Data Science Nigeria (DSN) is a non-profit
with a vision to develop Nigeria’s AI ecosystem and position the country as a
world-class AI skill, research and outsourcing destination with opportunity to
access 2-3% share of the estimated global Artificial Intelligence GDP
contribution of up to $15.7 trillion by 2030.
In January 2020, the Chief Solutions Architect of LEAD Resources, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle, held a meeting with the Management of DSN to establish a partnership agreement on the strategic implementation of 3 Data Science Nigeria initiatives in 2020 which are:
This is a one-day Masterclass on Artificial Intelligence and Python Programming for Basic 5 – 9 Computer Science teachers scheduled to hold on the 27th of February, 2020. There will be a giveaway of three hundred copies of the premiere Beginners’ Artificial Intelligence book for Nigerian Primary and Secondary Schools. This masterclass will be facilitated by tutors from Data Science Nigeria and LEAD Resources.
2. FREE PRE-UNIVERSITY/BEGINNERS’ 6-WEEK INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE LEARNING/PYTHON PROGRAMMING:
This is a free introductory class to Machine Learning & Python Programming for pre-university students or beginners scheduled to hold for four (4) hours every Wednesday between February 5th and March 11th, 2020 (for 6 consecutive weeks).
Access will be given to DSN’s AI Knowledge Box (a 4-terabyte hard drive containing 17,000+ Data Science videos, e-books and data sets). There will be a giveaway of the premiere Beginner’s Artificial Intelligence book for Nigerian Primary and Secondary Schools. This masterclass will be facilitated by tutors from Data Science Nigeria and LEAD Resources.
3. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) INVASION:
The AI invasion is a 5-day introduction to two learning streams: Introduction to Python Programming and Introduction to Machine Learning. It will run concurrently across 50 cities in Nigeria. It is scheduled to hold between March 9th and April 10th, 2020. This invasion will be hosted by LEAD Resources and facilitated by DSN.
Aforementioned are some of the initiatives put in place to build a robust and impactful knowledge-driven ecosystem in the state. This collaboration seeks to birth the Data Science dream of raising one million AI talents in ten years.
LEAD Resources was awarded a contract to design and develop the premiere online, socio-cultural platform for Ogun state by the Digital Economy Advisory Group (DEAG). This platform would serve as the “Wikipedia for everything Ogun.”
Between October and December 2019, all hands were on deck as regards this project. All Associates of LEAD Resources actively contributed their quota to the development of this platform as coordinated by the Technology and Innovation team of LEAD Resources, Marcellus Nwankwo and Ayo Lala.
This platform was named, “Hamora.” This name is a derivative of the Yoruba word, “Amǫrawa,” meaning, “We know who we are.” This depicts that via this platform, the people of Ogun state can contribute and harness relevant information about their past in order to create a better future.
Hamora is a crowdsourcing platform which allows for the indigenes of the state to share their own content about history, artifacts, commerce, business, projects, festivals and related socio-cultural topics. This will enhance the participation of all classes of indigenes of Ogun state and ensure the promotion of the core values of Ogun state. Of course, other states may subscribe to this development too!
In a nutshell, the aim of Hamora
platform is identifying, creating, managing, proposing and promoting a single
and harmonized platform for exhibiting interphase between social and cultural
activities that affect the daily lives of individuals in the state.
The objectives for developing the Hamora
data on the history, heritage and other socio-cultural aspects of Ogun state
from certified and trusted sources.
the fundamental, cultural practices and heritage of Ogun state so as to create
an ecosystem to facilitate the growth of the people’s identity.
structuring and facilitating the growth of Ogun state’s heritage for effective
value communication and exchange.
previous, current and upcoming tools, techniques and technology for promoting
social and cultural practices in the state.
The Hamora platform is ready and will be launched soon. Stay tuned!
LEAD Resources, Nigeria’s Strategic Human Capital Development Social Enterprise, partnered with Data Science Nigeria to empower the youths with hands-on skills to compete favourably in the global market.
Seeing as education is an indispensable tool in human capital development, one of the ways of truly empowering a people is by delivering relevant trainings to the youths per time.
Hence, LEAD Resources, in conjunction with Ogun Tech Hub and Data Science Nigeria, hosted a 6-week intensive Data Science course titled “Introduction to Python and Machine Learning” at Kobape, Ogun state.
At the beginning of the training, the Chief Solutions Architect of LEAD Resources, Mr. Kehinde Sogunle rendered a welcome address, admonishing all aspiring Data Scientists to maximize the opportunity given them to learn Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
emphasized the relevance of these skills in the world today and the
corresponding irrelevance of many organizations that have failed to acquire and
engage such practical, digital knowledge.
During the course,
the participants were introduced to “Kaggle,” the “Facebook for Data
Scientists,” where they interacted with real industry data sets with the aim of
acquiring ranked proficiency in optimizing data.
They were given access to a 4-terabyte knowledge box containing Data Science videos, e-books and data sets. Also, participants who performed excellently in optimizing real industry data sets were given the premiere Beginners’ Artificial Intelligence book in Africa.
In line with LEAD Resources’ value of learning, a host of her Solutions Architects took advantage of the training. For example, Lead Solutions Architect, Mr. Olusanya (Former Rector, Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Abeokuta) was in attendance.
Other Associate Solutions Architects such as Mr. Oyebola Simeon, Mr. Itua Emmanuel, Mr. Osadiaye Paul and Miss Ogundare Oluwabunmi also maximized the 6-week intensive course.
Abeokuta Business School is the Business and Executive arm of Crescent University. On the other hand, Crescent University is the pioneer Islamic, co-educational tertiary institution in Nigeria.
Abeokuta Business School has a goal to
develop entrepreneurs who implement (not just understand) practical knowledge of
business education thereby filling the gap in Nigerian Business Education. It
is located at Km 2, Kobape road, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
Seeing that LEAD Resources has a vision
to be the indisputable knowledge, leadership and real solutions provider in
Africa, LEAD Resources continually seeks to collaborate with institutions that
are driven towards “knowledge revolution.”
Therefore, LEAD Resources is working to forge a synergy an sign an MOU with Abeokuta Business School to organize executive education workshops, seminars and capacity building interventions in the school.
Abeokuta Business School will have the responsibilities
of oversight of the courses and provision of certificates for successful students.
On the other hand, LEAD Resources will take on the responsibilities of
development of course contents and designing of suitable capacity development
methodology for the achievement of the objectives of the courses.
Thus far, LEAD Resources has proposed to run 13 executive courses. Eight of these courses are based on Digital Economy Competency while five are based on Government and Public Finance Management.
The proposed courses are as follows:
Drivers of Digital Economy
Understanding Digital Transformation
Leading Digital Transformation
Data Science and AI
Building Digital Social Business
Leading Economic Development
Leading Sub-National Government
Managing Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies
Mastering Public Finance Management
Public Finance Management
The tentative fee per course is N150,000 while the duration of the training is 2 – 3 days. Meanwhile, a plan is underway to organize a Business Outlook Seminar for CEOs, HR Personnel, Public and Private Finance Management Experts in 2020. For enquiries or more information, contact us here.
SMEsabi is an e-learning platform which offers a variety of online courses that demystify the basic and intricate knowledge needs of an entrepreneur in an African economy. In other words, SMEsabi builds capacity in entrepreneurs to start or scale their businesses in the bespoke atmosphere of the Nigerian economy.
The courses are offered in multiple languages including Nigerian Pidgin English. Each course also has video content, written content, assessments and additional materials. This reaches to the various kinds of learners such as the layman, the elite, audio-visual learners, hands-on learners etc.
SMEsabi courses and modules were developed through the combined effort of a team of professional business coaches and ICT consultants with GIZ SEDIN Support in collaboration with FUTMinna and of course, LEAD Resources.
The development of SMEsabi was coordinated by GOPA consultants as part of a contract to develop interactive training materials for MSMEs and start-ups on behalf of GIZ-SEDIN.
Some of the basic courses available on
the platform are:
Typically, prior to taking a course, a short assessment is taken by a registered user to determine the level of practical understanding that he or she has about the the course in question. After the completion of the course, he or she will be directed to take a programme assessment.
Now, if you register for a course, take the programme assessment and score 65% and above, you will be issued a certificate of training by SMEsabi (in conjunction with all her partners). Alongside earning a certificate, you will gain practical knowledge for making profitable, entrepreneurship decisions.
Taking these courses is a step in the right direction as regards recalibrating the minds of the Nigerians to be creative and resourceful employers of labour as opposed to the mindset of being employees for life.
In line with our Market Adoption and Sustainable Implementation of Technology Solutions (MASITS) initiative, LEAD Resources, together with YANI Solutions International, has become the Management Consultant for CrownBirth Ltd.
CrownBirth is one of the fastest growing EdTech companies in Nigeria strategically positioned to revolutionize the education system using technology. The company is owned by Ademola Adenubi, the Acting Director, Information and Communications Technology, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.
CrownBirth has developed two proprietary, scalable web portal technology solutions that have the potential to transform the entire management of higher education starting from Ogun state.
CrownBirth Solution: Tertiary Academic Management System (TAMS)
The first solution is called Tertiary
Academic Management System (TAMS), a custom-developed and scalable Education
Management Information System that models the generic information, requirements
and processes of Nigerian tertiary education system.
TAMS digitizes virtually every aspect of the tertiary education administration system such as admissions, course registrations, payments, result processing to transcript.
The TAMS interface displays the profiles of users alongside the breakdown of their academic units thereby providing a platform for interaction alongside other core functionalities.
The core functionalities of TAMS include:
PAYMENTS – Integration with registered payment
gateway to allow online payment of all fees through secured channel. The
Supports integration of separate payment gateway for different payment schedules.
Allows payment instalments (in percentages) for different payment schedules.
Checks students’ payment status and debt profile and implements penalty condition for late payments.
Generates payment receipts in pdf format with QR code to enhance security.
Provides statistics and analytics of payments across student levels & departments.
ADMISSIONS – Online processing of application form
with integration of automatic O’Level verification system. The application:
Supports multiple online admissions and application batches to run concurrently.
Integrates automatic O’level result (WAEC, NECO & NABTEB) verification system using web crawler technology.
Provides online administrative platform to process admission status and activate printing of personalized admission letter and clearance forms.
Provides real-time admissions statistics and analytics of applicants across departments.
REGISTRATION – Provides platform for course registration by
students based on curriculum for each programme of study. The application:
Generates registration form for students with internal advice on course curriculum.
Provides internal check for allowable minimum and maximum registration units.
Generates exam pass for students and attendance sheet for lecturers based on course registration information.
Integrates staff adviser module to edit and approve course registration.
Allocates courses to lecturers which connects to student registration list and authorizes result upload.
RESULT PROCESSING – Internal processing of
results based on sessional grading parameters to generate students’ transcripts.
Allows lecturers to upload e-copy of results based on course allocation data.
Provides printable format of standardized scoresheet for file or archival copy.
Possesses an internal mechanism for result computation and considerations.
Publishes results in individual student profile.
Generates of ‘broad-sheet’, ‘summary-sheet’ and transcript of students’ academic records.
Since 2013, TAMS has been used by tertiary institutions in Ogun state such as:
Solarin University of Education, Ijagun
Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu Igbo
Adegbenro Polytechnic, Itori
Solarin College of Education, Omu
CrownBirth Solution: Primary and Secondary School Academic Management System (PSAMS)
The second solution is PSAMS EduPortal, an integrated Primary & Secondary School Academic Management System. This is the ultimate school enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for primary & secondary schools.
Basically, it is designed to take over basic school management processes such as admission, fee management, result management, human resource management, user management and timetable management.
In order to improve accountability and efficiency, PSAMS engages all the major stakeholders of primary and secondary school education such as the principal, faculty, management, parents, government, administrative staff and students.
Seeing that LEAD Resources is now the official Management Consultant for CrownBirth Ltd., we have been equipped to give professional advice on all CrownBirth’s software product(s). To subscribe to either or both of these innovations, contact us we will guide you step-by-step.
After project defense, what next? What happens to the project that you toiled day and night to write before earning your degree? What happens to the conclusion, recommendations and areas for further study?
If your answer is what I think, spot on! It is general knowledge that in most tertiary institutions in Nigeria, after project defense, all copies of project work are stacked and locked up in the departmental resource centre or school library. 15 years later, certain officials burn them for good in other to create space for new ones.
The aftermath of this course of action is more saddening that the action itself. Asides the fact that the student and lecturer went through undue stress, research which should have been adopted, funded and utilized for economic sustenance and national development is lost in the annals of history. In an age where information rules the world, a people that shun enlightenment will remain oppressed. Hence, the ripple effect of this course of action may be the bondage of an entire family, town, nation or continent. For how long, Nigerian Youth?
For this cause, LEAD Resources has initiated a project called TARTI – Turning Academic Research to Innovation. TARTI is an accelerator programme for young, talented graduates who desire to turn their academic research to start-ups. TARTI is designed to encourage innovation in the educational sector, increase the promotion of local content in Nigeria, reduce unemployment among Nigerian youths and lead to economic sustenance and national development.
The TARTI Process
The TARTI process involves the following steps:
Registration of talented graduates.
Evaluation of academic research or project.
Incubation of innovative projects and project owners.
Modeling and piloting of innovations in the marketplace.
Scaling of innovations for the economic sustenance and national development.
Benefits of TARTI
Business Enterprise Training (BET).
Access to market.
LEAD Resources champions this cause in conjunction with the owner of the project, tertiary institutions, professional bodies and angel investors. We believe that the answers to our indigenous problems are hidden in your project. If discovered, funded and scaled, your project can birth innovation, wealth creation and national development for our country. Why not join us to TARTI now?
We hosted a solutions assembly on October 2nd 2020 on the way forward as regards TARTI. If you would like to know more about the plans to make your dreams a reality, read the communique of the solutions assembly here or watch the replay of the communique on YouTube. Enjoy!
Resources partners’ Mercer/Mettl to provide assessment solutions for hiring,
training and development, and enable recruiting and L&D (Learning and
Development) easy, time effective and cost efficient.
is an online platform that provide skills assessments for corporate clients and
individuals for hiring and training and development. Mettl provides a
pre-existing testing library and also customized test for specific needs of the
employer. Mettl proctoring technology enables cheating preventions using
facials and keystrokes recognition to verify the test taker and monitor
candidates using the webcam.
Resources partnering with Mercer/Mettl is to connect the right talents to the
right companies because conventional interviews are getting replaced with
digital assessment tools. Mettl assessment provides skills assessment,
proctoring and online assessments such as 360-degree assessment, psychometric
tests, domain tests, coding tests, hackathons, cognitive tests, speech
proficiency tests, L&D solutions and many other battery of tests to make
human development, recruiting and profiling a meaningful and easy experience
for companies to identify the right employee and individuals to become better
version of themselves
The conference started at
exactly 2:30pm and the participants (Obot Essiet, Aminat Rabiu, Khadijat
Oyedumade and Bunmi Ibironke) briefed the project members about the previous meeting
outcomes and details of Abeokuta Business School (ABS)
The following are what were
discussed at the brainstorming session.
PROPOSED PROGRAM OUTLINE
Date: Tuesday, 24th
Venue: Abeokuta Business
The cost implications were
shared between ABS and Lead resources i.e., all the necessary arrangement to be
taken care of at the planned Free Seminars for the program and they are as
Also, it was discussed
that there should be a deadline for the registration of the free seminar in
order to plan ahead and as well as to know the total number of participants
that will be coming for the seminar and the date selected was 17th of March.
Marketing and Data
collection: it was discussed at the conference that the participant’s data will
be collected from ABS Database, Government ministries and parastatals, Private
organizations and banking Industries.
Also, the channels for
marketing the seminar include: social media platforms, Emails, ABS Database,
Fliers, WhatsApp broadcast and Bulk SMS.
Data Collection – this
will be done through the use of Google Forms which the link will be sent to the
participants through the various channels for proper planning and registration
of the participants.
The Agenda for the event,
logistics as well as the theme were discussed while the key note speakers were
left for K.S to decide on.
At the end of the
brainstorm, Aminat Rabiu delegated the task to Obot Essiet to Develop the
concept notes and Bunmi Ibironke to make social media post on or before Friday.
SMEsabi is an E- learning platform that enables Africa entrepreneurs build
capacity for starting and/or scaling their businesses. The SMEsabi courses and
modules were developed through the combined effort of a team of professional
business trainers/coaches and ICT consultants with GIZ SEDIN support in
collaboration with FUT Minna and Lead Resources.
of the courses available on the platform are: Business Model Canvas, Business
Planning, market and Marketing, Access to Finance, and Record Keeping. After
the completion of these courses, you will take a programme assessment which
grants you access to a certificate as well as ability to make profitable
these courses will go a long way to improve the way SMEs handle businesses. The
SMEsabi courses and modules were developed through the combined work of a team
of professional business trainers/coaches and ICT consultants with GIZ-SEDIN
support in collaboration with FUT Minna and Lead Resources.
development of SMEsabi was coordinated by GOPA consultants, as part
of a contract to develop interactive training materials for MSMEs and start-ups
on behalf of GIZ-SEDIN.