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REVOLUTION: Nigerian youths set to take back Nigeria

For so many years, youths in Nigeria have been strategically left out of the day-to-day running of the nation. This trend experts have said, is the main reason for the decline Nigeria has continued to experience. 

A critical look at the history of Nigeria, shows that at some point, our nation was led by young and very inspired youths. These youths between the ages of 20 and mid 30s, did very wondrous things that the nation can never forget. It is argued that a nation whose youths have been left out of the national equation, will not grow. Hence if the sidelining of youths from the affairs of the nation is reason for our downward spiral, then, it will take the youths to reclaim the nation and make it great again.

 It is in line with this vision to make leaders of the youth, and have them reclaim the country as to make it great again, that ARM Pension Managers (PFA) hosted its first edition of 'ARM ENGAGE'. 


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The event held on Thursday, June 22, at the Civic Centre, Lagos. It was an interactive panel discussion targeted at providing young ’20-something year old’ professionals in the formal and informal sectors of the economy with valuable advice on career progression and financial planning. 

The main aim of the event was to create an interactive and collaborative environment where both young and experienced business professionals from a diverse set of industries would be given the opportunity to network with like-minded individuals and industry thought leaders. 

REVOLUTION: Nigerian youths set to take back Nigeria

The guest speaker of the night were Mr Fela Durotoye, Mrs Nimi Akinkugbe and Mr Jude ‘MI’ Abaga. They provided key insights about their field and personal experiences to the 200 guests in attendance. The evening started with renowned financial expert and CEO Of BestManGames Ltd, Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe, sharing her ‘Ten Money Tips for 20-somethings’ which highlighted importance of taking advantage of one’s youth and emphasized the need to establish the foundation of one’s financial future by setting smart financial goals early on in one’s career. 

Mrs Akinkugbe in her speech, asserted that the greatest advantage the youths of this nation and others around the world have, is time. She however stressed the need for the youths to make qualitative use of their time and make a great impact on the nation. Auntie Nimi as she is fondly called, opined that it is time the youths of this nation began to think highly of themselves. 

She urged youths to invest, avid debts, take loans only for business and to insure themselves, noting that many of the successful business people in the world made it big, even when their nations were experiencing recession. 

Mrs Akinkugbe's speech was followed by a speech by Mr Jude Abaga, popularly known as ‘M.I’. MI whose segment titled ‘From Employee to Employer’, reflected on his journey over the years in the music industry and his transition from an artist to CEO of record label, Chocolate City Music Group. 

In his segment, he focused attention on his personal mantra with the use of the acronym ‘BUILD’, standing for the importance to Build Up, to be Innovative, remain Loyal to what you do and be Determined in all one's endeavors. 

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The last speaker was Mr Fela Durotoye, internationally renowned motivational speaker and CEO of the Gemstone Project. He challenged the youths of this nation to not dwelling on blaming their parents and the generations before them Mr Durotoye told the youths that the change the nation needs at this moment, is that which the young ones can, should and will bring. He reminded the youths that value and values are the two key things needed to stay ahead, not just as a person, but as a nation. 

REVOLUTION: Nigerian youths set to take back Nigeria

Durotoye told the youths that solutions need to be provided as to create value which in turn will become wealth that will lead to the prosperity of an individual and the nation at large. On his part, the MD ARM Pensions, Mr Wale Odutola, who took the vote of thanks, emphasized on the firm’s commitment to empowering the Nigerian youth and underlining the firm’s value proposition of making tomorrow better. 

Mr Odutola noted that if youths will arise to the challenges of the day and use their gifts and skill in providing solutions to the many needs of the nation, then certainly, Nigeria will be restored to a position even higher than its former glory.


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