The Future Project to hold young Nigerians’ symposium in Ekiti

The symposium is to be hosted by the Ekiti State Government.

Hundreds of young Nigerians are expected to gather in Ekiti State in April for a symposium focused on building capacity for the new generation of Nigerian leaders.

The symposium, the second edition of “The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders,” is to be hosted by the Ekiti State Government from April 4 to 7.

The event will hold at the Ikogosi Resorts in Ekiti State, South-West Nigeria, the organisers, The Future Project, said in a statement on Thursday.

“We are very excited to be presenting the second edition of this historic platform ­ which provides a very important platform for a purposive national conversation about how the new generation of leaders can avoid the pitfalls of our history,” said Chude Jideonwo, the Executive Director for The Future Project.

“We are even more excited to announce that the event will be hosted by the Government of Ekiti State, Nigeria at the soon to be commissioned Ikogosi Resorts which has been constructed to world-class standards by the Governor Fayemi administration.”

The symposium is the organiser’s next stage of involvement in building a new generation of leaders by creating a critical mass of new leaders who are already blazing a trail and managing systems ­ including business and political leaders, media leaders, thought leaders, civil society and public service leaders.

The first edition of the Symposium held in Lagos on March 19 and 20, 2012. The Headline Speaker was then Vice-President of the World Bank, Obiageli Ezekwesili, and its host was Bolaji Abdullahi, then Minister of Youth Development and now Sports Minister.

The Ekiti State Government said it is proud to be the host of this edition of the symposium.

“We are delighted to host this platform in 2013 ­ in the Land of Honour, Ekiti State, Nigeria,” Kayode Fayemi, the Ekiti State Governor, said in the statement.

“Ekiti has always led the charge for democratic values, and good governance in the country, and we are passionate about sharing those lessons that we have learnt with the next generation of national leaders.”

“We are also proud to host The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders as one of the first programmes to be held at the Ikogosi Resorts, which our administration would be unveiling soon. I am certain that the comfort offered by the world class service and facilities at Ikogosi coupled with the relaxing natural ambience of one of Africa¹s finest resorts, would augur well for robust engagements amongst all participants at the symposium. It will be an enriching national conversation,” the governor added.

This year’s symposium is focused on Nigeria¹s next general elections; ­and young people effectively engaging the process across board, from business to politics and civil society.

Interested participants are expected to go to to fill
a form; or email

Successful registrants are expected to be contacted by the Central Working Committee.


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