Fashioned and Made for Excellence Foundation with the help of our supporters have successfully sponsored over 500 youths to our Fame Illuminate Leadership Conference with over 30 Secondary and Tertiary Schools in attendance in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Held on May 26, 2018, at the Hall of Grace Jogor, Ibadan, the program according to our Founder, Mr Raphael Stephen, was created to “educate and help develop a new breed of well-developed youth leaders across Africa, who would rise to become ethical and exceptional leaders in diverse }elds. We seek to equip and identify leadership skills in these young African leaders and begin to channel it towards national development.”
Hundreds of youths drawn from Secondary and Tertiary Schools converged in batches on the venue.
Facilitators included Femi Taiwo, Executive Director at Leap Africa who spoke on ‘Awakening and Manifesting the Leader within You’; Tolu Popoola, COO Wocom, dealt with ‘Delivering A New Nigeria’; Adefemi Bucknor, Coordinator American Corner Ibadan who spoke on ‘My Identity. My True Currency’.
In his session, Mr Femi Taiwo challenged the youths to “take responsibility and lookout for opportunities to make a difference.” He said, “ Everyone can serve and solve problems. We must always see possibilities where others see problems. You can start implementing your simple vision now.”
When Mr Tolu Popoola began to speak on his topic, he said, “We must quit complaining as young people and get involved in delivering a new Nigeria.”
The event was not an all youth affair, as the humble and well respected Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters in Oyo State, Honorable Bimbo Kolade graced the occasion. He expressed joy over the ability of young people to channel their energies for productive uses such as the one he had come to witness and also helped with the presentation of awards to our outstanding fame volunteers.
FAME is an NGO that focuses on providing leadership development training, civic education, socio-emotional education, empowerment, and mentorship, creating opportunities for economically underserved young leaders in underfunded Secondary Schools in Nigeria and Africa to learn, access skills training, thrive and work towards achieving the sustainable development goals.
Fame Illuminate Conference is one of our flagship programs that has served hundreds of youths from over 20 communities in Oyo State in Nigeria. It guides teenagers towards obtaining a quality education, mentorship, and leadership development, our impacted Secondary Schools come together in one location to learn more from exemplary authorities in the various core themes we have illuminated them on, connect, be challenged, be inspired and create beautiful memories “We have been able to impact 5,000 students, train 100 Volunteer Facilitators and empower 100 students too with vocational and life skills. We hope to have equipped 50,000 young leaders with leadership by 2030.”
We are grateful to all our Fame Volunteers, donors, and the Oyo State Ministry of Education for working with us to grow more value-driven and authentic leaders for Africa.