The Young Leadership Colloquium is a flagship program of Young Africans for Opportunities (YAFO) to help change the narrative and contribute towards achieving an Africa with the mindset of identifying solutions and creating wealth from the problems and making Africa better.
Young Leadership Colloquium is a day-long event for students, professionals, activists, young leaders of organizations and start-ups. This year’s leadership colloquium was held on 11th July, 2019 at the Kesdem Hotel at Tema Community 5, Ghana.
The event hosted twenty-five (25) participants to explore the concepts of global innovation and employment as well as youth base policies that have the trickling down effect on individuals in their quest to rethink development.
Leadership is key towards development but the political landscape is either monopoly or duopoly. The political systems should be able to empower the young Africans to put their talents to optimal use. It is understandable that, there are a lot of extractive institutions that have become barriers which one must lobby or know someone of importance to get favor. These institutional barriers are more than headache for the young entrepreneur in Africa. It is no surprise as everyone perceive that government should do everything for them, right from the onset, the dependency tone have been set by political institutions to keep them relevant in the African society.
The 2019 leadership colloquium was moderated by Prof. Brian Baugus, USA and part of the activities marking the Network for Free Society Education Week, UK and Ghana. The event commenced from 8:00 and ended at 17:00 on 11th July, 2019.
The discussion at the Young Leadership Colloquium was to help orient young Africans to think of how to create wealth out the problems we face in our society.
“Prosperity is the ability to use your talent to the best of serving others not just synonymous to money”. Prof. Baugus
The event featured three discussion sessions with each session lasting for two hours. One of the sessions focused on mindset and how participants value themselves. The discussion helped build the understanding that, one must not fear to change rather to put oneself in position well enough to take advantage of opportunity.
The second session focused on how to overcome challenges within the African society. The educational system, history and colonial past, weak institutions and the current political climate were some of the key challenges identified to stifling innovation and creativity. However, given that the challenges the discussion centered, it is evident that we can overcome those myriad of economic and political challenges prosper with in Africa should we restructure our institutions to serve all without prejudice.
The Young Leadership Colloquium was a participant centered event that challenge participants to be solution oriented and innovative. It was identified that, although one will want to initiate solution as entrepreneurs, the challenge of capital or fund remain inevitable. Participants shared their experiences in dealing with the challenges so others could replicate successful approaches.
The final session had participants discuss the relationship between morals and economics. This session helps to establish a guide and participants were admonished not to accept favors especially when it comes at the cost of other persons.
In the end, the Young Leadership Colloquium was insightful, successful and intellectually challenging. The team at Young Leadership for Opportunity is grateful to Atlas Network, USA, Network for Free Society, UK, Kingscel Technologies, Ghana, and Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation, Ghana, for the support and guidance which has aided YAFO into making difference and achieving greater impact in Africa.