2019 BOWEN UNIVERSITY LEAD CONFERENCE – OREOLUWA BABAYODE
Lead Conference was widely received in 2018 as a platform for budding future leaders. In 2018, it was popularly declared as the foremost conference organized by Bowen student. The 2019 edition drew interest of more departments in the school which in turn grew volunteers’ participation. The committee worked tirelessly to make the programme a success.
The two-day Conference commenced on the 11th of October,2019. The prestigious conference started with an opening prayer after which the national and school anthem was taken. The Organising Chairman, Mr. Olopade Olasubomi gave a welcome address and he briefly spoke on the theme, ‘’Taking the Lead’’.In his words; ‘’The path to success is not hard work, but knowledge’’, he said.
The first speaker, Mr David Adeyemi who is in his early twenties, gave us steps to innovation. In his words “If there’s a problem in your community, you are to solve it, even if you don’t have the solution, taking action will inspire someone to do something”. During the question and answer session, he briefed us on his university love story which got the audience amused. He spoke on his achievements and challenges that came with it.
Mr Irabor Pacqueens illustrated on how every human has a syllabus in life and it is expected for human to life. He gave a better insight into what business is and spoke on self- discoveryourselves and having a heart of love.
The last speaker for the day, Mr Olayode Fortune spoke on the power of vision after sharing on his remarkable life story. He explained the basic elements of vision, the pathway, and strategies to fulfilling the vision after which he motivated us by saying, “the worse thing than being blind would be to see yet have no vision”.
The program was ended for the day and everyone parted with a pack of food with great anticipation for day 2.
On the 12th of October, after the national and school anthem, the delegates gave a review of the lessons learnt from the previous day which showed they had a lot to go home with.
The first speaker for the conference’s grand finale, Mrs. Remi Sonuga gave a talk on the role of women in leadership. She stressed that we are not utilizing half of our resources by leaving the female gender out, listed the root causes and the way forward as she mentioned scenarios that left the audience in awe. She then advised delegates to aim high, aspire to lead, demand respect and comport oneself with dignity and respect.
Pastor Samson Odegbami captured the attention of the audience through his hilarious case studies which were clearly one to remember. He spoke on “maximizing ones potential”. He took the audience through the stages of discovery, development and value creation. He made everyone understand that life was not designed to be fair and we do not get what we desire but what we demand.
Further into the programme, there was the opportunity for fastest finger for the different network providers available. Chenemi, Bowen’s Got Talent finalist gave a short speech on female leadership.
The third speaker, Mr Tope Ojo hammered on this, “Before you launch out, research on the best 10 people in it and learn from their mistakes”. He concluded by buttressing the point of not exploring opportunities that one is not ready to maximize.
Mr Abel Akintunde gave five important mindsets for leadership. He then parted with these words, “life is only once, live once, lead well and die well’’
Lastly, Prof Yomi Ojute who spoke at the first lead conference, enlightened the audience on a case for leadership. He spoke on guidance, solution, vision, teamwork, direction, strategy, communication, goal and articulated on emotional intelligence.
Lead conference was undoubtedly insightful and was at last a success. The speakers spoke on the core and most ignored aspects on leadership.
The second edition of the Lead Conference was brought to an end and the audience went home with bright minds and foods to ease their thought. If there would be a third edition, we would anticipate.
I’m Babayode Oreoluwa Babafemi. From the department of Economics. 300 Level. I’m a writer and a blogger. I love public speaking too.
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