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YiPAfrica 2018 SHOOTING STARS 100




Congratulations to everyone who made it into the 1st edition of YiPAfrica’s Shooting Stars 100, a list of inspiring Nigerians doing great things nationwide, either by contributing to organizational growth, entrepreneurs or entrepreneurs across all industries both in the formal and informal economic ecosystem, those who are inspiring people to do and be a better version of themselves, contributing to moving the country forward against all odds.

These everyday Nigeria’s deserves our recognition, our support to appreciate their sacrifices daily to be and do better for the Nation.

Below is the list of successful recipient who emerged through recommendation, fact checked and certified by a group of jury.

Creative Arts

Uche Ugo

Adetomiwa Ogunnusi

G.T Festus

Health / Wellness

Dr. David Uzochukwu

Dr. Victor Ekong 

Dominic Mudabai

Samuel Nwatu

Dr. Debo Odulana

Dr. Nduka Chris


Baaj Adebula

Ijeoma Grace Agu

Chris Okagbue

Aaron Sunday

Samuel Perry (Broda Shaggy)

Lasisi Elenu

Atobajeun Gbolahan (Suave)

Edosa Uwadiae

Ginger-Eke Toochukwu

Duke Elvis

Raheem Moses Oluwaseun (Troms)

Okpalaebube Jude Chukwuemelie 

Somto Eze

Advocacy / Empowerment

Nela Duke

Adetunji Adeniran

Gusi Tobby Lordwilliams

Victor Ushagwu

Jude Feranmi

Suen Dosumu

Aiyede Edith Onize

Temitope  Awelewa

Agatha Samari

Alex Osele

Kehinde Olofintuyi

Rosemond Edem

Kwamu Eunice Kunkei

Emmanuel Somto

Fowe Oluwatomidimu


Chris Kwekowe

Israel Ihaza 

Jackson Nyoho

Chukwuebuka Nelson

Kehinde Daniel

Adegoke Awalade-Ologbenla

Queen Onyekwere

Aremu Raphael 

Charles Ogunjemilusi

Oluwaseun Shonaike

Wilcox Onyemekeihia

Science & Tech 

James Oyanna

Kelvin Oyanna

David Akinsanya

Lukman Jaji


Emmanuel Etim

Ahmed Buhari

Chike Ukaegbu

Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour

Oluwatosin Odunfa

Opeyemi Afolarin

Hospitality / Travel / Tourism  

Taylor Odeje

Harold Wilcox

Gbolabo Gibbs Adebakin

Chen Emmanuel

Omotayo Babatunde Ajide

Adedamola Idowu

Stephen Kobams

Business / Finance  

Temitope Mudabai

Izuchukwu Anoliefo

Victory Ijegbai

Iheanacho Jerome Obiako

Oladayo Akibu

New Media

Abayomi Ladipo

Isabella Akinseye

Adeyemi Olowa

Harry Itie

Chukwueggo Kelvin


Folarin Durosimi-Etti

Victor Okwologu

Osamudiame Etubu

Richie Uanseru

Kehinde Olabanji

Femi Johnson

Kenneth Akan

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Nigeria’s Criminal Justice System Needs Judicial Surgery —- Prince Abimbola

Gbemileke Ajayi



A call has been made for the criminal justice system of Nigeria to undergo judicial surgery.

The call was made by Prince A.S Abimbola, Chairman Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Epe Branch during the opening ceremony of the 2019 NBA Epe Law Week themed “Administration Of Criminal Justice: “The Journey So Far”.

While delivering his speech at Centenary Hall of St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Popo Oba, Lagbede Street, Epe, Lagos, Prince Abimbola called for reforms in the judicial system. In his words: “Our criminal justice system in Nigeria needs to go through what I call judicial surgery if you like you can call it reforms. While the fight against corruption remains sacrosanct, the criminal justice system must be safe, just and fair and seen to be so within the ambit of the rule of law.

He further stated that it was pertinent to state that until people unaffected by injustice are as concerned as those affected, the end of justice will not be served.

Adding that the Lagos State Government had provided modern facilities in the courts, Prince Abimbola said that there are still areas in need of reform.

“The Lagos State Government, over the years has provided modern facilities in the courts, vehicles, funds, legal framework for adjudication, administration and implementation of the administration of the criminal justice law in Lagos State, training and re-training of staff and other logistics needed, despite this achievements, areas that require urgent attention and reforms are numerous.

Worthy of note is the challenges of bail facing persons charged with sexual offences who cannot perfect their bail. It is no longer news that sexual offences are on the rise all around the world, given this fact, cum stigma of the offences and administrative challenges of perfecting bail conditions, accused persons are taken back to prison resulting in overcrowding of Nigerian Prisons by a high-ratio of persons charged with sexual offences who are not able to perfect their bail conditions for months or even years,” Prince Abimbola said.

The NBA Epe Law Week which held between Friday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 14, was in honour of Honourable Justice George Adesola Oguntade.

This year’s event had Hon. Justice G. Safari as Chairman of the Session, while Femi Falana (SAN) and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) were keynote speakers. Discussants included His Honour Ademola Paul, Chief Magistrate Epe Magistrate District; Roselyn Ekhoe Obakpolor, Vice Chairman NBA Ikeja Branch; Ademola A. Koko Esq, Vice Chairman NBA Epe Branch; and Ishah Abdulmajid DPO Maroko Police Station.

Events to celebrate the week included a visit to Ikoyi/Kirikiri Male Prison; Prayer at the Aleke Central Mosque, Epe, Lagos; Pro Bono Legal Clinic; and a Novelty Football Tournament at Salami Playing Ground beside Recreation Centre, Epe, Lagos State.

Members of the branch also had a Thanksgiving Service at St. Michael’s Anglican Church Popo Oba, Lagbade Street, Epe, and Workshop Training on Police Duty Solicitors Scheme (PDSS) delivered by Stanley Ibe Associate Legal Officer for Africa (Open Society Justice Initiative) among others.

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GTBank Improves Access to Education for Children in Rural Communities with #BeatTheDistance Initiative

Gbemileke Ajayi



As the country marks the 2019 Children’s Day, leading Nigerian Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank Plc (GTBank) has launched a nationwide initiative, tagged #BeatTheDistance, to improve educational outcomes for children in rural communities by easing the difficulties they face with mobility to school and back.

Through the initiative, the Bank is providing students in remote parts of the country with bicycles to reduce the time and energy they expend in getting to school whilst helping to boost their attendance and focus on academics.

One of the biggest barriers to education for millions of children in Nigeria’s rural communities is often the physical act of getting to school, which could be as far as 10 kilometers away from home.

The challenge of covering such distance twice every day on foot, coupled with the responsibility of doing chores in the morning, significantly curtails school attendance rate, increases the chances of students dropping out, and hampers academic performance. By providing them with bicycles, the Bank aims to empower the children most affected by these challenges to beat the distance, not just to school, but between their present realities and immense potential.

Organized as part of the GTBank CSR Action for Rural Empowerment Scheme (GTBank CARES), the initial stageof the #BeatTheDistance initiative will focus on children in 20 rural communities across the Taraba, Enugu and Ondo States.

Jerry Hannatu, a student of Government Technical Training School, Jalingo, is one of the first beneficiaries of the initiative. Before receiving the bicycle from GTBank, he had to trek for an hour and a half to get to school. Now, his 10-kilometer journey to school takes him about a quarter of that time. Jerry and other beneficiaries like him will now be able to spend less time traveling to school and more time in the classroom improving their academic performance and attaining the skills and knowledge to reach their full potential.

Commenting on the Bank’s #BeatTheDistance initiative, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Guaranty Trust Bank plc, Mr Segun Agbaje, said; “Children are our greatest hope for a better future, and it is our duty to ensure that every child has access to quality education regardless of their socioeconomic background or geographic location.As an institution that is passionate about empowering young people to reach their full potential, this initiative reflects our commitment to building a society where distance is no longer a barrier to education for any child, and in every community.”

He further stated that “At GTBank, we will continue to leverage our unique capabilities and broad networks to help people and communities thrive. Whether we are intervening in public education, investing in underserved communities, promoting the Arts or working to protect the environment, we are constantly looking for creative and impactful ways to touch lives and give back to society.”

GTBank is regarded by industry watchers as one of the best run African financial institutions across its subsidiary countries and serves as a role model within the financial service industry due to its bias for world-class corporate governance standards, excellent service quality, and innovation.

The Bank, through its clearly defined Corporate Social Responsibility, champions education for all, empowers under-served people and communities, expands access to healthcare, promotes African Art and advocates for environmental protection. In 2018 alone, the Bank carried out more than one hundred CSR projects across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, impacting the lives of hundreds of thousands of people and supporting some of the most underserved communities in the country.

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Zenith Bank Achieves Feat Of First Nigerian Bank To Consecutively Audit Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions And Be Certified Compliant Using Internationally Recognized GHG Protocol




Zenith Bank Plc was presented with a Certificate for Greenhouse Gas Auditing by V4 Advisors after successful completion of the Bank’s Greenhouse Gas Audit for the 2018 Financial Year.

The presentation of the certificate and the report of the Auditors was done by V4 Advisors at the Zenith Bank Head Office on May 21, 2019.

The Executive Director, Dr.Temitope Fasoranti, who received the certificate on behalf of the Bank said the Bank started this effort with the 2016 Financial Year and has carried out three greenhouse gas audits to date. He explained that the Bank understands the relationship between greenhouse gas emission and climate change and appreciates the role it is expected to play towards combating the menace of climate change.

Also speaking on the milestone, the Country Manager Lynsey Elston highlighted that Zenith Bank is the first Nigerian bank to consecutively report the carbon emissions of their Head Office in Lagos using a certified tool which is built on the internationally recognized “GHG Protocol”. She commended the bank for proving its commitment to the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Goal 13, Climate Action, in addition to complying with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards”..

In response to her, the Executive Director said the initiative has significantly helped the bank reduce its overall carbon footprints and drive energy efficiency.

V4 Advisors is a UAE-based provider of advisory and consulting solutions on climate change and greenhouse gas emissions. The firm’s calculation and reporting tool has been reviewed by the World Resources Institute (WRI) for conformance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Standard.

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