A Sneek Peek At The Emerging Leaders Forum At The Nigerian Economic Summit Last Week.

Two weeks ago, I received an email.

It was an invitation to participate at the 16th edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja.

For the first time in 16 years, the conveners deemed it necessary to have an Emerging Leaders’ Forum.They came to grips with the fact that true success is trans-generational.

I considered it a great privilege to be one of the 40 young Nigerians who were invited and sponsored to be a part of that epoch-making forum.

Initially, I wasn’t sure if my schedule would be able to accommodate it but after a few moments of deliberation, I concluded to make the necessary changes in my schedule so that I could make my contribution to the development of our Nation.

It turned out to be a fulfilling experience.

Right from the airport in Lagos, I sensed that it was going to be an exciting trip.

It was really exciting to see the likes of Fela Durotoye, Linus Okorie, Toyosi Akerele, Debola Williams and Gbenga Sesan again.

Besides, I was privileged to make new acquaintances with some really bright minds:Femi Omoluabi, a young brand strategist, Funmilade Adeyemi, a Harvard Graduate and excellent negotiator and Tunde Makinwa, an exceptional copywriter who works with DDB, one of the leading brand agencies in the world.

More importantly, we rubbed minds, exchanged ideas and made a statement that cannot be ignored.

I was particularly impressed by my big brother, Fela Durotoye’s striking and thought-provoking contibutions.

He started out by presenting a report put together by the British Council on Nigerian Youth.

Here are a few things that should get your attention:

  • By 2030, Nigeria’s most important resources will be her YOUTHS not her OIL.
  • If Nigeria pays attention to her youth, she could TRIPLE HER INCOME by 2030.
  • If Nigeria provides an enabling environment for her youth, 300 million Nigerians will be lifted out of poverty by 2030.
  • If Nigeria does not create an enabling environment for her youth, then she will have a DEMOGRAPHIC DISASTER.

The British Council report then enunciated nine areas Nigeria should concentrate on to create an enabling environment in order to maximize the potential of her burgeoning youth population.

1. Investment in People

2.Vocational Skills

3.Health Improvement

4.Support Young Families

5.Job Creation

6.Diversify economy

7.Strengthen Industries

8.Create more opportunities for the young people

9.Create and Implement the right policies

After the report was presented, the main discussion commenced and that was a blast.

I’d give you more information about that.Just stay tuned.

88 thoughts on “A Sneek Peek At The Emerging Leaders Forum At The Nigerian Economic Summit Last Week.

  1. Nine powerful areas! Thank God we’ve got great minds like FD, You, P.Dami & Me. God bless you guys, God bless our great Nation. We’re almost there!

  2. I’m of great conviction that with the calibres of people like you and the rest of the 39 sponsored young Nigerian will fan the flame of hope burning in our hearts and courage will be our emblem and Nigeria will retain her glory. A nation where leadership wil ceased to be a title but a responsility will emerged. I salute your dedication.

  3. Nigeria is evolving now more than ever. I shall not see her fallback, no! Not with The Winds of Change blowing ever so strongly through you. One nation bound in freeeedom, epace and unity.

  4. Thanks 4 filling me in. I really pray that all those suggestions are put to use 4 the growth of our country. Do have a great week, shallom

  5. ….our votes, our voice, our responsibility. We would instill a leader not a president or politician. We would guide his actions and decisions, by our prayers, that the throne thereof will be established in righteousness.


  6. I’ve always say that some of our leaders today have outlive the Nigeria of their dreams. We need resilience youth that will fire up a new Nigeria with passion. Dami you won’t be left out. It’s your time to tell us what we must do. I salute you!

  7. God who has began a consciousness in us will definately bring about the long awaited transformation in our country but i will always say that ‘its only when you are prepare for a change that you will experience a change’ I will be relevant in the changed Nigeria. Ask yourself…will i be relevant? May God help us all!

  8. Dami,it is true that we have neglected our greatest asset in nigeria (i.e human resources) to chase after shadow.I know nigeria is at the threshold of breakthrough considering what new breeds of emerging leaders are doing.God bless you

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