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Ngozi Okojo Iweala, Kayode Fayemi, Adams Oshimole & others lead the conversation at The Future Awards Symposium for Young and Emerging Leaders – See full list of speakers

Ngozi Okojo Iweala

The Central Working Committee of The Future Awards has announced the speakers for the 2nd edition of The Nigeria Symposium for Young &
Emerging Leaders. The event holds from April 5 - 7 at the Ikogosi Warm Springs Resort, Ekiti hosted by the State Government.

The committee has also announced the theme for this year's event - Project 2015: The Character of Our Involvement.

  "The theme is crucial as young people define the nature of their engagement as we countdown to the 2015 General Elections," said 'Yemi
Adamolekun, who is Executive Director of EnoughisEnough Nigeria, partners for the event. "2015 is barely 2 years away, and politicians,
civil society organisations, the media and citizens need to identify their activeroles within the process. We are glad to partner with The
Future Project."

Keynote Speech:

The Cost of Involvement: Why Your Generation Must Get Involved

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance/Coordinating Minister of the Economy Interactive Session:

It's over to you guys: A New Generation Must Take Responsibility

H. E. Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President of Nigeria

Panel I:

Getting Your Hands Dirty: A Practical Guide to Political Participation

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor of Ekiti

Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Executive Governor of Delta

Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, Executive Governor of Rivers

Adams Oshiomhole, Executive Governor of Edo

Olusegun Mimiko, Executive Governor of Ondo

Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, Minister of Sports/Chairman of the National
Sports Commission

Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, Former Minister of the FCT

Abdulmumuni Jibril, Chairman, House Committee on Finance

Tonye Cole, Executive Director, Sahara Group

Panel II:

This is Our Stand: Outlining the Steps for Engagement

Olusegun Dada (Y! Politico columnist)

Ohimai Godwin Amaize (Y! Politico columnist)

Michael Orodare (Y! Politico columnist)

Atom Lim (Y! Politico columnist)

Ife Adebayo (Y! Politico columnist)

Lai Labode (Y! Politico columnist)

Salihu Tanko-Yakasai (Y! Politico columnist)

Akintunde Oyebode (Y! FrontPage columnist)

Temie Giwa (Y! FrontPage columnist)

Japheth Omojuwa (Y! FrontPage columnist)

"We're encouraged by the excitement that young people across the country have expressed towards thisevent and look forward to Ekiti,"
said Chude Jideonwo, Executive Director of The Future Project. "This will be the event that formally kicks off the process of setting the
agenda for young people in the 2015 elections, and it is important to get all sides into one room and chart a course for this generation. We
are excited to be leading that."

The Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, a platform leading from The Future Awards, is the next stage of its involvement in building
a new generation of leaders to engage the nation's governance and economy through knowledge exchange and building of networks.
Registration for the 2013 event ended on 22 March, 2013.

The 2013 edition is presented by The Future Project, in partnership with EnoughisEnough Nigeria. It is sponsored by Etisalat and First Bank,
with support from Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and the Nigeria Leadership Initiative.

Media partners are Channels Television, Silverbird TV, Cool FM, BellaNaija, NigeriaNewsdesk and LASAA. Official media partner is
Y!/YNaija.com.

For more information about this event, please visit www.thefuturenigeria.com or follow The Future Project on Twitter
@TFANigeria and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheFutureAwards.

Nigerian Idol: Backflips versus high notes

Saturday’s edition of Nigerian Idol saw contestant Efezino say her goodbyes to the show as she failed to get into the top 5. “What?!” You
say? The guy with the mediocre voice and equally mediocre dance skills is still in the running? How did that happen?

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Is Abasiakan peaking at just the right time?

Abasiakan

Just when it seemed that Nigerian Idol might have settled on a winner, this past Sunday happened and the rankings were all shaken up once
again. The contestants were giving the music to us old school; honoring the late, great Luther Vandross, and highlife music.

Abasiakan was the contestant with the most solid vocal performance and he was absolutely ruthless with his Luther track, ‘I’d Rather’. Not only
did he deliver the song flawlessly, he handled the key changes like a pro, effortlessly switching between the notes and with buttery smooth
transition. His version of Onyeka Onwenu’s ‘Hallelujah Chime’, while safe, was equally good.

Abasiakan has had a few problems with his performances previously, and guest judge, the always amazing Dare Art Alade, told him that he needed
to work on his connection with the crowd. It seems that after weeks of hit-or-miss performances, Abasiakan may just have hit his stride, and
just may swoop in to take the crown.

Visit www.nigerianidol.com for compelling back story videos, juicy behind the scene news, and get a taste of what is coming. For the latest
information, Like the Nigerian Idol Facebook page www.facebook.com/NigIdol, and follow Nigeria Idol on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/NigerianIdol, and you could be eligible to win some fantastic prizes, including the opportunity to be live in the studio for
a recording.

Nigerian Idol is the biggest music show across Africa and it is brought to you by Etisalat, in association with Pepsi and supported by Beat FM.

7 signs you’re a bad blogger—and how to get better

Let’s start off with an assumption: We all want to be good bloggers, right?

But we don’t get a lot of direct opinions about how good we actually are. Your friends and family will tell you you’re great. Haters will tell you that you suck. But it’s not like these opinions reflect the actual situation. Read More

Seven down, four left to be eliminated: There can be only one Nigerian Idol

Top five with rolling dollar

The girl with the baby doll voice, Efezino bid her tearful goodbye as Nigerian Idol sailed past the halfway point and into the top five. It was a bitter-sweet moment for the young woman with a unique voice, who had struggled with song choices throughout the season and had brilliant song moments along the way. The competition is now left with five
contestants looking to be crowned the season three champion of Nigerian Idol. This week, the guest judge was brilliant singer and entertainer, Dare Art Alade, who came excited to see what the remaining contestants could deliver. Along with host Ill Rhymz, Jeffrey Daniel, Femi Kuti and Yinka Davies were the regular judges on the show.

The themes for the evening were music from the late, legendary R&B singer, Luther Vandross, as well as something straight from the home shores: highlife.

The evening started off with a very special performance by Fatai Rolling Dollar ‘Won Kere si Number Wa’. At 87 years of age, it was a joy to behold his energetic and spritely performance, and he eventually was joined on stage by the eager group of contestants. An appreciative in-studio audience gave the performance a loud and prolonged standing ovation, thrilled by the performance. Fatai Rolling Dollar had this to say about young, upcoming performers: “I love what the young artists now are doing. They have a good message for the young crowd out there, and I absolutely love it!”

It was then the contestants’ turn to perform, starting with Luther Vandross songs. Safeeyat started off the night, and performed ‘So Amazing’. Jeffrey told a disappointed Safeeyat that “…the passion and emotion that was supposed to be in this song, I was not getting that.”
Dare gave his own critique saying, “I think you struggled to connect to the song.” JayFeel, was next, singing ‘ If I Didn’t Know Better’. While Yinka looked mildly pleased with his performance, Dare was blunt with his criticism telling the back-flipping singer, “I thought you didn’t really control the song.” Jeffrey added, “Your voice was scratchy.”

Moses performance of ‘If Only for one Night’ had the judges on the fence. While Dare told him, “One word: soulful,” Femi was disinclined to agree, saying, “It was good as usual,” then referred to his words of warning to the ‘teddy bear’ singer last week about sustaining a performance. Yinka was thrilled however, hugging Moses and saying, “That
is what I’m talking about!” Abasiakan’ rendition of ‘I’d Rather’ saw an ecstatic crowd rise to their feet, and the judges were effusive with their praise. Jeffrey told him, “That was greatness in the making right here!” Femi was equally enthusiastic, telling him, “What I loved most was the way you modulated changing key…it’s like you were flying and took us along with you.” However, Dare told him he needed to connect more with the audience.

Debbie was the last for the evening, starting with a beautiful guitar intro for her version of ‘Dance with my Father’. Again, the judges gave mixed reactions, with Yinka saying the guitar worked for her but Femi telling the strumming songstress, “You can’t give your competitors any chance.”

Then the competition switched gears and turned to the highlife tunes, starting with Moses and an experimental take on the classic song, ‘Sweet Mother’. The judges got into quite a heated argument, with Dare of the opinion that the changes made to the song were too experimental, while Yinka on the other hand, told him. “You did very well! Your transitions were on point.” Abasiakan took on the challenge of ‘Hallelujah’ by one of Nigeria’s greatest divas: Onyeka Onwenu. A quick learner, he took Dare’s earlier critique to heart, and tried to connect with the audience, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the judges. Femi said, “I’m happy contestants are listening to our critiques.” Jeffrey seemed
to quite like the performance, saying, “African music brings out something in you.
Everything about the performance—I loved it.” Dare was pleased that Abasiakan took his advice telling him, “You nailed it, and you were dancing!”

JayFeel chose to perform ‘Taxi Driver’ wearing an afro wig, bow tie, shorts and knee length socks. It was another polarising performance.
Dare said, “I would like to see a lot more musicianship from you at this stage of such a competition.” Femi was even more blunt, saying, “I think Dare is right, in the middle of the song you went off key, twice.”
Debbie Rise performed ‘Mos’orire’ and it seemed she has been battling vocal issues. While the judges loved it, Yinka warned her not to scream, and Dare told her, “It was creative, it was enjoyable…but be wary of your voice.”

Last for the evening was Safeeyat performing ‘Seun Rere’. The judges all noticed an obvious disconnect between her vocals and the band performance and while her vocal performance was excellent, the judges were all disappointed with the overall attempt.

There you have it. The top five have performed and are now waiting for your votes to keep them in the competition. Who will prevail?

You can watch who makes it to the next stage on Saturday on NTA at 3:00pm, Sound City and ONTV at 7:00pm, Silverbird at 7:30pm, Superscreen at 6:30pm, TVC at 9:30pm, Real Star TV on Startimes at 9pm, channels 209 on Sky and 828 on Virgin (Africa Channel UK) at 9pm on the RESULT SHOW. Then, catch all-new performances on Sunday on NTA at 3:30pm, Sound
City and ONTV at 7:00pm, Silverbird at 8:00 pm, TVC at 8:30 pm, Superscreen at 9:30pm, Real Star TV on Startimes at 9pm, channels 209 on Sky and 828 on Virgin (Africa Channel UK) at 9pm

Nigerian Idol is the biggest music show across Africa and it is brought to you by Etisalat, in association with Pepsi and supported by Beat FM.

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