31st January, 2013
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;
- ‘Path of Excellence’: an academic seminar we organized in March 2012, for university undergraduates in Ogun State.
- 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.
- International Youth Day celebration with African Resourceful Leaders Foundation and other youth organisations in Lagos State on 12th August, 2012.
- Youth Stakeholders Forum: organized in collaboration with the Nigerian Youth Parliament and United Action for Democracy on Wednesday, 15th August, 2012.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Participation at the African Youth Heritage Festival held at the National Theatre, Accra, Ghana on the 11th August, 2012.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.