Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Kayode Fayemi, lead the conversation at The Future Awards Symposium – See full list of speakers

by Rachel Ogbu

Ngozi Okonjo Iweala

Save the date for the 2nd edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders holding from April 5-7. The ensemble is remarkable with speakers including Ngozi Okojo Iweala, Kayode Fayemi, Adams Oshimole to lead the conversation at the Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, Ekiti hosted by the State Government.

The Central Working Committee of The Future Awards announced that joining the list are ministers and governors with Nasir el-Rufai, Kayode Fayemi, Rotimi Amaechi, Olusegun Mimiko, Emmanuel Uduaghan and an interactive session with former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Governor Fayemi at the 2012 Symposium

The committee has also announced the theme for this year’s event – Project 2015: The Character of Our Involvement.

“The theme is crucial as young people define the nature of their engagement as we countdown to the 2015 General Elections,” said ‘Yemi Adamolekun, who is Executive Director of EnoughisEnough Nigeria, partners for the event. “2015 is barely 2 years away, and politicians, civil society organisations, the media and citizens need to identify their active roles within the process. We are glad to partner with The Future Project.”

According to a statement, the line up for the symposium includes;

Keynote Speech:

The Cost of Involvement: Why Your Generation Must Get Involved

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister of the Economy

Interactive Session:

It’s over to you guys: A New Generation Must Take Responsibility

H. E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria

Panel I:

Getting Your Hands Dirty: A Practical Guide to Political Participation

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor of Ekiti

Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Executive Governor of Delta

Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Executive Governor of Rivers

Adams Oshiomhole, Executive Governor of Edo

Olusegun Mimiko, Executive Governor of Ondo

Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Former Minister of the FCT

Abdulmumuni Jibril, Chairman, House Committee on Finance

Tonye Cole, Executive Director, Sahara Group


Panel II:

This is Our Stand: Outlining the Steps for Engagement

Olusegun Dada (Y! Politico columnist)

Ohimai Godwin Amaize (Y! Politico columnist)

Michael Orodare (Y! Politico columnist)

Atom Lim (Y! Politico columnist)

Ife Adebayo (Y! Politico columnist)

Lai Labode (Y! Politico columnist)

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai (Y! Politico columnist)

Akintunde Oyebode (Y! FrontPage columnist)

Temie Giwa (Y! FrontPage columnist)

Japheth Omojuwa (Y! FrontPage columnist)

“We’re encouraged by the excitement that young people across the country have expressed towards this event and look forward to Ekiti,” said Chude Jideonwo, Executive Director of The Future Project. “This will be the event that formally kicks off the process of setting the agenda for young people in the 2015 elections, and it is important to get all sides into one room and chart a course for this generation. We are excited to be leading that.”

The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, a platform leading from The Future Awards, is the next stage of its involvement in building a new generation of leaders to engage the nation’s governance and economy through knowledge exchange and building of networks. Registration for the 2013 event ended on 22 March, 2013.

The 2013 edition is presented by The Future Project, in partnership with EnoughisEnough Nigeria. It is sponsored by Etisalat and First Bank, with support from Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and the Nigeria Leadership Initiative.

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Participants at The symposium 2012


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  1. pls how do i get my ticket for this symposium..

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