Social Innovators Programme & Awards

Youth, Creativity and Social Innovation

Social Innovators Programme and Awards



LEAP Africa is passionate about promoting youth-led social entrepreneurship. In 2004, LEAP Africa initiated the Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Awards (ANYLA) to celebrate outstanding young people across the country.

Evolving from ANYLA, and with the support of the International Youth Foundation, the Social Innovators Programme and Awards (S.I.P.A) is LEAP Africa’s platform for empowering young change makers to expand social ideas into scalable social enterprises. S.I.P.A celebrates young social innovators between 18 – 35 years, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria. Since 2013, LEAP has annually hosted the awards ceremony to celebrate youth social entrepreneurs across Nigeria and induct a new class into the one year Fellowship. Till date 125 change makers have been recognized on this platform.

The SIP 2016/2017 Fellowship began with induction in November 2016 with the support of Union Bank of Nigeria.

The 20 change makers have begun immersion in fellowship through series of training, mentoring and coaching exercises to scale up their initiatives in 2017.

Learn about the amazing initiatives of the SIP 2016/2017 Fellows.

2016/2017 Fellows

2015/2016 Fellows

2014/2015 Fellows

2013/2014 Fellows

What are the Fellows Doing Now?

Social Innovators Programme & Awards

Emmanuel Owobu (SIP Fellow 2016) – Co-founder OMOMI has been selected as one of the seventeen finalist of the 2017 African Commonwealth Awards

Charles and Owobi are the co-founders of MOBicure, a social enterprise that provides mobile technology solutions in healthcare for maternal and child health. They created ‘OMOMI’, a mobile platform consisting of an app and an SMS service that enables pregnant women and mothers to access maternal and child health information at the touch of a button. Over 17,000 mothers have benefitted from the platform. Learn more

Social Innovators Programme & Awards

The future of education in Africa is mobile is an article written by Samson Abioye (SIP Fellow 2016), co-founder who has spent 3 years enhancing academic performance of student in national exams through his web and online solutions. an web and mobile application which is now being used by over 250,000 students nationwide helps them prepare ahead of Nigeria’s most important examinations like JAMB and WAEC. simulates the exam electronically, tracks students’ progress and performance and is available offline.  Abioye offers scholarships to best performing students for their university education. In two years, more than 4 million tests has been taken on Learn more

Social Innovators Programme & Awards

Blaise Aboh (SIP 2016 Fellow), founding Partner – Orodata is working with the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) in support of the European Union train and equip MDA officials in promoting good governance and accountability.

Orodata is a civic tech organization which extracts public data and process through interactive data visualization technologies and infographics, to foster ease of access to information, drive accountability and transparency for citizens. While enlightening citizens on public service, public funds spending and corruption, Orodata also provided in-depth analysis on various crisis, disaster, conflicts, the utility of intervention funds and governance of resources related to them to help inform public decisions. This technology has been used in various projects including Election Data Analytics and Visualization (EDAV) – meant for Voter Education and Citizen Engagement.  Learn more

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