Wednesday, 22 July 2015


Naomi Lucas, #AfricasBiggestBookProject visionary and founder - GRADUATEPRO, discussing the project @ the unveiling event
A first-of-its-kind project, the 51 chapter audiobook will serve as the definitive companion to anyone who schooled and hopes to work within Africa.
(From L-R) Onye Ubanatu of MPML, Audu Maikori, Founder - Chocolate City Group, Remi Olutimayin - Voice Director, Naomi Lucas, Founder - Graduatepro, Dr. Yemi Amusan, CEO - Lucere Ltd, Segun Lawal, Founder - Spirit of David, Pelu Awofeso, Travel Writer, Sega Awosanya, CEO - Aliensmedia and Ese Oraka, Partner Adelphi at the unveiling of #AfricasBiggestBookProject in Lagos.
Lagos, Nigeria, July 21, 2015 - Graduatepro has unveiled an audacious audiobook project aimed at addressing unemployment among Africa’s youth population. Titled “I’m A Graduate, Now What? The book will feature 55 exemplary Nigerians selected from a wide range of industries across Nigeria. These Nigerians will serve as narrators on the project, giving life to the scripts under the supervision of a Voice Coach and a Creative Director.  The project will be replicated in key African countries using local influencers in those countries and managed by Graduatepro’s Country Leads.
(From L-R) Audu Maikori, Founder - Chocolate City Group, Maureen Iyasele, CEO - The Jobmag Center, Tobe Ifeanyi Communication Manager, JA Nigeria, Naomi Lucas, Founder - Graduatepro, Misan Rewane, CEO - Wave Academies and Dr. Yemi Amusan at the unveiling of #AfricasBiggestBookProject in Lagos.
Confirmed narrators include Audu Maikori, OC Ukeje, Segun Lawal, Yemi Amusan, Dare Art Alade, Chioma Omeruah (Chigurl), Ayo Makun (AY), Chinedu Ikedieze, Jane Maduegbuna, Lanre Olusola, Michelle Aisha Bello, Kola Oyeneyin, Nimi Akinkugbe, Japheth Omojuwa, Andre Blaze Henshaw, Moses Siasia, Lydia Idakula Sobogun, Ojoma Ochai, Femi Longe, Dike Chukwumerije, Misan Rewane, Aisha Augie-kuta, Jimi Tewe, Nuhu Kwajafa, Femi Obong Daniels, Sage Hasson, Jodie Odiete, Amanda Kirby Okoye, Dayo Isreal, Alkasim Abdulkadir and Wana Udobang amongst others.
Misan Rewane, CEO - Wave Academies, Jodie, Singer, Barbara Onianwah, Assistant Manager, DDB, Naomi Lucas, Founder - Graduatepro and Tobe Ifeanyi, Communication Manager - JA Nigeria at the unveiling of #AfricasBiggestBookProject in Lagos
Audu Maikori, Founder - Chocolate City Group
Speaking at the event which took place at Protea Hotel Leadway, Ikeja, Mr. Audu Maikori, Founder - Chocolate City Group, shared his recent experience working on the SURE-P Graduate Internship Scheme and said, “Internships and apprenticeships are part of the tools for capacity building that young people must adopt.” 
#TeamEclat, Project Managers for #AfricasBiggestBookProject
Ms. Lucas and Pelu Awofeso, 2010 winner - CNN Award for Tourism
Ms. Lucas and Maureen Iyasele, CEO, The JobMag Center
Naomi and the very talented Soul Singer - Maka
M.s Lucas and Dr. Amusan, Motivational Speaker and CEO - Lucere Ltd
Soul Singer, Maka, Serenading guests
IP Consultant and Business Designer, Ese Oraka, hosted the event
Tobe Ifeanyi, Comms Manager, JA Nigeria speaking at the event
#AfricasBiggestBookProject Voice Director, Remi Olutimayin
Audu Maikori, Mtrill and Femi Longe of CCHub in convo
Ms. Lucas and Funmi Elliot
Zeal Akaraiwe, CEO Graeme Blaque was there to support the initiative
Amazing guitarist and Singer, Wale and Juwon
Chief Executive Officer - Lucere Ltd, Dr. Yemi Amusan, underscored youth empowerment and entrepreneurial funding as keys to solving the unemployment problem in Africa.

Ms. Naomi Lucas, the project visionary and Creative Director of the initiative said, “We must adopt a Pan-African approach to solving unemployment. We must show our young people that they can stay here and find meaningful work.” She further stated that contrary to popular opinion, there are jobs; the problem remains a wide gap between available jobs and the skills needed to execute them and that the gap stunts business growth which would have created even more jobs.
Naomi Lucas with some male participants
at the event
Audu Maikori and Dupe Killa - Kafidipe in conversation
Naomi Lucas and Moses Siliko Siasia
Award winning Travel Journalist, Pelu Awofeso being interviewed at the event
Naomi Lucas and Debby Lucas, taking a break after the event
Maureen Iyasele, CEO - The Jobmag Center speaking at the event
Jodie Odiete and Barbara Onianwah at the event
Misan Rewane, CEO Wave Academies speaking at the event
Audu Maikori, Founder Chocolate City speaking at the event

Naomi Lucas and Mtrill 
On what she hopes to achieve with the project, she said “My aim is to use the power of audio-visuals, young people’s attraction to the creative industries and the pervasiveness of internet and mobile technology to reverse the scourge of unemployment on the continent. Learning styles have evolved and the onus is on those who facilitate learning to remain one step ahead.” She reiterated her belief that every young person should have access to opportunities irrespective of their location, how much money they have or what time of the day it is.

The audiobook, which will be produced by Mr. Kehinde Dacosta Lawrence with Mr. Remi Olutimayin as Voice Director, will commence on Wednesday the 22nd of July 2015 and last until mid September, 2015.

1 comment:

Igho Resedenz said...

So, it's going to be a collective voice put together under various industries with the aim to improve entrepreneurial skills in youths. I've never seen audio book in this light.
Wow. This will be first of its kind in Africa, I guess.