Awosika, Foltz, Ememe to speak at US Alumni webinar

Adeze Ojukwu

The imperatives to institutionalize a well-structured integration of youths in corporate and political leadership in Nigeria have become very urgent.

To address this pressing national challenge, United States Government Exchanges Alumni Association(USGEAA) is organizing a webinar tagged: ‘ The challenge of leadership in Nigeria: The youths as instruments of change.’

Nigeria’s top female business magnate and Chairman, FirstBank Plc, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, will feature, as the guest of honour and main speaker at the high profile forum.

The Deputy Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate Lagos, Jennifer Foltz will give the welcome address. The zoom meeting, is billed for Thursday, May 13, at 11am.

Speaking on the significance of the public discourse, USGEAA President, Dr Jude Ememe said ‘the lecture is the fourth in the series of webinars, organized by the group to contribute to the national dialogue on empowering and integrating youths in the nation’s leadership blueprint.’

Dr. Ememe, a former CEO of defunct ACB International Bank, has over 25 years of finance and investment banking, also stressed that ‘thousands of members of the organization, comprising distinguished academics, social entrepreneurs, accomplished technocrats and prominent public sector professionals, as well as, diplomats and other eminent personalities, are expected at the programme.’

As a seasoned development, with a PhD in Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University, US and a fellow of the prestigious, Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, the USGEAA president stressed the need to integrate leadership trainings in the educational system.

Ememe, who is also a lecturer in the Executive MBA programme at the University of Lagos, said the programme will explore strategies towards harnessing the huge potentials among young citizens.

As a manager of Joy Bringers Foundation, a prison-focussed NGO, with supervisory responsibilities for Full Gospel operations in North and West Africa, he expressed optimism that the parley, with Mike Okwoche as moderator, will be highly beneficial to participants and the society.

Also speaking, the group’s Secretary General and an alumna of Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI), Tinuola Aina, said the theme as ‘germane and critical to the progress of society.’

Aina explained that ‘Awosika was chosen to lead this parley because of her impeccable antecedents, entrepreneurial excellence and pedigree for youth employment.’

Her passion ‘is to use her opportunities in life and her projects, to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population.’

The multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the 2020 recipient of the Forbes Woman Africa Chairperson Award is the founder and Chief Executive Officer(CEO) of The Chair Centre Group.

She was also the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008.

She chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: d.light Design Inc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), Digital Jewel Limited, House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility that focuses youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria.

She sits on the boards of Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Imperial Gate School and Peniel Apartments Limited.

She was Chairman, GEMS Africa Limited, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited and former board member of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Awosika, is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria, an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School, the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).

With high interest in social issues, including women, the female icon is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ).

She is also the President of International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Foundation (IWEC).

Awosika is also an ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, a faith-based organization works which supports hundreds of missionaries across Nigeria to change lives, through the provision of medical, educational, and essential supplies.

As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria,

She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NJCC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain, and the Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University.

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