Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Pictures and Update From The Visionaries Hub Hangout Session

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Considering the current state of events and situation in Africa with a focus on Nigeria, it is obvious that there is need for immediate and continuous sensitization of the populace to demand strategic and solution oriented action from the leadership.

Based on this a group of passionate Nigerian youths with the guidance of key Nigerian elder citizens gathered to deliberate with a solution driven perspective on issues of national interest as regards youth development and nation building [Read Here].

As a result of the youth-stakeholders forum, a report on the way forward focusing on key areas such as youth empowerment, business and economic development, leadership and education was developed and is being circulated.

As originally designed the report from the forum is being circulated to key organizations and individuals, and initiatives are being developed by the network based on the hangout’s feedback to drive the needed capacity development that will ensure sustainability of the aspired reforms as a complement to the effort and activities of other existing organizations and bodies.

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all that contributed to the success of the event and those that attended, as it is a constant reminder that there is hope and we can do more.

Profile of Speakers at The Visionaries Hub hangout

Ms Yemisi Ransome-Kuti – Nigerian Network of Non- Government Organisation

Born into the family of Late Azariah Olusegun (MBE) and Mrs. Folorunsho Ransome-Kuti, Yemisi had her education in both the UK and Nigeria with degrees and diplomas in Business, Management, Aesthetics, Counseling, and Human Resources Management.

Olutola Oluyemisi Ransome-Kuti, mother of 4 and 2 grand children was born on 18th December 1947 and grew up with her cousins, Professor Wole Soyinka, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, Beko Ransome-Kuti etc. She is the grand daughter of Late Canon J.J Ransome-Kuti, only child of Late Azariah and Folorunsho Ransome-Kuti and is the current Head of the Ransome-Kuti Family.

Her career saw her working with Multinationals, Ministries, Broadcasting Stations, and International Organizations as National Coordinator, Managing Director, Marketer, Newscaster and Producer, Chief Executive, Director General and Consultant. Organizations she worked for included Shell Nigeria Limited (Now Conoil), Institute of International Affairs, National AIDS/STD Control Programme (NASCP), Federal Ministry of Health Social Services, Western Nigerian Television Station (WNTV) & Western Nigerian Broadcasting Station (WNBS), International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA), BBC London and the World Bank to mention a few.

Mr. Durotimi Adeboye (Project Director / CEO Global Education Media) started his working career at the Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo, as a corper/lecturer after studying social sciences and management at the University of Ilorin in the 1980s. He later joined a marketing communications outfit where he rose to top level management position working on some blue chips accounts/brands like Toyota Motors, R.T. Briscoe, Peak Milk and GBO/MDS – Division of UAC of Nigeria Plc.

Working with these successful organisations enabled him to garner very vital experience which has stood him in good stead in handling other challenging responsibilities ever since he came over to the United Kingdom to further his education and career as a teacher.
Educated at the prestigious Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent, England where he completed his post-graduate studies in Citizenship Education and duly registered with the General Teaching Council for England as a professional teacher. He has since taught in schools across Kent and South East England while also doubling as the Head, Research and Publications for African Concern. A UK based publication focused on bringing to the front burner of global discourse, issues that affect African development. He is also a qualified Assessor with Oxford, Cambridge and RSA (OCR) – A British examination body.
Currently, Durotimi is undertaking some research work in the area of Education, Development and Sustainability.

Adedayo Thomas - Adedayo Thomas is affiliated with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace and Prosperity and serves as the Publisher and Director of Outreach of its AfricanLiberty.org program.

He is also affiliated with IMANI Center for Policy and Education, a think tank based in Ghana. Adedayo is libertarian and strives to promote ideas and institutions of the free society in the core institutions of Africa. Nigeria.

Adedayo has a B A(Theatre Arts) and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from University of Jos and Nigerian Institute of Journalism respectively, a Diplomate of Cato University in Philosophy, History, Jurisprudence, and Economics of Liberty and an MBA in Think -Tank management from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington D.C.
Adedayo has undertaken many field research related to the provision of public services. He has written and presented several papers on economic development, conflict, good governance and democracy at national and international conferences. He co-authored -A letter from Jonathan Gullible based on the original novel, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible by Ken Schoolland. He has published in both national and international print media.

Adedayo has published the African Edition of In Defense of Global Capitalism by Johan Norberg, Selected Essays on Political Economyby Frederic Bastiat, Twenty Myths about Markets by Tom G. Palmer, and A letter from Jonathan Gullible (a play based on the original novel, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible by Ken Schoolland)

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin – President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, traversed courageously where men fear to tread. She remained consistent without minding the hazards to her person in a society where critical voices are loathed by unjust system which rewards the crook and punishes the just.

She graduated in 1987 at the University of Ilorin where she got a BA.ED English and Education. She returned to the same school and bagged her M. Ed in Guidance and counseling and her Ph.D. (History and Policy of Education) in 1996.

Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin has over 25years experience in human rights work in Nigeria. She cut her teeth in activism as the Secretary of Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kwara State from 1988 – 1991 and the Coordinator of Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kwara State branch 1991 – 1996; Chairperson, Rethink Nigeria (1987 – 1992) and Chairperson, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, Kwara State branch (1990 – 1996).Her foray into human rights activism was at a period when the Babangida dictatorship was baring its fangs and locking up critical voices. She became one of the targets of the administration as she was arrested and detained for not less than seventeen times at different locations: Division B Police Station Ilorin; Police Headquarters Ilorin; SSS Headquarters Ilorin; SSS HQ Maitama Abuja; Panti Police Station Lagos; Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos; and Alagbon Close in Lagos.

She was the General Secretary Campaign for Democracy (CD) from March 1996 – July 29, 2006 (10 years) when she became the President on July 29, 2006. She is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Democratic Studies, the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative; Chairman, Task Force of the Citizen Forum, Spokesperson, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations and President, Centre for Change in Community Development and Public Awareness(CDP).
She has received several awards at the national and international levels. Too numerous to mention:

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