Last week, I shared this speech during the YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) West Africa Regional Leadership Centre Cohort 6 Closing Ceremony. Because I believe networking can change our lives, I thought I’d share it here as well. Here it goes…
[All protocols observed] Thank you for the opportunity given me to give one of the alumni impact speech on this occasion of YALI West Africa Cohort 6 closing ceremony. I am humbled.
My experience here last year was amazing; the quality of content shared, the in-depth knowledge of lecturers from around the world, the cultural nights, poster sessions, field trips and not forgetting the GIMPA jollof – I am still on a weight loss course from over-eating! It was a truly beautiful experience for which I am very grateful. And I can see from your faces that you have had a great time too.
Ladies and gentlemen, we were privileged to be chosen from among many Africans for this YALI Emerging Leaders Training Program. The selection team saw something in us and have now equipped us to do more than we were. The question is, did we pass through YALI or did YALI pass through us? If YALI passed through us, then we now have a responsibility to go out to our various communities to propagate what we have experienced here and multiply the impact.
I believe the biggest value in this experience is the networking opportunities we had. Now on a daily basis, I will get to share ideas, information and resources with hundreds of young African leaders across the region – that is priceless especially with regards to what I do: telling stories about fabulous women to inspire other women. Fellow Yalian, please look to your left and to your right. Sitting next to you could be the next Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandela, Angelique Kidjo or P Square. He or she could be holding the key to a door that needs to open for you. Please do not take the new relationships you have formed here for granted. Let’s continue to share experiences, learn, network and collaborate to make Africa as fabulous as God intended to be.
Long Live YALI!
Long Live Africa!
Thank you and may God bless you.
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