One time Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Lagos West Senatorial seat, 35 year old Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour, says people go into politics for different reasons, but he would always advise that they should go into politics to make a difference.
He said this at the 3rd Edition of the YNAG™ Young & Emerging Leaders Conference.
YNAG Conference leads conversations to educate next generation leaders especially millennials in Nigeria with the right mindset and strategies to be better leaders and prepare them for the future of politics and governance towards becoming an active part in civic development.
The 3rd edition held on December 7, at Radisson Blu Hotels, Ikeja Lagos. The theme was ‘Local Government Autonomy; a Myth or Reality’. The conversations roved around local council elections, administrations and ways to get young Nigerians involved in the overall governance process at the local levels.
Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour while speaking encouraged youths to have the right mindset when making decisions to join politics.
The conference had in attendance notable Leaders passionate about Nation Building; Segun SEGA Awosanya, Gbadebo Rhodes Vivour, Folawiyo Olajoku Kareem, Jude Feranmi, Atiku Nafisa, Ife Sarumi, Opeyemi Oriniowo and Deji Onadeko were among the top leaders in attendance.
Convener, Adetunji Adeniran stated that “YNAG™ was birthed out of contempt for constant retrogression of the state of leadership development in Nigeria and the realisation of the urgent need to educate the next generation of Nigerian leaders to start creating solutions and values to these teeming problems in the country”. He further charged youths present at the conference to embrace community development and leadership development
Segun SEGA Awosanya highlighted how critical education is to operate a fully functional democratic system of governance. In his words, “If you look at the original idea of democracy, you would realize that it is not for people who are not educated enough to know what is right from what is wrong”.
Atiku Nafisa, hinted about the impact of pop culture to nation building and getting youths to participate in conversation about national development.
“We need to start merging pop culture with important conversations about our country”, she stated further.