YPB is a new initiative of The Platform Nigeria powered by Covenant Christian Centre.

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Overview Of The Past Bootcamp.

This stream is designed to highlight and equip participants with the key attributes required to build a successful corporate career.

Career Elements:

  • Clarity of Purpose
  • Value addition
  • Skills and competencies
  • Communication
  • Business ethics
  • Relationship management
  • Leadership
  • Continuous Improvement

Key Objectives:

  • To assist participants in clearly defining their career goals and executing an effective strategy for success
  • To provide participants with an understanding of the key business skills and soft skills required for a successful corporate career
  • To provide participants with a practical guide into maximizing the resources available in the work place for effective performance
  • To provide insight into the tools and resources available to start and grow a successful career

Course Overview

Day 1
  • Clarity of purpose – identify the key takeaway from each stage of your career and define a strategy for success
  • Make and impact – Don’t just get the job done, add value
  • Required mix of skills, knowledge and competencies
  • The art of communication – Speaking, business writing, reporting making effective presentations etc.
Day 2
  • Business Ethics – Integrity, respect for individuals, etc.
  • Relationship management and networking
  • Leadership and personal branding
  • Continuous improvement
Day 3
  • Practical Session: Group presentation on providing a practical solution to a case study.

As one of the fastest growing & diverse employment sectors, this curriculum will help participants acquire the knowledge + skills necessary to become successful leaders in Entertainment, Media & the Arts

Career Elements:

  • Innovation
  • Collaboration
  • Opportunity Recognition
  • Skills and competencies
  • Communication
  • Entrepreneurship Mindset
  • Creative Leadership

Key Objectives:

  • To provide participants with a clear understanding of the Creative Industry
  • To assist participants in clearly defining their career goals and executing an effective strategy for success
  • To provide participants with an understanding of the key business skills and soft skills required to succeed in the creative industry
  • To provide insight into the tools and resources available to start and grow a successful career

Course Overview

Day 1
  • Understanding the creative industry in Nigeria: Finding historical connections across the industry
  • Corporate World or Startup: making the decision - pros and cons, finding your niche and building on your niche
  • Finance in the Creative industries: Basic economics, writing a business plan and raising funds for business and creative projects
  • Pitching Creative Ideas and Marketing strategies – effective communication, pricing, promotion, partnerships and negotiation skills
  • Inter-disciplinary behavior: how to collaborate across disciplines and creative forms
Day 2
  • Law and Ethics: contracts, intellectual property, agreements and copyrights
  • Digital Disruption: Leveraging on technology with focus on Film, Music, Publishing, Fashion, Photography and Tech
  • Strategic Leadership, mentorship and Continuous Improvement
Day 3
  • Practical Session: Group Project on providing creative solution a variety of case studies in various creative fields. Participants will choose from film, music, publishing, fashion & Tech

This stream is designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs validate their ideas and understand steps to establish and grow their business

Career Elements:

  • Opportunities
  • Partners
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Sales/Marketing

Key Objectives:

  • To equip participants with skills in identifying and validating opportunities
  • To learn key issues in structuring partnerships with co-founders and investors.
  • To understand frameworks for prioritization and bootstrapping methods essential for a startup.
  • To educate on basic corporate governance.

Course Overview

Day 1
  • Opportunity Validation– Learn framework for validating business opportunities using Lean Canvas
  • Problem/Solution Fit – Determine if there is a real customer for your business
  • Developing a basic financial model for your business.
Day 2
  • Partnerships– Who makes a good partner?
  • How to structure your partnerships legally.
  • Managing the relationship with partners
  • Sourcing and leveraging strategic partnerships
Day 3
  • Bootstrapping – How to prioritize and determine the right next thing to focus on.
  • Guerilla marketing and Selling
  • Accounting and Corporate Governance for Startups.


We’re led by a team who constantly questions, tinkers, and challenges to unlock great creativity around every turn.

Pastor Poju Oyemade

Senior Pastor, Covenant Christian Centre &
Visionary, The Platform Nigeria

Poju Oyemade is the Senior Pastor of Covenant Christian Centre, Lagos. This fast growing church holds 4 services every Sunday morning, with services in Lekki, Yaba and Iganmu.

He was called to ministry whilst he was still an undergraduate at the University of Lagos. He was ordained into ministry by Bishop David Oyedepo, the presiding bishop of Living Faith Ministries Worldwide (a.k.a Winner’s Chapel).

Pastor ‘Poju is a teacher of the Word of faith with insight into how believers can apply biblical principles in a pragmatic and practical way in their daily lives.

This dynamic pastor hosts regular Faith Seminars, Singles’ Summits, Financial and Business Seminars where believers are taught the undiluted Word and how it can be applied directly in their situations to produce results, God’s way.

The Platform Nigeria – Worker’s Fair and National Development Fair are also outreaches of his ministry where prominent business men and women (that are believers) share how they thrive in their industries using and applying principles founded in the Bible.

Obinna Abajue

CEO Hygeia HMO Ltd

He is the present Chief Executive Officer at Hygeia HMO Limited. Before this he was head: Business Transform PBB RoA of Standard Bank Group South Africa.

Obi was the Head Personal and Business banking for Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc. The role made him the head of Commercial and retail banking business.

He was formerly the acting CEO of Stanbic IBTC Pensions Managers Limited, Nigeria’s largest Pension Fund Administrator. He was responsible for overseeing the retirement benefit administration and management of over N300 billion in assets on behalf of over 700,000 individual contributors and close to 20,000 retirees.

Obinnia is a graduate of Actuarial Science from the University of Lagos, Nigeria with an MBA from the prestigious Imperial College London. He is a Shell Nigeria scholar and British Chevening scholar. He is also a chartered accountant, Chartered banker and Chartered stockbroker. With his experience in asset management, he is a benefit to administration and sales in various capacities.

Obi Abajue’s passion is what he calls “Focused Intrapreneurship” designed to make a difference in both his industry and community.

Chika Nwobi

Founder, L5lab

Chika Nwobi is founder of Level 5 Lab (L5Lab)– a venture development firm that has incubated several successful African tech companies including – Africa’s largest online jobs portal and – Nigeria’s leading online cars marketplace. L5 Lab has invested in 21 startups in Nigeria.

Before L5, Chika played a pioneering role in the mobile content industry in Nigeria as Co-Founder and CEO of MTech. Chika was also a founding director of Wireless Application Service Providers Association of Nigeria (WASPAN) and has led consulting engagements for Ford Foundation and IFC( World Bank).

Chika graduated as a Honors scholar from East Tennessee State University, USA, with a BA in Economics and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and is in the Masters in Software Engineering program at University of Oxford.

Chika is passionate about education and developing young people and has been invited to speak at Wharton, NYU and Lagos Business School. He has also served as judge for Federal Government of Nigeria’s Entrepreneurship business plan competition – YouWiin and as a mentor for the World Bank XL startup program. He is an ordained minister at Covenant Christian Centre where he leads The Platform - Young Professionals team.

Chika completed Stanford University SEED transformation program and is also a partner in Rise Capital, an emerging-markets focused venture capital firm. He is a member of the board of Directors of Unilever Nigeria PLC and the Anambra State Investment Promotion and Protection Agency (ANSIPPA)

Mayokun Fadeyibi

Head of Business Development & Strategy, OLX

Mayokun Fadeyibi is the Head of Business Development & Strategy at OLX where she is responsible for all aspects of Operations Strategy, Business Development, Strategic Partnerships and Business Intelligence.

Her work cut across all business units – Marketing, Sales, Finance, and User Operations as she helps to optimize business operations. She currently leads the incubation unit for all experiments and strategic initiatives at OLX.

Mayokun holds a PhD in Business Analytics from Bentley University in Massachusetts.

Adekunbi Adeoye

Executive Director of SESEWA

Adekunbi is the Executive Director of SESEWA, a career development company in Lagos, Nigeria. She is mostly referred to as Nigeria's 'First Lady of internships' for being founder of Nigeria's 1st internship focused organization.

She founded SESEWA while still in University in 2009 with the sole aim of supporting students during & after their academic programs with opportunities that allows them explore their career interests. She finds pathways which they can launch their careers through internships, volunteer placements and other career related opportunities.

Adekunbi’s passion for excellence and society development has seen her become one of Nigeria’s fastest growing young CEO. Her vision for starting SESEWA is to set a new edge for recruiting and professionalism in the workplace and a passion to see young people achieve career success in line with their personal aspirations.

Adekunbi Adeoye is young, bright and astute, and she works relentlessly on achieving her set goals.Adekunbi was selected as an African leader to be a part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2015. She was currently listed as one of 100 Visionary Leaders across the globe by Real Leaders and is a recipient of several awards in Social Innovation & Exemplary Leadership for her work at SESEWA.

She is also a frequent speaker at several trainings and workshops.

Ayokunnu Ojeniyi

Maurice Igugu

Creative & Content Developer, Sterling Bank

Maurice Igugu currently heads the Creative and Content Development team at Sterling Bank. He studied in the Delta State University where he received his B.Sc Chemistry in 2002. He began his career in graphic design at Aangels Communications where he interned in 2005 and then worked in Moore Advice and Alternative Media Solutions as an Art Director and Lead Creative Director in 2006, 2007 respectively.

He ran the Brand Management and Design shop for Diamond Capital in 2008 before joining Diamond Bank as a Product Manager for DiamondXtra and then as a Campaign Manager/Creative Lead in 2011 where he led the Creative team through the Diamond Bank rebrand and the design and launch of its key product and service offerings. He recently joined Sterling Bank in 2017.

He has a Diploma in Digital Marketing from the Brand School, South Africa and a certificate in Art Direction from the University of Arts, London amongst other professional certifications. He is a registered practitioner of Advertising (arpa) with the Advertisers Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and a volunteer trainer with Enterprise Development Center, PAN-Atlantic University, with CHINI Productions (Roger Hatchuel Academy) and a member of the planning committee for the Young Professionals Bootcamp.

Abiola Adewole

Managing Director, Oxford Blue Limited

Abiola Adewole is an entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in Insurance Marketing and Supply Chain Management acquired in different multinationals in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

Abiola is currently the Country Director for Asian Sourcing Link (A multinational marketing company) and Managing Director at Oxford Blue Limited (A Nigerian marketing agency). Prior to ASL and Oxford Blue, she worked with Leadway, Cadbury Schweppes as well as Diageo. She also worked as a Supply Chain Manager at RS Components UK.

Abiola is a graduate of Insurance from the University of Lagos and holds a Master’s Degree in International Business and Management from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom.

She brings a wealth of experience in Insurance, Marketing Innovation, Event Management and Brand Activation to help design and execute campaigns for several multinationals within and outside Nigeria.

Oluyemi Adeosun

Oluyemi Adeosun is a top-performing, accomplished and skilled Human Resource Executive with over 13 years experience across high profile industries including Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Real Estate, Advertising, Consulting & Volunteer work.

Oluyemi who is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) offers professional expertise and a diverse range of skills within organizational strategy development, business partnership, change management, employee relationship management and administrative expert HR role.

Oluyemi has consulting experience, working with key players in the telecommunications industry, is a member of Toastmasters International, and has attained the Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) designation - the highest award possible.

Oluyemi enjoys helping people get what they most desire from life. By mastering the art of listening and asking probing questions, without making the client uneasy, Oluyemi is able to engage, help declutter thoughts and help many move beyond been overwhelmed, rise above indecision and pursue life’s journey with optimal motivation and clear direction.

Olawale Dosunmu

Internal Control Lead at
Nigerian Bottling Company

Olawale Dosunmu is the Internal Control Lead at Nigerian Bottling Company (A member of Coca Cola Hellenic Bottling Company). He is a chartered accountant with experience in financial advisory, internal audit, risk management, business process development and internal control. He has worked with several market leaders in manufacturing, banking, telecommunications, oil and gas, as well as hospitality.

Prior to his current position at Coca Cola Hellenic, Olawale worked in the Advisory Division of KPMG Nigeria where he led several projects including:

A restructuring of the Corporate Audit Division of a National Oil Corporation, Provision of Internal Audit services to an indigenous conglomerate with 11 subsidiaries. Provision of Internal Audit Services to two leading Nigerian banks, Collections Review for the local operating company of a global telecoms giant and Financial Reporting Support to a notable player in the FMCG market.

Olawale who is currently pursuing a self-paced Masters in Financial Engineering, founded Project 1 Nation, an NGO committed to integrating internally displaced persons into standard communities. A seasoned poet with unique creative expressions and a 2014 recipient of the ICAN Overall Best Result Award, Olawale sees each day as an opportunity for impact, excellence and continuous improvement.

Kunle Fadiora

Founder/CEO of Fullware Solutions Ltd

Kunle Fadiora is a Value Added Services, Cloud Computing and Network Security Solutions Provider.

Prior to Fullware, Kunle Co-founded and led Stack Arena Ltd, which was arguably the most successful mobile applications development company with viral apps including Akpos Jokes which was featured on blackberry appstore for several weeks as app of the day with 2.1m downloads Blackberry and Android Platforms. Akpos Jokes went on to win awards from Tecno (AfMobi App of the Year) and score advertisement contracts from Konga, Jumia, Google and Terragon’s Twinpine. After this, Kunle also founded a mobile marketing and transactional SMS company with clients such as INEC, Dominos Pizza, Coldstone Creamery, Microfinance banks and so on, helping thousands of entrepreneurs reach 30 million mobile subscribers yearly.

Kunle graduated from Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta with a B.Eng in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and has completed many other trainings in Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Product Development, Web Analytics, Digital Marketing and Life Coaching.

Kunle is passionate about enterprise development in young Nigerians and has advised and coached several to profitability. If he had a motto, it would be “Your potential, my passion”.

Frequently Asked Questions.

Best performers will be selected and given fantastic opportunities and rewards. Understand YPB better with our FAQs.

What is YPB?

The Young Professionals Bootcamp (YPB) is a 5 day in-residence program for high potential 20-25 year olds to learn world class practical training for success in the marketplace.

Are there entry requirements?

You must be between 20-25 years by December, 2017. You should have a passion to succeed.

What are the areas of focus?

The courses available will be under the broad streams. Sectors are:
1. Entrepreneurship
2. Creative Industry
3. Corporate Career

Is it free?

YPB is absolutely and completely FREE. Accommodation will also be made available for selected applicants.

Can I invite my friends within this age bracket to apply?

You most definitely can. Please feel free to visit YPB's Twitter and Facebook handles to share, like and comment.

Bootcamp dates and venue?

Dates are from September 5th to September 9th, 2018. Venue will be communicated to successful applicants.

Is it only available to Lagos residents?

No. Anyone who meets the requirements across Nigeria can apply. However, participants outside Lagos will need to take care of their transportation to the venue.

Is there a dress-code?

Dress in comfortable, casual but moderate clothing. Jeans and trainers are welcome.

How do I know if I have been selected?

You will be contacted either via e-mail and/or SMS.

What caliber of facilitators/ trainer should I expect?

You will have some of the best people, top performers in the various sectors. Visit the Facilitators section of the website to see a full list of your facilitators and a brief bio on each facilitator.

Are there exams to take? Will I receive a certification after this bootcamp? Will there be rewards for good performance?

There maybe group tests but no individual tests. On completion of all sessions, you will be awarded a certificate of participation. There will also be fantastic rewards for top performers.

Is there a number I could call for further information?

Please call or send Whatsapp to 08068124543 - Kelechi and/or 08168986311 Abiodun or mail

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