The most anticipated conference of the year is here, the 3rd edition of Turning Point, an Annual Youth Leadership Conference which is scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at Prof. J. F. Ajayi Hall (Main Auditorium), University of Lagos, Akoka. The theme for this edition is ELEVATE 2020 and Entry is FREE.
According to the convener, Mr Segun Odufuwa, the YLC “Turning Point 3.0” is conveyed to inform, educate, inspire, ignite and mould the minds of the youth into global leaders. The conference is aimed at creating a generation that will make a difference in their environment and create a better world. It hopes to impact as much lives as possible leaving people far better than we met them.
In achieving this, we will bring on board people of reputable character excelling in their different fields of endeavour to mentor youths towards life and education and we will continue to take such step and do such things as are required to advance the overall wellbeing, growth and development of youths in Nigeria.
Against this background, the conference has been structured into three (3) sessions with the following sub-themes: Climbing the Ladder of Success, Youth as a Catalyst to Nation Building and Investing in Today’s Economy.
In a bid for participants to get the best out of the conference, the following resource persons have been invited to grace the occasion: Honourable Minister of State for Science and Technology, Mohammed Abdullahi, Special Adviser on Education to Lagos State Governor, Barr. Tokunbo Wahab, Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade.
Others are French Educationist/Arts and Culture Professional, Olivier Alfonsi, Managing Consultant CITC Global Consulting, Mr. Olutayo Orekoya, Chief Transformation Officer Union Bank of Nigeria, Mr Chidi Ileka, MD/CEO BAOBAB Microfinance Bank, Dr Kazeem Olanrewaju, MD Skyview Capital Limited, Seyi Odufuwa, Leadership Coach, Dr Abayomi Ojekunle, Conflict Resolution Coach, Precious Ajunwa, Public Affairs Analyst, Irene Jerry-Iyoha,2019 BBNaija Housemate, Esther Agunbiade, Lagos Traffic Radio OAP, Victor Oteri etc.
The maiden edition of the Leadership Conference “Turning Point 1.0” was held on Saturday, March 10, 2018, with massive participation of youth across the State. The event featured speakers such as Helen Paul (Comedienne/Actress), Ubong King (The Trouble Maker – Chairman, Protection Plus Services Limited), Adepeju Jaiyeoba (CEO, Mothers Delivery Kit), Seyi Odufuwa (Managing Director, Skyview Capital Limited -Member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange), Lovette Otegbola (Dance Instructor and Choreographer), Chris Osiobe (Wright & Co. Limited) and Prince Joshua Oyeniyi (CEO, Amborion Media Global).
TURNING POINT 2.0 tagged “Rewriting your story” was held on January 26, 2019, at the Onikan Youth Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The event which had a gathering of over 1000 youths featured prominent speakers such as Dr Chidi Okpaluba, Ubong King, Waidi Akanni, Tim Atimoe, Munachi Mbonu, Olatayo Ajiboye, Tinu Oyenuga, Jide Peters, Dr Dapo Agunbiade, Muhktaar Tijani and Keji Hamilton.
The theme for the second edition was inspired by the words of a British Novelist and Poet, Clive Staples Lewis who says – You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. It is believed that only if we stop blaming government, employers, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, ex-spouses or former lovers, our background or heritage and take charge of our life, then we can redesign our future.
This is because to “rewrite your story” is more than a cliché or temporary behaviour modification – rather it is a permanent and inspirational change that begins when we decide to take responsibility for our actions.