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Nigeria Wins Unilever Idea Trophy Africa


L-R Finance Director CD&BB Finance, Unilever Nigeria, Arnoud Wisse ; Vice President Finance Africa, Unilever, Mr. James Todd; Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi; Executive Vice President Finance Africa, Unilever, Steve Weiner; and National Finance Director, Unilever Nigeria, Mrs. Adesola Sotande-Peter during a courtesy visit to the Emir of Kano in his palace

After months of gruelling assessments that led to final presentations being made before the Unilever Africa Leadership Team, which comprises of the Head of Africa and the other Africa regional heads, Team Apex from Nigeria emerged as the winners Unilever Africa Idea Trophy 2016. Team Samba from South Africa were the runners-up. 

The Unilever Africa Idea Trophy, now in its second year, is a student business competition that provides a unique opportunity to work on real-life business challenges and get access to Unilever’s world-class training and insights from its leaders. The 2nd and 3rd year students that made it to the final, held in South Africa, were selected after winning their respective country competitions. By completing each stage in their country competition, students gained experience and developed their employability, as well as real business acumen.

The winning team of Jennifer Ikeokwu, Olamide Popoola and Adenkunle Adepoju, and the runners-up (Kwazini Zulu, Bongeka Dlamini and Lilly Nijila), will represent Africa at the Global competition that will take place in London. As part of the UAIT Final, a Class of Confidence Youth Employability workshop which hosted 100 South African students at the Gordon Institute of Business. The students had the opportunity to hear speakers talk to them about ‘Building their personal brand’, ‘Enhancing their digital skills’ and ‘Unlocking career and entrepreneurial opportunities’.

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