by ‘Ifreke Inyang
Last Saturday, the final RISE Conference took place at the Teslim Balogun Stadium. The 2011 sessions opened in Calabar on 16 July, and has taken place in nine other cities across the federation.
It was an event that both inspired and motivated as the list of young mentors who spoke at the conference was impressive. The participants heard first hand from the experiences of achievers like Audu Maikori; CEO Chocolate City Entertainment, Banky W; Musician and Youth Advocate, Chude Jideonwo; co-founder/creative director of The Future Awards, Uche Eze; founder of Bella Naija which is West Africa’s most successful lifestyle website, IK Osakioduwa; host of Big Brother Africa and on-air personality at Silverbird Rhythm 93.7FM, Toyosi Ogunseye ; 2011 CNN African Journalist of the year and news editor of Punch Newspapers.
Notable opinion leaders like Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, MD/CEO of Neimeth Pharmaceuticals and President, Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, Pastor Tunde Bakare of the Latter Rain Assembly, Mr Idy Enang; managing director of Samsung Nigeria and Mr Jimi Agbaje, Lagos State gubernatorial aspirant 2007 general elections also spoke at the event. Tonye Cole, Managing Director of Sahara Energy opened the event while Mrs Nike Ogunlesi, the CEO of Ruff and Tumble gave the closing remarks.
Here are some of the pictures from the event: