Adebola Williams, David Kuranga, Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede lead the youth panel at NIDOA AGM/World Conference 2013 in New Jersey

by Oge Okonkwo


The Nigerians in Diaspora America (NIDOA) is set to host an historic World Investment Conference come 20-21 of September, 2013 at the Renaissance Hotel, Newark, New Jersey.

According to the Chairman of NIDOA, Mr Ganiyu Dada, the conference is aimed at engaging participants in productive and actionable discourse on innovative ways to approach national development and homeland security in Nigeria, and to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

The theme for the event is, “Towards a New Era Nigeria: Building Sustainable Partnerships for National Development and Homeland Security.”


He further stated that, Eminent Nigerians in the Homeland and in the Diaspora from all around the world will contribute to the discourse on The New Era Nigeria.

The Governor of Borno State, Hon Abike Dabiri, Amb. Ade Adefuye, and some Federal Ministers are expected to speak at the event.

For the first time a youth panel has been introduced to this conference and leading the panel are distinguished young people like Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede, Adebola Williams, Mohammed Aliko, David Kuranga. Also on the panel are Dayo Isreal, Hadiza Mohammed, Ony Nwahuocha and Wendy Osefo

Keynote Speaker for the youth sessions is  Stephen Akinboro, Executive Vice President of Dominos Pizza who would speak on Nigerian Youth as Catalysts for a Vibrant National Trade and Investment Industry


Theme for the youth sessions:  Trade & Investments in Nigeria: What Role Does Nigerian Youth Play?

Discussions broken into 3

Discussion 1: Role of Nigerian Youths in Accelerating Trade and Investments in Nigeria  and Historical Account of Youth involvement in Trade & Investments in Nigeria  An exhaustive catalogue of known cases — past and ongoing; highlight successes and failures also Q&A


PANELIST: Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede, Adebola Williams, Dayo Isreal, Hadiza Mohammed, Mohammed Aliko


  • Moderator: Carol Frazer
  • Rapporteur: Kazeem Bello

Discussion  2: Current priority areas of Trade & Investments in Nigeria & Doing Business in Nigeria

What are the major sectors that have a high potential to accelerate sustainable socio-economic growth? What businesses or investment will are more likely to yield financially and also contribute to economic growth? Also Q & A

PANELIST: David Kuranga, Mohammed Aliko, Ony Nwahuocha, Hadiza Mohammed

  • Moderator: Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede
  • Rapporteur: TBA

Discussion  3: Overcoming the Challenges of Trade & Investments in Nigeria

What can the Nigerian Youths at home and abroad do? What can the Government do? What can other stakeholders do, including the international community?

PANELIST: Wendy Osefo, Dayo Isreal, Hadiza Mohammad, Yetunde Odugbesan, David Kuranga, Adebola William, Ony Nwahochua

Last panel will be a comprehensive panel. Each panelist will give a their last 2 minute address on what ways they believe the youth, government and international community can move Nigeria forward.


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