SBC Unveils Dafi Rogers-Halliday As 2022 Winner Of Harvard MBA Scholarship


In line with the company’s commitment to developing well-trained young global leaders capable of providing transformational leadership to impact economic growth, Seven-Up Bottling Company Limited (SBC) has unveiled Dafi Rogers-Halliday as the winner of this year’s 7Up Harvard Business School MBA Scholarship.

Managing director of SBC, Ziad Maalouf, announced Miss Dafi-Rogers-Halliday as the 12th winner of the 7Up Harvard Business School MBA Scholarship.

According to Maalouf, Nigeria is one of the countries with the best young talented population making a remarkable impact both locally and globally, especially, in the fintech space.

He added that the 7Up HBS MBA Scholarship aims to complement this pool of talents and raise future leaders with a global vision.

In reference to the past event of the first presentation of the first winner of the 7UP HBS Scholarship 11 years ago, Chief marketing officer, SBC, Mr. Norden Thurston, said, he was immensely proud of the impact past winners are making in society.

He added that Misan Rewane has trained and placed over 5,000 graduates in several companies in the hospitality industry through her skills training organisation, the West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE).

Speaking further on the applications for this year’s scholarship, Norden said, “As the year passes, many young Nigerians keep doubling the reasons why they are deserving of the scholarship and this year was no different. Their growth is something we are proud of and to continue supporting them is an action we do not intend to stop at Seven-Up Bottling Company.”

He added that building great leaders through scholarships as well as other strides will remain a priority for the Seven-up bottling company.

Dafi-Rogers-Halliday, a first-class graduate of Economics while thanking SBC for the Harvard Business School MBA Scholarship, said, the scholarship is an honour as it has helped her to realize her long-life dream of studying at Harvard Business School.

“The journey to the 7Up HBS Scholarship was not easy. It was a tedious process. I feel validated. And being selected meant that Seven-Up was able to connect with my story” Rogers-Halliday said.

The award winner, who is from Rivers State, said her only regret was that her father who had passed on years back could not witness such a momentous event.

Group head, Culture, and Transformation, SBC, Mrs. Yinka Olufade, While stating some of the criteria for the 7UP HBS MBA Scholarship award, said, the award, which was instituted 12 years ago as part of the activities marking the 50th anniversary of SBC, is open to Nigerians who have lived in the country continuously for two years and had applied and got admission to Harvard Business School and are now looking for the funding opportunity.

Dafi Rogers-Halliday becomes the 12th beneficiary of the fully funded two-year program at Harvard Business School by SBC, joining the likes of Misan Rewane (2011), Olujimi Williams (2012), Mayowa Kuyoro (2013), Oluwasola Olaniyan (2014), Bankole Makanjuola (2015), Chidozie Ibekwe (2016), Ahmed Alimi (2017), Ulunma Izejiobi (2018), Anyanwu Maureen Uzoamaka (2019), and Abdul Rahman Buhari (2020) and Desayo O. Ajisegiri (2021).

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