The Nigeria Leadership Initiative [NLI] and Yale University, signed an agreement for programmatic exchanges and collaboration to build leadership capacity in Africa.

In recognition of the reality that the most important resource of any country is the talent therein and that any development results from purposeful leadership, NLI agreed to maximize the benefits of their institutional strengths to create bigger impact for a lasting legacy by strengthening leadership capacities in Nigeria. The two parties will collaborate on leadership development activities while exchanging intellectual resources. Additionally, they plan to develop programs to enhance human capacity in Africa and share access to their alumni network to foster interaction among such talents. Finally, there will be collaboration on execution models and evaluation tools for leadership and executive programs.

Yinka Oyinlola, CEO of NLI, said "we are pleased with this partnership that allows for Yale's university-wide collaboration. Nigeria, in particular, and Africa, in general, needs to do away with the thinking that political development or economic resources will bring progress without purposeful leadership. No matter how well endowed a nation is or the sophistication of its democratic regime, growth and development can only happen with committed leadership with the right values. Leveraging on Yale's century-old tradition of grooming leaders, NLI is strategically committed to building a community of purposeful leadership so that we can prepare, today, for the future in which we all desire to live."

"We are excited to pursue opportunities for collaboration with NLI," said Michael Cappello, and we look forward to harnessing their energy, expertise, and example to better equip leaders in Nigeria."