TWO Nigerian graduates are among the 12 youths from across the continent, selected as beneficiaries of the Samsung Electronics’ African Youth Leadership Programme (AYLP).
The West African branch of the company, which instituted the programme, said it was part of the company’s efforts to positively impact on the lives of five million African youths by 2015. The programme was first held in 2012, with participants also drawn from across the continent including Nigeria, and it entailed an internship at Samsung located in each participant’s home country, followed by another at Samsung Global Headquarters in South Korea.
The head of the company’s Human Resources Department in Africa, Mr. Kunle Olaifa, at a briefing in Lagos recently, said that upon completion of the internship and having gained working experience about the company’s business, the participants would spend one year working for Samsung in their respective countries, to augment their global business understanding with local experience.
He said: “At Samsung, we have a particular focus on developing and empowering people, both within and outside the organization. This is especially because the future of an organization is dependent on the type of leaders it is able to build. We believe that our business goals are inalienable from our corporate social responsibility and developmental goals, hence we introduced the African Young Leaders Programme, as part of platforms for laying a strong foundation for sustainability on the continent.”
A beneficiary and current Product Manager (Washing Machines), Samsung Electronics West Africa, Ms. Taiwo Baju said: “Very few graduates at my level have had the opportunity to work at the headquarters of a global company like Samsung. The entire programme was exciting and also challenging. Using the African Young Leaders Programme as a platform to develop young graduates like myself is rewarding, not just for me, but for the people around me, my community, Nigeria and Africa as a whole.”
Participants are selected by Samsung, based on their possession of requisite qualifications and potential for deriving value from the. initiative.
Source : Guardian NG