Seven-Up Bottling Company Limited (7Up) has reaffirmed its commitment to the development of a pool of well-trained young global leaders capable of offering transformative leadership that would have an immediate influence on Nigeria’s political economy and the African continent.
This was mentioned by Ziad Maalouf, Managing Director of Seven-Up Bottling Company, during the presentation of Miss Dafi-Rogers-Halliday as the 12th winner of the 7Up Harvard Business School MBA scholarship.
Every year, a worthy young Nigerian receives a grant for a two-year MBA program at the prestigious Harvard Business School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
According to Maalouf, Nigeria has one of the best young skilled populations, making an effect both locally and worldwide, particularly in the Fintech industry.
He stated that the 7Up HBS MBA Scholarship is intended to supplement this pool of talent by developing future leaders with a global perspective.
Chief Marketing Officer, SBC, Norden Thurston, who recalled the event of the first presentation of the first winner of the 7Up HBS Scholarship 11 years ago, stated he was immensely pleased with the impact past winners are making in society.
Citing the example of Misan Rewane, who, via her skills training organization, the West African Vocational Education (WAVE) has educated and positioned over 5000 graduates in numerous organizations in the hospitality industry.
Dafi-Rogers-Halliday, a first-class graduate of Economics, thanked SBC for the Harvard Business School MBA Scholarship. She stated the scholarship is an honor because it has helped her to realize her long-life dream of studying at Harvard Business School.
The award winner who is from Rivers State stated her only remorse was that her father who had passed on years back was not able to witness such a momentous event.
While pointing out some of the criteria for the 7UpHBS MBA Scholarship award, Group Head, Culture and Transformation, SBC, Mrs. Yinka Olufade stated the award which was instituted 12 years ago as a part of the activities marking the 50th anniversary of SBC is open to Nigerians who have lived in the country constantly for two years and had applied and got admission to Harvard Business School and are now looking for the funding opportunity.
Olufade said the 7UpHBS Scholarship award has no clause that requires awardees to work with SBC on completion of their program. However, awardees are encouraged to return to Nigeria to make an impact with the management training acquired at Harvard.