The fourth edition of the Nigeria Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders, organised by The Future Project (TFP), will hold on Thursday, 31 May, 2018 at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos.

The event will feature young and inspired leaders such as Aisha Yesufu, co-convener of Bring Back Our Girls Group; Asuquo Ekpenyong, commissioner of finance, Cross River State; Mark Okoye, commissioner for economic planning and budget, Anambra State; Ife Adebayo, special assistant to the vice president on innovation and entrepreneurship; Samson Itodo, executive director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement, among others.

Themed ‘Shaping New Narratives’, the Symposium will bring together leaders and influential personalities in politics, business, advocacy, media, and more – to engage and discuss issues of governance, public policies, and civic engagement.

As an annual knowledge-exchange and mentorship event between present and emerging leaders in government and the public sector to facilitate learning and youth inclusiveness, the event provides a platform for young Nigerians to engage public officials on democratic institutions and national development.

According to the chief operating officer, The Future Project, Bukonla Adebakin, the Symposium is intended to drive the need to change negative narratives about Nigeria while highlighting the role of the youth in demanding for better governance and improvement in the system of leadership.

“In strengthening leadership and citizen participation, it is important that we provide platforms to aid true transformation and establish democratic values while developing active and empowered citizens. With the theme ‘Shaping New Narrative’, we intend to highlight the crucial role of citizens in imperatives of open governance,” Adebakin said.

Speakers who have headlined the Symposium include Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former minister of finance; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of education; Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, former minister of youth and development, Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra and Donald Duke, former governor of Cross River, among others.

The Future Project has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa through inclusive enterprise and active citizenship.

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