Supporting and Showcasing Social Innovators

The Social Innovators Programme & Awards (SIPA) is our platform for equipping, empowering and showcasing young changemakers with requisite skills and effective tools for building sustainable enterprises. With the support of Union Bank Nigeria and other corporate sponsors, have enabled these young changemakers transition their social change ideas into scalable social enterprises.

Our Focus

Youth

Leveraging on the vibrant youth capacity and the ever-growing youth population in Africa for social good.

Innovation

Young people are known to be at the forefront of innovation, empowering them with requisite skills and effective tools will directly affect the collective future of Africa and the world.

Enterprise

Providing informed professional support for social entrepreneurs for sustainability and scaling.

The SIPA Model

Programme

Millennials are changing the face of social impact globally; either through their innovative social enterprise models or through the dynamic ways that they have approached social change-whether through disruptive fundraising, social media activism, or by demanding public transparency. In Africa, social innovation is increasingly being recognised as a pathway to systemic change and development.. In the midst of complex and diverse social, political, ecological, and economic challenges, young people in Africa are said to be at the forefront of this transformation.

In 2004, LEAP Africa pioneered the celebration of young people who are leading positive change efforts in local communities through the Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards (ANYLA). The Awards increased the awareness of the role of young people as change agents. After about a decade, LEAP Africa came to the realisation that while Nigeria had witnessed increased youth interest in social innovation, many of them lacked the essential skills and support to establish effective, sustainable and scalable initiatives, such that could accelerate the transformation of their local communities and the nation at large when scaled.

Building on successes of the ANYLA, and the emerging needs of social change agents in Nigeria, LEAP redefined the awards into a year long fellowship programme- the Social Innovators Programme and Awards (SIPA). The year long fellowship programme offers training and skills support for young social innovators and culminates with an Awards ceremony to showcase and celebrate talented young social innovators below the age of 35 whose ideas and initiatives offer innovative and effective solutions to their challenges in local communities across Nigeria.

During a programme cycle, 20 social entrepreneurs selected from a pool of applicants, participate in activities outlined for the fellowship year. The initiatives of Fellows cover various aspects of the society, such as Agriculture, Youth Empowerment, Education, Science & Technology, Health, Law, Human Rights, among others. Fellows are equipped, supported, and showcased through series of training sessions (physical and online), mentorship, provision of local & international funding and partnership opportunities.

Our Fellows 2018/2019

Our Fellows 2016/2017

Our Fellows 2015/2016

Our Fellows 2014/2015

Our Fellows 2013

Mentors, Graduating Class of 2017/2018

Biodun Adefila

Biodun Adefila

ED, Brand & Client Management SO & U Advertising
Bunmi Otegbade

Bunmi Otegbade

Founder, Zest.com.ng
Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima

Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima

Program Officer, Ford Foundation
Ehi Ojeh

Ehi Ojeh

Strategy Manager/Innovation Lead, Union Bank Plc
Emmanuel Iruobe

Emmanuel Iruobe

Strategy Consultant, Dalberg
Francis Mojoyinola

Francis Mojoyinola

Manager, Union Bank Plc
Gbenga Totoyi

Gbenga Totoyi

Partner, Alan and Grant Consulting
Ini Abimbola

Ini Abimbola

Founder, Thistle Praxis Consulting
Africanfarmer Mogaj

Africanfarmer Mogaj

CEO XRay Farms
Jide Adeyemi

Jide Adeyemi

Chief Brand Strategist, Big & Bold Communications
Joe Mbulu

Joe Mbulu

Head Transformation, Union Bank Plc
Joel Ogunsola

Joel Ogunsola

Managing Partner, Prunedge
Katja Schiller Nwator

Katja Schiller Nwator

Katja Schiller Nwator
Ndifreke Okuegbunam

Ndifreke Okuegbunam

Head of Programmes, ACT Foundation
Ngozi Nkwoji

Ngozi Nkwoji

Portfolio Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc
Olufunbi Falayi

Olufunbi Falayi

Partner, Passion Incubator
Olumide Idowu

Olumide Idowu

Country Manager, Climate Scorecard
Onyeka Akumah

Onyeka Akumah

Founder, Farmcrowdy
Sesan Sobowale

Sesan Sobowale

Head Legal Services, Union Bank
Seun Onigbinde

Seun Onigbinde

Founder, BudgIT

Faculty

Joe Mbulu

Joe Mbulu

Transformation Director, Union Bank Nigeria
Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima

Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima

Programme Officer, Ford Foundation
Osayi Alile

Osayi Alile

Consultant and CEO, ACT Foundation
Jide Adeyemi

Jide Adeyemi

CEO/Chief Executive Brand Strategist, Big and Bold Communication
Duke Segun Abodunrin

Duke Segun Abodunrin

Digital Marketing Evangelist, Google
Omowunmi Adenuga-Taiwo

Omowunmi Adenuga-Taiwo

Management Consultant, Accenture
Ojonugwa Ichaba

Ojonugwa Ichaba

Associate, Templar
Edward Esene

Edward Esene

Senior Consultant, Kinetic Associates
Dipo Adesida

Dipo Adesida

Group Director, Verdant Zeal
Ukinebo Dare

Ukinebo Dare

CEO, Poise Graduate Finishing Academy
Segun Olukoya

Segun Olukoya

Head, Ventures and Business Advisory, Nextzon
Mosun Layode

Mosun Layode

ED African Philanthropy Foundation
Nathalie Ebo

Nathalie Ebo

Associate Partner, Sahel Partners & Advisory
Katja Schiller Nwator

Katja Schiller Nwator

Founder, Philanthropy Circuit
Ikechukwu Nwosu

Ikechukwu Nwosu

Editorial and Social Media, BellaNaija
Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem

Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem

Head, Corporate Communications and Marketing, Union Bank
Ndidi Nwuneli

Ndidi Nwuneli

Founder LEAP Africa, Director
Femi Taiwo

Femi Taiwo

ED, LEAP Africa
Olamide Adeosun

Olamide Adeosun

Head of Finance Business Management and Investors Relations, Union Bank
April Anazodo

April Anazodo

Co-founder, Metamentis
Linda Bembatoum

Linda Bembatoum

Founder, 3RD Sector Development
Gabriel Okeowo

Gabriel Okeowo

GM Operations, BudgiT Nigeria
Iyadunni Olubode

Iyadunni Olubode

Country Director, MSD for Mothers
Isioma Ogodazi

Isioma Ogodazi

HR Expert; Former Head of Learning, Diamond Bank
Adebayo Akinwunmi

Adebayo Akinwunmi

Managing Partner Hartford Green Consulting

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