Nigeria’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo is set to headline the 2021 edition of the Grand Africa Initiative (GAIN) Youth Summit as Special Guest of Honour.
Chinwe Okoli, the executive director, Grand Africa Initiative (GAIN), made these known in a statement made available to TechEconomy.ng.
The GAIN Youth Summit is an annual gathering of African youths from across the continent and the diaspora, focused on developing entrepreneurship, innovation, professional and academic capacities in young Africans in a way that helps tackle the menace of youth unemployment and conflict on the continent. Summit holds from 29th to 30th of October, 2021 with the theme is The Africa We Want: Nexus between the Youth, Peace and Entrepreneurship.
Confirmed speakers confirmed for this year’s edition of the summit include the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing; The High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, Mr Thami Mseleku; Ambassador of Angola to Nigeria, Dr Januario Eustaquio Quibato; the High Commissioner of Namibia to Nigeria, Mr Humphrey Geiseb; the Lead Faculty, Tekedia Institute, Professor Ndubuisi Ekekwe; Regional Head, IBM North, East and West Africa, IBM, Angela Kyerematen-Jimoh; Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Microsoft philanthropies, Middle East & Africa & Philanthropies Lead for Nigeria, Microsoft, Mr Yemi Orimolade.
Mrs Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, the CEO of Tony Elumelu Foundation, is also confirmed to deliver a keynote speech on the topic Integration and synergy to unlock scale and value of youth entrepreneurship in Africa.
According to Okoli, “the GAIN Youth Summit 2021 has been designed to help further the discourse around strategies to unleash the economic potentials of young Africans to build sustainable prosperity on the continent.
“We are very happy that a number of eminent Africans and global players have signed up to partner with us on this edition of the summit. We are specially grateful that the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria could find the time to join and dialogue with young Africans on this very important topic.
“The issues around restiveness, conflict, illegal migration and so on we believe are fuelled by the lack of economic opportunities driven by a lack of awareness and support for entrepreneurship and innovation across the continent.
We also believe that these can be solved with the right partnership, the right understanding and providing the youths with the right knowledge and tools to become self-sufficient”.
The first edition of the GAIN youth summit held in October, 2020 with Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria delivering the keynote speech on the theme: Curbing Youth Unemployment Crises: The Real Issues. The summit recorded global participation from 90 countries in Africa and beyond.
Grand Africa Initiative (GAIN) is a youth-focused pan-African non-governmental organization which comprises young Africans between 15 and 35 years drawn from within and outside the continent, who are passionate about promoting entrepreneurship as a means to reduce conflict, promote peace and economic revival of the continent.
GAIN programs include training, advocacy, mentorship, and youth events, designed to help achieve sustainable development by igniting the positive energy of the greater segment of Africa’s population – the youth.
Register for GAIN Youth Summit free via the link: http://bit.ly/GYS21