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July 18, 2018

Utomi, Agbakoba, Okpanachi Headline Emerging African Leaders Conference

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Leading minds in Nigeria’s civil liberties community are set to address an international conference for emerging African leaders scheduled to take place at the Domus Fidei Hotel, Ikeja,Lagos, November 25, 2017.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and NBA nominee for the Nigerian Supreme Court, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba will speak on the State of the Nation to expose future leaders to problems and prospects facing them, while Professor Pat Utomi, former presidential candidate in Nigeria and founder of Centre for Value Leadership will speak on Ethical Leadership to immerse the future leaders  in the virtues needed for effective leadership in Africa.

Others include the Managing Director of the Development Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tony Okpanachi who will speak on Creative Leadership to equip the future leaders with effective leadership skills needed to tackle Africa’s problems and, Rev. Fr. Dr. Godswill Agbagwa – a U.S. based, ethics professor will deliver the keynote address at the conference.

Organized by the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc. (CSAAEINC), Maryland, the conference is part of efforts to raise a new crop of political and government leaders imbued with the morals, effective leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit to facilitate development and end poverty in Africa.

A statement from the Founder and President of the Center, Rev. Fr. Dr. Godswill Agbagwa issued at the Centre’s head office in Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.A,says that the Centre has invited about 200 potential African leaders from hundreds of applications that it received from across Africa to participate at the free conference.

According to Fr. Agbagwa, the conference will kick start the Centre’s 2017/2018 Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP) training year. The conference is designed to broaden the horizons of the emerging leaders, help them set personal development goals (bordering on any of the virtues that the Centre wishes to inculcate into the future leaders) and community development goals – to tackle specific problems in Africa – as well as dream big.

While in the program, emerging leaders promote ethics, entrepreneurship and excellence in leadership on campus. They also provide innovative solutions to community problems. Upon completion of the program, at which time they have graduated from the university, CSAAEINC evaluates performance and promotes promising emerging leaders to the Centre’s lifetime Network of Effective African Leaders (NEAL). CSAAEINC works with NEAL members to get into public service, supports them as they work their ways to influential positions and guides them to effect positive socioeconomic change. NEAL members in turn mentor other emerging leaders and work with CSAAEINC on various community development projects.

At the end of the conference,the Center will host its 2017 Impact Dinner. The dinner is an opportunity for the Emerging African Leaders to showcase their various innovative community development projects and many ways they are already facilitating development in Africa including the launching of the Emerging African Leaders Music for Social Development Album. The dinner for 100 personalities will also be an opportunity to appreciate donors and supporters for their support to the Centre. The President of PENGASSON Worldwide, Comrade Olabode Johnson will be the Guest of Honor at the dinner.

Representatives of the Centre’s U.S. based one-on-one leadership mentoring team led by Dr. Patrick Nwakama of Baltimore, Maryland,will be in attendance at both events as well as the U.S. and African Board of Trustees led by Professor Obinna Chukwu of the University of Lagos Nigeria. Also, expected at the event is Addax Petroleum Company Technical Director and Mentor at CSAAEINC, Engr. Chike Nwosu and Nigerian Human Rights Activist, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, amongst others.



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