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Bankole Williams

Bankole Williams is a Consultant par excellence and a Peak Performance Coach who has a proven record of helping organizations develop their human capacity to get great work done in less time so they can surpass the annual financial targets of their employers. He is a renowned force in Consulting; assisting no less than twelve prominent banks in Nigeria develop and deploy solutions for long-term profitability and sustainability. For his exceptional work in Human Capacity Development, in 2019, he was given the Coaching Icons Award. In 2020 and also in 2021, he was also named one of the most powerful people in Corporate Nigeria by Ynaija. Also, in 2021, he was named one of the Top Ten Leadership Coaches in Nigeria.

He is also a Social Reformer with a goal to solve the problems of unemployment and underemployment through his foundation – Live Your Dreams Africa Foundation. He has received several awards and recognitions for his inspiring social work in Youth and Social Development by State Governments, including Lagos State, Cross River State and Abia State. His foundation is the 2019 recipient of the Google.org Award for Youth Empowerment in Africa. Through his foundation, over 28,000 youth have been empowered and in 2019, his foundation created 1002 jobs in Lagos. Bankole is presently on a mission to create 1,000 jobs across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.

Bankole Williams is a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic programming (NLP). He is a UK Certified Life & Career Coach and a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) from the International Council for Managing Consulting Institutes ICMCI). He is also a Fellow of the International Management Consultants Certification Board (FIMCB). He is also widely regarded as a Behavioral Change Expert. He is a force to be reckoned with in the field of Management Consulting with over 15 years of experience in Human Resources and consulting fields.

In his quest to understand and optimize human potential, Bankole has gained management and career experience, first at Guaranty Trust Bank, where he was an invaluable member of the Human Resources Team. While at Guaranty Trust bank, he discovered his passion for workforce activation and man power development which led to his move to the Training department where he also facilitated trainings for staff in the bank, after which, he joined a reputable consulting firm – Visible Impact.

He is the Founder & Principal consultant at LYD Consulting; a firm committed to delivering consulting interventions that lead to transformational change. Bankole Williams has designed, managed and facilitated several customer service and personal/workplace mastery training programs, He has also facilitated management and leadership retreats for several organizations. He is an expert at delivering training solutions on product lines such as Self Mastery, Emotional Intelligence, Executive Coaching, Change management, Business Communication, Team bonding, Superior service delivery, Leadership, Selling skills, Employability, Enterprise development etc.

His facilitation skills are no doubt prolific, as he currently provides consulting interventions for banks and different organizations, some of which include, The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC), the World Bank, Guaranty Trust Bank, Access bank, Diamond Bank, SkyeBank, Union Bank, Heritage bank, Stanbic IBTC, StanbicIBTC pensions, First Bank, Fidelity bank, Oando, Konga, Google, NLNG, UTC and the Nigerian Stock Exchange to mention a few. He has facilitated various Culture Transformation initiatives for AshakaCement, team bonding retreats for Heritage bank and Stanbic IBTC, Executive management retreats for DPR, the PoloLuxury and NLNG.


Top Ten Leadership Coaches in Nigeria 2021

Most Powerful Young People in Corporate Nigeria – PowerList 2021 (Won)

Africa’s 100 Most Influential Coaches by the Most Influential Young People of African Descent (MIPAD) – 2021 (Nominated)

Most Powerful Young People in Corporate Nigeria – PowerList 2020 (Won)

Life Coaching Association of Nigeria, Coaching Icons Award – June 2019 (Won)

Google.org Grant Award for Enterprise Development – July 2019 (This came with a grant of $250,000 for youth empowerment and job creation in Nigeria) (Won)

Symbol of Hope Humanitarian Award – December 2018 (Won)

Lagos State Award of Excellence for contribution to Youth and Social Development – 2017 (Won)

Most Inspiring Facilitator – Lagos State Enterprise and Employability Project August 2012 (Won)


Endorsements from Cross River State Government for Enterprise Development in Cross River State – January 2020

Commendation from the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor of Abia State Government for Enterprise Development in Abia State – February 2018

Endorsement from the Ministry of Youth and Social Development Lagos State – May 2017

Quotes by Bankole Williams

Bankole is never one to be comfortable with mediocrity, always encapsulates this with his actions but more so, through his words. You most often would find him say words that allude to this when in conversation with him. Some of his common quotes are:

“If Africa does not become greater, why should we even exist? Not contributing to the achievement of this reality is equivalent to living in futility; we might as well not have been born.”

“If it is not great, why bother”

“It is people like us, that make it in life”

“True leadership is first impact before it is influence”