Leadership Thought

Studership 2.0 Leadership Programme Participants List Released

We are delighted to announce that after a careful review of several applications for participation in the Studership 2.0 Leadership Programme, motivation and resultant positive effects on communities around the world, One hundred and six (106) young leaders from thirty-eight countries have been globally selected to participate in the programme (list published on

Studership is a knowledge-based, activity-oriented and growth focused youth/student leadership academy that equips emerging leaders with leadership skills and knowledge, while broadening their understanding of personal development, leadership, sustainable change, and promoting / developing integrity and values-based leadership for practical, personal and professional application.

An initiative of All for Development Foundation [ADM-Foundation], the academy runs programmes aimed at helping emerging leaders discover themselves, deploy their own abilities, reach the height of their own capacities, refine their personalities, strengthen their leadership qualities/strategies, stimulate growth-oriented thinking and behaviour and contribute purposefully to societal development.

Important dates of the Studership 2.0 Leadership Programme, which is as follows;
  • 22nd July, 2013 – Online discussion begins
  • 29th July, 2013 – GrowthStudy commences
  • 30th August, 2013 – Submission of GrowthStudy review
  • 19th – 22nd September, 2013 – Studership 2.0 Leadership Summit in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
We appreciate everyone who applied to participate, recommended the programme for emerging leaders and everyone who had us in their prayers.

Best regards,
Studership 2.0 Leadership Programme Organising Team

Integral Leadership and Educational Development; ADM visits Federal College of Education

Tomorrow (Thursday, 4th July, 2013), i will be addressing students of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta on the topic ‘Integral #Leadership and Educational #Development’ at the annual lecture organised by the Education Students Association of Nigeria.

If you are within Abeokuta, let us make it a date at the Aduke Maina Lecture Theatre of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta by 10:00am.

Looking forward to your presence.

Keep #Growing, Keep #Leading.


Growth Leadership Thought

What are you learning from the Lion?

During a personal growth workshop, i studied and learnt from the visionary leadership of a lion. Though known as the king of the jungle, the lion knows that it wouldn’t be king forever if it doesn’t ‘mentor’ the next generation.

Lions travel in prides, the pride creates an environment suitable for mentoring cubs; the next generation of ‘kings’ and ‘queens’.

What are you doing to build the future? Learn from the lion.


Aanu Damola Morenikeji
13th June, 2013

Are you #OnPoint?

I have over time heard the phrase used severally among young people in our higher institutions of learning. A status update ‘Driving on point…’ called my attention again, to the phrase.

Literally, being on point should mean sustaining your movement/progress in the right direction, with vision, focus, commitment and persistence. This calls for reflection; are we really on point?

Check your life, mindset, dreams, goals, accomplishments and actions. Do they compliment one another? Do your thoughts correspond with your actions?

You can still make a U-turn, take some time out to examine your goal and actions, reexamine your motives and THINK.

Its good to be ‘on point’, it facilitates progress.

ADM (January, 2013)

FUNAAB Students holds symposium on Agriculture and Sustainable Development

As part of their contribution in ensuring sustainability in the development of the agricultural sector within Nigeria, students of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta on Wednesday, 8th May, 2013 organised a symposium focused on ‘Agriculture and Sustainable Development; Aspirations and Roles of Stakeholders’.

The students – under the auspices of the Association of Plant Physiology and Crop Production Students – brought together stakeholders in agriculture to deliberate on the future of the sector. In his welcome address, the President of the Departmental Students Association, Aanu Damola Morenikeji stated that his team felt it as a point of duty to make their own quota towards ensuring A Keynote address was delivered by the Vice Chancellor of Crescent University, Prof. Kehinde Okeleye.

Further details will be provided soon.


‘I, Pencil’; how well do you know?

Happy New Months friends.

Activities of previous months had kept me away from this blog. There are lots of things to be discussed, lots to be unraveled, lots of testimonies to be told and overall, lots to learn. I will however start this month by sharing a classical essay titled ‘I, Pencil’ by Leonard E. Read with you.

I’ll love to know your comments after reading.

I, Pencil
My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read

I am a lead pencil—the ordinary wooden pencil familiar to all boys and girls and adults who can read and write.*
Writing is both my vocation and my avocation; that’s all I do. 
You may wonder why I should write a genealogy. Well, to begin with, my story is interesting. And, next, I am a mystery—more so than a tree or a sunset or even a flash of lightning. But, sadly, I am taken for granted by those who use me, as if I were a mere incident and without background. This supercilious attitude relegates me to the level of the commonplace. This is a species of the grievous error in which mankind cannot too long persist without peril. For, the wise G. K. Chesterton observed, “We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.” 
I, Pencil, simple though I appear to be, merit your wonder and awe, a claim I shall attempt to prove. In fact, if you can understand me—no, that’s too much to ask of anyone—if you can become aware of the miraculousness which I symbolize, you can help save the freedom mankind is so unhappily losing. I have a profound lesson to teach. And I can teach this lesson better than can an automobile or an airplane or a mechanical dishwasher because—well, because I am seemingly so simple. 
Simple? Yet, not a single person on the face of this earth knows how to make me. This sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? Especially when it is realized that there are about one and one-half billion of my kind produced in the U.S.A. each year. 
Pick me up and look me over. What do you see? Not much meets the eye—there’s some wood, lacquer, the printed labeling, graphite lead, a bit of metal, and an eraser.

Innumerable Antecedents

Just as you cannot trace your family tree back very far, so is it impossible for me to name and explain all my antecedents. But I would like to suggest enough of them to impress upon you the richness and complexity of my background. 
My family tree begins with what in fact is a tree, a cedar of straight grain that grows in Northern California and Oregon. Now contemplate all the saws and trucks and rope and the countless other gear used in harvesting and carting the cedar logs to the railroad siding. Think of all the persons and the numberless skills that went into their fabrication: the mining of ore, the making of steel and its refinement into saws, axes, motors; the growing of hemp and bringing it through all the stages to heavy and strong rope; the logging camps with their beds and mess halls, the cookery and the raising of all the foods. Why, untold thousands of persons had a hand in every cup of coffee the loggers drink! 
The logs are shipped to a mill in San Leandro, California. Can you imagine the individuals who make flat cars and rails and railroad engines and who construct and install the communication systems incidental thereto? These legions are among my antecedents.
Consider the millwork in San Leandro. The cedar logs are cut into small, pencil-length slats less than one-fourth of an inch in thickness. These are kiln dried and then tinted for the same reason women put rouge on their faces. People prefer that I look pretty, not a pallid white. The slats are waxed and kiln dried again. How many skills went into the making of the tint and the kilns, into supplying the heat, the light and power, the belts, motors, and all the other things a mill requires? Sweepers in the mill among my ancestors? Yes, and included are the men who poured the concrete for the dam of a Pacific Gas & Electric Company hydroplant which supplies the mill’s power!
Don’t overlook the ancestors present and distant who have a hand in transporting sixty carloads of slats across the nation.
Once in the pencil factory—$4,000,000 in machinery and building, all capital accumulated by thrifty and saving parents of mine—each slat is given eight grooves by a complex machine, after which another machine lays leads in every other slat, applies glue, and places another slat atop—a lead sandwich, so to speak. Seven brothers and I are mechanically carved from this “wood-clinched” sandwich.
My “lead” itself—it contains no lead at all—is complex. The graphite is mined in Ceylon. Consider these miners and those who make their many tools and the makers of the paper sacks in which the graphite is shipped and those who make the string that ties the sacks and those who put them aboard ships and those who make the ships. Even the lighthouse keepers along the way assisted in my birth—and the harbor pilots.
The graphite is mixed with clay from Mississippi in which ammonium hydroxide is used in the refining process. Then wetting agents are added such as sulfonated tallow—animal fats chemically reacted with sulfuric acid. After passing through numerous machines, the mixture finally appears as endless extrusions—as from a sausage grinder-cut to size, dried, and baked for several hours at 1,850 degrees Fahrenheit. To increase their strength and smoothness the leads are then treated with a hot mixture which includes candelilla wax from Mexico, paraffin wax, and hydrogenated natural fats.
My cedar receives six coats of lacquer. Do you know all the ingredients of lacquer? Who would think that the growers of castor beans and the refiners of castor oil are a part of it? They are. Why, even the processes by which the lacquer is made a beautiful yellow involve the skills of more persons than one can enumerate!
Observe the labeling. That’s a film formed by applying heat to carbon black mixed with resins. How do you make resins and what, pray, is carbon black?
My bit of metal—the ferrule—is brass. Think of all the persons who mine zinc and copper and those who have the skills to make shiny sheet brass from these products of nature. Those black rings on my ferrule are black nickel. What is black nickel and how is it applied? The complete story of why the center of my ferrule has no black nickel on it would take pages to explain.
Then there’s my crowning glory, inelegantly referred to in the trade as “the plug,” the part man uses to erase the errors he makes with me. An ingredient called “factice” is what does the erasing. It is a rubber-like product made by reacting rape-seed oil from the Dutch East Indies with sulfur chloride. Rubber, contrary to the common notion, is only for binding purposes. Then, too, there are numerous vulcanizing and accelerating agents. The pumice comes from Italy; and the pigment which gives “the plug” its color is cadmium sulfide.

No One Knows

Does anyone wish to challenge my earlier assertion that no single person on the face of this earth knows how to make me?
Actually, millions of human beings have had a hand in my creation, no one of whom even knows more than a very few of the others. Now, you may say that I go too far in relating the picker of a coffee berry in far off Brazil and food growers elsewhere to my creation; that this is an extreme position. I shall stand by my claim. There isn’t a single person in all these millions, including the president of the pencil company, who contributes more than a tiny, infinitesimal bit of know-how. From the standpoint of know-how the only difference between the miner of graphite in Ceylon and the logger in Oregon is in the type of know-how. Neither the miner nor the logger can be dispensed with, any more than can the chemist at the factory or the worker in the oil field—paraffin being a by-product of petroleum.
Here is an astounding fact: Neither the worker in the oil field nor the chemist nor the digger of graphite or clay nor any who mans or makes the ships or trains or trucks nor the one who runs the machine that does the knurling on my bit of metal nor the president of the company performs his singular task because he wants me. Each one wants me less, perhaps, than does a child in the first grade. Indeed, there are some among this vast multitude who never saw a pencil nor would they know how to use one. Their motivation is other than me. Perhaps it is something like this: Each of these millions sees that he can thus exchange his tiny know-how for the goods and services he needs or wants. I may or may not be among these items.

No Master Mind

There is a fact still more astounding: the absence of a master mind, of anyone dictating or forcibly directing these countless actions which bring me into being. No trace of such a person can be found. Instead, we find the Invisible Hand at work. This is the mystery to which I earlier referred.
It has been said that “only God can make a tree.” Why do we agree with this? Isn’t it because we realize that we ourselves could not make one? Indeed, can we even describe a tree? We cannot, except in superficial terms. We can say, for instance, that a certain molecular configuration manifests itself as a tree. But what mind is there among men that could even record, let alone direct, the constant changes in molecules that transpire in the life span of a tree? Such a feat is utterly unthinkable!
I, Pencil, am a complex combination of miracles: a tree, zinc, copper, graphite, and so on. But to these miracles which manifest themselves in Nature an even more extraordinary miracle has been added: the configuration of creative human energies—millions of tiny know-hows configurating naturally and spontaneously in response to human necessity and desire and in the absence of any human master-minding! Since only God can make a tree, I insist that only God could make me. Man can no more direct these millions of know-hows to bring me into being than he can put molecules together to create a tree.
The above is what I meant when writing, “If you can become aware of the miraculousness which I symbolize, you can help save the freedom mankind is so unhappily losing.” For, if one is aware that these know-hows will naturally, yes, automatically, arrange themselves into creative and productive patterns in response to human necessity and demand—that is, in the absence of governmental or any other coercive masterminding—then one will possess an absolutely essential ingredient for freedom: a faith in free people. Freedom is impossible without this faith.
Once government has had a monopoly of a creative activity such, for instance, as the delivery of the mails, most individuals will believe that the mails could not be efficiently delivered by men acting freely. And here is the reason: Each one acknowledges that he himself doesn’t know how to do all the things incident to mail delivery. He also recognizes that no other individual could do it. These assumptions are correct. No individual possesses enough know-how to perform a nation’s mail delivery any more than any individual possesses enough know-how to make a pencil. Now, in the absence of faith in free people—in the unawareness that millions of tiny know-hows would naturally and miraculously form and cooperate to satisfy this necessity—the individual cannot help but reach the erroneous conclusion that mail can be delivered only by governmental “master-minding.”

Testimony Galore

If I, Pencil, were the only item that could offer testimony on what men and women can accomplish when free to try, then those with little faith would have a fair case. However, there is testimony galore; it’s all about us and on every hand. Mail delivery is exceedingly simple when compared, for instance, to the making of an automobile or a calculating machine or a grain combine or a milling machine or to tens of thousands of other things. Delivery? Why, in this area where men have been left free to try, they deliver the human voice around the world in less than one second; they deliver an event visually and in motion to any person’s home when it is happening; they deliver 150 passengers from Seattle to Baltimore in less than four hours; they deliver gas from Texas to one’s range or furnace in New York at unbelievably low rates and without subsidy; they deliver each four pounds of oil from the Persian Gulf to our Eastern Seaboard—halfway around the world—for less money than the government charges for delivering a one-ounce letter across the street!
The lesson I have to teach is this: Leave all creative energies uninhibited. Merely organize society to act in harmony with this lesson. Let society’s legal apparatus remove all obstacles the best it can. Permit these creative know-hows freely to flow. Have faith that free men and women will respond to the Invisible Hand. This faith will be confirmed. I, Pencil, seemingly simple though I am, offer the miracle of my creation as testimony that this is a practical faith, as practical as the sun, the rain, a cedar tree, the good earth.

Leonard E. Read (1898-1983) founded FEE in 1946 and served as its president until his death.

“I, Pencil,” his most famous essay, was first published in the December 1958 issue of The Freeman. Although a few of the manufacturing details and place names have changed over the past forty years, the principles are unchanged.

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Watch Your Thought!

You are what you think. Whatever you are doing, whatever you feel, whatever you want—all are determined by the quality of your thought. If your ‘thinking’ is faulty, it will lead to many disappointments and unhappiness. If your thinking is overly pessimistic, it will deny you due recognition of the many things in which you should properly rejoice.

Try this out; identify some examples of your strongest feelings or emotions. Then identify the thinking that is correlated with those examples. For example, if you feel excited about going to school or work, it is because you think that positive things will happen to you while you are at school or work, or that you will be able to accomplish important tasks and feats. But if you dont feel exited about what you want to do, it is as a result of an expected negative outcome – established through your thought.
If the quality of your life is not what you wish it to be, it is probably because it is tied to the way you think about your life. If you think about it positively, you will feel positive about it. If you think about it negatively, you will feel negative about it – its a simple natural principle.
Mysteriously, most of people’s ‘thinking’ is done in the subconscious; that is, never explicitly put into words. Or have you ever heard someone who thinks negatively about himself say that, “I have chosen to think about myself and my experience in largely negative terms. I prefer to be as unhappy as I can be”?. The problem is that when you are not aware of your thinking you have no chance of ‘correcting’ or ‘altering’ it. When thinking is subconscious, you are in no position to see any problems in it. And, if you don’t see any problems in it, you can’t alter it.
Henceforth, make a list of all the things you have done today. Then, for each act, figure out the thinking that led you to do, or guided you while doing, the act. (Remember that most of your thinking is unconscious).
Join the ‘Cerebration with ADM’; host or attend a cerebration (creative critical thinking) session close to you. Share this with your loved ones!
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Letter from AllforDevelopment; #Appreciation

31st January, 2013
Dear friend,
On behalf of team members and volunteers of All for Development and our Network for Talent Discovery (NETAD), I write to acknowledge and appreciate your support, commitment and contribution to development in the year 2012.
We are delighted to have contributed our quota to positive change process which we believe rekindles fervently the hope of unprecedented development and a brighter future for our country and continent. However, it is your thoughts, words of advice and encouragement, critiquing and moral support that has brought us this far, with the following achieved in the year 2012;
  1. ‘Path of Excellence’: an academic seminar we organized in March 2012, for university undergraduates in Ogun State.
  2. NETAD Young and Emerging Leaders’ Summit;  a summit that brought together and engaged emerging leaders from various parts of the country in leadership deliberation, towards exploring strategies and concepts of leadership through participation, and fostering active youth participation in decision making processes and leadership development, aiding quality governance.
  3. International Youth Day celebration with African Resourceful Leaders Foundation and other youth organisations in Lagos State on 12th August, 2012.
  4. Youth Stakeholders Forum: organized in collaboration with the Nigerian Youth Parliament and United Action for Democracy on Wednesday, 15th August, 2012.
  5. Entrepreneurship Seminar: organized through a partnership with Great Entrepreneurial Minds (GEM) – on 3rd November, 2012 – for young and aspiring entrepreneurs, especially in the agricultural sector.
  6. Studership: a youth/student leadership training aimed at re-orientating and redefining leadership concepts, and building a global network of values-based and integrity conscious student leaders. The first series of the training – which focused on leadership, critical thinking, idea generation/ sustainability, ethics and values – was held on Wednesday, 12th December, 2012.
  7. Participation/representation of Nigeria at the African Youth and Governance Conference held at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre, Accra, Ghana between 9th and 10th August, 2012.
  8. Participation at the African Youth Heritage Festival held at the National Theatre, Accra, Ghana on the 11th August, 2012.
  9. Participation/representation of Nigeria at an African Youth Condolence Walk held in honour of former Ghanian President- Prof. John Atta Mills. The walk, which involved over 35 African countries, took off at the National Theatre to the Independence Square, where the national valedictory service was held on Saturday, 11th August, 2012 in Accra, Ghana.
  10. Global Youth Forum: participated as a vDelegate at the Global Youth Forum held in Bali, Indonesia from 1st to 4th December, 2012, and contributed to a strong set of recommendations for global development policy.
  11. Periodic interaction, communication and dissemination of information and children, youths and adults through our online media, and the effective use of the print and electronic media.


Apart from the above, I’ll like to inform you that the Team Leader – 19 year old Aanu Damola Morenikeji, who is also a 300 level student of the Federal University of Agriculture, studying Plant Physiology and Crop Production – participated, and subsequently was adjudged a Fellow of Africa’s foremost annual youth democracy academy (DESPLAY Africa), and in May 2012 was awarded by the Ogun State Government, and became the first recipient of the Ogun State Youth Award for Excellence in Health and Community Service.
All we collectively achieved was accomplished with no external funding, but with your unwavering commitment, encouragement and support. To these, we say ‘thank you’.
While been continually appreciative of you, we look forward to working with you and making more positive impacts in the year 2013.
All for Development Foundation Secretariat.

Nigerian Teenage Girls invent Urine-powered Generator

Young Nigerians have always been emerging and creating ideas to solve certain societal and contribute to the development of the nation. In this regard, Four Nigerian teenage girls have invented what seems utmost surprising – A URINE-POWERED GENERATOR.

Duro-Aina Adebola (14), Akindele Abiola (14), Faleke Oluwatoyin (14) and Bello Eniola (15) displayed to Nigeria and the world that one litre of what had been termed a ‘useless waste’ can be converted and used to create six hours of electricity. The invention which was displayed at this year’s Maker Faire Africa – earlier this month – in Lagos has been described to work like this;

  • Urine is put into an electrolytic cell, which separates out the hydrogen.
  • The hydrogen goes into a water filter for purification, which then gets pushed into the gas cylinder.
  • The gas cylinder pushes hydrogen into a cylinder of liquid borax, which is used to remove the moisture from the hydrogen gas.
  • This purified hydrogen gas is pushed into the generator.
  • One litre of urine will generate 6 hours of electricity.

Their invention, I believe, if properly looked into and enhanced can create unprecedented ease (if totally domesticated) even for people living in rural settlements, and could serve as a major source of energy.

To the prodigies – Adebola, Abiola, Oluwatoyin and Eniola –, do not relent. May you be endowed with more strength and wisdom as you chart your course in life. Truly, there is hope for Nigeria and Nigerians.

Source: MakerFaireAfrica

ADM-Foundation launches ‘YouthSpeakDevelopment’ (Online Opinion Bank)

In ensuring the participation of young people in the development process of the African continent, an online opinion bank – YouthSpeakDevelopment – have been launched by All for Development Foundation (ADM-Foundation).

With youths constituting over 60% of the African population, it had been observed that they (youths) possess strong, unimaginable zeal for the development of their countries and the continent, thus, the need for their voice, opinions, ideas and feelings to be shared and positively considered, regardless of their nationality, gender, age or culture.

In a statement accredited to the Executive Director of the organization – 19 year old Aanu Damola Morenikeji – he noted that ‘since youths are the greatest assets that our continent possesses, our opinions and ideas have a strong influence on our future. So, we are launching YouthSpeakDevelopment an opinion bank meant to give youths from within African and diaspora an avenue to share their views, opinions and ideas towards the development of the continent.

Noting that African Youth Day will be commemorated on Thursday, November 1st, 2012, he urged African youths to share their opinions via


Are you 19 or under, Apply to the Thiel Fellowship

Thinking of applying to the Thiel Fellowship? Did you know that most of our fellows didn’t think they’d make it to the finalist round? You’ll never know if you don’t apply.
We want to see you move forward with your project, no matter the outcome of the application period. Here are ways we support our applicants:
  • We’ve heard from many applicants that just the act of applying has encouraged them to move forward with their ideas, helped them to think deeply about their future, set goals, and pursue their dreams, even if they did not receive a fellowship.
  • Through applicant events like the Under 20 Summit, and virtual connections on Facebook, we’re excited to help build a robust community rallying around youth entrepreneurship.
  • Applicants who receive a phone interview get one-on-one support from a mentor and can choose to stay in touch with their interviewer for continued guidance.
  • Finalists are flown out to San Francisco where they meet other young visionaries and develop friendships with likeminded peers. They also meet with the Thiel Fellowship Network of mentors and advisors. We encourage finalists to connect with as many people as possible so that, even if they are not a fellowship recipient, they can still leverage our network. Some finalists have chosen to stay in touch with the Thiel Foundation as well to get advice and encouragement along the way.
To be considered a candidate for the application you must be:
  • 19 or under by December 31st of the application year.
  • Able to submit your application in English.
  • Able to submit your application by midnight on December 31st of this year.
We’d love for you to share with us about how you want to change the world. To view the application questions before registering, please visit:

Youths Profer Solutions to Unemployment in Africa

The challenge of unemployment in Africa has over the years attracted the attention of the African community, since it poses a major threat to security, development and transformation of the continent.
African youth have the potential to be a great impetus for Africa’s development, provided that appropriate investments in health and human capital are made. However, if youth issues are not addressed, and if high rates of youth unemployment and under-employment persist, Africa’s development could be negatively affected.
Noting the adverse effect of youth unemployment on the development of the continent, youths from across 31 African Countries and Diaspora, Australia and Germany at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Centre, Accra, Ghana to profer ways forward in addressing issues related to youth employment and youth development – through the platform of the African Youth and Governance Conference.
Joining other delegates in deliberation, the Executive Director of All for Development Foundation (ADM Foundation), the 19 year old Aanu Damola Morenikeji from Nigeria called for the creation of a development enabling environment which will encourage innovative thinking and implementation of positive initiatives towards ensuring transformation.
Other delegates from Nigeria include Biodun Awosusi (CEO, Penpreneur), Olusola Amusan, Oguntoyinbo Stephen, Bola Adams, Damilare Adeyemi among other development advocates.
After intensive brainstorming sessions, the following were recommended;
WE, the youth of Africa gathered once again in Accra for the 4th African Youth and Governance (AYG) Conference anchored on the theme “Partnerships for Job Creation: A Wheel for Transformational Governance” were faced, a couple of weeks earlier, with an exceptional challenge of whether or not to hold the continental Conference in the wake of the sudden death of the President of Republic of Ghana, H.E. John Evans Atta Mills and the fact that the date for the Conference coincided with the dates of the funeral,
Recalling events in which the then Vice President and now President John Dramani -Mahama assured the AYG-Conference 2009 delegates of Government of Ghana’s commitment to finalizing the National Youth Policy and the fulfillment of this promise at the climax of AYG-Conference 2010 with the launch of the National Youth Policy, the demonstrated commitment to youth development in Ghana by ratifying the African Youth Charter three months after committing to this course in response to AYG-Conference 2010 call, and the sustained interest in the AYG-Conference initiative,
APRECIATING the support of the Government of Ghana to the AYG-Conference initiative since its inception in 2009 by creating the enabling environment and facilitating travel arrangements of international delegates including security services,
Having resolved after extensive consultations that it was appropriate and even an honorable duty to hold the conference on its initial dates of 8-10 August as it enshrines and emulates the values that were dear to the departed leader, H.E. John Evans Atta Mills,
Recognizing the efforts of African Governments in placing the youth agenda at the fore through the declaration of the Decade of Youth Development in Africa and the focus on youth development at the17th African Union Summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea with a call on African governments “to advance the youth agenda and adopt policies and mechanisms towards the creation of safe, decent and competitive employment opportunities by accelerating the implementation of the Youth Decade Plan of Action(2009-2018) and the Ouagadougou 2004 Plan of Action on Employment Promotion and Poverty Alleviation”
REITERATING that Africa’s greatest resource is its youthful population and that by harnessing the opportunities that the continent’s youth bulge presents, Africans can surmount the challenges that lie ahead,
REACKNOWLEDGING with great delight, the drive among African youth towards self-empowerment and innovation, as well as their tireless, optimistic, innovative and constructive contributions to the advancement of African nations,
GUIDED by the Constitutive Act of the African Union, the African Youth Charter and the Youth Decade Plan of Action (2009 – 2018),
And following two days of deliberations and active participation of youth from 31 African Countries, African Diaspora and participants from Australia and Germany, from 8thto 9thAugust 2012at the Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre, Accra, and a third day of full participation in the final funeral ceremony of the late President of Republic of Ghana, HE John Evans Atta Mills on 10th August 2012,

1.       That despite some efforts by African governments to address youth unemployment and youth development issues, they remain overwhelmed by the magnitude of the challenge.
2.       That for example, only 5% of the eligible University enrollment age are in University, in spite of the efforts in promoting higher education.
3.       The problem of youth unemployment is much bigger when we consider the larger African population that has not received any formal education or employable skills.
4.       This challenge is accentuated by the increasing global competitiveness among the world’s knowledge based societies and the mis-match of Africa’s educational systems with labour market trends.
5.       That most African youth employment models are limited in terms of beneficiaries they can accommodate, they also tend to be short-term, not sustainable, not integrated into the national development plans, reproduce gender-inequalities and do not embrace the already socially marginalized groups such as Persons with Disability (PWDs) and rural youth.
6.       African governments fail to build on existing models of youth employment programs but consistently seek to reinvent the wheel for political exigency.
7.       Inadequate collaboration between African governments in sharing best practices of youth employment programs and models.
8.       That Public-Private Partnership models are not sufficiently synchronized with youth entrepreneurship programs.
9.       That youth participation and representation in the design of employment models are minimal.
10.   The lack of country-based, national agendas that clearly outline long-term, properly-funded and well-coordinated programs dedicated to the advancement of Africa’s youth.
11.   The increasing cost of micro-financing and the absence of a financial institutional structure that finances youth entrepreneurship and caters for youth developmental needs.
12.   The urgency of African youth deciding to learn from models and policy dialogues in economically advanced countries mindful of the need to adapt these models to the respective national context.
13.   That, African governments are not able to solely address youth unemployment challenges.
14.   The lack of global corporate responsibility to African youth development.
15.   Poor dissemination and lack of sensitization of continental and national youth-focused policy documents and programs among the youth.
16.   Young people are not well informed on their reproductive health and fail to make good decisions due in part to the absence of adequate resource centres.
17.   The failure of African youth to be involved in constructive engagements with policy makers.

African Governments
1.       To ensure the active involvement of young people in decision making and policy development process both at the national, sub-regional and continental levels;
2.       To develop and promote, with youth input, eGovernment platforms to elicit youth input into policy formulation and feedback on duty bearers;
3.       To create the enabling environment to promote partnerships for job creations;
4.       To develop models to attract youth to agribusiness and increasingly invest in the agriculture sector which has the potential of employing millions of youth;
5.       To set up a national youth development fund to be seeded with a 1% allocation of GDP;
6.       To upgrade national educational infrastructure to match labour market requirements;
7.       To promote decentralization of local governance to facilitate Partnerships at local levels and for easier access to local employment opportunities;
8.       Entrepreneurship education must be embedded in educational systems at all levels;
9.       To broaden the scope of exchanges and learning of workable models that must be adapted to the national developmental need and culture;
10.   To develop a holistic educational system wherein essential guidance and career counseling are provided;
11.   To intensify its partnership with the private sector and development partners in providing incubators to prepare African youth for the job market, and particularly to assist young entrepreneurs in establishing their businesses at regional, national and sub-national levels;
12.   To integrate issues on sexuality and rights into the school curricula at all levels of educational systems to support young people in making informed decisions;
13.   To create adequate infrastructure to accommodate Adolescence Sexual Reproductive Health Centres to meet current needs and the diversity of young people including minority groups, in school and out of school.
 Young People in Africa
14.   To be proactive through continuous learning and knowledge seeking in building their capacities for meaningful representation and engagement at national, sub-regional and continental levels;
15.   To partner and strategically network with peers to facilitate information and experience sharing as well as unleash the national and regional potential for formation of joint-venture and corporate partnership;
16.   Youth should use existing structures such as the AYG-Conference Initiative to network;
17.    Embrace volunteerism as a cost-effective means to develop skills and gain experience;
18.   To bundle resources through partnerships and cooperatives as a means to garner seed-money and improve eligibility for credit from financial institutions;
Private Sector and Civil Society Stakeholders
19.   To collaborate with education institutions in the skill-oriented programming;
20.   To collaborate with African governments and youth entrepreneurs in the formation of Partnerships;
21.   To mentor young entrepreneurs and businesses;
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22.   Support the setting up of the African Youth Development Bank;
23.   Promote sustainable partnerships, networking and integration of youth in national development efforts;
24.   Expand and deepen direct engagement with Africa’s youth as partners in designing solutions to development challenges;
25.   To create the platform for youth engagement between African youth and youth of Development Partners to promote and support Africa’s youth development efforts. 
Dated 12th August, 2012

Learn from the BEE!

The bee has aptly been described as ‘busy’. To produce one kilogram of honey, the bee MUST visit 56000 clover heads. Since each flower heads has 60 flower tubes, a total of 3,360,000 visits are necessary to give us that kilogram of honey for our breakfast table. Meanwhile, a worker bee has flown the equivalent of three times round the world.

Moral: Let us learn from the persistence of the bee. It is quite unfortunate that many times we are nearer to our goals than we think we are; so, NEVER give up – persist.
Always remember; It is always too soon to quit.

Persistence Pays!

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~Adm Nigeria

Youths discuss participation in qualitative governance at the NETAD Young and Emerging Leaders Summit

In recent times, the idea of youth participation in governance has become a popular discourse in Nigeria. Young people are getting more interested and sensitised on the need for active participation in the decision-making process. It is on this note that over 3000 youths across the country met last Thursday to chart a way forward.The colourful event, tagged, “Young and Emerging Leaders Summit”, was organised by Network for Talent Discovery (NETAD), an organisation committed to making positive contribution in ensuring talent discovery and development, leadership development and fostering patriotism among teenagers in the African continent and beyond.
The morning rain could not deter the participants who were already seated by 10am at the magnificent Aduke Maina Hall, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Some of them were youth leaders from Ogun, Lagos, Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Kwara, Delta, Edo, Enugu, Kano, Gombe, among other states. Members of the Youth Parliament, Ogun State, and the Nigerian Red Cross Society were also at the summit.
Students of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (UNAAB), Premier Grammar School, Abeokuta and Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta were also present in their numbers.
In her keynote address entitled, “Youth Participation in Qualitative Governance:Mirage or Reality?”, wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun charged the youths to get themselves involved in the process of evolving a better future, adding that the act of good or qualitative governance is not an exclusive preserve of a particular generation.
Mrs. Amosun, who was represented by the wife of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Ogun State, Dr. (Mrs.) Rasheedat Salisu, said: “ As a mother, I see our youths as the pivotal pillars with abundant and fresh energy that can help us build a great future. It is a truism that ideas rule the world. Our youths are full of ideas and they have responsibility to come forward to make those ideas available so as to take our society to the next level.
“The theme is very apt and timely, considering leadership challenges our dear nation is passing through. Though these challenges are not insurmount-able, it requires our concerted efforts to bring forth new ideas in order to transform our society.”
The facilitator and Executive Coordinator of NETAD, Aanu Damola Morenikeji thanked the participants for the success of the programme. And in his presentation tagged: “Emerging Societies, Emerging Leaders”, he described leaders as people who are able to think and act creatively in non-routine situations and who set out to influence the actions, beliefs and feelings of others to achieve set goals.
The 18-year-old Ogun State Youth Coordinator, Nigerian Red Cross Society, and winner, Ogun State 2012 Youth Award for Excellence in Health and Community Service, noted that 10,000 new leadership positions shall emerge over the next de-cade in different fields.
“The world is changing. The world is emerging. Everything is shifting, even nature. Only those who change along with it shall survive. Only the unique folks, visionary leaders shall emerge to rule in the new world order,” he asserted.
Morenikeji, who is an author (having written six story books) and motivational speaker, told the participants that “the three things that can stop you from becoming your dream is you! you!! and you!!!”
Another speaker, Ogunbowale Oludayo made a stimulating presentation. Speaking on “Participation is you;Encouraging blue ocean participation”, Oludaya who is President, DESPLAY Af-rica Republic, Season 7, defined youth participation as young people getting involved in what happens around them and decisions that affect their lives and well-being.
He enumerated corruption, bad governance, non functional education, hike in fuel pump price, poor health care, unemploy-ment, inequality, among other problems, as some of the reasons that call for their participation.
“Get involved today in social change and what’s happening around you! Nigeria, democracy, your community offers a unique space and possibilities….what do you offer as youths? To live is to participate!” he charged.
Similarly, National President of The Young Journalists Fo-rum, Ayodele Samuel Ayokunle pointed that there are over 45 million young people in Nigeria, yet 90 per cent of these populations are not involved in decision-making process while less than 50 percent have access to one form of social media.
Making a presentation on “Youth Participation in Gover-nance and Decision Making; Using the Social Media Effectively in Nigeria,” Ayokunle urged the tech-savvy young Nigerians to gear up to use BlackBerries, mobile phones and social networking services such as Twitter and Facebook to contribute to decision making process.
Interestingly, budding artistes, comedians and others displayed their talents to the admiration of everybody in the hall.  Participants were, however, given certificates.
NOTE: The above article was written by Leonard Okachie and published by National Mirror. Click here to view story.

The Ant Philosophy

 I read Jim Rohn talking about teaching kids about a simple but powerful concept — the ant philosophy. He thinks everybody should study ants. They have an amazing four-part philosophy, and here is the first part: ants never quit. That’s a good philosophy. If they’re headed somewhere and you try to stop them, they’ll look for another way. They’ll climb over, they’ll climb under, they’ll climb around. They keep looking for another way. What a neat philosophy, to never quit looking for a way to get where you’re supposed to go.

Second, ants think winter all summer. That’s an important perspective. You can’t be so naive as to think summer will last forever. So ants gather their winter food in the middle of summer.

An ancient story says, “Don’t build your house on the sand in the summer.” Why do we need that advice? Because it is important to think ahead. In the summer, you’ve got to think storm. You’ve got to think rocks as you enjoy the sand and sun.

The third part of the ant philosophy is that ants think summer all winter. That is so important. During the winter, ants remind themselves, “This won’t last long; we’ll soon be out of here.” And the first warm day, the ants are out. If it turns cold again, they’ll dive back down, but then they come out the first warm day. They can’t wait to get out.

And here’s the last part of the ant philosophy. How much will an ant gather during the summer to prepare for the winter? All he possibly can. What an incredible philosophy, the “all-you-possibly-can” philosophy.

Wow, what a great philosophy to have—the ant philosophy. Never give up, look ahead, stay positive and do all you can.