Welcome to Young And Emerging Leaders Conference 2018
Dear Emerging Leaders,
Important message to all participants
I want to specially congratulate you for making it to this stage and for your interest in this life changing event.
YNAG is an independent and non-partisan platform designed to encourage and enable you participate in the governance process in the country. The platform exists to equip you with the right training, coaching and knowledge that you would need to be fully involved in how you are governed and leadership selection process. Our speakers and coaches are from various organizations (both partisan and non-partisan) to give you a well-rounded learning and experience.
As young people, I want you to know that you are powerful and that you are all that is needed to change this country through your active participation.
According to Inter-Parliamentary Union, more than 80% of votes is determined by young people between 18-40-years-old but sadly, less than 28% of them are involved in governance. To make things clearer to you, the median age in Nigeria is about 18.6-years, a similar situation you will find across Africa (Zimbabwe-24; South Africa-20.6) but unfortunately, most African countries including Nigeria are ruled by people that are older than 70-years-old. Isn’t that ironic? As at the last population census, 20-years-old and below make up more than 55% of Nigeria’s population and a combined 75% of the population is between 6-40-years-old. Your power to determine the course of this country is unimaginable and I want you to understand that.
So how do you get started? Everything starts with equipping yourself with the right knowledge, connecting with the right people that will coach or mentor you and forming alliances among yourselves.
YNAG events which would be hosted serially across the country provide you this excellent platforms to get you running. Our speakers and panelists will also double as coaches should you need their mentoring.
I have registered for YNAG2.0, what are the next steps?
- Stay close to the website for periodic informative posts on the blog.
- Visit the shop to order the conference materials. We offer 30% discount if you order between March 11-31, 2018. All orders must be received on or before April 14, 2018.
Snapshot of participants
Number of registered participants: 66
Gender: 69.2% male, 30.8% female
City of Residence: Osogbo, Ibadan, Lagos, Abuja, Benin, Ikire, Ile-Ife, Gbongan, Akure
Education: BSc- 52%, MSc- 24%, HND- 8%, SSCE-12%
Age: 46% (18-25), 23% (25-30), 19% (35), 3.8% (less than 18)
I want to learn how to become useful in the community– John from Ibadan
I want to learn practical strategies and approaches to move this country forward– Tomiwa from Ibadan
For me, this conference an avenue meet like minded professionals and get trained in the art of effective Global development and policy objectives. *I want to learn new ways of translating policy objectives into practical actions that can improve my country’s economy and fuel an endless cycle of positive change. * Lastly I want to learn how to be a better risk taker by hearing the success stories of the speakers present at the conference, how they overcame their challenges, fears and obstacles.– Efosa from Benin City
I want to help in numerous circumstances create positive changes in my community. One of such positive changes is my success in making a dent in the proliferation of illicit drugs in my community. I am currently engaged with Bauchi Youth Drug Free Club, a non-governmental organization that is devoted to informing our youths about the destructive menace of illicit drugs. My decision to devote much of my time to this difficult-yet stressful engagement is bound out of the fact that youths are susceptible to the negative influence of drug addicts who exploit their fragility, due to poverty and illiteracy, to lure them into abusing drugs. The irony is that thousands of people try in vain to do away with the bad habit but due to lack of supports from governments as well as near-absence of rehabilitation centers in our community, I feel compelled to align with my fellow activists in order to help our youths stay away from drugs and also to help addicted youths who are desperate to renounce drugs and barbiturates.– Rabiu Mohammed from Bauchi
How best to get involved with politics while still maintaining my sanity and integrity.– Beloved from Ile-Ife
Tell your friends who are yet to register to visit the website today!
I look forward to receiving you in May 2018.