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40 First Jobs

First published in 2016


Professor Pat Utomi

Goddie O. Isibor

Pradeep Pahalwani

Bernadine Okeke

Eniola Fadayomi

Adesuwa Ifedi

Peter W. Kariuki

Barry Obioma

Michael Ajayi

Ukinebo Dare

Biyi Oladipo

Houssein Kazzaz

Chinedu Duru

Raphael Lewu

Nonye Cally-Bechi

Arek Bawa

Nike Ademiju

Modupe Bankole

Theo John-Philips

Agatha Amata


Henry Obih

Busola Ogunlolu

Bukola Kogbe

Tolulope Agiri

Joyce Nyanamba

Elizabeth Seriki

Patrick Nwakogo

Buchi Anaekwe

Nkedilim Begho

Mavi Sokia Isibor

Cosmas Maduabuchukwu Maduka

Emmanuel Olagujun Odubunmi

Olafunke Alade-Adeyefa

Lucy Surhyel Newman

Emeka R. Nwakanma

Gbenga Showole

Ayotunde Coker

Florence Olie

Agada Apochi

Mike Callen

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40 First Jobs is a motivational and inspirational book compiled by Ukinebo Dare. It is aimed at educating Nigerian youths on how to set realistic first job expectations and how to shape a career trajectory with values like discipline, learning, humility and networking.

Using case studies, it chronicles the experiences of 40 top business executives with varying specializations on their first jobs,  and how they turned challenges into positive steps for career growth.

The book features exciting stories of eminent personalities like Professor Pat Utomi whose first job was a vacation job in 1974 at the British Petroleum. His job description was writing reports and minutes of meetings while also conducting research in areas of sales development.

Apart from being a great resource for young school leavers just entering the labour market; the book also provides confidence to those working on internships or volunteer jobs. It’s a good read for anyone in search of a good career path.

The reader will also find new perspectives on the solutions to unemployment and the importance of gaining experience as opposed to simply searching for “white collar jobs.”

Young Executive Diary

Weekly Career Development Magazine 

Role: Editor in Chief, Contributor

Publishing Partner: BusinessDay Newspapers

Distribution: Over 1,200,000 copies distributed along with BusinessDay Newspapers


‘Young Executive Diary’ is a weekly publication that encourages, motivates and educates readers on the Knowledge, Skills and Attributes needed for an excellent career. It provides career advice, guidelines on how to improve speech and diction, build organisational skills and so on. It also features a mentor’s corner and a column ‘Choices’ which helps readers chart the sometimes confusing waters of ‘Career Advancement’. Young Executive Diary is published every Tuesday in BusinessDay Newspaper...

Wake Up

This is Your Life


Mrs Ukinebo Dare

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Wake Up (This is your life) is a no-nonsense book of inspiration drawing directly from the lessons Ukinebo has learnt in her own life, it is an excellent resource for navigating tricky life situations.

Read the content of 'Wake Up' every week on the Impact Blog

Edo Creative Hub

Vision: Mr. Godwin Obaseki, Exec Gov. Edo State

Kicked Off: 2019

Edo Creative Hub is the government’s new initiative to grow the state’s entertainment industry.

The Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki, represented by his Deputy, Philip Shaibu, made the announcement at an interactive session with stakeholders in the entertainment industry in the state capital Benin city.

“Our goal is to create jobs by stimulating an enabling environment for private investment to thrive and drive the various sectors of the state economy. For the entertainment sector, we are establishing the creative hub where players in the entertainment industry will be exposed to world-class training and secure jobs with the opportunity to excel in the industry.”


teaching young people

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Truth be told, I first started this out of necessity. While working with job seekers in PGFA, I found that a major life skill missing was compassion and empathy. Many people were so focused on their problems that they forgot they could add value to the world. The need to teach them about their irrevocable ability to make the world a better place gave birth to PGCSF.


We set this up as part of the PGFA employability program to teach young people that no matter their status they should live for something larger than their own needs and contribute to society.

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Youth in Africa, Agents of Change


Celina Del Felice and Obi Peter Onyeigwe 


Mrs Ukinebo Dare (Co-wrote a Chapter)

Media often presents a very negative image of African youth. Outside Africa we tend to imagine them as victims of conflicts or diseases, easy prey of political manipulation or recruitment by violent groups. It is true that violence, poverty and lack of opportunities are challenges for African youth. Yet, many decide to face these challenges with enthusiasm, commitment and joy. African youth reject violent, search for spaces where to make their voices heard, create new opportunities and contribute to peacebuilding. This book gathers many voices that speak about innovative projects and stories of personal and social transformation. Young feminists that promote sexual and reproductive rights, youth with disabilities that reject exclusion, young entrepreneurs that work to create better futures for their peers, young peacebuilders, activists that use social media to change reality… All of them are agents of change. In their energy, courage and creativity lies the hope of a whole continent.

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