Considering the state of events and situation in Africa with a focus on Nigeria, it is obvious that there is need for immediate and continuous sensitization of the populace to demand strategic and solution oriented action from the leadership.

The Visionaries Hub Hangout, is a social youth-stakeholders forum designed to highlight and discuss youth and developmental issues of national interest with the goal of proffering feasible solutions, while also identifying the critical role of youths towards actualizing these solutions.

The event theme is “Social-networking; A Tool for Youth Development and Nation Building” held on the 12th of April 2014, @ La Mango Ikeja. GRA, Lagos, Nigeria,

The event Hashtag  #vhubhangout #amplifiedvoices

The forum featured relevant nation building issues ranging from Leadership and citizenship, Youth and Government policies, Business and career development opportunities, Female gender inclusion, to Education.

Speakers include; (find speakers profile here)

  • Ms Yemisi Ransome-Kuti (Founder, Nigerian Network of Non-Governmental Organization)
  • Durotimi Adeboye (Project Director, Global Education Media and consultant to Lagos State Ministry of Education)
  • Joe Okei-Odumakin (President, Women Arise for Change Initiative)
  • Adedayo Thomas (Publisher/ Director of Outreach, Africanliberty.org)

The Visionaries Hub (VHUB) hangout is the initiative of Visionary Impact Netwox, a youth consultancy and management social-enterprise. VHUB supporting partners include  AfricanLiberty.org, Women Arise Initiative, Global Education Media, BellaNaija.com,  Dayo Ibitoye, RML media.

As a youth network it is our belief that our youths need to take a united stand for their own future as key stakeholders in nation building, not through violent protests and rallies, but by taking responsibility to develop ourselves within our capacity and follow up by making educated demands from our leaders that we have the capacity to maintain – this we ultimately intend to achieve through the Visionaries Hub Hangout Initiative.” Cynthia Asoegwu, Project Director – Visionary Impact Netwox, 2014

As a result of the youth-stakeholders forum, a report on the way forward focusing on key areas such as youth empowerment, business and economic development, leadership and education was developed and circulated.

Strategic initiatives are being developed by the network based on the hangout’s feedback to drive the needed capacity development that will ensure sustainability of the aspired reforms as a complement to the effort and activities of other existing organizations and bodies.

234Central.com based on the deliberations of the hangout, was designed and developed to serve as a launch pad for subsequent development projects.

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As published online

The Nigerian Voice

African Cosmopolitan

 

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