Nigerian star artistes, Richard Mofe Damijo, 9ice, AY, and others, have confirmed their participation at the up-coming Black History Week in London.
The event, to be anchored by a youth oriented and non-governmental organisation, Word Changers International Development Initiative (Worchint Development Initiative), is planned to include a leadership summit and concert in commemoration of the Black History Week.
Tagged “Celebrating Nigeria at 55,” with the theme: “The role of the youth in diaspora in national development,” the event would attract Nigerians in the diaspora as well as about 12 students from the University of Lagos.
Addressing the press in Lagos, President of the group, Tim Ayoola Abiodun, “World changers international is a youth oriented non-governmental organisation with multitude of members spread across Nigeria and Diaspora. We are positioned to assist the youth in playing the role of a change agent and prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century,”
Abiodun relayed the group’s involvement with youths across the African continent. “We have organised youth conferences in various parts of the country and in other African countries. The organisation is in the vanguard of the promotion of institutional reforms, transparency and good governance and is renowned as one of Nigeria’s strongest youth organisation that is committed to youth empowerment and leadership development,” he said.
The Black history Black History Month, which is known as African-American History Month in in the United States of America, is an annual observance in the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the Africa People in the Diaspora.
The event, according to Abiodun, is scheduled to hold between 8 and 9 October 2015 at the London Metropolitan University, London, England, and is in collaboration with worchint development initiative (World Changers International), Nigeria Society, London Metropolitan University and the Nigerian Student Community in United Kingdom.
According to the group, the program has become imperative in light of the continuing brain-drain and ever increasing population of Nigerian youth in diaspora. “Statistics show that the United Kingdom alone accounts for about 10% of the over 17 million Nigerians in the diaspora hence, this conference is aimed at fostering synergy between the Nigerian youth at home and abroad in order to convert the brain drain to a weapon for national development and gain.”
Facilitating sessions at the event are eminent African leaders, businessmen, policy makers and top government functionaries.
The event would also feature a musical concert to mark Nigeria’s 55th independence during which award of recognition shall be presented to well-meaning Nigerians who have contributed to development of the youths, and those who have projected national image around the world in good light.
Among expected guests are Tony Elumelu , Senator Oluremi Tinubu, Aare Afe Babalola , Dr Rotimi Oladele and other dignitaries from within Africa and other parts of the world. The event would be chaired by Olorogun Oskar Ibru.
Several artistes have confirmed their participation, they include: 9ice, AY, Richard Mofe Damijo, among others.
Also present at the press briefing were country director of the group, Eve Nnaji, vice president of the organisation, Dr. Muse Akintayo and concert producer, Anifite Anthony Dike.
Story by: Dayo Emmanuel