Monday, 22 November 2021, Lagos
For the past 11 years, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has partnered with Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) to host its annual flagship event, the National Company of the Year competition (NCOY), which brings together winners of the JA Company Regional Competitions across Nigeria to compete for the National Company of the Year Award.
This year’s event will bring together outstanding ‘student business teams’ from across Nigeria to compete for prizes and the opportunity to represent the country at the national competition – the JA African Company of the Year Competition (ACOY). The NCOY competition in 2021 will be held virtually via Zoom meetings beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 27th, 2021. Participants who are interested should register using the following link: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtd-qvqz4pE90NXOHcy-tve6aEXpY_yYAE
Twelve teams from 12 schools will pitch their innovations to a panel of five guests judges in the ‘Innovation with Grit’ competition. They represented schools at the competition include The Seer company from Alvana High School; Sonic Informatics company from Heritage Global Academy; Nexus Queen’s company from Queens School; JA Stars from Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN); Amazing Amazon Students from Government Girls’ Secondary School, Abaji; Kere Terra Company from Secondary School Etoi, Uyo and The Exploit thinkers from Taidob College.
Other teams competing include Mystic Global Company from Rosa Mystica High School, Agulu; PetraMech Tech from Petra Schools; The Amazing Inventors from Government Secondary School Tudun Wada; Blue crystal company from Methodist Girls school and the Artisans from Igbobi College.
Judges at the event include Oludolapo Adigun, Group Head, Retail Banking Lagos & West First Bank of Nigeria Limited; Chidimma Juliana Okparah, Project Management Consultant (PMIEF); Sheila Ojei, Head of Communications Jobberman; Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative and Simbo Olatoregun, Policy Programs Manager for Facebook in Africa. In attendance also is the Honourable Commissioner for Education Lagos State, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo as a Special Guest.
The 2021 National Company of the Year Program will also feature SPARK Competition. SPARK as an initiative of First Bank of Nigeria Limited is an acronym for Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness. SPARK reiterates the Bank’s commitment to institutionalise kindness in Nigeria by encouraging and amplifying a culture of kindness.
The SPARK competition will include 15 finalist schools from across Nigeria, each with a CSR project that aligns with the Bank’s Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability pillars of Education, Welfare and Health, Financial Inclusion, and Responsible Lending and Procurement.
Speaking at the event, Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, said, “FirstBank’s partnership under its Future First initiative with JA Nigeria Company programme has positively impacted over 100,000 people in different locations across the country in preparing and teaching them how to generate wealth, effectively manage it, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.” Our dedication to fostering entrepreneurial development among youths has been the driving force behind our 11-year support of the National Company of the Year (NCOY) and Africa Company of the Year (ACOY) competitions.”
According to the Executive Director, JAN, ‘’the National Company of the Year Company competition provides our students with a platform to show how innovative they are while displaying their dexterity and grit especially as it relates to creating sustainable business solutions to problems in their immediate community. The students have learned critical skills during the implementation of the Company Programme and we are proud to celebrate them as they compete in the National competition. I would like to especially appreciate FirstBank Nigeria for its continued support and belief in the boundless potential of young Nigerians’’.
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