As part of the activities for the UNFPA Nigeria 50th Anniversary Celebration, I was a keynote speaker at the Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship bootcamp which took place in Lagos recently. The bootcamp which brought together young people who have distinguished themselves in their quest for solutions and commitment to excellence had several facilitators and mentors teaching them in a series of lectures, plenary sessions, workshops, and demonstrations.
While speaking at the bootcamp, I charged the participants to apply creative innovation in solving Nigeria’s problems. I also encouraged them to take bold steps and stretch out of their comfort zone in order to achieve the extraordinary.
The Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship is a social enterprise aimed at promoting innovation across sectors in Africa. It is a four-month annual leadership immersion programme in innovation management designed to empower young professionals to attain their ultimate career dreams and inspire innovation in their spheres. Its chief aim is to unleash human potentials and scale up excellence.
As the UNFPA Ambassador for Maternal Health in West & Central Africa, I advocate and raise awareness on maternal health issues, whilst encouraging policies and laws that protect the rights and dignity of the girl child, and the critical investments needed for young people to fulfill their potential and for Africa to reap its demographic dividend.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.