On Mentorship, 3rd Term and 180 Degrees…

Mentorship Roundtable at HBF

On Mentorship…
From 10:30am yesterday — until about 4pm — twenty young people had the opportunity of experiencing the first in the series of LDV’s Mentorship Roundtables. Supported by Heinrich Boll Foundation, the selected applicants had the chance of listening to the diverse experiences of those who’ve been there and done that within the ICT industry. One of the mentors came in from the UK, one is based in Nigeria and the third arrived from Kenya that same morning. Now, talk about willingness to reproduce their success stories in others! From yesterday’s roundtable, the process will move online. An online platform will soon be announced, which will bring thousands of Nigerians face to face on the same issue of mentorship within the ICT sector (first, and expanding to other sectors later). Watch Out…


On 3rd Term…
By now, you must have heard the phrase, “third term,” if you’ve been following political stories from Nigeria — or have anything at all to do with Nigeria. The agenda was aborted over the last two days at both levels of the National Assembly. But does that mean that those who think they own Nigeria have given up on their evil imaginations? I doubt it… But guess what, the will of the Nigerian people can be done, come 2007 (and beyond) — and I say that because if anyone had said that the 3rd term agenda would not be muscled through, he would have been advised to go learn more about Nigerian political history. Now that we have successfully declared that Nigerians are interested in their own future and are willing to take that same future up by themselves, the onus of the sustainability of democratic growth depends on you and I. When the call is made, register ahead for the 2007 elections (at all levels); and when its time to vote, choose the person who represents the ideals you desire the most as long as that would move us in the direction of a New Nigeria! Let no one deceive you that the election has already been concluded, they said the same about the 3rd term agenda and many people were already asking how it would be when OBJ comes again! If those of us who are really concerned about the future of Nigeria stand by our principles and vote wisely, we can deliver this nation from the future it does not deserve! By the way, I am hearing rumours that a technocrat (a professor of Political Economics and Governance) who has shown exemplary leadership in both public and private sectors may soon join the presidential race in 2007 — that would be interesting! Watch this space…


On 180 Degrees…
Following the successful hosting of the first edition of 180 Degrees on May 1 2006, a lot has been happening. We’ll soon announce where and how you can get access to the materials (event VCD/DVD, T-shirts and more), and training programs will kick off on the 3rd of June. Please visit www.generissolutions.com/may1/opportunities.php to register. And also note that the next edition of 180 Degrees holds on the 10th of June, while an executive session will follow on the 17th of June. More details will be provided shortly, but feel free to write to contactus@generissolutions.com if you have early-bird questions. And did I tell you that for the Nigerian Diaspora in the UK (and others), 180 Degrees will come your way sometime before the end of the year (maybe October)?

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