With the right Institution, Infrastructure and government, Africa must rethink its governance and ensure the empowerment of young people to take up leadership positions at all levels. This was the major subject of discussion at the maiden edition of the virtual African Youth Luther King Heroes Summit held on Friday January 29, 2021.
Speaking at the conference representing the wife of the late African-American activist, Naomi Ruth Barber King, Prof. Babs Onabanjo, CEO/President of the AD King Foundation, called on policy makers across Africa to prioritize the issues affecting the youths and women across the continent. She noted that the time has come for young people to take their place in leadership across every sector in order to hasten the development of the continent.
Dr. Melida H. Barrow, Founder of the 6th Region Global Chamber of Commerce, stressed the need for young people to collaborate and synergize for economic prosperity of the continent. While Aisha Yesufu, a Right Activist and BringBackOurGirls campaigner, urged young people to continue to mount pressure on political leadership across Africa in order to reset the continent on the path of development.
Other speakers at the summit were; Mr. Debo Adedayo (Mr. Macaroni), Dr. Joseph Baesley, Mobolaji Ogunlende, Olusola Owonikoko, Owolabi Willaims ,Omotola Fawunmi, and Charlse O’Tudor.
The major highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Heroes Award to recognize individuals who demonstrate Dr. King’s spirit and legacy through their dedication and contributions in Africa and these 10 awardees are representative of the plethora of young people who devote time and energy to improve the lives of others and who are beacons of light within their communities.
The awardees Include, Raquel Kasham Daniel, Charlse O’Tudor, Owolabi Williams, Olusola Owonikoko, Mobolaji Ogunlende, Omotola Fawunmi, Aisha Yesufu, Oludare Akinlaja, Wale Ajani, and Adebunmi Akinbo.
In closing, Stephen Oguntoyinbo, Executive Director of Alarinka Communication appreciated the contribution of the speakers to the success of the summit and congratulated the awardees for their contribution to Nation Building.
This event is a build up to the A.D King Foundation’s Gala Night scheduled to hold at the end of the year in Atlanta, USA where fifty (50) awardees across Africa would be honored and recognized for their work in the development of the continent.