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MomentumCSR is wholly dedicated to the twin pursuit of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability as well as their iterations which are rendered as Shared Value, Corporate Social Impact, etc. What is important is that these terms all capture the effort of corporates and non-profits towards enhancing lives in their communities via a deployment of win-win strategies that may or may not necessarily redound to the bottom-line of their organisations.

There was Milton Friedman…

There was a time when this practice was not as emphasized as it is today, time when people like Milton Friedman held sway in corporate thinking. “The Friedman Doctrine” argued that the social responsibility of business was to maximize shareholder value and nothing else. Any pursuit of corporate social good should be an individual concern of shareholders as they get good returns from their investment. That, as you might say, was high mode capitalist thinking that left no room for any other pursuit aside profit.

And then Mr. Friedman lost ground…

But things have since changed. Arguments have been made by various scholars in favour of corporate social responsibility as a business imperative. And the overriding argument is that business owes a responsibility to all of its stakeholders, not just its shareholders. Those stakeholders would include the immediate and wider communities, its workforce, customers, suppliers, government, etc. Even as the stakeholders have a stake in how the business is run so also does the business have a stake in ensuring the welfare of the stakeholders so that there is repeat business, a wider customer base, harmonious operating environment, etc., etc.

MomentumCSR wants corporate organisations alive to their social responsibility

MomentumCSR is dedicated to ensuring that corporate organisations in Nigeria and Africa are alive to their social responsibility of ensuring a better environment for all their stakeholders. This is even more critical as African governments are not known to be alive to their own responsibility of helping raise the living standards of citizens in their various countries, reason why Africa has stayed glued at the bottom of all social and economic indexes forever.

And while corporates are at it, we expect that being the resourceful and nimble organisations that they are, they would find a way for win-win. They give, they get. It is not all charity in the traditional sense of the word, but rather charitable deeds that give value to both parties.

Our History

Momentum started out in 2006 as the first wholly dedicated CSR magazine in Nigeria. We ran until 2010 when the realities of the Nigerian business environment forced us to shutter the hard copy and relocate online. In between, we also ran for two years on BusinessDay newspaper as CSI (Corporate Social Impact).

The Relaunch

While we have been online for a while, it was not with the exact vigour that such an endeavour required. Which is what we are now bringing to the site. This is a proper relaunch of the platform to give news about CSR and Sustainability happenings in Nigeria, Africa and worldwide. You will find a lot of foreign stories coming in from the West, and this is because we would like for our Nigerian and African companies to take their cues from what’s happening in the more developed economies and apply to their own businesses for their benefits and the benefit of their stakeholders.

It is our wholehearted belief that even more than the West, African companies need to make CSR/Sustainability a bedrock of their business practices.

And how about individual and celebrity responsibility?

Yes, that too is a big part of what we are about. It so happens that influential individuals in society generally tend to come from business, one way or another. However, whether they be businesspeople or not, we also point the lights at those who are making lives better via their individual contributions and sometimes this coming from their take as investors in business.

Additionally, the ordinary citizen who does anything worthy of applause will find him/herself spotlighted in MomentumCSR.

As well, we also take on celebrities as we today have that culture on a pervasive scale. Millions of folks follow on social media people whose values may be questionable but whose influence is unarguable. When they come up with ideas that benefit society or dole out largesse that benefit a deprived segment, we are happy to trumpet those, although we strive always to put things in context. That’s our own responsibility.


MEDIA – We write, compile and disseminate information on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability and allied matters. In this regard, we originate stories generally from Nigeria as well as give already written stories more legs as they feature on our platform for a wider audience.

CSR CONSULTANCY – As consultants helping organisations get the most mileage from their contributions to societal improvement and sustenance, we develop CSR initiatives for clients, define and refine the messaging, identify key partners, and rally stakeholder support that ensures success from the initiatives deployed by the business.

CORPORATE COLLABORATIONS AROUND SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES – We come up with ideas that need more than one organisation to execute. We then set up meetings at which the various companies delineate their interests and decide action steps towards achieving on the objective within the time frame agreed.

AWARDS – Based on our ongoing assessment of organisations and individuals’ overall sustainability effort, we aim to start giving special awards to encourage doers and instigate others towards doing well as well.

MATCH GRANTS WITH POTENTIAL GRANTEES – In concert with established grant makers, we shall keep the Civil Society/ NGO environment abreast of grants they can take advantage of to further their development work.

MAINSTREAMING PHILANTHROPY – MomentumCSR seeks to encourage more individuals as well as corporate bodies to give back to society. It’s the only way to keep society alive, well and sustainable. We believe that wealthy Africans must take more responsibility towards securing Africa’s future. Unlike in the past, when people died before their philanthropic endeavours were unveiled as legacy, today’s wealthy should emulate the rich people from other climes who have already decided that most of their wealth should go to (and beginning while they are alive) to causes they are invested in and which have enormous social value.

RENEWABLE ENERGY – Available research indicates that the world is warming up at an alarming rate due to the depletion of the ozone layer leading to deforestation and heat waves worldwide. The major cause is hydro and chlorofluorocarbons which are blowing up a hole in the ozone layer. It is for this reason that we champion any credible effort that helps the world especially Africa, engage with renewal energy which if well managed can help give the next generations an opportunity to also enjoy the bounties of earth. In doing this, however, we shall not forget our responsibility as Africans with lots of hydro carbon underneath our earth. Can we manage these deposits in such a way that they bring us the wealth we crave and with decreased dangers to the environment?

VALUES – Values are a big part of what keeps a society growing and going. Our time honoured values as Africans cannot be trampled under as we increasingly meld into the evolving global village. There still is a place for differentiation in order that our people do not become rootless and devoid of a sense of their true identity

EXCELLENCE – Excellence is what keeps a people thriving. To this end, we shall highlight the efforts of individuals and corporates distinguishing themselves via product innovation and enhancement, inventions, conducive working environments, academic achievements, sporting glory, etc. Sustainability in its broadest sense would take in any and everything that helps inspire today’s people to do better and for tomorrow’s people to have a pedestal from which to launch out and achieve greater.

AFRICA/DIASPORA COLLABORATION – By the Diaspora, we mean all people of African origin, who are working towards enabling the race to make greater progress. They may not have come from any African country, but their ancestors were Africans long before they were citizens of other places. And the awareness of responsibility to the motherland we highly prize.

MEDIA RELATIONS – Being veteran media practitioners, we have the capacity professionally and with regards to resources to help disseminate CSR and Sustainability messages as well as any other corporate messaging via traditional and new media for greater amplitude and for measurable impact.


How About Government?

Good question. What is the social responsibility of government? Governments, as founded, are really all about social responsibility. Which is why some corporates insist that if they pay their taxes and other statutory dues, they ought to leave the arena of social responsibility to government to provide for citizens – Water, Power, Roads, Hospitals, Security, Education, Shelter, Food, Law and Order, etc.

Unfortunately, most African governments are remiss in their responsibility, which leaves a yawning gap that grows wider every year. And so, we at MomentumCSR go beyond the traditional remit of our business to laud the effort of government at any level that is doing its bit to ensure a better life for its citizens. In the same vein, we will call out those negligent in their responsibility to their people especially in areas that conduce to development.


Civil society is comprised primarily of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). They are not government but they are known to help hold government to account as they are usually made up of professionals and activists who attract the resources that help them scrutinize the ways of government better than the average citizen. As well, they are involved in dispensing the services, though in much smaller volumes, that governments ought to do.

As would be expected therefore, Civil Society, Pressure Groups of different hues and Labour Associations are a big part of our reports.

Our Team

Onuwa Lucky Joseph

General Manager

He is a seasoned marketing communications practitioner who has also been and is a journalist, publisher, marketer, public affairs analyst as well as corporate communications honcho. What all these iterations have in common is public interest mindedness. And this he has pursued with vigour for over 30 years. As publisher of Momentum Magazine, he was the first to come up with a dedicated CSR publication in Nigeria which sought to engender a culture of civic mindedness amongst Nigerians and people of the Black race; to encourage individuals to be more giving and to think more as a collective so that individual legacies shine brighter when seen through the prism of collective achievement. It is only when we do that that we can talk about sustainability in a way that does not leave us tongue tied. He has taken his crusade to the airwaves, pages of newspapers, online, and to gatherings where people can hear and be inspired to think more about their communities, environment and how their actions impinge on future generations. He runs this ship in the firm belief that people, when they have a mind reset, can change everything.

Lola Okhakume

General Manager

As General Manager of our operations, Lola it is who make things happen for us and the clients we serve. With her background as a creative services professional, she is adept at bringing people together around issues and events making sure things are addressed in a way that leaves no one feeling like their voices went unheard. There’s a Mother Theresa about her in the sense that she has a soft spot for the vulnerable and underserved and will go to great lengths to ensure that their issues make the front pages, so to speak. Our events are ably managed by her and in this she ensures promptitude, venue value, logistics facilitation, etc. As we grow bigger, her value to the operation can only get bigger.

Olawale Onasanya

Operations Manager

As Operations Manager, he is on the road a whole lot to meet clients in their offices and in settings of their choosing. His job is a whole lot about verification. If you say your office has facilities that help pregnant staff be comfortable before they go on maternity leave, he needs to check it out. You have a crèche? Wale, along with our reporters, will come see it. What does the community think of your impact as a business? Wale and his guys will talk to the community folks so that when we report, it’s a two sided affair, one that corroborates, or differs with what we had been given.

Sanjo Adegbaju

In addition to being the in-house intellectual who endeavours to benchmark local industry claims against global best practices, he is also our government and client relations guy who helps with deeper understanding of government policies as they relate to corporate social responsibility and sustainability. Our clients find it easier to navigate the policy maze because of his arduous attention to detail in this regard.