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Peter Obi, Rotimi Amaechi, Fani Kayode, Donald Duke & More to speak at The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders | Tuesday, May 30th



The Future Project partners the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and Y!/ to host the third edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders.

Date: Tuesay, May 30th, 2017.
Time: 9. 00 am

The Symposium will bring together leaders in politics, business, advocacy, media, and more to engage and discuss the theme ‘Open governance: Improving transparency and accountability in government’.

“YNaija, through YMonitor ( – its accountability and governance portal – continues to perform its strategic role as media watchdog through which citizens keep tab on projects and activities of government with a view to building democratic institutions and strengthening the levers of governance at all levels,” said Isime Esene, Managing Editor of Y!/ “The Symposium will provide young leaders a platform to crystallize ideas and proffer solutions to issues of leadership facing the country.”

Bukonla Adebakin, the Chief Operating Officer of The Future Project, urged participants to drive robust engagement and further the course of young people across Nigeria.

“We are excited by the sheer quality of discussants lined-up to speak at the event,” Adebakin said. “There is no better time than now to take on the theme of the Symposium which focuses on the crucial leadership and development imperative of open governance. It is only through adopting globally accepted democratic values such as this that we can truly succeed in building active and empowered citizens,” she added.

Speakers at the symposium include Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra; Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation; Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River; Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation; and Hon. Adbulmumin Jibrin, member of the House of Representative.

Others are Deji Adeyanju, former PDP social media director; Demola Olarewaju, political strategist/analyst; Japheth Omojuwa, founder and chief strategist, Alpha Reach; Seun Onigbinde, co-founder, BudgIT; Yemi Adamolekun, executive director, EiE Nigeria; Seun Okinbaloye, political correspondent, Channels TV; and Dayo Israel, a youth advocate.

Speakers who have headlined the Symposium include Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education; and Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister of youth and development.

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  1. Sunshine in London

    May 26, 2017 at 11:42 am

    The irony of some of the speakers on this panel though. FFK speaking about ‘Open governance: Improving transparency and accountability in government’. What a joke!

  2. B

    May 26, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    There’s no irony in anything. FFK is a brilliant mind, all the innuendos aside

  3. isaobi

    May 26, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    I am here for Donald Duke, my first choice candidate for president 2019.

  4. Amaa

    May 26, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Alas!!!!!!!!! no gender balance. If you want to speak to the Youth stop bringing controversial politician who are both unpopular and corrupt. They have nothing to speak from or to. Donald Duke yes Peter Obi yes th

  5. Lacey

    May 26, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    @ Amaa thank you!!! I only see Peter Obi! All the others are recycled thieves , who do not know jack about governance!!!

    • Patrick

      September 9, 2020 at 10:25 am

      A group of thugs.. Hate em..

  6. Mark

    May 30, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Aside the obvious fact that YNaija is steadily transforming to being political, how do you have a 11 men: 1 woman panel. How can this be justified? in 2017? Why is diversity so difficult for a “self-proclaimed” youth platform to incorporate? We can do better than this! We the youths, need to come together to build a better platform of inclusivity, drive and purpose, all of which YNaija is oblivious to!

  7. SIlas

    September 7, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    I m here for my man.. thanks for sharing this

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