Future Leaders Seminar

The Nigeria Leadership Initiative’s Future Leaders Class powered by First Bank of Nigeria Plc is held in May and October each year for emerging public and private sector leaders aged 25 to 35 years and based in Nigeria or the Diaspora. Each class has 3-Day residential seminar sessions capped by a dinner and the launch of class projects by the seminar participants. At the end of each session, the participants become Associates of NLI.

The Future Leaders Seminar had its inaugural class in 2007 and to date, with support from FirstBank, there are currently 247 NLI Associates in Nigeria and in the Diaspora. The Future Leaders Seminar was designed to define the mission of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) by creating a growing, global network of credible, accomplished community-spirited Nigerian leaders, committed to taking responsibility for driving positive change in Nigeria and Nigerian communities.

The seminar readings and discussion formats allow and encourage the participants to deeply reflect on themselves, the root of their values, what influences their styles of leadership and what changes (if any) need to be made in leadership styles that will be for the greater good. Some of the sessions sub topics address: The Good Society, The Nigerian History and Constitution, Challenge of Leadership, Community and Efficiency, Liberty and Equality and Nigeria, Governance and Values.

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For further information on the NLI Future Leaders Seminar, please contact Toyin Craig at [email protected] or send a mail to [email protected]
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The Ninth Future Leaders Seminar Powered by First Bank of Nigeria Plc

The October 2011 NLI Future Leaders Seminar held in Lagosfrom, Thursday, October 27, 2011 to Saturday, October 29, 2011. At the end of the seminar, twenty-four (24) outstanding Nigerians between the ages of 25 to 35 were inducted into the NLI network as ‘Associates’

During the seminar, Mrs. Julie Oyegun, Director at World Bank addressed the participants on Nigeria, Governance and Values. NLI Fellows were also present to moderate the seminar – Mr. Asue Ighodalo, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, Mr. Dele Olojede and Mr. Jimi Morgan.


The Nigerian Leadership Initiative is a very strategic programmes that is capable of triggering change in definite and measurable ways in our land. Beyond providing a platform for action-provoking reflections on the way forward for Nigeria, it is also at the forefront of bringing together the finest of minds in the country and the diaspora, for the undisguised purpose of spurring young men and women of competence, passion and character into the sort of action that will re-write the history of their native land.
- Tolu Abari, Practice manage, Tope Adebayo LLP, Lagos

NLI has created a new belief that change is near. Nigeria has reached its tipping point and the era of accountability and action has arrived. The message from ‘thought to action’ which NLI preaches lays a foundation for future thought leaders to thrive in a Nigerian society riddled with failed hopes. The future of Nigeria depends on identifying these thought leaders. NLI is at the forefront of the campaign to find these leaders and ensure that they engage with each other.
- Chidi Iwuchukwu, Management Associate (Associate Director), Standard Chartered Nigeria, Lagos

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