About Nigeria Leadership Summit 2013

The Nigeria Leadership Summit

The second Nigeria Leadership Summit was held on the 9th and 10th of December 2013 at the Exquisite Oriental Hotel. The prestigious event culminated with the launch of the Empower Nigeria Initiative on the 11th of December at the Intercontinental Hotel. The Summit that began its journey in 2012 is aimed at drawing attention to the crisis in leadership in Nigeria and bringing the Nation’s deepest thinkers and most innovative minds to come up with solutions to our various problems. The Nigeria Leadership Summit is organized by the Anabel Leadership Academy and the convener of the Summit is Prince Nicholas Okoye, the President of Anabel Group Inc. We recorded over 3000 participating delegates at the inaugural Summit in 2012 with over 20,000 people participating from all over the world. This year, the delegate participation exceeded all our expectations and new record was set. We recorded over four thousand delegates spanning across the three days, which remains an unprecedented result in the history of Summits in Nigeria. In line with our record of high standards, our Summit and Launch Events were streamed live on the internet to the entire World in real time. Our records show that Nigerians participated from as far as the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, China, United Kingdom, Brazil, and Mexico. The theme for this year's Nigeria Leadership Summit was “LETS GET TO WORK". Its focus was on job creation through entrepreneurship.

The Summit was divided into three segments over three days of intensive thought provoking discussion and the development of innovative solutions for strategic sectors in the economy. Each day represented a different segment with a different flow and in the case of the 11th of December a different venue. The event began each day with delegate registration. This created an avenue for the participants to mingle with Partners of the Nigeria Leadership Summit and the Empower Nigeria Initiative. Some of our partners include Bank of Industry, Diamond Bank, Heritage Bank, NestOil, Etisalat, The Guardian Newspaper, Silver Bird TV, and a host of others.

The Summit had keynote addresses from the engaging Obiageli Ezekwesili former Vice president of World bank, His Excellency Ernest Shonekan, Minister of Culture and tourism Edem Duke,Hon. Abike Dabiri, CEO of NestOil Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, Prof. Pat Utomi, Ifie Sekibo of Heritage bank, Dr. Alex Otti MD of Diamond bank and Prince Nicholas Okoye. They highlighted the need for a national shift to Entrepreneurship as a solution to unemployment in Nigeria. We had three special focus panels this year in addition to the keynote speeches. These panels were designed to bring out the best in the speakers and panellists, arouse discussions amongst themselves and with members of the audience.

The first one was a special focus panel on Power; an industry in Transition, which provided for the Nigerian People a deep insight into the recently privatized Power Generation, and Distribution Companies. The most anticipated panel led by Rumundaka Wonodi, the MD/CEO of Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading surpassed its expectation. He was joined by Fem Solebo- MD of Notore group, Dr. Eloka Umeh- Nest Oil Director and C-Don Adinuba- Representative of Dr. Bart Nnaji former Minister of Power. The second special focus panel was on Women in Business, and the strategic role of women in Job creation for Nigeria, some of the Nation’s most successful women in Business participated in this panel. These include Fifi Ejindu, Udo Maryanne Okonjo, Celine Loader, Adenike Ogunlesi, and Ronke Ademiluyi. The third panel, which was divided into two sets, focused on Transformation. Theses panellists took a deep look at the transformation of society as well as the transformation of the individual. They Include Opuiyo Oforiokuma MD of ARM Infrastructure, Yvonne Ebbi Senior Consultant at The Etiquette Place and Abiola L. Lawal former Vice President of CAMAC Energy Inc. for the first set and Chidi Okoro MD of GSK , Hon. Abike Dabiri and Prof. Pat Utomi for the second set. Students from four prestigious Secondary Schools were given an opportunity to address the entire Summit on behalf of all the children of Nigeria, in a message tagged “My Role in Nation Building” a word from our children. Two representatives from Kings College Lagos, Westminster College, Lekki British International School, and Dowen College prepared a two-minute message on what their roles are and what all our roles should be in order to build a new and productive society.

The Transformational Agenda DVD that covers topics on Self Re-invention, Job creation, The secret path to Success, Innovation and Creativity and on ways of Transforming Nigeria was launched at the summit. Musical performances from Timi Dakolo and Nigerian Idol contestants relaxed the audience and an inspiring presentation by Sam Onyemelukwe, Vice President of Trace Urban TV's, and CEO of EMC ended the two-day summit perfectly.

On the 11th of December, the luxurious Intercontinental Hotel hosted the Grand finale of the Summit and Launch of the EMPOWER NIGERIA INITIATIVE under the Chairmanship of Chief Emeka Anyaoku, GCVO, the former Secretary General of the Common Wealth of Nations. The Initiative made another mark in history by kicking off a project designed to create 1 million jobs in the next 36 months. On the same day, Empower Nigeria Entrepreneur's Network powered by Etisalat was also launched. This network allows all those registered on it to communicate with themselves limitlessly for a low subscription fee. Other projects launched were Crowd Funding for budding SMEs and Bank on Industry/Empower Nigeria fund, which is a loan facility for Empower Nigeria entrepreneurs.

The grand finale panel on Entrepreneurship in Nigeria was delivered on that day. Some of the Nation’s most successful entrepreneurs deliberated on how to grow the ranks of entrepreneurs in Nigeria and reviewed the challenges as well as the opportunities for Entrepreneurs in Nigeria going forward. The panel was comprised of Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Evelyn Oputu MD of BOI, Dr. ABC Orjiako of Seplat Petroleum, Goodie Ibru, Edem Duke, Sam Ndukwe GM, Gas Pipelines and Infrastructures, NNPC, Emeka Mba DG of NBC and Ichie Nnaeto Orazulike owner of Genesis Deluxe Cinema. Other Dignitaries include Tunde Folawiyo, Chairman of First Bank Stephen Olabisi Onasanya, Obinna Nwakwesi, Martin Agbaso and family, HRH Igwe Alex Ilouno of Ifite dunu, Zuriel Oduwole, Uju Murphy, Peter Owunna and a host of others.

Our message at the Anabel Leadership Academy is a strong advocacy for entrepreneurship as the solution to Nigeria’s unemployment crisis and we relay this message through the Annual Nigeria Leadership summit and Empower Nigeria conference series.

Founding Organization

  • Anabel Leadership Academy

Supporting Organizations

  • Central Bank of NigeriaCentral Bank of Nigeria
  • Nest OilNest Oil
  • Diamond Bank PlcDiamond Bank Plc
  • Heritage BankHeritage Bank
  • CSCS NigeriaCSCS Nigeria

Media Partners

  • Rhythm Silverbird FM 93.7Rhythm Silverbird FM 93.7
  • Guardian NewspaperGuardian Newspaper
  • Nigeria Info FMNigeria Info FM

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