The 5th edition of the Legendary Leadership Lessons saw a number of young Nigerians desirous for change gather at Ikeja, Lagos on Saturday, July 29th, 2017. Organised by BTDT Hub and hosted by Ayo Ajibare and Moyosola Jolaolu, LLL 5.0 was deemed a success by delegates and organisers alike as lots of refreshing and inspiring insights were shared.
The conference opened with the first session on “Navigating a New Nigeria, the Role of on Air Personalities.” Panellists were quick to highlight their roles as change agents. Nigeria Info 99.3 OAP Tolulope Adeleru Balogun said “if you are not listening to an OAP that is challenging your thought process, you are tuned into the wrong station.” Nelly Kalu, also of Nigeria Info 99.3 FM reiterated that fact when she said “where there are no questions, there really is no democracy. This is where the media comes in – to help ask questions”. Sports Journalist at Smooth FM 98.1 Tega Onojaife challenged delegates to “direct their tone in the way of the change they want to see” in terms of their reporting and social media engagement. Award-winning OAP Adenike Oyetunde of Nigeria Info was also on this panel. She addressed issues of objectivity and fairness in the current Nigerian Media scene.
During the second session on “Political Reporting and Journalism, Lessons for Aspiring Media Personalities” Writer and Social Media expert at Barbaric Media; Najeeb Bello, reminded media practitioners to give politicians a fair hearing and “always verify every news before putting it up”. Smooth FM 98.1 FM OAP, Sope Martins, Pulse.ng Deputy Editor-in-Chief; Princess Abumere and Pulse.ng Editor; Jude Egbas also reiterated the need to stop glamorizing issues in the media especially in light of recent happenings. Princess noted that “being a Journalist is like holding up the mirror to reflect the society…as it is not all about yourself, it i’s about getting the job done”.
The last session saw Media Advisers to various Nigerian Governors share some of their experiences. DG Media and Communications Kano Government house, Salihu Tanko Yakasai noted that his journey into politics “is to change the status-quo and inspire development”. Senior Special Assistant (New Media) to the Governor of Osun State, Mustafa Ahmed Tijani challenged young people to do something if they are not satisfied with the status quo. While The Senior Special Assistant (New Media) to the Governor of Borno State, Ahmed Ningi challenged youths with political aspirations to take on more responsibility as “leadership does not just come to you.”
Of the day’s events, one that left an indelible mark in the minds of delegates was Nigeria Police Force Assistant PRO Aliyu Giwa’s thank you speech. He was presented with the ‘Young Public Servant of the Year’ Award. Aliyu expressed his gratitude amidst tears. His speech highlighted his journey into serving in the Force. He inspired the audience and noted that going the road less travelled might indeed be the road that leads to success. Also, to reward excellence in Public Service, Director General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr. Joe Abah was presented with the ‘Public Servant and Reformer of the Year’ Award. The award was presented by Personal Finance expert Yinka Ogunnubi. Dr. Joe Abah was recognized for his work in changing the narrative in the Public Service. He shared some words of wisdom on leadership and reforms. By the time he was through with his speech, a number of the delegates had a paradigm shift in their thoughts on leadership.
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