When I came across the call for applications into ViMP 2016, I thought it was a going to be a great event, not because I was familiar with the antecedents of Junior Achievement Nigeria (JAN), the Non-governmental organization that are in charge of the program. I got interested in the program because Lagos Business School was on the poster; I know what a big deal Lagos Business School is, so if they are involved, the program will definitely be worth the while.
Venture in Management Program (ViMP) is a week-long mini-MBA course organized by JAN in collaboration with the Lagos Business School, Accenture and some other companies and organizations. It is basically a school-to-work course to bridge that huge gap that often exists between the classroom and the workplace. Young graduates (twenty seven years and below) are exposed to demands of a career in management and just like any other mini-MBA course around the world, ViMP focuses on Business ethics, Accounting Finance, Marketing strategy, Social Enterprise, General Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship.
Just when I had forgotten about the application, I got a call one evening like that and the next 5 to 10 minutes on that call turned out to be an interview for a place in the prestigious ViMP 2016. I am writing this from Gran Melia Hotel in Ajah, Lagos, where I and all other participants are housed. Over a thousand applications were received, about 200 were shortlisted for interview (shortlisting was done by Accenture) and 50 eventually made it to the final shortlist. It’s indeed a great privilege to be here.
I checked in a little bit late because it was my first time visiting Ajah and I did not really know what to expect. I had visited Victoria Island several times and I quite know my way around there, so I kinda calculated the distance and time it’ll take like I was going to VI. I could not have been more wrong, Ajah is far!
Yesterday was the orientation, we were taken through what to expect from the whole week and i got to meet other participants, majority of whom are still serving Corp members who have come from places as far as Imo state, Cross River State, and Kaduna State. This one of those days that I am proud to have attended Obafemi Awolowo University, we no dey carry last for anything, I’ve met 6 other OAU graduates here already.
Today is the first day of lecture at the prestigious Lagos Business School, I am looking forward to it and will keep you posted.