We Are Committed To Recognizing Enormous Potentials In Nigerian Youths, Says First Bank CEO, Adesola Adeduntan



From showcasing talents, to the art of fashion design, identifying youths in the business of food, Africa’s Firstclass financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has reiterated its commitment to Nigerian Youths through their Empowerment and Entrepreneurship with the celebration of its ongoing Youth Week 2021.

The Youth Week, themed “The Future is Now, Let’s Takeover” started on Monday, the 8th November 2021 and comprised a variety of activities, including: Youth themed Future Forward activities, First@arts Creative Artistry Empowerment Workshop, Grooming and Wellness Workshops, Digital Engagements, Virtual Mini Concert, and many more. Each activity is associated with various gift items, including gift vouchers and cash prizes.

During the celebration of the FirstBank Youth Week 2021, participating youths were rewarded for their talents by following these processes, do a recording showcasing your singing prowess in a video (1 minute or less), upload the video on Instagram, be sure to follow firstbanknigeria on Instagram, tag 5 friends to follow the bank with the hashtags #YouthVoices #FirstBank #YouthWeek.

The top 5 videos with the highest likes will be posted on FirstBank page and the top 3 videos with the highest likes would win the competition and in addition, Millennials and Gen Zs will upload videos detailing their FirstBank experience on Yammer. The videos with the most votes will win the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively.

According information available, the Bank will also provide an avenue for the youth to be empowered in Artistry Workshop Sessions & Arts Classes, as a call for interested candidates in the art of fashion design and illustrations will be done. Entries will be received from candidates who are told to submit their illustration and 10 Youths will be empowered to learn the business of illustrations at Claire Idera Studio.

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Also included in the package is the Food Grill & Fest, a platform the FirstBank uses to give opportunities to youths in the Food business. Youths in the food business will be allowed to submit their entries to the vendors at the Grill & Fest 2021 where food related questions will be asked on the Bank’s verified social media platforms and the first 5 people to get the questions right will win vouchers.

The Wellness and Grooming 101 event will provide an avenue for youths to be empowered in grooming and wellness Masterclass, as interested youths will show their interest to upskill in areas of beauty, grooming and wellness.

Speaking as the Youth week celebration, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, Chief Executive Officer of First Bank said “We remain committed to recognizing the enormous opportunities that can empower the Nigerian youth, which over the years, we have seen our youth benefit from actively engaging in our programmes where they develop effective leadership skills and gain a stronger connection to their community.

Young people he says, are our future and we are always ready to support and help harness their skills as with these, we put them at an advantage in securing their future as they contribute to national development.

According to Adesola Adeduntan. at FirstBank, with about 57% of the entire workforce being millennial and ‘Gen Zs’, the Youth segment has been and will continue to be the prime focus. therefore, the Youth Week presents a unique platform to strengthen the Banks commitment to the younger population, who have become the powerhouse driving all facets of digitization and innovation in our world today’’.

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Since 1999, Nigeria has continued to join the international community to observe the Day in commemoration of the importance of youth’s participation in politics, economic and social activities towards a sustainable development of the nation. Nigeria has one of the highest populations of youth in the world, with about half of the estimated 200 million of the country’s total population being under the age of 19 and 62%, below the age of 24.

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