A new date has been announced for The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders. The event was postponed from January following the
protests called by organized labour and civil society. The event will now hold on Monday, March 19, 2012.
“It has been a most instructive few weeks, and perhaps the upside to the protests and the chain of events that followed is that they give us a powerful real-time case study for the issues that this new generation of leaders will gather to discuss,” said Chude Jideonwo, who is executive director for The Future Project, lead presenter of the Symposium.
The theme for the Symposium has also been updated to “The Challenge of Responsible Governance: How Can This Generation Do Better?” The structure
of the discussions has also been changed into three broad sections that will reflect the recent leadership challenges highlighted recently.
“I am excited that this is back on track and that all of our speakers have confirmed to join the conversation at this new date,” said Obiageli Ezekwesili, the Headline Speaker. ““The necessity for such conversation has become even more accentuated for this Turning Point Generation of emerging leaders.”
According to the Central Working Committee, flowing from The Future Awards, this is the next stage of its involvement in building a new generation of leaders: creating a critical mass of new leaders who are already blazing a trail and controlling systems – including business and political leaders, media leaders, thought leaders, civil society and public service leaders.
The Keynote Speaker and Headliner is Obiageli Ezekwesisli, World Bank Vice-President for Africa. She will be supported by Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese and member of the defunct Oputa Panel, Bishop Matthew Kukah. The discussions will be driven by young leaders across the nation and different sectors, but Lead-In speakers include Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Oronto Douglas (Senior Special Assistant to the President on Research, Documentation & Strategy), Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi (Honourable Minister of Youth Development), Mallam Nasir el-Rufai (Former Minister of the FCT), amongst others.
The event is presented by The Future Project in association with EnoughisEnough Nigeria. Partners include the World Bank, the International Republican Institute, the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, the Nigeria Leadership Initiative and LEAP Africa. Media Partners are Y! (www.ynaija.com), Channels TV, Beat FM, BellaNaija.com and CP-Africa.com.
The event will be held at the Shell Hall of the Muson Centre in Lagos, and will be hosted by Tolu Ogunlesi, winner for CNN African Journalist of the Year 2009; and Adaure Achumba, a correspondent for E News.