The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) is a platform for credible, accomplished and uniquely patriotic Nigerians to develop and express values-based leadership skills with the aim of assuming a transformative role in the continuous development of Nigeria.

Established in January 2006, we are an international non-profit, non-partisan organisation registered as a charity in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Through our Leadership Seminars, Symposia, Social Responsibility Projects, Essays and Business Plan Competitions, we are mobilising the energy, talent and resources of Nigerians worldwide to collectively tackle challenges that confront Nigeria.

Motivated by the vision of our founders and the necessity of nation-building, we are blending the lines between citizenry and leadership to enhance engagement, moving Nigerians fromThought to Action…Success to Significance“.

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The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) was established in January 2006 by Mr. Segun Aganga, who was at the time an M.D at Goldman Sachs U.K, while our founding Patron is Dr. Christopher Kolade CON, former Nigerian High Commissioner to the U.K. Backed by an Advisory Board of distinguished individuals and corporate partners, the NLI has continuously encouraged emerging and established Nigerian leaders drawn from all parts of the world to take more responsibility for the future of Nigeria.

The NLI achieves its mission by organizing seminars for senior leaders and future leaders which produce a cadre of values-based community spirited leaders. Individuals from these seminars participate in NLI projects and/or execute a project of their choice through which they demonstrate their values. The projects must address a pressing need within the Nigerian society, have a discernible impact and be a reflection of the Fellows’ personal passions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) is to create a growing, global network of credible, accomplished community-spirited Nigerian leaders, committed to taking responsibility for driving positive change in Nigeria and Nigerian communities.


NLI promotes core values identified by Nigerians in an essay competition, as the values that are necessary to build a good Nigerian society. The values are:

  • Integrity
  • Industry
  • Compassion
  • Justice & Equity
  • Tolerance
  • Discipline
  • Family Values
  • Contentment
  • Spirituality
  • Patriotism