The Lagos State Youth Ambassadors holds Grand Finale of IBILE WORD BATTLE for Lagos State Secondary School Students ~Ajasa-Info


The Lagos State Youth Ambassadors, led by Ambassador Aderounmu Zainab, held the Grand Finale of the Public Speaking Competition tagged Ibile Word Battle on 12th May, 2023 at Ikeja Youth Center, Ikeja.

The Public Speaking Competition for secondary school students in Lagos featured three stages, with the first stage being an essay entry stage where the team received over 100 essays from across the five administrative divisions (IBILE) in Lagos. Twenty-five best essays were shortlisted to advance to the second stage which was a public speaking training cum competition.

The second stage took place on Thursday 29th of April 2023, and the training was administered by Anybody Can Speak Academy, the official training partner for the project. From this stage, 10 best speakers were shortlisted to move to the final stage which was themed ‘Society and the Young Smoker: solutions to drug abuse among students in Lagos.
Beyond the competition, students had the opportunity to listen to a transformational speech by a drug abuse coach, Baiye Adebowale. It was attended by Secondary school students from over 50 schools from the six education districts across the five divisions in Lagos.

The team also partnered with the Lagos State Ministry of Education, and principal officers from the education districts were in attendance.

The winners of the competition include: Aiyemobola Ayomide Paul of Yiseyon College (Badagry Division) in 1st position, Ayetowo Rachael Seyide of Yiseyon College (Badagry Division) in second place and Elemoro Anort of Epe Girl’s Secondary School (Epe Division).

The winners went home with awards of excellence, cash prizes: 30,000 naira, 20,000 naira and 10,000 naira respectively, as well as books on leadership: “From Storeroom to Boardroom by Dr. Babs Omotowa PresidentNigerian University of Technology and Management, Aspects of Language and Communication by Dr. Ganiu Bamgbose, Lecturer of English at Lagos State University, and Plan Z by Al Ameen Abolare.

All other participants were also rewarded with certificates and books mentioned above.

With this project, The Lagos State Youth Ambassador aimed at building young voices who would speak against vices like drug abuse among students.



The Lagos State Youth Ambassadors, Ikeja Division started their weekend with the graduation of participants in their Youth Empowerment Project.

The empowerment program with Youth Moral Rectitude and Empowerment Initiative started with over one hundred and twenty youths in Lagos State.

For the last six weeks, these youths have been exposed to varying skills which included catering, paint making, make-up and gele tying among others.

Aside from the experienced instructors, the participants have been subjected to tests within the six weeks to make sure that they understood everything they had been taught.

The final examination came up last Friday and judges and the sponsors were there to witness the youths showcase their knowledge.

It was not just about learning the skills, there were entrepreneurial and marketing sessions to teach the participants how to maximise their business, challenges that they may encounter and how to overcome them.

One of the participants who is a student of the University of Ilorin and affected by the ongoing ASUU strike said ” While there is nothing I can do to stop the strike, I am glad that I took this opportunity to develop myself and get productive by learning catering. This past week has been exciting and I am looking forward to doing more for myself with the skills learnt”.

The empowerment project included a range of youths above the age of sixteen. The students are affected by the ongoing strike or just finished secondary school, or recently graduated.

Thanks to the Lagos State Youth Ambassadors, these youths have a skill that can be monetized. They are empowered.

They graduated today, the 5th of August. Participants who completed the six weeks of intense skill acquisition were certified by the Lagos State Government (Ministry of Youth and Social Development) and the Youth Moral Rectitude and Empowerment Initiative.

When the team lead, Onike-Azeez Aminat was asked about the purpose of the empowerment project, she said “Investment in people yields the greatest reward, the Ikeja team is honoured to be part of these people’s journey, We hope that they will do great things with the skills acquired.”


The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has charged Nigerian youths, especially those living in the State to be global ambassadors and real leaders of tomorrow.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, who reiterated his administration’s commitment to programmes that would benefit youths, said Lagos State Government would create a platform for youths in the State to be global leaders and not divisional leaders.

Speaking on Thursday during a courtesy visit by the Lagos State and divisional youth ambassadors at the Lagos House, Marina, Governor Sanwo-Olu said his administration is building a great future for the youths and other Lagosians with various interventions under the THEMES agenda.

The Lagos State and divisional youth ambassadors are winners of the annual IBILE Youth Academy leadership programme, which started four years ago.

Governor Sanwo-Olu urged the Lagos State Youth Ambassador, Funmilayo Akanni-shelle and the divisional ambassadors – Aminat Onike-Azeez (Ikeja), Selome Hunpatin (Badagry), Gbolabo Femi-Jolayemi (Ikorodu), Qudus Shodunke (Lagos) and AbdulRahman Saheed (Epe) to use the platform given to them to touch lives and create the future that they will all be proud of.

He said: “We are not only building youths for greatness but to be real champions and advocates in their various communities and leaders of tomorrow.

“We are creating a platform for our youths not just to be divisional ambassadors or state ambassadors but global ambassadors because the future is about the youth.

“What we are doing with all of our interventions in Lagos State under the THEMES agenda is providing the future from today. Everything you see us do in the area of traffic management, health, environment, education, technology, security and infrastructural development is to make sure that the future is better than today.”

Speaking earlier, the Lagos State Youth Ambassador, Funmilayo Akannishelle, commended Governor Sanwo-Olu and the State Government for providing a platform for them through the IBILE Youth Academy leadership programme.

She said the IBILE Youth Academy leadership programme has changed them mentally and made them to be better people, adding that the training has also motivated them to work toward building a Nigeria the youth would be proud of.

She said: “I want to appreciate Lagos State Government for the IBILE Youth Academy leadership programme. I believe it is something that other states should emulate. It is a programme that will go a long way to improve and incorporate leadership qualities in the youth.

“The IBILE Youth Academy has changed our mentality. It has made us better people and we can now go to our communities with positive charge. We all need to improve our country. We should be patriotic and be proud of our country.”

The ambassadors were presented to the Governor by the Lagos State Commissioner for Youths and Social Development, Mr. Olusegun Dawodu, supported by Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth, Mr. Saheed Akanbi; Director, Youth, Mr. Femi Adetoye and Assistant Director, Youth, Mrs Rasheedat Umar.

Lagos State Youth Ambassador set to organize ACHIEVERS AWARD ~Ajasa-Info

The Lagos State Youth Ambassadors under the aegis of the Lagos Ministry of Youths and Social Development hereby notify you of its award Ceremony which will be coming up by November 28th to celebrate the youth Ambassadors’ successful tenure in office and award Ceremony.

The Ceremony which would serve as a bowing out programme of the Ambassadors to Celebrate their tenure in service to the Lagos State Youths, this award is designed to Celebrate young individuals.

This meritorious award is to recognize and appreciate them for all their contributions towards the youths and their socio economic come political development.