The Central Working Committee of The Future Awards has announced the speakers for the 2nd edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders. The event holds from April 5 – 7 at the Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, Ekiti hosted by the State Government.

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 organizations, the media and citizens need to identify their active roles within the process. We are glad to partner with The Future Project.”

 
Participants at The symposium 2012
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 Bolaji Abdullahi, Minister of Sports/Chairman of the National Sports Commission

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)

 
Governor Fayemi at the 2012 Symposium

“We’re encouraged by the excitement that young people across the country have expressed towards thisevent 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.

Media partners are Channels Television, Silverbird TV, Cool FM, BellaNaija, NigeriaNewsdesk and LASAA. Official media partner is Y!/YNaija.com.

For more information about this event, please visit www.thefuturenigeria.com or follow The Future Project on Twitter @TFANigeria and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheFutureAwards.

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