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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Kayode Fayemi, Adams Oshiomole & others Lead the Conversation at “The Future Awards Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders” | See Full List of Speakers



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 5th to 7th 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 organisations, the media and citizens need to identify their activeroles within the process. We are glad to partner with The Future Project.”

Keynote Speech:
Topic: The Cost of Involvement: Why Your Generation Must Get Involved
Speaker: Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister of the Economy

Interactive Session:
Topic: It’s over to you guys: A New Generation Must Take Responsibility
Speaker: Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria

Panel I:
Topic: 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 Oshiomole, 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:
Topic: 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)

We’re encouraged by the excitement that young people across the country have expressed towards this event 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 22nd 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!/

For more information about this event, please visit or follow The Future Project on Twitter @TFANigeria and on Facebook at

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  1. jay

    March 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Really? The same people that are running your country down are leading conversation at the future awards. Your future is done if these are the people you trust to speak to you. I cry for the young people that are gonna be there listening to these morons for long hours. Stay home people, it’s gonna be a waste of your time. I promise they don’t have anything good or new to tell you.

    • madman

      March 30, 2013 at 12:04 am

      the extent of hypocrisy amongst young people like Jideonwo doesn’t surprise me any more…… #manmustchop

  2. jay

    March 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Fake and emerging leaders my butt! The real emerging learders are busy in their offices all over Nigeria working hard . They are busy and working hard buildng businesses and building Ngeria.

  3. Kachi

    March 29, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Jay, you are right. But, then again not completely. You see in life there must be a balance. I mean, have you ever wondered why very successful peeps are not in politics, nevertheless, they need these politicians to run the state of affairs. I think they should have consulted speakers/panelists from all works of life. That way we get to hear from the grassroots to the wealthy, after-all it’s about Nigeria.

  4. Neni Stone

    March 29, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Hmmm…I see.

  5. Severely Pissed Off!

    March 30, 2013 at 6:05 am

    “Topic: It’s over to you guys: A New Generation Must Take Responsibility
    Speaker: Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria”


    So we’re supposed to take advice from yet another corrupt ex-president?? How won’t the future be in our hands???? after you and your fellow politicians ran our country to the ground…and still do so everyday. Evil men! I wish someone would just assassinate all of you.

  6. molarah

    March 30, 2013 at 10:54 am

    They are corrupt, they are not corrupt, whatever, the main thing is that by virtue of occupying those seats they have a perspective view none of you have and they can talk from that point of view. I can’t see anywhere that it was supposed to be a mentoring session. Please let’s try to think before we type. Thank you.

  7. lol, I have laughed today! now i know the importance of a good reputation

  8. alli

    March 31, 2013 at 9:33 am

    When my teacher was in sch. His teacher said u are the leaders of 2mao. ‘Obasanjo was president’. Now he is a teacher his telling his students U are the leaders
    of 2mao obasanjo was still the president. Nice topic so the guy don taya 4 aso rock. Over to who. When u still runtins from behind.


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