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Our MBA Cocktails In Lagos, Nigeria

What you missed? Networking with young business professionals including founders of Iroko TV, the Netflix of Africa

By  Ifeatu Nnaobi

Fri Apr 12 2013

On Tuesday, April 9, we held our first MBA Cocktails in Lagos to bring together young business professionals for networking. It was also a chance to talk about the MBA application process and to discuss international business school choices. 
We welcomed around 25 guests to serene and uber-cool La Mango Restaurant and Bar in Ikeja. The meet and greet kicked off at 6:30pm,  followed by a short presentation on things to keep in mind when considering an MBA. 
Manchester Business School sent over an alumnus Oluniyi Oladunjoye, as well as two current students on the distance-learning Global MBA programme: Olusola Arow and Patrick Osiegbu. They excitedly shared their experiences at Manchester and answered questions thrown at them by the prospective MBAs.
Attendees shared questions and  concerns about the GMAT exam and discussed a range of overseas b-school options, including Chicago Booth, HEC Paris and the China Europe International Business School - an interesting mix of destinations!
Wiley, a global publisher of business titles, shipped over a selection of inspiring 'leadership' books and a GMAT test preparation kit to give away. 
Towards the end of the night, Iroko TV founders Jason Njoku and Bastian Gotter dropped by. Iroko TV is Africa’s fastest growing internet company. They are the world’s largest distributor of African entertainment and since launching in December 2010, the company has built a global audience of over 6 million unique visitors from 178 different countries. They recently raised US$8 million in funding from Tiger Global, a hedge fund run by an early investor in Facebook and Zynga.
Bastian and Jason mentioned that they are interested in hiring good talent from anywhere in the world, including MBAs!
It was a great opportunity for people to expand their networks and to gain useful information about the business school choices and the MBA application process. 
   Niyi on the far right talking about his Manchester experience
                   Two guests getting better acquainted
  A prospective Manchester MBA student sharing her work experience
More prospective MBA students including Nigerian media personality George (centre)
Getting to know the Iroko team better- Bastian, Michael, and Jason (left to right)