The First Ilorin Emirate Youth Summit: A Paradigm Shift From Theoretical Analysis To Practicalizing With Purpose – S.R Onimasa

It was indeed the beginning of a new era on the 6th day of May, 2018 when the youths from different locations stormed the University of Ilorin Auditorium for the Summit with purposeful determination. A summit which dynamically featured 


Dr Lambe Kayode Mustapha (a lecturer from the department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin) as the Keynote Speaker

❇Mallam Nasir Abdulquadir (CEO, D-Positive image consult) as the Speaker on Productive Entrepreneurship

❇Mr Lateef Ishowo (A writer, Activist and Public Affairs Analyst) as the Speaker on Youth unrest and the Danger of a Single Story

 ❇ Mallam AbdulAzeez Yinka Oniyangi (the founder and CEO of Swift Air Ambulance Services Ltd) as the Speaker on Youth Leadership.


Commendably,  these eloquent invited Speakers had pragmatically delivered with the optimistic hope of contributing to the Globalization and Development of Ilorin Emirate: A call for youth participation.


“The Globalization and Development of Ilorin Emirate can only come to reality when the Youth take cognisance of the following key concepts; Knowledge, excellence, integrity, innovativeness, entrepreneurlism, activism, creativity and glocalisation. 


Starting with the foundation of everything which is ‘Knowledge’ as what is known; the confident understanding of a subject potentially with the ability to use it for a specific purpose. It is a familiarity with someone or something which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills acquired through experience or  education. And the best of actions is the learning from experiences or education which is crowned by acting with the lessons, while being excellent will make one extremely good and outstanding among others. 


Striding to the practicality, knowledge of excellence or excellence of knowledge is the hyperopic transformation to innovativeness, creativity and entrepreneurlism that are often used interchangeably but have little areas of convergence and divergence. Innovation or innovativeness goes beyond the conventional,  “thinking outside the box” with a willingness to take risks and try out different solutions. It involves questioning the status quo as well as generating and implementing creative solutions and novel ways to achieve NRC’s business goals. It involves combining insight into the business needs of stakeholders and the organization with an inventive approach to looking at business problems, commercial issues and/or research opportunities. While Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. It is characterised by the ability to perceive the world in new ways, to find hidden patterns, to make connections between seemingly unrelated phenomena, and to as well generate solutions. In a nutshell, 

Creativity is the act of turning new and imaginative ideas into reality. 


Similarly, Entrepreneurialism is defined as starting new businesses, or getting involved with new ventures or ideas. An example of entrepreneurialism is starting new businesses and always being involved in investing in the latest ventures. However,  the devastating rate of unemployment has tremendously increased in the contemporary times, which makes the Nigerian governments diversify the orientation of unemployed youths from solely white collar job to entrepreneurial sensitivity. Hence, a very few percentage of the unemployed Youths have hided to the reality while some are at the position of indecision with excuses, and others keep adamant to the primitive unrealistic of slavery in disguise governmental or nongovernmental renumeration. 


“Majority of Youth (Ilorin Emirate in particular) have narrowed their thinking to political leadership and continously rely on government as prospects while they are short sighted of the apex advantages in innovativeness, creativity and entrepreneurship. We forget the enterprising engagement of our successful forefathers who had little or nothing to do with the government but known for the family businesses that most family houses are relatively named after in Ilorin”


The question is if we are acting to be better than the past or preparing for a worse future than the presence when we claim to be more educated and civilised? 


YOUTH UNREST AND ITS EFFECTS ON YOUTH LEADERSHIP


It is my belief that the causes of Youth unrest is as well its implications, majorly poverty and some other socioeconomic factors like political instability, lack of opportunities, defective educational system, unemployment, administrative failures among others that are consequential and detrimental to the development of any human society.


Complexity of Youth has contributed to its  controversial definition while it differs from one society to another in dealings with sociological system of universal culture and cultural relativity. But the unanimous boundary between Youth and the Old is the concensus that 40 is the old age of the Youth while 50 is the youth age of the old. However, youth unrest is the “manifestation of collective frustration of the youths in the society”. It is manifested when the existing norms in the society are perceived by the youth as ineffective or harmful to the extent that they offend them, and they feel so disillusioned and disgusted that they recognise the need for changing the norms.


Recently, the youth cut across the nation started the clamour for Youth Leadership. The first pertinent question that should bother our minds is “what is and why does it matters? As well as Youth governance or good governance?” 


Certainly, it is only when you are productive as followers you can produce the productive leaders as leadership is not an automatic social phenomenon like majority continue to grow to become automatic future elders. Youth Leadership will continue to be a mirage if we are not courageous to challenge the latent challenges and ignore the systematic subjugation in disguise of the comfort zone because of the perceived inherent mediocrity.


With the illuminating lens of perception, integrity as the major chain of moral uprightness is crucial among the core principles of a promising governance, electing or selecting by excellence or meritocracy,  as well as the rational spirit of activism which is to simply take actions to effect social change; this can occur in a myriad of ways and in a variety of forms. Activism is often concerned with ‘how to change the world’ 

through social, political, economic or environmental change.


Conclusively, it has become evident that it is easier to govern by the words of mouth than force of action, this has been the major reason for our ineffectiveness. The clamour for  development and globalisation advantages by the youth can only become a reality with the collective ownership of goals and non egocentric political mentality as part of the  psychosocial  apparatus not only to reclaim our diminished glory but also to stabilise the diminishing ones. With no iota of doubt, our country can only has a great tomorrow if we make the right choices today as my additional submission is to avoid the myopic global mentality that will erode our values by adopting ‘glocalisation’ when the elements of a local culture are combined with the global phenomenon. In a nutshell, acknowledging leadership with knowledge, excellence, innovativeness, creativity, entrepreneurship, integrity, productivity and activism should be our priority if our hope will not be a blind optimism.

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