Governance & Leadership: The Nigeria Symposium For Young & Emerging Leaders

The Central Working Committee (CWC) for The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders has unveiled the full list of Keynote Speakers, Lead-ins, and Discussants at the historic event, which will gather young Nigerian leaders from across the country to discuss governance and leadership.

The Symposium holds on 11 & 12 January 2012 at the Muson Centre in Lagos Nigeria and is presented by The Future Project, in association with EiE Nigeria and the International Republican Institute. 50 percent of the seats for participants have been reserved for open nomination.

“We are incredibly excited about all the young people we have managed to bring together,” says Adebola Williams, a Director of The Future Project. “We are gathering some of the brightest and best of young Nigerian leaders from all the six geo-political zones to talk about how the next generation will choose to lead. This generation wants to be different from the last – but how can it do that practically? The target is for a truly transformed and functioning Nigeria – but unless we actually and define that leadership ideal, we will be unable to achieve it. This symposium takes the first giant step.”

The Headline Speaker is Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank VP for Africa; she is supported by Bishop Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Sokoto Diocese of the Catholic Church. The Opening Address will be given by the Minister for Youth Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.



Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank VP for Africa

The hosts are Tolu Ogunlesi, winner for CNN African Journalist of the Year 2009; and Adaure Achumba, a correspondent for Reuters.

Issues to be discussed are:

The Perspective from Government

    • Emerging Leaders: Technocrats
    • Emerging Leaders: Politicians

The Private Sector Alternative

  • Emerging Leaders: Professionals
  • Emerging Leaders: Artistes
  • Emerging Leaders: Entrepreneurs

Driving Change from Outside

  • Emerging Leaders: New Media Commentators
  • Emerging Leaders: Traditional Media
  • Emerging Leaders: Issue Advocates/Activists

Special Africa Session – Identifying a Continental Leadership Context

The event is held in partnership with and support from the World Bank, Federal Ministry of Youth, Ekiti State Government, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, and the Nigeria Leadership Initiative. Media partners are Channels Television, Africa Magic, FAB, Beat FM, Business Eye, LASAA, and; and the Official Media Partner is Y! (


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