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Obiageli Ezekwesili, Banky W, Timi Dakolo, Koffi, Governor Rotimi Amaechi & More gather in Lagos for the Future Awards Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders – Photos from the Event



Obiageli Ezekwesili (Headline Speaker)

On Monday 19th March 2012, the long awaited event – Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders organized by The Future Project, finally took place at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos.

The event which kicked off at exactly 9 AM was hosted by Tolu Ogunlesi (CNN Journalist of the Year) and Adaure Achumba (E News South Africa Correspondent) and saw in attendance various dignitaries across Nigeria. Some of which were Obiageli Ezekwesili (World Bank Vice President) – who was also the headline speaker, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi (Minister of Youth & Development) and many others.

Chude Jideonwo (Organiser & Director of The Future Project) kicked off the discussion with an engaging call to action from all the participants in the symposium. He said, “This is no time for dead clichés. This is not a gathering of politicians gaming for a piece of the pie; this is a hall pulsating with energy. Let us talk sincerely to ourselves about our own challenges, let us start a discussion that will not end.”

Expressing her upmost delight, Obiageli Ezekwesili said “This generation is optimistic, they are no longer prepared to be spectators, they want to be players, they want to get their hands dirty to make a difference. I am excited about this topic as it presumes that past generations have failed to meet the pass mark expected of them of them by the young generation.” and further said that once there was an agreement that the old generation had failed, the next step would be to address the problem of governance.

From Governor Amaechi’s perspective, the young people are placing the blame on the wrong people. He said “The basic problem is that the Nigerian economic system is flawed. The Arab spring was started by someone who was ready to stick his neck out. You all just gathered here as children of the rich to take over from your fathers”.

The young attendees participated fully in the interactive TED talks format styled session, exchanging ideas with the panelists and offering suggestions of their own. Chinedu Okafor (A Medical Student) said “I have had an unbelievable experience at this symposium, I was able to get exactly what the government thought of us, I did not accept everything I heard, but I learnt an amazing lot”

Other speakers included top individuals in the media, private and development sectors some of which were Dele Momodu (Ovation Publisher), Ndidi Nwuneli (Founder LEAP Africa) and entertainment guru Obi Asika.


Banky W

Uche Nnaji

Mariah Mogoli

Hakeem Shagaya


Alkasim Abdukadir

Taiwo Gbadamosi

Adamma & Jamilia


Tosin Alebiosu-Bioso


Adaure Achumba & Tolu Ogunlesi

Standing Up for the National Anthem

Governor Kayode Fayemi with other dignitaries

Governor Rotimi Amaechi engaging attendees in a conversation

Azeezah Mohammed making a contribution

Chude Jideonwo delivering his speech

Gov Kayode Fayemi speaking with attendees

Cross Section of Participants at the Symposium

Timi Dakolo performing one of his many singles

Chidinma Achebe

Adebola Williams (Founding Partner of The Future Project) has a chat with Prof. Pat Utomi

Deji Badmos moderating a panel discussion

Chude Jideonwo (Executive Director, The Future Project), Obiageli Ezekwesili, Banky W & Obi Asika

Photo Credits: Red Media


  1. LPS

    April 20, 2012 at 10:51 am

  2. tpop

    April 20, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I love the bracelets on Deola, does any1 know where I can get bracelets like that? Thanks

    • eloho

      April 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

      You can get something similar to those bangles from SEGI’s! Follow them on twitter @segisonline or check their blog

  3. adesewa

    April 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm


  4. adesewa

    April 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    PLS BN cld you pls have like a window that gives automated email reminders for events of our choice once we click on it, so as jst to remind us of our favourite events once we register……you can make money from that too*wink* i mean not from us bt frm ur clients, by the time u say you have 1million followers who r coming fr the event,, n ull send automated reminders to each of em, n u may be charge 1naira per head….not a bad deal#justsaying

    • Crazyanon

      April 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Uhm, or you could just put it on your calendar. There is one in every phone

  5. Ginika

    April 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Great job Chi Achebe!

  6. mekhi phifa

    April 20, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Sorry I am not n will NEVER be 4 one Nigeria.
    The so called Future of ds “Nigeria” is so bleak 4me 2involve myself or acknowledge even with all the hype n awareness n all d sponsors, also in attendance; 2executive governors n I at end I can spot empty seats oooh pls!
    Folks in last pic (Chude, Dr. Oby, Obi Asika) should 1st better help 2 enlightened the Youths of their own state Anambra.

  7. Janded

    April 20, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Great idea. it would be great to see younger Nigerians in big political roles though. Maybe we can turn thing around.

  8. Bewi

    April 20, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    i love this Adanma girl’s hair o!

  9. jide

    April 21, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Mtcheww, where is the future there, preparing people to be thieves, rather they should be encouraging them by creating a form of competition, like a science competition amongst the youth of nigeria in where they can create or bring new well written and researched ideas on how to advance nigeria scientifically and socially. One nigeria is a dream, but dreamers are what change the world, but at the same time if a dream must be attained the dreamers must work hard to make that happen. I dont see how this future award is helping, if its not giving our youths a chance to shine and show what they can do. I love what Mrs.Liyel Imoke does in crossrivers by making these kids think, by providing worshops and essay contest, showing them that their hardworks are not in vain.

  10. Miss Pepeye

    April 22, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Adamma’s hair is beautiful.

  11. lafta

    April 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Timi Dakolo,where is ur Wedding Ring?

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