The United Nations INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY 2014 Event In Nigeria; Photos From A Most Remarkable Event

Recently, Online and Offline Media went agog with some of the thought provoking remarks  from Nigeria’s Legendary Grammarian, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon and the controversial declaration made by Forbes rated Africa’s richest Woman and MD/CEO of Famfa Oil, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija about not having a University degree and being stupendously wealthy (a point she actually made in her speech to inspire the participants challenging them to do aspire and achieve greater heights since they have the privilege of Tertiary Education that she did not enjoyat UN International Youth Day 2014 Commemoration Event organized by RISE NETWORKS at the Main Auditorium of the University of Lagos.

Notable Leaders within Government, Private Sector and Civil Society who came to share their thoughts and engage with the Students, young professionals and community leaders who participated include Senator Liyel Imoke, the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija, MD/CEO Famfa Oil and Rose of Sharon Group, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Chairman, JayKay Pharmacy Limited, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon, Festus Keyamo, Frontline Human Rights Activist & Lawyer, Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin, the popular activist and Executive Director, Campaign for Democracy who just received the WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARD from the United States Government and Ms. Kate Henshaw, Leading Nollywood Actress and Legislator in waiting {let’s hope  she gets her party ticket and subsequently wins the election}

As you may well know, RISE NETWORKS is an institution passionately dedicated to assisting Youth to express and achieve their highest feats in idea building, education advancement and wholesome human development.   In line with the UN Theme “Youth and Mental Health”, this 2014 United Nations International Youth Day Event in Nigeria was organized by RISE NETWORKS to critically analyze the challenges faced by Nigeria’s Youth and speak to the current realities that affect their mental state of well-being.    

With over 3,000 participants who sat in for about 6hours having riveting conversations with the speakers and amongst themselves, the outcomes and deliberations at the Event, the mind boggling questions posed to the Speakers by the young people, this is arguably the most talked about & the probably most significant Commemoration of the United Nations International Youth Day event in Nigeria in all quarters. {use google *winks*}. This should further reinforce the orientation of NigerianBrands and Businesses that the Youth want more than just Entertainment oriented programs. Knowledge makes any individual totally whole and more investment has to go in the direction of education driven youth development programs.

The 3 part spectacular Celebration which was officially sponsored by Etisalat, Close Up Herbal and Aquafina by Pepsi featured an Art and Photo Exhibition, a Satirical Stage Play by Segun Adefila’s Crowne Troupe of Africa and an Inter – generational Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, Education, Security and Quality of Governance.

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From L to R (Sen. Liyel Imoke (CON) – Exec. Gov. of Cross River State, Miss Toyosi Akerele – CEO, Rise Networks, Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon – Chief of Staff, Edo State Government, Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin – ED, Campaign for Democracy and Festus Keyamo Esq. – Lawyer and Human Right Activist) at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Sen. Liyel Imoke (CON) – Exec. Gov. of Cross River State, delivering his Opening Keynote Address at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon – Chief of Staff, Edo State Government delivering his speech at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Mrs Folorunsho Alakija – MD/CEO Famfa oil and Rose of Sharon Group, delivering her Keynote Address at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin – ED, Campaign for Democracy, delivering her speech at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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From L to R (Mr. Jimi Agbaje (OON) – Chairman, JayKay Pharmacy Ltd, Ms. Kate Henshaw – Leading Nollywood Actress and Entrepreneur, Miss Toyosi Akerele – CEO, Rise Networks and Sen. Liyel Imoke (CON) – Exec. Gov. of Cross River State) at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Dr. Seyi Soremekun – Deputy Dean of Students Affairs, a representative of the VC, University of Lagos exchanging pleasantries with Sen. Liyel Imoke (CON) – Exec. Gov. of Cross River State at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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A Thought Provoking and Mind Boggling Satirical Stage Play delivered by Segun Adefila’s Crown Troupe of Africa titled – OUR AREA

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Ms. Kate Henshaw – Leading Nollywood Actress and Entrepreneur, in an interview session with Channels TV crew at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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A participant engaging the Speakers at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Sen. Liyel Imoke (CON) – Exec. Gov. of Cross River State responding to questions during the Panel Discussion Session at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Mrs Folorunsho Alakija – MD/CEO Famfa oil and Rose of Sharon Group, responding to questions during the Panel Discussion Session at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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James ‘Abinibi’ Alabi – Art director, abinibi multimedia presenting a portrait to Sen. Liyel Imoke (CON) – Exec. Gov. of Cross River State at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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James ‘Abinibi’ Alabi – Art director, abinibi multimedia presenting a portrait to Mrs Folorunsho Alakija – MD/CEO Famfa oil and Rose of Sharon Group at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Sen. Liyel Imoke (CON) – Exec. Gov. of Cross River State, in an interview session with TVC News crew at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Mr. Jimi Agbaje (OON) – Chairman, JayKay Pharmacy Ltd, in an interview session with SanniKayz TV crew at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Sen. Liyel Imoke (CON) – Exec. Gov. of Cross River State with Faculty Presidents of University of Lagos at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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Miss Toyosi Akerele – CEO, Rise Networks with a team of volunteers at the #RISEUNIYD2014 Event.

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