FirstBank has partnered with Junior Achievement Africa on Company of the Year (COY) Competition, Africa’s largest high school entrepreneurship competition, scheduled to take place in Lagos this weekend where winners in Nigeria will face rivals from Ghana and seven other countries.
The JA Africa COY competition which returns for the 12th year in a row and the first in-person meeting post-COVID-19.
FirstBank’s sponsored winners of the 2022 Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN) National Company of the Year (NCOY) Competition – Green Apex from the International School, University of Lagos – will represent Nigeria in the JA Africa COY contest.
JA Africa’s CEO, Simi Nwogugu, said, “Our students have demonstrated great resilience and innovation in grappling with these challenges and I am extremely proud of all of them. I am also deeply grateful to all our sponsors who stayed with us throughout the pandemic period and contributed greatly towards making this a live event again.”
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Also speaking, Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, FirstBank, Folake Ani-Mumuney, said, “We wish all participants, particularly the Nigerian representatives – Green Apex from the International School, University of Lagos – the best as learnings from every initiative could solve critical problems facing mankind as we collectively make the world a better place.”
This year, nine student startups representing Eswatini, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe will be showcasing business pitches.
The highest among the prizes at stake will be the opportunity to represent the African region at the Ralph de la Vega Global Entrepreneurship Competition which will bring together COY winners from the six regions where JA Worldwide operates to compete for awards, $15,000, educational opportunities and many more.