Interview Tips for YALI


The best leaders are those humble enough to seek answers from others

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Congratulations now that you are through to this stage.

It says a lot about you to have made it this far. Now make it count.

This stage is as competitive as the application stage and you need to give it you best.

Follow these tips to improve your chance of making it through:-

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Marketing you-for social entrepreneurs


Marketing is a knock-through sport.

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Once you have created your brand i.e. the image you want others to have about you; you need to work on promoting your brand and staying top of mind among people interested in your area of work. In other words, you need to actively market yourself.

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Between the old and young: Who would lead Nigeria to her future?


Can an old general lead the young to the future they desire?

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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Not since the June 12 elections have Nigerians been so electrified by the prospect of voting in a general election. Two candidates- President Goodluck Jonathan and General Muhammadu Buhari are head to head for Nigeria’s most powerful office. Those who love them, truly love them and yet I dare say that the man who will win is the person who emotionally charges the uncommitted.

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Branding You for Social Entrepreneurs


  Perception is you.

Adebayo Alonge

The Solutions Ideator
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What comes to your mind when you hear these names- Mohammed Yunus, Bill Gates, Tony Elumelu? Did the following words come up in your mind- microfinance, health philanthropy and “Africapitalism”? This is the power of a brand- a consistently uniform perception you conjure when your name is mentioned.

Now ask yourself, when your name is mentioned what do people immediately associate with you? This is your brand and is how you are perceived by others.

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The Social Entrepreneurship Mindset


 The social entrepreneurship mindset is one that actively seeks to identify and solve problems faced by impoverished communities in a sustainable way they can pay for.

                                                             Adebayo Alonge

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Investing In Africa’s Future


Africa’s youth makes up over 60% of its population

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Finding opportunities for young people is a critical challenge for Africa, where 62 percent of the population—more than 600 million young people—is below the age of 25. With no signs that population growth will slow in the decades to come, it is imperative that Africa leverage the talent and energy of its youth to create dramatically higher levels of prosperity and equality and avoid the latent risks of unemployment and social instability. – See more at: http://voices.mckinseyonsociety.com/empowering-youth-in-africa/#sthash.NOmGZuS4.dpuf Continue reading