LEAP Africa set for Social Innovators Programme and Awards 2015

LEAP Africa set for Social Innovators Programme and Awards 2015
LEAP (Leadership, Effectiveness,
Accountability and Professionalism) Africa, a leading nonprofit organisation in
Nigeria will announce emerging social innovators finalists at the Social
Innovators Programme and Awards ( SIPA) 2015 in Abuja on November 12, 2015
themed Rage for Change: Creating Impact.
According to Iyadunni Olubode, Executive
Director, LEAP Africa, ‘Social innovation
is

a way to improve the world by addressing social problems creatively.
Nigerian youth live through these challenges, they understand them and are
therefore uniquely positioned to develop solutions that are effective, easily
replicable and sustainable.’
Funded by Union Bank and supported by the Embassy of the
People’s Republic of China, the Awards celebrates young social innovators, who
have crafted solutions that improve the quality of life in rural communities
and urban cities in Nigeria. Through interventions in health, agriculture,
environment, ICT and other sectors, these change makers are creating value and contributing
to Nigeria’s development.  
On November 12, 2015 LEAP Africa is using the SIA platform
to showcase and recognize their efforts at an awards ceremony in Abuja. It will
give most outstanding Fellows awards for astounding work in 2015. Iyadunni
further adds, that “the SIPA 2015 is
bringing together individuals and organizations from six geopolitical zones of
Nigeria and hosting them in Abuja to celebrate diversity, creativity,
excellence and social change by these young changemakers.”
.
In collaboration with the International Youth Foundation, the
Social Innovators Programme through a one year fellowship provides capacity
building and networking opportunities to selected group of young Nigerians, to
enable them become sustainable. LEAP will also announce the new of 20 young
social entrepreneurs from over 455 change makers who applied for the 2015/2016 fellowship.
Leading the
conversation at the events are LEAP’s past awardees and other notable social
entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
Former recipients of LEAP Awards include Michael Iyanro; Esther Agbarakwe; Gbenga
Sesan; Toyosi Akerele; Tolu Sangosanya; Oladipupo Ajiroba; Idris Abdullahi; Bosun
Abayomi and Okelola Olumayokun. The SIPA 2015 in its
third edition continues to inspire larger communities of youth in Nigeria and
beyond.
 About LEAP Africa
Leadership Effectiveness, Accountability and
Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, established in 2002, is a non-profit committed
to developing dynamic innovative and principled African leaders. We recognize
that raising leaders is critical to nation building and wealth creation. Over
the years, LEAP has inspired and equipped youth, business owners and social
entrepreneurs to lead ethically while implementing initiatives that transform
their communities and organizations for better; sustaining livelihood and
contributing to national development. LEAP achieves this through its training
programmes, publications and eLearning.
About the Social Innovators Programme
(SIP) and Awards

The Social Innovators
Programme is a one year fellowship which supports talented young social
innovators, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective and creative solutions
to challenges in local communities across Nigeria. Through training and
strategic support systems, the Fellows are equipped with the knowledge and
skills needed to sustain and scale up their impact. At an annual Awards, LEAP
presents the ‘Most Outstanding Fellow’ in recognition and celebration of youth,
creativity and social change. The programme is funded by Union Bank in partnership with the Embassy
of the People’s Republic of China and the International Youth
Foundation (IYF).

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