As Ralph Nader said, “the function of leadership is to show the way and produce more leaders not more followers”, NPL recognizes that Leaders do not emerge automatically; but are raised through deliberate education, grooming and mentoring, as well as ethical training and discipline; hence in addition to setting the template for true leadership in Nigeria through the Prize, NPL engages a diversified group of young Nigerians between the ages of 21 and 35 years in Protégé Leadership Programme (PLP), with the focus to groom a credible successor generation of leaders with the right values, mindsets, and character for 21st century competitiveness.
To qualify as Leadership Ambassadors, young Nigerians are invited through an application process and those selected participate in a one-month-all-expense paid Leadership Ambassadors Programme where they unlearn, relearn and practice Leadership in an ideal Nigerian context. Each week is focused on a theme, namely, Principles of National Development; Entrepreneurship: The Heart of Nation Building; Leadership that Matters; and Soft Skills for Effective Leadership; with sessions led by exceptional Nigerians from various walks of life.
2020 saw the emergence of the first set of Ambassadors on NPL Day, December 12 while the 2nd set of Leadership Ambassadors emerged in December 2021.
In all, NPL has produced 107 Ambassadors across the geopolitical zones of NIgeria.