Our Story

 

JCI Nigeria, an affiliate of Junior Chamber International, was founded on 9th march, 1957 through Otunba Bola Adewunmi, a young man who travelled to the United States as a reporter, where he joined and learnt more about Junior Chamber International. On returning to Nigeria, Otunba assembled young men of like minds to start the JCI movement in Nigeria. The first meeting was held on 9th March 1957 at the Brostow Hotel, Lagos.

Junior Chamber International Nigeria has over 100 Local Organization (both City and Collegiate Chapters) and over 2,500 Active Citizens membership base. JCI Nigeria relies on her Active citizen’s base; young leaders and entrepreneurs that are committed towards creating impact in their communities.

Since the founding of Junior Chamber International Nigeria 61 years ago, the organization has embarked on several projects that have contributed to national development. JCI Nigeria continues to assume key roles in community development, providing development opportunities to young people in the Nigerian society.

Our Past Presidents

 

2019 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Adetola Akinola

2009 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Chogwu Akoh

2001 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Adekunbi Wuraola (Ph.D)

1995 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Babajide Olatunde-Agbeja

1992 JCI Nigeria President

Arc. Olatunji Olumide Bolu

1984 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Gabriel Idahosa

2019 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Adetola Akinola

SUMMARY
Adetola possesses an excellent interpersonal skill, ability to develop and maintain mutually beneficial relationships. Solutions-driven leader of quality programs powering global growth.

Led international, cross-functional teams in delivering strategic initiatives proven to improve systems, processes and bottom-line results. She excels in developing, translating and aligning strategy with organization vision and goals while building internal / external relationships at all levels, driving transformational change resulting in long-term financial growth and sustainability. She leads by example, fostering an environment of open communications, motivation and engagement among teams that deliver outstanding results-even with limited resources. She takes responsibility as a leader or team member, swiftly identifying the root to problems and developing an effective solution through the use of her cognitive skills. She possesses effective communication skills, organizing and chairing media briefings on policy and leadership reforms. She works in a fast-paced environment using her envious multi-tasking ability to navigate the complex working environments in the development sector. She has successful not-for-profit organizational experience, combined with prior managerial and executive roles in profit-making organizations, revitalizing and turning around organizations to achieve significant financial and operations results. She inspires trust and credibility across diverse organizations and cultures. Highly dedicated and resourceful with significant experience in all aspects of non-for-profit fundraising, development expert who has proven record of fostering organizational growth. Travelled to over 25 states in Nigeria and also been to major countries of the world such as, South Africa, Morocco, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cameroun, Kenya, Bénin Republic, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Seychelles, the UAE, United Kingdom, several States in the USA, Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, Himeji, Kanazawa & Yokohama in Japan, France, Latvia, Germany, Qatar, Israel, India, Turkey, Estonia, Cote D’Ivoire, Abidjan amongst others. Adept at effective management of a large staff. Designed and led organizational strategy in local, national and global context

PROFILE
Adetola Akinola has been involved in advocacy, leadership research and development, policy formulation, health and education projects through her 20 years of active membership with the Junior Chamber International, the world’s largest global network of active citizens. She sits on
the board of JCI Nigeria as its 2019 President. She was the 2013 President of JCI Victoria Island, a year after then, she led the JCI Nigeria Area Conference Organizing Committee as Director to host one of the most beautiful Area Conferences in JCI Nigeria’s history.

In 2015, she led a group of young talents to organize the highly respected JCI Nigeria TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Persons’) Awards, which sought to recognize the ten most outstanding young Nigerians that have contributed positively to the development of the Nation. Noteworthy is the undisputable fact that 2015 set a new tone for the programme.

In 2017, Adetola served JCI Nigeria as the Executive Vice President in charge of Local organizations in the North Western Region of Nigeria. With support from her team, she initiated and executed a flagship, “Back to School” Project where vital school items were donated to vulnerable children to reduce the population of kids in that region of Nigeria who are out of School.

In 2017, at the JCI World Congress held in Netherlands, she was appointed by the 2018 JCI World President as his Executive Assistant for Africa and the Middle East, assisting the president in overseeing JCI Activities in 50 countries. In the same year, she led the team responsible for the ambitious goal of building a permanent Secretariat for the 61-year-old organization in Nigeria; the journey to JCI Nigeria owning her own permanent secretariat started immediately she assumed that office.

In October 2018 (at the annual National Convention of the Organization), she was unequivocally elected as the 2019 President for JCI Nigeria, to direct the affairs of the almost 5000-member (active and alumni) Organization in Nigeria.

In her tenure as the 2019 JCI Nigeria President, she moved the organization forward by uniting all sectors of Society (Business, Government, other NGOs and Civil Societies), she successfully secured some long-term partnerships for the JCI Nigeria (some of which are The European
Union in Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State Government, Google Nigeria, Zenith Bank Plc, US Consulate Office in Lagos, Union Bank Plc) amongst others. She organized the first ever edition of the JCI Nigeria International Youth Day Summit which brought together almost 2000 youths across
different NGOs and youth-led organizations in Nigeria together to discuss and deliberate on the current state and future of education in Nigeria.

Adetola is a graduate of the prestigious JCI Academy that holds annually in Japan. She joined other leaders of National organizations across the world to learn and proffer solutions to the many challenges plaguing the World.

In the course of her active participation in JCI through the coordination and execution of sustainable development projects in Health and Wellness, Education, Gender Parity, Decent work, Economic Empowerment, Peace and Justice; she has travelled to over 20 states in Nigeria and also been to major countries of the world such as, South Africa, Morocco, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cameroun, Kenya, Bénin Republic, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Seychelles, the UAE, United Kingdom, several States in the USA, Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, Himeji, Kanazawa & Yokohama in Japan, France, Latvia, Germany, Qatar, Israel, India, Turkey, Estonia, Cote D’Ivoire, Abidjan, Cape Verde, Maldives amongst others.

Adetola holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Ondo State University (now Ekiti State University) and MBA from the prestigious Lincoln University, California, USA. She is also a Harvard Business School graduate.

She has almost 15 years work experience in the corporate sector which spans through Banking, Construction, Manufacturing and Hospitality where she honed her skills in sales, marketing, relationship management, credit analysis and customer service, leadership and management.

She worked in Zenith Bank, Kuramo Group (Metro Urban Homes Ltd & Hope Building Society Mortgage Bank) and United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc as the Business Manager.

Adetola’s hard work and relentless commitment to excellent service won her several awards including the highly esteemed “Transformational Manager of The Year Award (UBA)” in 2015, one that was awarded and presented by the Group Chairman of the Bank (Mr. Tony Elumelu, CON) in recognition of her outstanding performance in growing the balance sheet of her branch by about 300% in less than a year despite the seemingly tough terrain within the period of her short stay in the bank. She is the only Nigerian staff who has won the award till date.
She has attended several trainings and seminars facilitated by various reputable companies, institutions and professional bodies including the Lagos Business School, Visible Impact, Alder Consulting, Peak Performance – South Africa, H. Pierson, Mac – Tay Tack, Olakunle Soriyan & Co. and Junior Chamber International, John C. Maxwell amongst others. Adetola, in December 2019, graduated from the Harvard University, Boston, USA.

Adetola is the Founder and CEO of the Glitz Group of Companies with an Event Centre (now, one of the most sough-after event centres in Lekki, Lagos), an Auto-repair Garage (an all-automated mechanic workshop in Lekki, Lagos), Glitz Business Services, Glitz Residences & Apartments (a chain of short-let apartments across Lagos), Glitz Entertainment & Promotions, Glitz Food & Beverages, amongst others; all these businesses have been successfully run till date.

She is a certified John Maxwell trainer with over 1000 hours of speaking engagement within Nigeria and across different countries where her primary focus has been on leadership, excellence and service to humanity.

She has been recognized with a number of awards within and outside the Nigeria (too numerous to mention), one of the most recent one being JCI Senatorship honour – a Life Membership Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of Junior Chamber International, this is the highest honour in Junior Chamber International.

Adetola was born on the 17th of June and enjoys traveling as well as event(s) planning, management and coordination.

2009 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Chogwu Akoh

‘Chogwu Akoh was born on the 20th of June, 1969 in Kaduna.  She attended St Mary’s Private School in Lagos and Queen’s College, Lagos from which she obtained her WAEC ‘O’ Level Certificate in 1985.  She proceeded to the University of Benin the same year and graduated in February 1991 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering.  After her National Youth Service in Lagos, she went back for further studies, this time to the University of Lagos, from which she earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science.

Her professional career has seen her working in a wide range of sectors, from maintenance of electronics to the petroleum industry, telecommunications, computers, printing, public relations, events management, administration, laboratory analysis and quality systems audits.  She is currently the Managing Director of Alfa Laboratories Limited, Lagos.

JCI CAREER

‘Chogwu Akoh joined the Ikoyi chapter of Junior Chamber International in June 2002.  She was the LOM Convention Chairperson in 2003, Public Affairs Director and Editor of the LOM Magazine (the PACE) in 2004, Vice-President, Business and International Affairs in 2005 and LOM President in 2006, during which her chapter hosted the National Convention.  She was also appointed to the National Board as Chairman, Vocational Training in 2005 and later elected National Vice-President in charge of JCI Nigeria, District A1 for 2007.  Subsequently, she served as National Executive Vice President in charge of Area A in 2008 and eventually National President in 2009.

She has attended a number of conferences locally and abroad.  These include the following:

Area Conferences (Area A):

JCIN Area A Conference, ARMTI, Ilorin                                                                          –           2003

JCIN Area A Conference, Ibadan                                                                                     –           2005

JCIN Area A Conference, Ibadan                                                                                     –           2006

JCIN Area A Conference, Badagry                                                                                   –           2007

JCIN Area A Conference, Abeokuta (as Conference Chairman)                                –           2008

JCIN Area A Conference, Lagos (as National President)                                             –           2009

JCIN Area A Conference, Akure (as Immediate Past National President)                –           2010

National Conventions:

JCIN National Convention, Asaba                                                                                     –           2004

JCIN National Convention, Ilorin                                                                                       –           2005

JCIN National Convention, Abeokuta                                                                              –           2006

JCIN National Convention, Calabar                                                                                 –           2007

JCIN National Convention, Ibadan                                                                                   –           2008

JCIN National Convention, Abuja                                                                                     –           2009

JCIN National Convention, Omoku (as Nominations Committee Chairman)             –           2010

JCIN National Convention, Lagos                                                                                     –           2011

JCIN National Convention, Lagos                                                                                     –           2016

JCIN National Convention, Owerri                                                                                    –           2017

Training Retreats:

JCIN Area A Training Retreat, Abeokuta                                                                         –           2006

JCIN Area A Training Retreat, Ilorin                                                                                 –           2006

JCIN Area A Training Retreat, Akure                                                                               –           2007

JCIN Area A Training Retreat, Ibadan                                                                             –           2008

Other JCI Nigeria Conferences:

JCIN Area C and D Conference, Zaria                                                                           –           2007

JCIN Area B Conference, Owerri                                                                                      –           2008

JCIN Area C Conference, Abuja                                                                                       –           2008

JCIN Area D Conference, Kano                                                                                        –           2008

JCIN Area B Conference, Asaba (as National President)                                            –           2009

JCIN Area C Conference, Abuja (as National President)                                             –           2009

JCIN Area D Conference, Jos (as National President)                                                 –           2009

JCIN Collegiate Conference, Badagry (as National President)                                   –           2009

JCIN Area A Conference, Akure                                                                                       –           2010

JCIN Area C Conference, Abuja                                                                                       –           2010

JCIN Area C Conference, Abuja                                                                                       –           2013

International Conferences:

JCI Africa and Middle East Conference, Libreville, Gabon                                          –           2003

JCI Africa and Middle East Conference, Cotonou, Benin Republic                            –           2005

JCI Africa and Middle East Conference, Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire

(as National President)                                                                                                       –           2009

JCI Africa and Middle East Conference, Abuja, Nigeria                                               –           2010

JCI World Congress, Copenhagen, Denmark                                                                –           2003

JCI World Congress, Hammamet, Tunisia (as National President)                            –           2009

JCI Leadership Academy, Tachikawa, Japan                                                                –           2008

JCI Benin National Convention, Cotonou (as National President)                              –           2009

Others:

Various LOM Conventions from 2003 to date.

Awards, Certificates and Other Recognitions:

Winner, World Speaking Competition, JCI Area A (Gabon)                                         –           2003

JCI Ikoyi Most Outstanding New Member                                                                       –           2003

Participant, World Speaking Competition, JCI World Congress (Denmark)              –           2003

JCIN Counsellor (Ibadan)                                                                                                   –           2005

JCI University PRIME Graduate (Cotonou, Benin Republic)                                       –           2005

Matron, JCIN Yaba Tech Collegiate Chapter                                                                 –           2005

Most Supportive LOM President, JCIN Area A                                                               –           2006

JCIN Ambassador (Kano)                                                                                                  –           2008

Legacy Award, by JCI Abuja Unity                                                                                   –           2009

Paul Harris Fellowship, Rotary International, Cleveland, Ohio                                    –           2009

JCI Senator #74588                                                                                                            –           2015

2001 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Adekunbi Wuraola (Ph.D)

Adekunbi Wuraola is currently the Director, Policy & Partnerships for Africa at Bridge International and a past Executive Director of Junior Achievement Nigeria (JA Nigeria). She has a Doctorate Degree in Educational Psychology and has over two decades of experience in the education and development sector working with government and private organisations across Africa in pursuing educational reforms through partnerships to ensure sustainable impact.

Kunbi is reputable trainer/speaker and an ardent believer in women and young people and helps them discover their purpose, passion and possibilities by stirring up gifts and talents from birth as well as assist in defining their life paths to achieve their life goals. In 2001, Kunbi made history by becoming the first female National President of Junior Chamber International and is the current Chairman of JCI Nigeria Senate Association. She has membership of several organizations such as Women In Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ), Alumnus of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) of the Lagos Business School (LBS), Alumnus of the Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Governance and a Fellow of the Graduate School of Business of Stanford University. She is the author of several books – Young people & Money, My Career, My Decision, Story Story by Children & Relay Race of Life. Kunbi has attempted learning to play the guitar and saxophone at different time but has remained steadfast in her quest by having a passable knowledge of French as a second language. She is married to Ayodeji and they live in Lagos with their 4 children including a set of twins

1995 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Babajide Olatunde-Agbeja

Chief Babajide Olatunde-Agbeja

(FCIB, ACII, ACIIN, BSC ECONS, IG)

Chartered Insurance Broker.

A Fellow of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, he graduated from the University of Ife with a degree in Economics in 1980. He trained as an Insurance Broker with the firm of Femi Johnson & Company and resigned as a Senior Manager after ten years of meritorious service. He set up Boff & Company Insurance Brokers Limited in September 1991. He became a Chartered Insurance Practitioner in 1995 and a Chartered Insurance Broker in 2001.

Babajide has extensive knowledge and experience in both local and international placement of risks and attended many professional, management, leadership and insurance Courses within and outside Nigeria.

A dedicated member of the Junior Chamber International (JCI – a Management and Leadership organization), he was elected the National President of the Nigerian Junior Chamber in 1995, elected the JCI Vice President in 1996 in charge of the activities of the organization in the U.S.A and Dutch Caribbean.

He was awarded an International Graduate (IG) certificate of the Junior Chamber International Training Institute in Pusan Korea in 1996. During his travels, he was honored with six (6) awards from various cities in the USA.

In the year 2000, he was appointed the Presidential Adviser for Anglophone countries in Africa and the Middle East, a position he held till November 2018.

An experienced trainer, he has delivered twelve (12) International Papers and attended one hundred and eight (108) International Conferences in all the continents of the world.

A Council member of the Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (his professional body) since 1995, Babajide was elected and served as the President and Chairman of Council between October 2005 and October 2007. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Fellows of the Council from 2011 to 2015. He currently serves as the Chairman, Finance and General-Purpose committee.

The Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria conferred on him a merit award in 2006.

An ardent golfer, he became the Captain of Ibadan Golf Club in 2011, served for two years during which he turned around the fortunes of the club by creating an investment portfolio in existence to date.

He was Chairman of CRIB Pension Fund Managers Limited from 2006 – 2013. He sits on the Board of other companies involved in real Estate, investment, banking and finance, construction, Teak plantation, Stock broking and equipment leasing.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees for-:

  • Ibadan Polo club                                                                       – 2015
  • Global Youth empowerment fund (JCI/UN SDG initiative) – 2016
  • Ibadan Golf club                                                                       – 2017

Babajide is married to Fehintola (a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)) and they are blessed with children and grandchildren.

1992 JCI Nigeria President

Arc. Olatunji Olumide Bolu

Arc. Olatunji Olumide Bolu is an accomplished Chartered Architect and a seasoned Administrator. He is a Principal Partner at ABDT Partnership, an Architectural Consulting firm and Chairman of Ponti&Co Italware Limited, a Civil and Building Construction Company.

Shortly after graduating with a Master of Architecture degree from the prestigious Washington University, St Louis Missouri, USA, he commenced practice as an architect and he contributed immensely to the design of the St Louis cityscape.

He started his professional career in Nigeria with Messrs Archives and Associates. He is a founding Partner at ABDT Partnership, a leading Architectural firm which commenced operation in 1985. Arc. Olatunji Bolu is also currently the Chairman of Ponti & Co Italware Limited.

He has served in various capacities in the Nigerian Institute of Architects from 1991 when he assumed position as the Chairman of the Oyo State Chapter of the Institute. He subsequently became the 23rd President of the Nigerian Institute of Architects in November, 2010.

He has served on a good number of boards and committees. He is currently a board member of Rainbow Town Development Limited Port Harcourt. He was a member of the Presidential Taskforce for the Aviation Industry in Nigeria in 2006 and he is currently the chairman of Springfield Development Company.

He is also a member of the Architects Registration Council of Nigeria and a member of the African Union of Architects. He was chairman, Ogun State Football Association and member of the Nigerian Football Federation.

Apart from being a practicing architect, he has contributed to the growth of Architectural Education in Nigeria through his position as an adjunct lecturer at both the Ibadan Polytechnic, Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

Architect Olatunji Bolu is married to his loving and amiable wife Adedoyin and they are blessed with three children, Dolapo, Olumide and Jumi.

1984 JCI Nigeria President

JCI Sen. Gabriel Idahosa

Gabriel Idahosa graduated with BSc Economics 2nd Class Upper Honours degree in June 1975 from the University of Ife, Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University.)

He completed the professional accountancy examinations of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), London in December 1976.

In 1978 he was admitted an Associate (ACA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is now a Fellow (FCA) of the Institute.

In 1975/76 he had his primary National Service with Pannell Kerr Forster and Co, Chartered Accountants now known as PKF.

From 1976 to 1980 he was in the professional staff of Peat Marwick Casselton Elliot and Co, now KPMG. In 1980 he founded the professional accounting and consulting group now known as UHY Maaji (www.uhy-ng-maaji.com), a 9-partner firm with offices in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Benin, Kaduna, Maiduguri and Yola. UHY Maaji is the Nigerian member firm of UHY International (www.uhy.com)
He was National President of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Nigeria in 1984, Chairman of the Africa JCI Association in 1986, International Vice President 1987, International Executive Vice President 1988 and International Senior Executive Vice President of the organization in 1990. JCI is a world wide leadership development organization for young executives and professionals.

He is a former Chairman of the Kano District Society of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. At the national level he served as a Committee Member of the Institute’s Professional Practice Section before it was converted to its Audit and Assurance Faculty.

A former Chairman of the Professional Practice Group of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), he was Treasurer and remains Council Member of the Chamber. He is Vice President and current Chairman of the Chamber’s Trade Promotion Board which organises the Lagos International Trade Fair, held annually in November. LCCI, founded in 1888 is a leading voice of the business community in Nigeria.