afolabi sokpehi imoukhuede

- a memoir

never an afterthought

private sector pragmatism to government idealism & the n-Power success story

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By this book, [Afolabi Imoukhuede] sends a message to the future - when all of us will no longer be here - that poverty will not go away without concerted and committed effort. He documents the hard work and rigour that will be needed to engage and defeat poverty.

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Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN

Hon. Minister, Works and Housing, and the 13th Governor, Lagos State

more than a book

Practicality meets big ideas. Join Afolabi Imoukhuede and guests as they explore ideas and principles, proposing actions that get results in human capital development, leadership and nation building.

i wrote this book for you!

Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall stand before mean men - Proverbs 22:29.

Quoting the verse on diligence holds truer for no man but Mr. Afolabi Imoukhuede. Before his appointment as SSA to the President on job creation, Afolabi designed his own academy “SkillUp” where he trained young Nigerians in technical and vocational education to fill a lacuna of skilled artisanship in Nigeria. It was this passion and dedication to creation of employment opportunities that led him to government where he became the inaugural officer in charge of the N-Power component of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Social Investment Programme (NSIP).

In the pages of Never an Afterthought, Imoukhuede narrates his journey on the path of destiny and explains the reasons for the creation of the N-Power programme, its initial hiccups and enduring successes. He shows that the transparency and efficiency of N-Power’s operations can shine the light on how private sector pragmatism can impact government idealism.

the life of service

Do you want to lead? Do you want to serve? How do you want to be remembered? Watch Afolabi Imoukhuede discuss thought-provoking topics in leadership, public service, and human capital strategy and development.

this book can help you


design your own journal

Get challenged and design your own journal of personal and professional success from an acknowledged expert’s documentation.


glean pragmatic principles

Glean pragmatic principles and culture required to tackle complex public and/or private sector programs.


embody virtues

Embody virtues that can drive a desire for “renaissance” rooted in love for country, love for fellow men, and excellence in public service.

what your peers think

In his capacity as Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Mr Afolabi Imoukhuede worked on job creation programs, the main component of which was the N-Power Scheme; Government engaged 500,000 young graduates and professionals as volunteers in the educational, agriculture and health sectors.

Mr. Adeola IpayeDeputy Chief of Staff to the presidentDCOS

[Afolabi Imoukhuede] was a Project Director at Resort International, where I was a Group Head for Strategic Communications. In that capacity, I had to sit down and work with him to come up with communication plans for the projects he was working on. He was the sort of person who understood the importance of teamwork and knew that, to get things done, everybody needs to pull together.

Kadaria AhmedNigerian Journalist, MediaEntrepreneur,and TV Host

The kind of corruption you would have expected for something that huge did not happen; politicians did not have their way. They ran the programme so effectively, using a lot of technology, and there was never a time when things fell apart.

Japheth OmojuwaAuthor, Digital: The New Code ofWealth

In a management class I recently took, we were asked to write down the names of four people we admire. His name was one of those I picked. He is honest and loyal to a fault. But he will also tell you things as they are. He is not the type to sugarcoat it for you. I greatly admire his vision.

Funmi AkinwunmiFGC Warri classmate

Never An Afterthought. This book is written by an Egbon and someone I look up to, Afolabi Imoukhuede. Key learning points from the book are; be prepared and be ready for that opportunity, be a solution provider and not a noise maker, network with the right set of people, maintain mutual beneficial friendships, live up to your family name or build one so that your children can leverage/build on it.

Kayode Momoh

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about me

Afolabi Imoukhuede is the Author of Never An Afterthought. A passionate champion of change and a public servant. As Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on Job Creation, he served as the head of the N-Power Job Creation component of President Muhammadu Buhari’s National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) between 2015 and 2019. Prior to his appointment to national assignment, he was the pioneer CEO of MCS Consulting Limited. An accountant by profession, he is an experienced International Development consultant with sector focus on construction, real estate and small business development. He is also a certified Project Management and Human Capital Strategist (HCS) with emphasis on Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Mr. Imoukhuede is a sought-after speaker on Education for Employment, Job Creation, Skills Development, Economic Inclusion and Affordable Housing. He is a regular volunteer consultant with FATE Foundation.