James Hope College - Excellence & Empowerment


With over 10 years invested in the youth and counting, YEIF embarked on a pursuit to tackle a major issue facing Nigeria, education. We realised that access to quality education is indeed a primary cause of unemployment and its proceeding effects such as crime. Research studies in inequality, poverty and development pertaining to Nigeria as a case study has shown that a major cause of unemployment is that our graduate youth are actually unemployable because they lack the necessary skills required.

Jim Ovia ICT Foundation to sponsor NCS scholarship programme


Jim Ovia, chairman and founder of Zenith Bank Plc,  declared at Nigeria Information Technology Award (NITMA) 2015 that Jim Ovia ICT Foundation will henceforth sponsor the Nigeria Computer Society (NCS) scholarship programmes for the members.

NCS has previously instituted the scholarship programme to assist members pursue critical research programmes for the betterment of the industry.

Why Give: Youths need to be empowered

How can civil society and business help empower young Nigerians? Jim Ovia, founder of Zenith Bank and Visafone, and founder of the ICT Foundation for Youth Empowerment, shares how he leverages his business experience in the field of philanthropy. For Ovia, inspiring and encouraging youth is the best way to build a stronger society. In this video, Ovia shares why investment in education and youth opportunity will pay large dividends for Nigeria.

Youth Empowerment and ICT Foundation holds Social Media Awareness conference


Youth Empowerment and ICT Foundation held a conference on “Social Media Awareness: the Good, the Bad and the Opportunities.”

The event took place at the Civic Center on the 3rd of May, and was ‘’coordinated’’ (as Jim Ovia put it) by Basket Mouth.

Key speakers at the event included:

Jim Ovia Foundation donates to schools, students


Youth Empowerment and ICT Foundation, an initiative of Jim Ovia Foundation recently in Lagos donated over 500 computers to not fewer than 300 schools in Nigeria and over 150 laptops with one year free internet access to students. Also, more than 1000 Blackberry and Android smartphones were given to students that pre-registered online for the event.