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Nigeria needs an ‘Awolowo’, say scholars

Jeremiah Oyeniyi Obafemi Awolowo was born on March 6, 1909, in what is now Ogun State.

Scholars have stressed the need to groom new leaders that would restore Nigeria back to the path of greatness.

They submitted that the country had been confronted with the dearth of selfless leaders as former Premier of defunct Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

These were their submissions during the 2018 ‘Awo Conversations’ in commemoration of the birthday of Chief Awolowo with the theme ‘The Youth and Nigeria’s Leadership Question: The Awo Example’, held at the Efunyela Hall, Awolowo’s residence in Ikenne-Remo.

The ‘Awo Conversations’ is the second in series organised by the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation with the aim of projecting the leadership qualities of the Sage in building a new Nigeria.

The programme was chaired by a renowned historian, Professor Banji Akintoye and moderated by a political scientist and lecturer at the Babcock University, Ilishan Remo, Dr. Jumoke Yacob-Haliso.

The key participants at the event were the Founder/CEO, Rise Network,  Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji; the Executive Director, Stefanos Foundation, Mark Lipdo; the President. Arewa Youth Forum, Yerima Shettima; a political scientist, Dr. Ngozi Nwogwugwu and a poet and author, Mr. Adedara Oduguwa.

They were of the opinion that any youth who desired to be a leader must possess strong determination like Awolowo.

Welcoming the audience, the Executive Secretary, Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, said the ‘Awo Conversations’ was aimed at developing best characteristics of leadership in Nigerian youths.

He said that the theme for this year’s edition was carefully picked to encourage the youths on the need to take up leadership positions at all levels of governance as the 2019 general elections draws nearer.


Wale Oluokun/Ibadan

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