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Unilag Students Win Coca-Cola Global Management Challenge

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After six weeks of intense competition, a team of four students from the University of Lagos has emerged winners of the maiden edition of the Coca-Cola Global Management Challenge.

The team made up of final year students of the school include Abdullahi Salimat, Department of Finance; Adeniyi Talabi, Department of Systems Engineering; Oyekan Idris, Department of Accounting and Olubodun Sulaiman, Department of Business Administration came tops in the competition for their innovative business solutions. They will represent Nigeria for the first time at the international finale coming up in Dubai, in April, 2018.

Announcing the winners, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, manager, public affairs and communications, Coca-Cola Nigeria remarked that the competition is in line with Coca-Cola’s commitment to building capacity of the Nigerian youths by harnessing their potentials.

“Basically what we have done with the competition is to provide a platform for these undergraduates to express themselves as well as discover their entrepreneurial skills. We are certain that all of the participants have been impacted and are now better prepared to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams,” she explained.

While lauding the initiative, Prof Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, pointed out that it was timely and commendable.  His words, “This couldn’t have come at a better time. The initiative ties into the University’s objectives to be a solution driven business school that leverages the knowledge of business simulation and power software to train 21st century class of business executives. We are really grateful to Coca-Cola for sponsoring this project.”

For his part, Ryan Fayan, coordinator, Global Management Challenge expressed delight with the contestants for giving their best.  “It’s quite impressive, the solutions they brought to the table. It goes to show the amount of budding business talents waiting to be discovered in Nigeria. I am quite optimistic that the winning team will do extremely well at the finals in Dubai,” he opined.

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