Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy’s Alternative Provision Program

Eastside Young Leaders Academy Image: eyla.org.uk
Eastside Young Leaders Academy
Image: eyla.org.uk


Through education, Akanimo Udofia received opportunities to apply his knowledge and work for international companies. His personal experience also inspired him to advocate for the empowerment of children through education. As such, Akanimo Udofia supports Eastside Young Leaders Academy, a leadership development organization for African and Caribbean boys.

Eastside Young Leaders Academy, or EYLA, focuses on building young men’s character by instilling values such as academic excellence and hard work. To achieve such goals, EYLA initiates programs include the Alternative Provision curriculum in partnership with local schools and teachers.

The Alternative Provision program features a curriculum for young boys in need of positive direction and change in their lives. The curriculum helps students identify behaviors detrimental to their future, and counters these with positive reinforcement to nurture emotional intelligence. Students who undergo the Alternative Provision program will work with one academic mentor who is responsible for implementing study plans to steer the student towards a path of self-awareness, respect, and civic responsibility.


Urgent Solutions Needed for Akwa Ibom’s Clean Water Issues

Akwa Ibom State University Image: aksu.edu.ng
Akwa Ibom State University
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Akanimo Udofia provides quality oil field services as managing director and CEO of Desicon Engineering, Ltd., in Nigeria. Supporting a number of charitable organizations, Akanimo Udofia contributes to the Roots Medical Mission Charity and the Akwa Ibom Water Charity Project.

With sanitation and safe drinking water identified as a key Millennium Development Goal by the United Nations, the mostly rural state of Akwa Ibom suffers from a lack of these essential resources. A recent case analysis by members of the Akwa Ibom State University faculty presents a serious situation, in which the majority of the 50 percent of people who live in rural areas are unable to easily access potable water. Some rely on polluted springs, rivers, and lakes, while others travel significant distances each day in search of drinkable water. The result of this inadequate water supply is a prevalence of water-borne diseases and a lack of food.

Efforts to improve this situation must extend beyond the current capacities of the Akwa Ibom State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency. In recent years, working in tandem with international agencies, the state has created 83 mini-projects focused on clean water. Unfortunately, many of these had limited operational lifespans, with locals not consulted and pumping machines breaking down quickly. Report recommendations include creating a bottom-up community awareness of the issue, in ways that will reduce vandalism and ensure that local and state shareholders are working together to solve a seemingly intractable issue.

Most Talked About Business Topics for 2016

Employee Engagement pic
Employee Engagement
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Desicon Engineering Limited’s managing director and CEO Akanimo Udofia established partnerships with international companies in the oil and gas industry. Throughout the extensive career of Akanimo Udofia in the global oil industry, business trends have changed because of societal, economic, and demographic shifts. The following are some of the most talked about business topics for 2016:

Employee engagement – According to Forbes, a rough estimate of 65 percent of employees do not display trust in management. This is a result of inconsistent feedback from the management, such as performance reviews or assessments.

Millennials in management – Older millennials who are in their early 30s are now qualified to hold middle management or executive positions. In the coming years, world business will be led by a new generation of leaders driven by company culture and philanthropic causes.

Diversity and inclusion – New trends see diversity as a driver of innovation. In world business, an inclusive culture is expected to influence a high performing workforce. For instance, gender parity has seen a steady 3 percent rise over the past 10 years and continues to gain momentum across various industries.