Tuesday, July 16, 2013



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                                THE 4TH ANNUAL NIGERIAN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT 2013
LEAD Nigeria announces their highly anticipated annual Nigerian Leadership Summit in NYC

New York, NY - June 12, 2013: On August 16-17, 2013, LEAD Nigeria will host the 4th Annual Nigerian Leadership Summit at the Hotel Pennsylvania, downtown New York.  Guided by the theme: “Developing a Roadmap for Engaging the Nigerian Diaspora in Development”, the summit will provide an opportunity for Nigerians in the diaspora especially the youth to extensively discuss and equip themselves with strategic information, knowledge and resources necessary to make viable contribution to Nigerian development by acquiring the skills and tools needed for engaging their fellow peers in good governance and societal development.

Specifically, this year’s summit will focus on how the Nigerian Diaspora-based and Nigerian-based youth can work together to generate and share new ideas, learn about best practices of creating empowerment programs and project management, create opportunities to collaborate and forge partnerships that will enhance the prospects of developmental change within the Nigerian youth population, while shaping a broad development vision as the center piece and framework of cooperation between youths and the government.

As part of the leadership summit, from August 12-15, 2013 - Lead Nigeria in partnership with The Council of Young African Leaders will host 40 Nigerian youth leaders and activists from Nigeria for a 3 day Leadership Empowerment training retreat focused on building their leadership, organizational and community service skills with the goal of designing and organizing a project of choice to be carried out in Nigeria, a project that will impact the lives of members of the community within a year.

A special feature of the Nigerian Leadership summit 2013 will be the launch of the LEAD Nigeria fellowship program. The LEAD Nigeria fellowship program will provide selected Diaspora Nigerians annually with the opportunity to participate, intern, volunteer or work on a program of choice in Nigeria for 3 months in areas such as youth empowerment, leadership development, entrepreneurship, media, healthcare, education and vocational skills training, providing an in-depth understanding of issues threatening the survival and development of youths and young people with an intensive mentoring and training module to develop relationships with on-going projects and highly committed and accomplished youth leaders working collaboratively to motivate and inspire their fellow peers in particular and their community in general

The Nigerian Leadership Summit is expected to attract about 200 participants from across the United States, Canada, the UK and Nigeria, with emphasis on providing opportunities for current youth leaders and professionals leading developmental change campaigns and initiative to actively be involved and engaged in the programs dialogue.
 About the Nigerian Leadership Summit
The Nigerian Leadership Summit is an annual event designed in 2010 to connect Nigerian Professionals, Academicians, and Entrepreneurs from all across the Diaspora and friends from the International Community, especially youths and young people to discuss about Nigeria’s present leadership issues, share innovative ideas, knowledge, experiences, addressing issues threatening the survival and development of the Nigerian democracy and familiarize participants with the Leadership styles and strategies needed in the partnership required to deliver results that will trickle down to Nigerians at home for the economic growth of the country.

About Lead Nigeria

LEAD Nigeria is a 501(C) non for profit and non-governmental organization that seeks to mobilize the collective talents of youths and young people between the ages of 13-35 through innovative projects, programs and commitments that will help in implementing real growth and sustainable development within the context of their local environment and communities.