by Oge Okonkwo
Generational Voices, the project-driven platform to harness the offline and online energy of young Nigerians for practical efforts towards nation building has announced a historic telethon to lay out its charter for this generation of Nigerians who are ready to lead and serve. The telethon will be hosted live on Channels Television and other major platforms from 10am – 1pm on Saturday 18 January.
“Our original plan was to unveil this generational mandate to 100,000 of our followers from all over the country,” says Caleb Oghenetega, who is with the coalition. “However, a change in plans became necessary when the Tafawa Balewa Square, earlier secured by and confirmed to us, became unavailable for administrative reasons. It therefore became expedient to implement a creative alternative to holding this much anticipated event.”
Adds Abba Bala Abdurrahman, who is Abuja Chapter Head: “We have said that 18 January is for #100KVoices and our word is our bond. This very important initiative must continue – and after consultation with our 22 chapters across Nigeria and in the Diaspora, we are glad to engage over 100,000 young Nigerians and beyond with technology as our ally.”
The 100,000 Voices Telethon will hold from 10am – 1pm on Saturday, 18 January, 2014. The broadcast will feature some of Nigeria’s most respected and impactful voices from across the globe in private and public service, as well as content focused on the twin themes of service and leadership.
“GenVoices is a platform committed to creating capacity to re-build in crucial sectors within Nigeria. 100KVoices, is one of GenVoices’ calls to action for 2014,” explains Nwachukwu Aniagolu, who drives policy for the coalition.
Through a Telethon on National Networks and Online, at least 100,000 young people will convene offline and online in and outside Nigeria to collectively pledge to participate in building the Nigeria we all desire and deserve. The event will kick off mass distribution of a generational charter for positive engagement and will feature broadcasts from the chapters of the organisation.
“We are excited as we continue the countdown to a first of many interventions,” says the convener, Kola Oyeneyin. “And we look forward to taking our message of sustainable engagement directly to hundreds of thousands of young Nigerians across the globe through technology, one of our generation’s greatest assets. Our reach to the grassroots through other creative means also ensures that we take this generational message to every young Nigerian and the elders who seek the good of this nation.”