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
At EDEN, New Buka, OAU, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.
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.
A brief history of the world
The concept of emergence
The concept of leadership
Dubai as a case study of a rapidly emerging society
Defining democracy
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!
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.
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.
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!”
Ogunrinde Idowu
“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.”
Olanrewaju Seun
“I was informed, motivated and it was a nice time for me to ponder on my dreams & vision once again. You did well!”
Olaniran Nike
“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!”
Yusuf Ayodele
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)

Published by Ogunbowale Olugbenga

Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria). Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa. To help institutions prevent scandals & promote performance, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that captures & analyses feedback anonymously in real time to detect, predict & improve work place conditions. A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.

One thought on “FROM DEMOCRAZY TO DEMOCRACY: The Report

  1. Wow! What an explicit report. It was one of the greatest seminar I ever attended. It was like I was the focal point of the discourse. I got a reorientation about my proposed involvement in taking secular leadership positions both in school and outside school. Much thanks to the convener, compere and the speaker. @tunjerikoko


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