PRESS STATEMENT: SECOND EDITION OF THE AFRIGROWTH FOUNDATION YOUTH MENTORING SEMINAR SERIES 2019
“If you want to leave a Legacy, invest in those that will inherit it.”
Mrs. Dayo Keshi, President AfriGrowth Foundation (March 28, 2019)
Since inception and for over a decade of work in Nigeria, AfriGrowth Foundation has pursued a positive approach to Youth development, which recognizes the need to ensure that Youths develop the requisite skills, values, and attitudes they need to succeed in our Nigerian society. The Foundation’s programs use ‘Mentoring’ as the main vehicle to empower Nigerian Youth. Since 2008, the Foundation has mentored over 7,000 Nigerian Youths: 60% have been gainfully employed with the rest indulging in entrepreneurship and furthering their education. AfriGrowth Foundation believes that investing in young people place them at advantaged positions in Nigeria and the world at large.
As part of its life-changing and value-adding programs for Youth development in 2019, AfriGrowth Foundation developed the Youth Mentoring Seminar Series to avail Nigerian Youth the noble opportunity to be mentored by distinguished experts, innovators, and leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. The resultant impact of the Series is to build a new generation of impact creators.
The Second Edition of AfriGrowth Foundation Youth Mentoring Seminar Series 2019, which held on Thursday September 26, 2019 at the FCT Education Resource Centre, Harper Street, Zone 7, Wuse, Abuja was anchored on the theme, Create Your Own Circle of Influence and piloted by the two distinguished experts, innovators and leaders in the public private sector:
- Ambassador Joe Keshi, Chairman, Board of Directors of AfriGrowth Foundation, Vice Chairman, Board of United Bank for Africa (UBA), Africa’s Global Bank; and
- Paddy Kemdi Njoku, Chairman of the National Examination Council (NECO) Governing Board.
The event, which commenced at 10.00am with over 70 Youth participants from 18 youth-focused organizations in attendance, was graced by the Honourable Minister of Youth and Sports development, Mr. Sunday Dare, ably represented by Mrs. O. Omotade, Director, Enterprise, Development and Promotions Department. He affirmed and lauded AfriGrowth Foundation for its noble work with Nigerian Youth, especially in the design and execution of numerous programs premised on mentoring a new generation of self-dependent and hyper-productive youth in Nigeria.
In her opening address, Mrs. Dayo Keshi, the President, AfriGrowth Foundation advised that in order for Nigerian Youth to be a source of positive impact, they should work towards becoming mentors for their peers and the younger generation. She challenged the participants to make a commitment by stepping down whatever they learnt to at least 5 other youths, as the Foundation believed in the multiplier effect and approach.
The esteemed Mentors facilitated an interactive and strategic session with the Youth participants; teaching them how to channel their strength towards becoming source of positive influence in their immediate communities and the society at large. The discourse revolved around youth engagement in policies formation, active citizenship, attitudinal change and value re-orientation. Amb. Joe Keshi stated that in order for Youth to succeed, they should inculcate the principles of visionary leadership. Dr. Paddy Njoku encouraged youth to work in synergy, as life is a relay race, and success can only be attained with cooperation and partnership. Using their wealth of experience and knowledge, the Mentors availed the Youths practical knowledge on ways to positively direct their energy towards achieving greatness and by so doing becoming source of positive influence.
In conclusion, Mrs. Dayo Keshi, President, AfriGrowth Foundation advised participants to associate with fellow youths that think and reason the way they do and have similar interests. Collins Okwudiri, Executive Director, Young Youth Network for Good Leadership in Nigeria, gave the vote of thanks, on behalf of the participants. He appreciated the Mentors for facilitating the session and affirmed that much has been impacted positively. He also made a commitment to spread the tentacles of the Mentoring Series to students in secondary schools. He looked forward to subsequent programs from the Foundation.