As reported by Ogunbowale Olugbenga
Since inception, Young Africans have played a vital role in Africa’s economic and democratic development. From the bright young Nnamdi Azikwe to the passionate youthful version of Robert Mogabe, Youths have galvanized African countries towards independence, fought for freedom and human rights, and tipped the continent’s status quo towards democracy & good governance. Today however, most youths of yesterday are dictators (or merely ceremonial & largely inept democratic leaders) of today. As a result, being young in Africa is almost invariably described as having very few opportunities for a bright future. Can things change?
With gross mismanagement of human & natural resources & the gargantuan scarcity of real leaders, all indicators point to the fact that Nigeria’s future needs a fresh perspective and her youths with passion & purpose are the best positioned to secure the future of Nigeria. The question is: Is a new Nigeria possible?
Enter FROM DEMOCRAZY TO DEMOCRACY: The emergence of a new Nigeria
WHICH HELD ON SATURDAY, 29TH MARCH BETWEEN 4 & 6pm
At EDEN, New Buka, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
WHAT WAS TAUGHT
Participants were taught how democracy and good governance works, where it works and how they could be part of building a new Nigeria. Also, they were introduced to the four pillars of leadership: Vision, Competence, Character & the People.
THE ISSUES COVERED:
A brief history of the world
The concept of emergence
The concept of leadership
Dubai as a case study of a rapidly emerging society
AND TO THE MC’S CUTTING EDGE REMARKS:
Funke Ajayi hosted the event and She was witty & confident & classy all through. It was not even obvious that the event was her first MC gig!
Funke’s REMARKS TO INTRODUCE THE FIRST SPEAKER
That 35% of Africans are between the ages of 15 and 35 years is not news. African youth with ingenuity, energy and resilience presents one of the most promising opportunities for addressing the myriad challenges in Africa and generating real, positive change. Let’s not forget that Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was only 30 when he returned to Nigeria in 1934 to give zest and impetus to the anti-colonial struggle.
Despite Africa’s youth bulge, a majority of the region’s presidents are over 60yrs old. The U.S literacy rate is 99% while it is 63% in sub-saharan Africa. The continuous unrest in north-eastern part of Nigeria shows that uneducated youths are easily misdirected politically and most violent.
Yesterday is a sore reminder of missed opportunities, today is mess of yesterday’s vomit and tomorrow looks bleak for the Average African. But even though this meeting is about average Africans, it is not for the Average African: it is for a new breed of Africans who see light at the end of the tunnel, who hope & hunger for a new continent, a new nation, who are ready to become beacons of light & bastions of change, youths who seize opportunities, youths like you, youths like me, youths that send fear & failure running for cover, a youth like Ogunbowale Oladayo. Ladies & gentlemen, the first speaker for today, CEO FloCOM, DESPLAY fellow, United Nations Development Program Fellow, widely acclaimed leadership expert, Ogunbowale Oladayo.
Funke’s REMARKS TO INTRODUCE THE SECOND SPEAKER
Life is funny; very funny
So long as you eat, you grow. What you eat is no one’s business, and what you grow into is certainly your own making. And just like humans grow into masters or monsters, societies emerge. From the rise & fall of the Roman & Greek empires to the Emergence of America as the new world superpower and to the astonishing economic miracles underway in China, and not forgetting the astonishing, mind boggling constructions & gargantuan conceptions of mankind in Dubai, the world is evolving at a very rapid rate. Only one continent seems to be left out.
One continent which has all the resources but gets all the aid. A continent blessed with resources but cursed with bad leaders. A continent in crutches & stiches and whose emergence is taken lightly. To stir a fire in you & engage & transform your Africa outlook is one of Africa’s hottest & youngest brand strategists. He’s my closest friend & confidant, a perfect gentleman & a fabulous change agent. And I am most excited to introduce to you, the CEO of Epower, Ogunbowale Olugbenga
It was scary at first when only 5 people showed up when we started. But it was such a relief that 26 people came and left invigorated & motivated to cause drastic change in their lives and on the continent.
FEEDBACK FROM ATTENDEES:
The two sessions have had absolutely thrilling, heart-warming feedback. Here are some comments:
“Really, I was a little skeptical about attending ‘another leadership seminar’. Thought it was basically motivational but I was surprised: this seminar is a real reminder of some of the ideas for developing this nation of ours. The seminar was a call to duty. Thanks for organizing this seminar.”
“The program was totally mind blowing & thoroughly enlightening! I learnt about the importance of vision, competence, character & core values as characteristics of leaders.”
“This is a mind challenging program! It has awakened my mind and the patriotic spirit in me! I love it!”
“The program was inspiring! I would become a good leader soonest.”
“I was impacted & empowered! I now feel I am a leader with a positive influence in due time and in my own generation. I look forward to further lectures & lessons as I am always available for such.”
“…this is just the trigger the mighty minds are waiting for to achieve a new Africa. Well done!”
“It was an awesome meeting. I was really inspired to believe that not only can Africa emerge but young people can deliver the vision and pursue it with passion.”
“I was informed, motivated and it was a nice time for me to ponder on my dreams & vision once again. You did well!”
“I was shocked when I saw what was going on in the world. Now I have realized that I have to sit right for the sake of our own generation. Thanks.”
“I now believe through this seminar that something great, something awesome can come of me. I know I actually have dreams to actualize. Thanks & God bless.”
“Wow! My cerebrum vibrates as the talk goes on! I gat to get going!”
I see ‘From Democracy to Democrazy’ as a crucial opportunity to contribute my quota to national development & youth empowerment and a great way of saying thank you to every single person that has contributed to/is contributing to my emergence as a global leader, especially to Youngstars foundation (Initiators of DESPLAY) for giving me this huge platform to massively transform lives and to Funke & Prince (my team members), my brother (Ogunbowale Oladayo) for accepting my invitation on such a short notice and for delivering a wonderful presentation nonetheless, Dr Abayomi Ojo (a fellow DESPLAYer) for surprising me with his presence and every single attendee for making it a success.
Changing paradigms & transforming lives is a duty I have come to embrace, and a call we must always answer simply because every generation must either discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.
(N.B: The new date for the Ibadan program featuring Ronny G will be announced soon. Thanks)