The day Calabar hosted “RISE”

Posted: November 16, 2010 by CalabarBeckons in Uncategorized



Cross Section of attendees at the forum

The serenity and ambiance of Cross River State was brought to the fore at the Rise National Youth Forum, Calabar Edition. According to Mr Oronto Douglas, Senior Special Assistant on Research, Documentation and Strategy to President Goodluck Jonathan, “I have travelled in almost all the local government areas of this state and I must confess that the topography of this state is amazing with unique climatic conditions” Mr Douglas was one of the keynote speakers at Calabar edition of the  Rise National Youth Forum, held at the New Arts Theatre of the University of Calabar Saturday, the 13th of November 2010.

Toyosi Akerele speaking!

The event which drew the attendance of over 3000 youths proved that Calabar is not just a city of fun lovers but the young here have a passion and drive to acquire knowledge for national development; so much so that Toyosi Akerele, Convener RISE acclaimed “Besides the Lagos event, the Calabar event is the best in attendance and quality of questions and feedback by participants”

The event also featured seminar presentations by Iquo Ukoh, Oronto  Douglas and Toyosi Akerele.  Iquo Ukoh , the first and only female Director of Nestle Nigeria PLC, spoke on Entrepreneurship and the road map for school to work transition. Sharing her over 30 years of corporate experience with participants. “You have the luxury of your parents home now, by the time to graduate you would be thoroughly irritating them” -Iquo Ukoh, admonishing young people to plan their future by going into entrepreneurship.

Mr Oronto Douglas spoke on the topic; A framework for National Youth Transformation; youth at the centre stage. He called on young people to be interested in the affairs of the Nation by contributing their quota to its development. “The Rebuilding of Nigeria is not just the responsibility of the government alone, but its begins with you and I” – Oronto Douglas

Toyosi Akerele, convener of RISE charged young people in her speech to think differently organize differently and act differently for the attainment of the Nigeria of our dreams. She young people to be build themselves that leadership starts now. Relating her experiences in setting up RISE to participants, she charged young people to prepare themselves, by being knowledgeable in what they choose to do because “opportunity meets preparation, not luck”

Side attractions at the event included, comedy, debates and raffle draws.

Mr Douglas responding to Questions

Mrs Ukoh being interviewd by the RISE crew
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