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Omotola, Waje, Linda Anukwuem, Chude Jideonwo, Bob-Manuel Udokwu To Be Honored At Young African Leaders Summit In Nsukka

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Omotola Ekeindi, Waje, Linda Anukwuem, Chude Jideonwo, Bob-Manuel Udokwu, Kanu Nwankwo & more will be honored at the Young African Leaders Summit, holding at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN).

This event is intended to awaken our mindset as Africans to the next level of contribution we need to make in our world as individuals, as a country and of course as a Great Continent. it is impossible for the world to get to its peak, if there is a “peak” without Africa. Finally borrowing the words of a famous Man we in Africa don’t Believe that the Sky is our Limit so long as there are Footprints in Moon.

Young African Leaders Network
A group of young Africans came together to brainstorm ideas for Africa youth development and change. In many ways, Young African Leaders Network provides the perfect metaphor for what could happen when we champion a worthy cause. The network is made up of young Africans who are leading in different spheres of society; current members are from Nigeria, Cape Verde Islands, the Gambia, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Mali and the African Diaspora.

Background
Positively transforming the youth sector is an imperative at a time like now when the youth question is the most challenging facing all nations world-wide. Youth in Nigeria need to complain less about the failure of the leadership and imbibe a different mindset geared towards hard work and resourcefulness, although we believe that our government must recognize that the youth are salient in shaping the future of Nigeria. Most of these young people are students which makes it pertinent to channel a lot of energy to teaching them, grooming them and delivering mentorship thereby equipping them for the strengths and challenges of the future.
Young people need to learn to develop new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things.

Young African Leaders Summit
In light of the above, Young African Leaders Network, Lion FM Organization, University of Nigeria and Hope Vanguard Africa Network initiated the Young African Leaders Summit to serve as a forum for the celebration of peace, knowledge, true leadership and creativity. To this extent, being instruments for the re-humanisation of society, the amelioration of the human condition and as a means of social, cultural and economic development.

The summit will hold annually and hosted in University campuses within countries in Africa; this is to make it easier for students (who make up a larger percentage of the youth) to benefit from it, receive trainings available and also meet and listen to their role models.

The Young African Leaders Summit 2013, to be held at Nigeria’s premier University, is a one-day conference and will have participants and Facilitators from Nigeria and elsewhere. It will be conceived as a forum where creativity and intellect commingle.
The yearning for difference is the mother of ambition and achievement. Young creative people as the future of Nigeria will be motivated by a panel of fulfilled creative minds.
Prior to this time we have organized Workshops, Seminars and Master Classes to help young people achieve growth in difference areas of life.

Aim
The Young African Leaders Summit is conceived to address issues of intellectual desertification in the Youth in Africa (starting with Nigeria), through seeking ways to encourage quest for knowledge.
To address the lack of critical thinking and creativity that has become the bane of our society, by rewarding and celebrating excellence and creative enterprise.
To educate the youth on the need to develop indigenous African science, art, craft and lifestyle.
To create an opportunity for young people to be part of our mentorship program by creating avenues through which they can interact with their role models and leaders so as to acquire skills and get acquainted with the dynamics of leadership.
To redefine leadership from a more holistic and humanistic perspective, as against the widely held political notion which equates leadership to ostentation, corruption, means of perpetuating dominance and inequity as is the case Nigeria and most developing countries of the world.
To rekindle the spirit of volunteerism among the youth by emphasizing on achieving satisfaction from meeting needs and deemphasizing expectation and dependence on rewards.
To create a forum for African youth to deliberate and champion the cause of African development with emphasis on humanitarian, economic and political reconstruction and development.

Conference speakers
The program for the conference will be finalized closer to the time and will involve a full program of high quality keynote national and international speakers giving a global and local perspective on Peace, Entrepreneurship and Leadership.

Young African Leaders Honours
Young African Leaders Honours is designed as a reward system to honour a select number of young African achievers who have distinguished themselves in different areas of life and for their outstanding accomplishments, character, integrity and the noble example they have set for their peers, especially for creative enterprise.
The awards are also to be presented to global figures that have attained extraordinary achievements and/or are role models to today’s youth based on global ideals of creativity, entrepreneurship, and in arts, sciences, leadership, technology, and service to humanity.

Pre-Conference/Post-Conference Workshops, Seminars and Master Classes
There will be Workshops and Master classes for Students before and after the conference where the facilitators will mentor participants in their different areas.

Areas to be covered are:
Politics and Leadership
Broadcasting
Entrepreneurship
New Media
Creative Writing
Music Performance
Acting and Filmmaking
ICT
Youth development program – understanding how young people learn and grow and creating quality experiences for young people
Volunteerism – preparing volunteers to make a real difference
Equity, access, and opportunity – ensuring that each young person has a chance to succeed
Partnerships – uniting young people and adults for stronger communities
Networking – connecting people and priorities for the greatest impact

DRAFT:

CHIEF HOST: Professor Bartho Okolo (Vice Chancellor, University of Nigeria)

SPEAKERS:
Mr. David Church (MD/CEO, Thornberry International, UK)
Engr. James Agada (Director, Computer Warehouse Group)
Amb. Omotola J. Ekeinde (UN Ambassador, Amnesty International Ambassador, Actress)
Professor PN Okeke (ED, Centre for Basic Space Science, Fed. Ministry of Sc. & Tech.)
Barr. Chude Jideonwo (MD/CEO, Red Media Group, The Future Nigeria Project)
Mr. Bob Manuel-Udokwu (Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Creative Media)

SPECIAL GUESTS OF HONOUR:
Mallam Inuwa Abdul-Kadir
Minister of Youth Development
Federal Republic of Nigeria

Mr. Ndubisi Menakaya
Commissioner for Agriculture,
Anambra State

Honorees:
Bode Pedro (Science & Technology)
Kanu Nwankwo (Humanitarian)
Edward Kagutuzi (Entertainment)
Austin JJ Okocha (Global Role Model)
Waje Iruobe (Musical Arts)
Chude Jideonwo (Leadership)
Onyeka Nwelue (Literature)
PN Okeke (Global Role Model)


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