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Adebola Wiiliams and Bob Collymore with chair and President of London School of Business Africa Business Summit

Adebola Wiiliams and Bob Collymore with chair and President of London School of Business Africa Business Summit

Co-founder of media group, RED and chief executive officer of its companies Red Media Africa and StateCraft Inc., Adebola Williams this week rounds up a whirlwind international tour, where he has taken an urgent message of ‘The business of nation-building’, sharing specifically the lessons learnt from the work of StateCraft Inc. in African national elections, and the impact of The Future Awards Africa across 14 African nations.

His latest event was London Business School Africa Business Summit where he spoke on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 about entrepreneurship, and creating opportunities and solutions that meet Africa’s most pressing needs.

Adebola Williams with Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom at LSB Africa Business Summit

Adebola Williams with Bob Collymore, CEO Safaricom at LSB Africa Business Summit

Adebola Williams delivering the keynote address at 8th Annual Face Africa Wash Gala in NewYork

Adebola Williams delivering the keynote address at 8th Annual Face Africa Wash Gala in NewYork

The summit attracted speakers including Bob Collymore – CEO of Safaricom, the largest telecom operator and mobile money bank in Kenya; Dr Oba Otudeko – Chairman of Honeywell Group; Segun Agbaje – CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.; and Jay Ireland – President & CEO of GE Africa.

Before this, Williams had spoken at the Said Business School, Oxford on Tuesday, April 11th; Harvard University, Boston on Saturday, April 1st; and delivered Keynote Addresses at the Face Africa Wash Gala, New York on Saturday, March 25th and Columbia University, New York on Saturday, April 1st.

Adebola Williams speaking at Columbia Business School

Adebola Williams speaking at Columbia Business School

Adebola Williams engaging guests after speaking at Columbia 1

Adebola Williams engaging guests after speaking at Columbia

Adebola Williams engaging guests after speaking at Columbia 1

Adebola Williams engaging guests after speaking at Columbia

“Critical tensions are best,” he said at Harvard. “They present the best opportunities. Ideas born to solve problems have higher chances to succeed. And that’s the model we’ve always adopted for all our work. So when we came up with The Future Awards Africa, it was at a time when Nigeria’s youth mirrored a discontent across the continent that led to loss of hope and identity. The awards created a massive pop culture platform that revived the hope of Africa’s citizens and built an inspiring new narrative of young leaders.

Adebola Williams speaking at Harvard Business School

Adebola Williams speaking at Harvard Business School

“There are too many problems in countries in Africa for anyone to be waiting for someone to describe the opportunities that exist at home. The country you are in was built by people who reached into their soul, responded to the call of necessity and invented the future.”

His tour continued this week. He was a guest at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs on Wednesday, April 26th where spoke about nation-building and Africa’s electoral future.

Oba Otudeko with Adebola Williams

Oba Otudeko with Adebola Williams

“A political communications company that has worked on 3 groundbreaking presidential campaigns as a communications strategist including President Buhari‘s 2015 campaign in Nigeria and President Akufo-Addo in Ghana, which successfully defeated heavily favoured incumbent presidents,” the Institute notes. “Adebola is behind numerous African presidents’ successful election campaigns. He is revolutionizing campaigning in Africa and he will share a wealth of knowledge with us over what promises to be an informative and entertaining evening. Eddie Mandhry, who leads Yale’s Africa Initiative, will moderate the discussion. Students will have an opportunity to engage with Adebola throughout and learn from his vast experience.”

Williams will end this phase of his tour with a panel at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business’ Emerging Markets Summit on Saturday, April 29th, 2017.

16 Comments

  1. Idris K

    April 27, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Such a charlatan!

  2. Nigerian

    April 27, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    And exactly what had Adebola done to ‘build our nation?’. Hiss all the self promotion with no substance…

    • Nuna

      April 28, 2017 at 9:10 am

      I was about to ask this question. I genuinely want to know

    • Courage

      April 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      I was wondering too…..who are all this people see?

  3. tOPZ

    April 27, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    Nice one and inspiring!!!

  4. Sam

    April 27, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Doesn’t debola get tired of this propaganda.Every week theres a new story of him speaking somewhere on nation building.it’ll actually be nice if he was actually doing the actual nation building. life is funny.

    This man has built a whole career on eye service

    • funmi

      April 28, 2017 at 1:27 am

      TRUE TEA! Na real eye service!

  5. Ijebujesha

    April 28, 2017 at 4:03 am

    Typical Nigerian, all noise, zero substance! What exactly has this guy achieved in nation-building or even in private business besides laundering stolen money for Amaechi and fooling gullible young Nigerians about Buhari?

  6. Make Up not Makeup in this Case

    April 28, 2017 at 11:27 am

    *University

  7. Oloye

    April 28, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Nigerians! Una can like to spoil makit – haba! lmao

    Debola Lagos is such an inpsiration to Nigerian youths….Carry go my brother!

  8. Courage

    April 28, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    The people that invite him I wonder…..don’t they check what he may have contributed in his country first.

  9. Nedu

    April 29, 2017 at 10:51 am

    If this guy was is as bad as you’re saying. Oyinbo no go invite am. 3 ivy league Universities invited him plus Oxford abeg he’s doing something right. Carry go Debola Lagos.

    • Yorubaronu

      April 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      @Nedu Stop with the over-hyping of Oyinbos. Do Oyinbos live with us to know the guy’s actual substance? And please start stretching your brain a little more please, if you had done that, you would have realized that the guy must have personally initiated the invites. Otherwise, how could the three of them have invited him at the same time? Plus, he spoke to small clubs in those colleges and packaged it as speaking there. Remember, he was one of those that packaged a disastrous Buhari for educated but gullible youths like you.All na packaging.

  10. Kunle

    April 29, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Well done Adebola. Finally young Africans are speaking out on the progress the continent is making. All of us in the diaapora should put our money where our mouth is and do something for the motherland. Hopefully he gets to Stanford or California soon.

  11. Tony

    April 29, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I didn’t even know that he does the future awards too. I was at the 3rd or 4th one and its amazing to see how far he has come. More muscle to his hustle.

  12. Wabara

    April 29, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I see this guy becoming President one day. He needs to look at Macron’s model in France of building a politcal movement that can power him. I think after this your he should work on a book and he should contact me to help him campaign.

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