It was a historic weekend for the participants at the 5th edition of the Future Leadership Conference. The event which held at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs had about a thousand young people in attendance.
In his opening remark, the convener of the conference Mr. Mark Idiahi buttressed on the theme: “Transitional Leadership and Patriotism”. According to him, the topic is a relevant issue of discourse that should be on the front burner of every well-meaning citizen, seeing we are approaching our election year, a prominent process in every democratic system. We cannot stand aloof nor pay deaf ears to the challenges that currently plague our country; complaining without taking solution-driven actions isn’t a remedy. This is a time for pro-active measures. This is a time for action and this is where we advocate for patriotism.
Also at the conference were industry experts from different works of life who were present to inspire and challenge the youths to be more responsible, patriotic and disciplined. Some of the speakers at the conference includes but not limited to Ubong King, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Dazeman Oyakhilome, Dr. Abiola Afolabi, Adegbenga Badejo, and Chidi Okpaluba.
The participants were charged on the need to embrace discipline and education as a panacea for championing transformational leadership. The youths were challenged to be more inquisitive. According to one of the speakers, Daysman Oyakhilome Inquisition breads research, research births solutions and solutions births expansion and transformation.
The keynote speaker, Mr. Ubong King urged the youths to get rid of their dependency and entitlement mentality. He stressed on the need to turn down free foods, which stalls critical thinking and productivity.
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa encouraged the participants to remain focused and imbibe a culture of integrity, with those two qualities, anybody can become anything he sets his mind on.
The climax of the event was the unveiling of The Navigator, a life changing book by Mark Idiahi, the convener. History was made as the book sold out on first public appearance courtesy of the investments and goodwill of some of the speakers of the event.
Future Leadership Conference 2018 was a remarkable success and its impact will forever be engraved on the minds of those who witnessed it.