5TH EDITION OF THE GHANA NIGERIA YOUTH SUMMIT AT ONIKAN, LAGOS A MAJOR SUCCESS

The 5th Edition of the Ghana Nigeria Youth Summit came on successfully on Saturday 28th April,2018 at the Onikan Youth Center, Onikan-Lagos. Diplomats from the Ghana High Commission, Government officials, young people from all walks of life, Lawyers, owners of private schools, professionals from different fields of endeavor were all in attendance to share their views and make positive contributions at the summit that had its theme as ‘CHARTING A POSITIVE ECONOMIC PATH FOR AFRICA,GHANA AND NIGERIA MUST SET THE PACE’.

 Declaring the Summit open, Comrade Barry Ndu Nwaihim, Convener of the Ghana Nigeria Youth Summit appreciated all the Delegates that came from Ghana, Nigeria and other parts of Africa for the event. He stated that the 5th Edition of the event was brought to Lagos – Nigeria because of the huge number of Ghanaians resident in that part of the country and to also offer an opportunity for Nigerians who couldn’t come to Ghana for the first four editions to interact directly with their Ghanaian counterparts. He said that the main idea behind the vision is to continuously offer a platform for Ghanaians and Nigerians to constantly discuss issues that affect the African continent and proffer solutions in an atmosphere of brotherliness, love and unity. Comrade Barry Ndu noted that the huge intellectual and natural resources in both countries can be utilized effectively for the betterment of the people. He advised African leaders to always involve young people in issues of Governance as they have the capacity to deliver. He called on private individuals, companies and Government to always support such laudable initiatives that promotes unity and cooperation among sister countries. He recounted the ordeal they went through in getting funding during the planning of the event as most companies prefer sponsoring Beauty pageants than intellectual events like this that add value to human existence. He thanked the Lagos state Government through the Ministry of Youth and social Development for giving them the venue to use. He pleaded with positive minded individuals to support The Youth Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition Center (YESAC) so many young people can have the opportunity to be trained on their preferred skill.

Sir Celestine Omehia,Former Governor of Rivers State who delivered the Keynote Address at the event urged young people to become agents of positive change, stating that they can achieve anything they set their heart to do if they remain consistent and committed to it. He commended the organizers for putting together such a wonderful programme that had an array of the best leaders in attendance. He appreciated their commitment and promised to always support their initiative as it is geared towards fostering a positive alliance between the two great West African countries. He took the Guests down memory lane on the relationship between the two countries which dates back before independence. The former Governor of Rivers state was enthusiastic that Africa can get it right if its youthful population can wake up and become fully involved in leadership rather than always waiting to be spoon fed.

He asked for unnecessary trade barriers within West African countries to be lifted so that there would be more inflow of Businesses and Development.

Mr Maxwell Awiaga,the Consul Genreal,Ghana High Commission who represented the Ghana High Commissioner to Nigeria was so excited and joyful .He indicated that this was the first time in a long time that such event aimed at bringing citizens of the two countries was being held in Lagos. Mr. Awiaga, who ensured that Diplomats from the Ghana High Commission, Ghanaian citizens in Lagos and environs were in attendance, commended the organizers and assured of the High Commission’s support in all their plans going forward. He believes that it would be beneficial for Ghana and Nigeria if they can effectively trade among themselves.

Rt. Hon Onofiok Luke,the Speaker Akwaibom State House Of Assembly whose entry into the venue elicited joy and excitement on the faces of already seated Guests delivered a thought provoking and wisdom packed lecture. His achievements as speaker of a state House of assembly even at a young age remain an inspiration to many young people across Africa. He called on African youths to stand up and be counted as power is not given but taken. He said that time has come when young people needs to get involved in Economic and leadership issues. He wondered why African countries cannot trade among themselves but find it easier to do business with foreign countries. He called on the leadership of African countries to device a means and strategy that would make it easy for countries to easily do business among themselves.

Mr Paul Drapson, the Speaker of Ghana Youth Leadership parliament who mobilized his members to attend from Ghana hoped for more collaboration with the organizers. He stated that they are on a mission to work with positive minded groups in championing a better future for African youth. He invited Guests to their next parliamentary seating in August.

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Mrs Talatu Ogunlana,CEO of Rare Gems Gold and Jewelry was optimistic that the caliber of young people she saw at the event can take Africa to the next level of Development. She said that Nigerian youths are not lazy but hardworking and positive minded. She assured of her constant and unflinching support to the group.

The Youth Entrepreneurship and Skills Acquisition Center (YESAC) was officially launched to offer a platform for unemployed people to learn different skills so they can become useful to society rather than waiting for Government job. Award was given to certain individuals for their commitment to a better society even as they were urged to do more. Some of the Award recipients are Sir Celestine Omehia, Rt. Hon Onofik Luke, Madam Talatu Ogunlana, President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo, Wisconsin University, Hon. Awaji Abiante, Chief Dn Alexander, Sam. A. Jinapor, Dr. Abbey Akinoshun, Mr. Jimmy Eniola.

The Organizers declared that the next edition of the Summit would hold in Abuja- Nigeria on Saturday January 26th,2019.To support the Youth Entrepreneurship and Skills acquisition center, they can be contacted on +233541293499, +2347062911957 ,+2348144984731. Facebook page- Ghana Nigeria YOUTH Summit.

Email- ghananigeriayouthsummit@gmail.com.  Website – www.ghananigeriayouthsummit.org

About Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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