MTN Nigeria concludes the 2022 Y’ello Care Initiative

…empowers Nigerians across 33 states and the FCT

On Friday, 5 August, MTN Nigeria officially concluded the 2022 Y’ello Care campaign at a closing ceremony held at the company’s Falomo, Ikoyi head office.  Present at the event were MTN executives, MTN staff and ecosystem partners from Huawei, IHS and others.

21 Days of Y’ello Care is an annual employee volunteerism program for MTN staff to volunteer their resources (time, financial and skills) to empower local communities across Nigeria through capacity building and other forms of empowerment.

This year’s campaign was themed, “Empowering Communities to Drive Economic Recovery.” This inspired MTN employees to rise to the challenge of upskilling local communities to help boost economic activities. MTN employees, alongside partners to the brand organised several financial inclusion and empowerment programmes for women, youth and children within various communities. Employability training, graphics design masterclasses and hackathons were organised with several individuals and businesses empowered with start-up capital, devices and business equipment across Nigeria.

Director of Monitoring and Investigation, Lagos State Agency for Mass Education, Mustapha Ibrahim, while commending MTN’s effort at the Surulere Vocational Centre,  saying, “I am impressed with MTN’s commitment to growth and development, and I am not surprised because the company is well-known for this. We appreciate MTN’s support and are ready to continue partnering with you.”

Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Chief Human Resources Officer, MTN Nigeria, Esther Akinnukawe, said, “This year, our Y’ello Care initiative was focused on how we can give value to our communities enabling them to be more productive participants in the economy. It has been a privilege to give where we live, and we are truly grateful to the communities and people who received us. Thank you for believing, working with and trusting us to connect you to what matters most.”

MTN is committed to adding economic value by contributing to society through its programmes focused on digital education and capacity building. Through the Y’ello Care campaign, the company strives to ensure that it continues to strengthen and uplift community members in the pursuit of economic development. It is important to note that the Y’ello Care programme commenced in 2007.

MTN Nigeria kicks off the 2022 Y’ello Care Campaign

…commemorates International Nelson Mandela Day

MTN Nigeria Communications Plc has resumed its flagship staff volunteer programme, Y’ello Care, with interventions themed “Empowering Communities to Drive Economic Recovery”.

This campaign aims to upskill local communities with digital skills training and development, boosting economic activity and involvement. It supports the delivery of MTN’s Ambition 2025 strategy, and in particular the strategic priority to ‘create shared value’ by fostering digital skills for job creation in Nigeria.

Following the opening ceremony, which was held at MTN Nigeria Head Office, Falomo, Ikoyi, on July 18, MTN Nigeria Employees joined the South African High Commission on a visit to the Halal Children’s Home, Life Camp, Abuja, in commemoration of the United Nation’s (UN) International Nelson Mandela Day.

Encouraging MTNers to participate in this year’s campaign, Chief Corporate Services Officer, MTN Nigeria, Tobechukwu Okigbo asked employees to “Commit to doing the right thing for communities, focusing on impact, to support this year’s theme.”

MTN Nigeria and Pan-Atlantic University, launch Media Innovation Programme

Nigeria’s leading technology company, MTN and foremost tertiary institution, Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) Lagos, have announced the launch of the MTN Media Innovation Programme (MTN MIP), to be run by the PAU’s School of Media and Communication (SMC).

The six months fully funded fellowship for media practitioners in Nigeria is designed to drive sustainable development in the nation’s changing media scene. The programme, which includes a study visit to the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and an innovation hub to incubate ideas, is open to media practitioners across relevant beats including print, electronic, online platforms and social media content creators.

At the end of the training, successful applicants will have a greater understanding of Nigeria’s technology sector, the nexus between media and technology, and will be equipped with the skills to adapt to changing realities that guarantee career and financial success. Fellows will become an exclusive network of professionals with access to resources and mentorship from SMC’s erudite faculty.

“We are driven by our belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected world inspired by the potential of Africa. The world is constantly evolving, with the media landscape changing at remarkable speed boosted by technology. Our motivation is to support the Nigerian media space with our infrastructure and enable capacity building initiatives to accelerate innovation in media practice.”

“It’s a delight to partner with the Pan-Atlantic University, who through their expertise have contributed to the professional development of the media industry, not only in Nigeria but across Africa,” Karl Toriola, CEO, MTN Nigeria noted during the announcement.

“The School of Media and Communication was established to train professionals who will uphold the highest intellectual, ethical and professional values that promote creativity, critical knowledge, social responsibility and the spirit of enterprise. The MTN Media Innovation Programme could not have come at a better time for Nigerian media practitioners to imbibe these pertinent values,” Professor Enase Okonedo, Vice-Chancellor, Pan-Atlantic University, added.

The course, fully sponsored by MTN Nigeria, will be available to twenty (20) successful applicants.

Interested media practitioners can visit https://smc.edu.ng/mtnmip/ to apply.

MTN Foundation awards 360 new scholarships to Nigerian students

MTN Foundation awards 360 new scholarships to Nigerian students

…equips previous scholarship graduates

Three hundred sixty students received scholarships from the MTN Foundation during award ceremonies recently held in Abuja, Lagos and Owerri. Director, Science and Technology, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Grace Akinfoyewa, Senior Special Assistant on Education to the Governor, Lagos State, Adetola Salau, Director, ICT, National Commission for Colleges of Education, Pius Ekireghwo, and other notable dignitaries were in attendance.

The MTN Scholarships was initiated in 2009 and provides support to high performing students through annual awards in three categories: Science and Technology Scholarships, Scholarships for Blind Students, and Scholarships for the top 10 scoring candidates of UTME. Through this initiative, over 4,200 Nigerian students have received scholarships valued at over NGN 2.3billion.

The newly awarded scholars will each enjoy an annual scholarship grant covering their tuition, book allowance and stipend, till graduation, provided they maintain a CGPA of 3.5 or its equivalent.

At the Lagos event, recipients were encouraged to remain diligent in their studies. Director, MTN Foundation, Dennis Okoro, said, “Today is a celebration of excellence, exemplified by these exceptional young men and women. You have earned your place. Please keep up the good work and watch the world open to you in ways you never thought possible.

For 11 years, this programme has served as a platform that encourages excellence. It has been a means of ensuring some of our nation’s most brilliant minds excel academically, bringing them closer to realising their academic aspirations,” he concluded.

The Executive Secretary MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya, said, “As an organisation, we are interested in our youths’ success and know that access to a quality education provides them with the tools to be the best version of themselves.

For the past four years, MTN Scholarship graduates have also participated in ‘Skill Up!’ – an employability workshop designed to teach the skills required for the world of work. This year, MTN Foundation partnered with Project Management Institute (PMI) for a two-week virtual workshop, equipping the 2021 graduates with the technical skills to handle projects successfully.