Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Call For Applications: Mara Mentor One-On-One Event

Come 30th July, 2014, 30 mentors will converge in Lagos for one of Nigeria's biggest mentorship events. If you have a business idea and you know you need help taking it to the next level, you should apply for the Mara Mentor One-On-One Event. 

How Does It Work?

  • Mara Mentor is an online tool which connects entrepreneurs to business leaders and their peers. 
  • Mara Mentor, an initiative of Mara Foundation, will send invitations to 90 ambitious entrepreneurs (three to each mentor) who would have unique opportunity to pitch their business ideas to leading entrepreneurs who serve as Mara Mentors.
  • The mentors will in turn select the best pitches and entrepreneurs which they will mentor for six months.
  • Mara Foundation would facilitate the subsequent six-month mentorship period at time of the mentor's convenience.
  • In addition, the Foundation, which is the social enterprise unit of Mara Group, will provide the mentors with further support during and after the event.
How Can You Apply?

Who Are The Mentors?
Some top industry leaders who have confirmed attendance include: 
  • Haija Lami Tumaka: Deputy Director, Marine Guard Command, NIMASA (Public Sector)
  • Chris Ubosi: Founder/CEO, Megalectrics Limited (Owners of 99.9 BeatFM) (Broadcasting)
  • Mo Abudu: Founder/President, EbonyLife TV (Broadcasting)
  • Adesuwa Onyenokwe: Editor-in-Chief, TW Magazine (Publishing)
  • Prof. Pat Utomi: Founder, Centre for Values in Leadership (Civil Leadership) 
  • Audu Maikori: Founder, Chocolate City Group (Music)
  • Onari Duke: Country Director, Empretec Nigeria Foundation (NGO)
  • Sola Olubi: Vice President, Citibank Nigeria Limited (Banking)
  • Olisa Adibua:- Program Director, Morning Rush, 99.9 BeatFM (Broadcasting)
  • Subomi Plumptre: Head, Social Media Practice, Alder Consulting (Consulting)
  • Mark Essien: Founder, (Hospitality)
  • Ononuju Irukwu: Managing Director, Chapel Hill Denham Management (Investment Banking)
  • Yewande Zaccheaus: CEO,  Eventful Limited (Event Planning)
  • Nkechi Ali-Balogun: Principal Consultant/CEO, NECCI Consulting (Consulting)
  • Jimi Agbaje: Managing Director/CEO, Jaykay Pharmacy Limited (Pharmaceuticals)
  • Uche Nnaji: Managing Director/CEO, Ouch! (Fashion)
  • Dr. Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba: CEO, Friends Africa (NGO)
  • Waje: Artiste (Music)
  • Chidi Mokeme: Actor/business man (Film)
  • Gogo Majin: Founder GM4FM/Vocalize (Fashion)
  • Mairo Bashir: Managing Director/CEO, CreditCorp Limited (Financial Consulting)
  • And of course yours truly and a host of others.
Why Should You Care?
  • This is the first time an all inclusive platform for mentorship has been created on this scale. Most mentorship programmes in Nigeria have been targeted at women; now the men have a platform.
  • The line-up of mentors and the expertise they bring to the table.
  • It is an opportunity for you to network and meet like minds
  • The mentorship process - 6 months of hands-on guidance by some of Nigeria's best minds.
Still need more info? Feel free to call or email:
  • Mark Nwani, Project Manager, One-On-One (Nigeria) +234 816 668 2462 ,  


The Mara Mentor program was launched at the Democracy Day celebrations in Abuja, and is in partnership with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Ministry of Youth Development, Ministry of Communication Technology, and the National Planning Commission. The programme is also supported by UN Women, Ernst &Young, Africa 2.0, Integrated Youth Economic Empowerment Programme (IYEEP), MTN, Airtel , Beat 99.9 FM,, YNaija and other local partners.

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