Public relations agency launches youth enabling platform, The Coach

Phyllion & Partners launches youth development initiative, The Coachas it equips graduates with employability and business creation skills.

L-R: Convener, The Coach, Founder/Lead Strategist, Phyllion & Partners, Ophylia Temi Ibekwe; Founder, Careerlife Nigeria, Yewande Jinadu; Director at Trellis Group, Akinlabi Akinbulumo and Founder, Jaebee Furniture, Joy Shittu Igbodike; facilitators at the maiden edition of The Coach 1.0 in Lagos recently.

August 2019, fast-rising public relations and marketing Agency, Phyllion & Partners kicked off a youth enabling platform with a difference, this platform is known as The Coach.

Creative Head, Phyllion & Partners, Adebayo Akindun; Accounts Associate, Phyllion & Partners, Funmilayo Oyebola; Founder/Lead Strategist, Phyllion & Partners, Ophylia Temi Ibekwe and Accounts Analyst, Phyllion & Partner, Jokotola Ogunyimika, the organizers of the maiden edition of The Coach 1.0 in Lagos recently.

The coach is a platform that brings two set of young Nigerians together for knowledge sharing; this platform allows young Nigerians thriving in business or career to contribute to the development of younger Nigerians who are yet to begin the journey in career or business.

Current data on graduates who are currently unemployed or under-employed remains alarming, a look at the ratio of fresh graduates who are actually being optimally employed to those who aren’t shows a critically wide gap. Considering that the youth population is a large chunk of the overall population in Nigeria it calls for solution from various stakeholders in different sectors.

Speaking on the need for such youth enabling platforms and what difference this particular platform, the coach brings the socio-economic landscape of Nigeria, the initiator, and founder Phyllion & Partners Ltd.

Ms. Ophylia Temi Ibekwe stated that as communication professionals we have access to the numbers, the information on the problem and somewhat answers to the problem.

We know that the curriculum in our schools plays a huge role in shaping and preparing these graduates for job creation or employment market and since nothing has been done to upgrade this curriculum, we decided it was very necessary to kick start an initiative that bridges this gap and help fresh graduates learn necessary skills needed to gain employment, grow in it successfully and for some, start up a business with the appropriate principles which sets them up for success.


Ibekwe also highlighted the need for businesses to operate as social enterprises, “look around your environment and seek to fill the gaps that around you”. We have to each become the super heroes that will deliver an excellent future for our country Nigeria she added.

This first edition of the coach had an interesting blend of facilitators and topics from Mind Reformation session taken by brand strategist, Mr. Akinlabi Akinbulumo to the Human Resources Practical Session by passionate HR Specialist Mrs. Yewande Jinadu to Entrepreneurial principles for success by the spirited, Mrs. Joy Shittu Igbodike of Jaebee Furniture School, the participants had a robust and balanced training.

One of the facilitators, Mrs. Yewande Jinadu had this to say, “this type of training will not only help the participants become employable, but it will also help those who want to become entrepreneurs to know how to begin and navigate through for success.”

She commended the initiators of the platform, Phyllion & Partners for making the sacrifice and investment in the youth and urged them to ensure continuity of the platform.

In that regard Ophylia Temi Ibekwe, Founder/Lead Strategist, Phyllion & Partners, noted that their plan is to host the Coach quarterly as more partners, facilitators buy into the vision and allow more young graduates to benefit from the training.

The future of the country rests on our youth and The Coach has to stay, we would stick to our mission, sustaining the platform for young graduates to develop skills and gain the knowledge needed to thrive on the job and in business.

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