Social Innovators Programme and Awards

Call for Applications SIPA 2015/2016

The Social Innovators Programme (SIP) will support talented youth between the ages of 18 and 35, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria, with the necessary training, funding, advocacy and network support required to strengthen their existing initiatives and enhance their sustainability and impact.
Through the programme’s partnership with the International Youth Foundation’s YouthActionNet® programme (, young innovators could become members of a global network of over 1,000 change-makers from 80+ countries.

LEAP will provide selected youth with training and support based on YouthActionNet’s curriculum focused on the “Six Dimensions of Leadership” (Personal, Visionary, Collaborative, Political, Organizational, and Societal). 

SIP objectives are to:

  • Identify, encourage and support youth led social enterprises in Nigeria focused on improving the lives of people in their local communities
  • Equip young change makers with skills training and support to enhance their individual effectiveness and the sustainability of their innovations.
  • Showcase the impact of youth social innovation on local communities to demonstrate that youth can serve as effective change leaders in Nigeria
  • Provide international recognition for local change-makers and access to international partnerships and funding opportunities through the YouthActionNet-Social Innovation Programme collaboration.

 Do you qualify?

  • Applicants must meet the following entry requirement to be considered for the awards. They must be:
  • Nigerians resident in Nigeria (not Nigerians in Diaspora).
  • Between ages 18–35years.
  • Initiators of such projects/initiatives/organisations that are positively impacting local communities and lives of Nigerians particularly in achieving the MDGs throughtheir creativity and innovation.
  • Able to document and prove their work, benefits and some level of sustainability amongst communities in Nigeria for a minimum of12 months prior to date of application for the SIP.Twenty (20) social innovators will be enrolled into the programme after screening (Applications are completed electronically).

 Steps to Applying

  • Like our page on facebook,
  • Follow us ontwitter, or @leapafrica & mention the programme you are applying for– with a #tag (e.g Chike Adeyemi Abu/#SIP2015).

Programme Details

Location: Lagos State

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the SIP desk at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 012706541/2, 07011081954 if you have any questions or concerns.

Applicant must be a founder or Co-founder of the project/organization which has been running for not less than one (1) year. The founder or co-founder is defined as a person who, either alone or as part of a team, conceived and established the project/initiative/organization.

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The Social Innovators Programme and Awards is an offshoot of LEAP’s Annual Youth Leadership Award (ANYLA) which since 2004 has been a platform for recognizing the efforts of outstanding young Nigerians, who have distinguished themselves by making positive impact in community development. To date, 65 change makers have been recognized and supported through the ANYLA.

On November 11, 2013 LEAP Africa inducted 20 young social innovators into the Social Innovators Programme. LEAP’s SIP is an initiative developed in partnership with YouthActionNet®; a programme of the International Youth Foundation (IYF), a nonprofit organization supporting youth development programs in 80 countries. The SIP joins the YouthActionNet® global network now comprising 16 national/regional youth leadership institutes across the world. SIP seeks to identify, develop and support young Nigerians who are addressing social challenges in their communities through creative and sustainable solutions. It also enhances the chance of the Nigerian young social innovators to apply to YouthActionNet® Global Laureate Fellowship.

These 20 young social innovators have distinguished themselves as ‘gap-dwellers’ by addressing social challenges in their communities through creative and sustainable solutions.

The 2013 LEAP Africa’s Social Innovators Fellows are young, dynamic and visionary Nigerian contributing to the development of their communities and country. They are initiators of high impact community development projects with potential for their initiatives to expand its reach. Their initiatives range from empowering women and girl child, improving education and providing scholarships to children in underserved areas, promoting peaceful youth co-existence in northern region, and creating mobile jobs apps. Meet the 2013 Fellows!

A new set of 20 SIP Fellows were inducted into the fellowship at the SIPA 2014. All Fellows will be mentored on how to expand and sustain their initiatives. Meet the 2014 Fellows.


Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards
The Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards (ANYLA) was launched in 2004 to recognize and support the contributions of young people under 30 years to Nigeria’s development. There are outstanding youth who have taken initiative to improve the livelihood of the disadvantaged or those living in underserved areas. These are ordinary people who deserve recognition and support to increase their impact beyond their local communities.
Since 2004, LEAP Africa has celebrated 65 young people aged 18-29 years on the ANYLA platform which has provided local and international opportunities for the recipients.

Babatunde David, 8th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards recipient says this of the ANYLA ‘I felt highly ecstatic and honoured receiving Nigeria's biggest youth recognition award.’

David is the founder of Youth for Generating Change (YGC) Africa, an organization that works with youth in Nigeria and Ghana to promote moral values and encourage youth participation in national issues. He engages young people in essay competitions, forums and educates them using his published editorials.


2011 Winners - Meet the winners of the 8th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards

2010 Winners - Meet the winners of the 7th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards

2009 Winners - Meet the ten winners of the 6th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards

Winners from 2008-2006

Winners of 5th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards

1.Adeleke Olatunbosun - Organic Waste
2.Agbonfioror Edison - Edisco Music International
3.Ejekwumadu John  - Udonglasi Foundation
4.Maaji Nura  - VET Initiative
5.Messan Lanre  - Green Yaggy
6.Oseni Ibrahim  - Youth Educational Empowerment Programme
7.Owoeye Babatunde  - Phoster Foundation
8.Sam-Emuwa Ifesinachi  - Treasureland Health Builders Initiative
9.Shetan Segun  - Brave Heart Entertainment Kulture
10.Usung Emem  - Dewspring International

Winners of 4th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards

1. Abiodun Ajijola - CGCMIE Consulting
2. Toyosi Akerele  - RISE Networks
3. Aminat Alli  - Positive Youth Initiative Nigeria
4. Emilia Asim-Ita  - YOUTHTALK
5. Amina Cephas  - Action for Conceptual Change
6. Johne Elile   -  Anti AIDS Campus Crew
7. Olubunmi Jegede - Empower Girls, Fight AIDS
8. Kunle Odeyemi  - Youth Action Initiative
9. Ayo Oluwaluyi  - Youth Liberation Movement
10.Gbenga Sesan - Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

Winners of 3rd Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards
1. Abubakar Abdulganiyu A  - Save the Child Initiative
2. Ailoje Kemi  -  Divine Ambassadors Foundation
3. Alebiosu Oluwakayode  - Festac Breed Magazine and YEEPA Programme
4. Bewaji Joy -  Festac Breed Magazine and YEEPA Programme
5. Etuk Dominic Monday - Sickle Cell Awareness Campaign and Project Help Africa
6. Etuka Chukwunweike - Will 2 Survive
7. Idris Abdullahi  - Club 25
8. Nome Ndidiamaka  - Nightingales
9. Ofem Grace Okoi - Initiatives for Peoples' Good Health
10.Onyejike Adaobi Blessing - Girl Child Art Foundation