On September 4th, 29 young Nigerians who attended the 4th cohort of the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Centre (YALI RLC) in Accra Ghana were officially welcomed to back to Nigeria. The intensive orientation and training of the 4th West African Cohort ran from 1st August 2016 – 2nd September 2016.
So far, 405 participants have been trained in Entrepreneurship, Public Sector Management and Civil Society Leadership. The welcome event was organized by to discuss and engage a new approach to leadership and entrepreneurship with the goal of proffering solutions to the current economic challenges facing the country. The reception was sponsored for the first time by a private firm, Tromsville Investment Limited, a real estate investment company, also hosed representatives from the United States Consulate, USAID, Africa 2.0, Master Card Foundation, GIMPA who are key partners of YALI RLC alongside other key players in Youth development.
According to the US Consulate representative Mr Robert Bob Kerr, the purpose of YALI was to provide high quality training, mentoring, and networking support to a great number of enterprising young Africans. He also encouraged the Nigerian YALI alumni not to put out the flame of enterprise that got them selected to attend the YALI Regional Leadership Center in the first place.
The Managing Director of Tromville Investments Limited, Mr. Adeyemi Adeniyi while speaking said his organization believes strongly in entrepreneurship and the ability of Nigerian Youths to solve the unemployment problem. That informed the company’s decision to sponsor this year’s event. Ify Osssai of Africa 2.0 reminded these emerging young leaders that they are the change they seek in Nigeria. She also advised them that they owe it to themselves and the nation to commit to finding and implementing sustainable solutions that will in turn leapfrog the development of the nation and Africa.
Also in attendance was Sipasi Olalekan Ayodele – YALI RLC Ambassador, an expert in development through sustainable agricultural processes and innovations, and Henry Akwuebu founder of the African Resources Development Initiative (AFREDI) a non-governmental organization.
In his closing remarks, the US Consulate representative Mr Robert Bob Kerr pointed out that the first ever YALI leadership training in Nigeria will be held at the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria, ASCON Badagry Lagos and it will also accommodate participants from 8 other West African Countries.