Why we are hosting YNAG in State of Osun by Adetunji Adeniran
Each time I talk to people about Young and Emerging Leaders Conference, I see excitement in people’s faces and a lot of people like what we do. However, when it comes where we are hosting the event, they are easily laid back. In fact, someone called on one of our radio programs and said: “You’re doing so much and the least you can do is to host it in Lagos, why Osogbo for Christ sake?”. That was her expression and I couldn’t help but smile.
First of all, I appreciate everyone that has shown concerns about the location and how difficult to get sponsorship or partnership for events in Osun State. I am also grateful to everyone who has reached out to me to give words of encouragement and accolades. They believe in the things we do and how we are contributing our efforts towards building a great nation from the grassroot.
I have represented Nigeria in a couple of conferences outside Africa and none (except for Paris) was held in the capital city. It is like saying if an event is not holding in Frankfurt, then it’s not worth it; or if you’re doing something in New York or DC, then nothing else can be worth doing in the US. It is rather absurd for us to think that Lagos is the only place where excellence resides. I think it’s high time we started expanding opportunities across various cities in the country and believe that we all can prosper irrespective of our locations. The first edition of this conference was held on the main campus of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and we are moving this across Nigeria. Our collective achievement and success cannot be location bound.
Osogbo is the capital of Osun State and one of the key cities in the south-west of Nigeria. Osogbo is the host to the biggest traditional festival in Nigeria and has one of the fastest growing agrarian communities.
Achieving good governance is key for a true democracy and for the lives of the people. On September 22, 2018, the people of Osun will be going to the polls to elect their next governor at the gubernatorial election. The onus is on us to involve as many young people in this state as possible in governance discussion and enable them make the right choice.
This conference is an avenue to firsthand discuss developmental issues in the state and also devise means to identify the right leaders for the next generation. It is very important that young people of Osun State are well educated and enlightened on what good governance entails.
For Lagos people, we are sure coming by November 2018.
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