No doubt, history will be made when four main speakers engage about 400 aspiring young leaders at the 8th leadership summit of the Guardians of the nation international [GOTNI] tagged, â€œNew thinking for a new Nigeriaâ€. The speakers billed to tackle poignant leadership issues include: Gamaliel Onasode, Pro-Chancellor, University of Ibadan; Amina Oyagbola, Corporate Services Executive, MTN Nigeria; John Momoh, Chairman, Channels Television; and Hon. Chris Asoluka, Managing Consultant, FM&T Consulting amongst many others. Special guest of honour will be the Executive Governor of Imo State, Sir Ikedi Ohakim.
Guardians of the nation International, GOTNI is a non-profit organization whose primary target is to raise a new generation of leaders in Nigeria. The organization boasts of a fast-growing membership which is empowered through leadership development programmes, seminars and summits.
The 2007 summit, which is the 8th in the series, is specifically designed for Nigerian youths who are passionate about making a difference in our beloved country. In clear terms, the President of GOTNI, Linus Okorie explains, â€œâ€¦at this stage of our national life when the lack of leadership values has become so glaring to a crisis situation, the obvious need to begin to nurture a new generation of servant leaders has become imperative. This summit is therefore a deliberate effort by GOTNI to begin to create opportunities or platforms that will guarantee the safety of the future of our great countryâ€¦â€
The summit will hold on Saturday, August 11th 2007 at the Agip Recital Hall, MUSON Centre, Onikan, Lagos at 2pm PROMPT. Limited tickets for non-members are available for =N= 1,500 naira only at Nu Metro Media Store, Silverbird Galleria, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, The Fountain of Life Church Bookshop and Alpha Christian Bookshop, 19a, Maitama Sule Street, off Awolowo Road, Ikoyi.
As Nigeria enters a new political dispensation, the hopes and aspirations of Nigerian youths have become equivocal. Nigerian youths will be empowered by the speakers to facilitate change in their respective environments. There will be ample time for networking in a inspirationally charged environment for the participants to rub minds. Other activities will include a special role model panel comprising: Ms. Sam Harvey, Director, British Council; Ms. Celine Loader, Head, Corporate Communications, UBA; Mrs. Chichi Anyalogu, Senior Policy Officer, European Union; Mrs. Nkechi Ali â€“ Balogun, Chairperson, Institute for Public Relations; Afolabi Adetola, Winner Bank PHB Intern show; Ms. Modupe Adefeso, Associate Director, Youth Dynamix Nigeria; Ms. Abigail Longe, Miss Tourism Nigeria 2005; and personal development coach, Joshua Awesome.
â€˜A special song for Nigeriaâ€™ by Ego Iheanacho, poems and piano renditions as well as comedy by Owen Gee will be injected as special attractions to ensure that there are no dull moments.
Proudly supported by United Bank for Africa, [UBA Plc], MTN Nigeria Communications and Computer Warehouse Ltd, this summit promises to be one of a kind. After all, â€œAny nation that does not take it upon herself to invest in youth development to secure her future is doomed!â€ the GOTNI President added passionately.