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Nation Building: Nigerian Youths Empowered to Take the Lead

Featured Participants at the UNIC-S.M.I.L.E International Youth Day Event Participants at the UNIC-S.M.I.L.E International Youth Day Event

The world on Friday, July 12, 2016 marked the International Youth Day, and Nigeria was not left out in the celebration.


In Lagos, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Lagos, in conjunction with Strategy for Mentoring Initiative and Leadership Empowerment (S.M.I.L.E) organized a youth event with young entrepreneurs and leaders of organization in attendance. It was a motivating, educative and inspiring event for the young leaders present.


The theme of this year’s International Youth Day is “The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption.” The speakers spoke about leadership, sustainable development and bankable ideas being the resource that attract money – no matter how bad the economy.


In an interview with the press, Mr. Korede Oludiran, the CEO of Prescience Strategy & Consulting Ltd and Lawran Foods Ltd said he was again motivated to reassess how well he has been able to put knowledge he had gathered in such fora to use. He also said he had been further equipped to focus on developing strategies to consistently, effectively and efficiently communicate his vision to his (to-be) followers so that the vision could be kept alive and remain long after him, while equally raising leaders.


Fast Track to 2030…

The late 2010s and the whole of 2020s have been described by many as the era of paradigm shift in Nigeria. Many young people now see life a lot differently than they used to.


The many mind-shifting fora organized by different leaders and speakers have been identified as the cause for this shift in citizens’ mindset.


According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) which conducted a survey on the disposition of Nigerians to leadership and prosperity, “The citizens have become more strategic, tactical and objective in their assessment of societal issues….A major reason for this development is the contributions of many motivational and subject matter speakers through numerous organized fora that they nation had witnessed in recent decades and the improvement in the quality of its education.”


This has had massive impact in the political, social and economic atmospheres of Nigeria, as decisions are made or demanded by ‘smarter thinkers.’”


Little drops of water have indeed made the ocean of "achievement of true human capacity building" – an achievement that was the major requisite to the actualization of a progressive and wealthy nation and citizens we all witness today.


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