The project comprised of a seminar aimed at empowering youths in Anambra State in Nigeria by teaching them how to discover, develop and deploy their innate potentials and skill for success and service to society. The theme of the seminar is 'the power of self discovery - developing the mind for creativity and success'. Youths were taught how through a culture of reading and other positive intellectual engagements they can building their leadership and entrepreneurial capacities. They were also taught how they can do well for themselves by creatively deploying their skills for the services of others. Indeed the secret of success lies in the concept that readers are leaders.
Speakers at the seminar included: Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, MFR (founder of Leap Africa), Prof. Mrs. Joy Eyisi (Professor of English Language and Deputy Vice Chancellor National Open University of Nigeria); Prof. Chika Moore (Professor of Mathematics at Nnamdi Azikiwe University); Dr. Jude Ohanele (founder of Development Dynamics); and His Worship Mike Anyadiegwu (Magistrate of Anambra State Judiciary).
The project was anchored by Human Rights and Empowerment Project Ltd/Gte (HREP) an NGO registered as a charity in Nigeria. HREP with the support of some well meaning individuals and corporate organisations was able to get some books from Books2Africa and share them to students during a Youth Empowerment Seminar held at Awka, Anambra State Nigeria on November 10, 2017. HREP appreciates the generous support from the following:
- Gozie Moneke & Associates
- Radopin Supermarket Ltd
- Cihcotel Hotel Ltd
- Mr. Ikenna Chukwudum, Esq.
- Chief Uche Ifediora
- Revd. Canon Overcomer Anusiuba
Over 500 participants attended the seminar representing some 15 secondary schools and 5 universities, young graduates doing their one year national youth service and early career professionals working with various organisations. The participants confessed they were enormously enriched by the lessons learnt from the seminar. Books were donated to secondary schools for their school libraries. It is hoped that over 5,000 students will ultimately benefits by reading the books and the lessons of the seminar.
The project has impacted positively on many students and youths in Anambra State. It will be followed up with constant engagements - by way of reading and writing competitions - with the aim of reviving the culture of reading among youths, which is critical to developing a generation of innovative and creative leaders.