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CDTNI PresIdent, LInus DkorIe speaks on the

EmergIng Leaders Conference 2011.















Q: Whut is the essence oI GOTNI?
A: TIe deIIcIL oI quuIILy IeudersIIp cupILuI Ius cuused us greuL puIn, sIume und dIsgruce.
SeveruI peopIe Iuve been compIuInIng ubouL LIe IeudersIIp condILIon In NIgerIu buL very Iew
Iuve done someLIIng ubouL IL. TIe LruLI oI LIe muLLer Is LIuL we cunnoL conLInue Lo
compIuIn und LIuL Is wIy GOTN Ius decIded Lo cIurL u course Ior IeudersIIp deveIopmenL
In NIgerIu.
Our dreum Is LIuL In 1o yeurs Irom now we musL Iuve groomed u crILIcuI muss oI young
peopIe In NIgerIu wIo wouId begIn Lo undersLund LIe meunIng oI wIuL IL Is Lo serve; LIe
meunIng oI InLegrILy, vIsIon, seIIIessness und IeudIng beyond Loduy. TIe wIoIe Ideu Is LIuL II
LIe 'IoIIowersIIp` Iuve un undersLundIng oI wIuL IeudersIIp vuIues ure, IL wouId enubIe LIem
muke IeudersIIp decIsIons eucI LIme LIe need urIses.
TIe Iocus oI wIuL we ure doIng Is LIuL In every InsLILuLIon In LIIs counLry wIeLIer IL Is u
prIvuLe-bused, governmenL- bused or u communILy bused orgunIsuLIon wIeLIer IL Is u pubIIc
secLor drIven InILIuLIve or u prIvuLe secLor drIven InILIuLIve or even u governmenL pIuLIorm
LIuL LIe Iumun beIngs LIuL occupy LIose posILIons sIouId be ubIe Lo Iuve quuIILy IeudersIIp
cupILuI LIuL cun muke LIem become producLIve.
AL LIe cenLre oI uII LIese Is GOTN deuIIng wILI 11 brunds In order Lo meeL wILI LIe
IeudersIIp cIuIIenges IucIng NIgerIu und noL jusL NIgerIu buL LIe AIrIcun communILy und we
beIIeve LIuL someduy we cun exporL LIIs IeudersIIp vuIues Lo LIe resL oI LIe worId us weII
inos Okorie ls Lhe Managlng ConsulLanL new
vlslon ConsulLs Pe ls an aLLlLude and leadershlp
developmenL consulLanL wlLh over 12 years of
experlence Pe ls Lhe lounder and resldenL Cuardlans
of Lhe naLlon lnLernaLlonal (CC1nl)
Pe ls a graduaLe of Lhe lmo SLaLe unlverslLy where he
served as Lhe flrsL elecLed SLudenL unlon CovernmenL
(SuC) resldenL
Pe ls an AssoclaLe Member of lnLernaLlonal 1hlrdWorld
Leadershlp AssoclaLlon ln Lhe 8ahamas headed by ur
Myles Munroe
Mr Llnus Ckorle ls a man wlLh a vlslon on a mlsslon Lo
recreaLe and bulld ouLsLandlng leaders ln our
generaLlon who wlll make a dlfference ln Lhls counLry
and Lake nlgerla Lo lLs rlghLful place C8LA1nLSS

Linus Okorie lteslJeot of CootJloos of tbe Notloo lotetootloool (CO1Nl) cboltmoo Otqoolzloq
commlttee of tbe metqloq leoJets coofeteoce
becuuse nuLIons oI LIe worId ure In greuL need oI quuIILy IeudersIIp buL we wouId sLurL Irom
our own JerusuIem wIIcI Is NIgerIu, wIIcI Is our prImury prIorILy uL LIe momenL uL IeusL Lo
ensure LIuL we wouId IuIIII LIuL dreum oI mukIng sure LIuL LIe IInk beLween LIIngs LIuL ure
noL workIng In LIIs counLry In Lerms oI LIe rouds, IospILuIs und InIrusLrucLure und LIose
LIuL cun work, II we Iuve IeudersIIp skIIIs buIIL up In peopIe und muke peopIe undersLund
LIe roIe oI IeudersIIp, LIen LIe IeudersIIp cun become LIuL oI LrunsIormuLIon und noL jusL
LIuL oI posILIon und LIuL Is exucLIy wIuL we ure brIngIng Lo LIe LubIe us GuurdIuns oI TIe
NuLIon nLernuLIonuI (GOTN).

Q: Whut inIorms the Iorthcoming Imerging euders ConIerence und whut is its
mujor Iocos?
A: TIe Imerging euders conIerence Is u brund
oI GOTN LIuL Is commILLed Lo mobIIIsIng young
peopIe under LIe uge oI qo wIo ure uIreudy mukIng u
dIIIerence In LIeIr dIIIerenL IIIe endeuvours; young
peopIe wIo Iuve despILe LIe dIIIIcuIL envIronmenL
Iuve uIreudy decIded Lo Luke LIe buII by LIe Iorn und
become uII LIuL LIey cun be, peopIe LIuL ure
dIssuLIsIIed wILI LIe sLuLus quo buL ure noL jusL beIng
dIscouruged buL Ius decIded Lo conLrIbuLe Lo muke
NIgerIu work. We ure IookIng Ior u LIousund oI LIose
kInds oI peopIe. I we ure ubIe Lo IInd LIem, we ure goIng Lo be ubIe Lo puII LogeLIer u pooI oI
1ooo peopIe wILI greuL pussIon Ior LIIs counLry, peopIe wIo beIIeve In LIe unILy oI LIIs
counLry so LIuL NIgerIu cun muke progress us u Leum, peopIe wIo beIIeve LIuL LIeIr
IndIvIduuI sLrengLI cun muke NIgerIu work. I we puII LIose peopIe LogeLIer Iorm LIe norLI,
souLI, eusL und wesL oI LIe counLry wIuL we ure seL Lo do uL LIe conIerence Is creuLIng un
envIronmenL wIere InLercourse oI Ideus, InspIruLIon, peer revIew mecIunIsms und u IoL oI
engugemenL wIII Iuppen. Young peopIe cun begIn Lo enguge wILI some oI LIe very besL
speukers uround LIe worId, enguge wILI LIeIr own peers us weII, wILI u IoL oI neLworkIng
processes so LIuL uL LIe end oI LIe duy, LIe ouLcome oI LIe conIerence wIII be very cIeur Lo uII
wIIcI Is LIuL uL LIe end oI LIe conIerence young peopIe wouId Iuve: (1) eurnL new
IeudersIIp skIIIs. (z) Been reprogrummed Lo LIInk NIgerIu, noL jusL be NIgerIuns buL Iove
NIgerIu LIe wuy IL Is now, und come ouL cIeurIy wILI un ugendu, u nuLIonuI IdeoIogy Ior LIIs
counLry. TIese young peopIe wIII come ouL wILI new pursuILs Ior vuIue sysLem Ior NIgerIu; u
new pursuIL oI purudIgm sIIIL, und u new seL oI LIInkIng. We wunL Lo enguge LIe poIILIcuI
process wIere we wouId Iuve u new wuy oI doIng LIIngs In LIe counLry. WILI LIuL even LIe
LrunsIormuLIon messuge Mr. PresIdenL Is preucIIng, young peopIe cun undersLund LIuL und
wIII be ubIe Lo Iook Ior LrunsIormuLIon wIerever IL Is LukIng pIuce In LIIs counLry. Young
peopIe cun enguge wILI LIe sysLem, LIe poIILIcuI sysLem In pIuce cun begIn Lo deIIver on LIeIr
promIses Irom LIe IocuI governmenL Lo LIe sLuLe IeveI und LIen Lo LIe nuLIonuI IeveI. or me
LIInk LIuL LIIs Is LIe IeveI oI conscIousness LIuL wIII begIn Lo Iuppen Irom LIe conIerence.
And you see, LIe conIerence wIII noL jusL ImpurL LIose purLIcIpuLIng In LIe conIerence buL
uIso LIose wIo wouId be wuLcIIng und IoIIowIng ucLIvILIes IuppenIng durIng LIe conIerence
Ior we expecL LIuL young peopIe wIII Ieuve LIe conIerence buck Lo LIeIr communILIes, sLuLes,
workpIuces Lo creuLe u cIuIn oI ucLIvILIes und movemenLs uround LIe counLry und wIen LIIs
Iuppens over u perIod oI LIme, wIuL we ure goIng Lo observe wIII be u buIIdIng oI u crILIcuI
muss oI peopIe wIo ure LIInkIng LIuL IL Is LIme Ior exceIIence Lo be In pIuce In LIIs counLry,
LIuL IL Is LIme Ior commILmenL und LIme Ior peopIe Lo do LIIngs rIgIL In LIIs counLry IIke
never beIore. TIe momenL we begIn Lo ceIebruLe LIese core vuIues, vuIues oI IonesLy,
InLegrILy, vIsIon, couruge, InnovuLIon und oLIers In uII oI LIese we wIII kIII LIe ceIebruLIon oI
medIocrILy und muLerIuIIsm wIIcI Ius IeId LIIs counLry bound und Ius noL uIIowed Ier Lo
muke progress. We wouId sLop ceIebruLIng peopIe wIo Iuve mude money LIrougI LIe wrong
wuys. We wouId begIn Lo promoLe peopIe wIo ucLuuIIy ure IoIdIng on some deur vuIues,
LIose vuIues wIII be LIe IdeuIs LIuL cun Luke NIgerIu Irom wIere NIgerIu Is Lo wIere NIgerIu
sIouId be. or me II we ure ubIe Lo ucIIeve LIIs, LIIs conIerence wouId Iuve been u Iuge
success.

Q: GOTNI hus been ut the IoreIront oI leudership development in Nigeriu
especiully throogh the unnoully held Nutionul Yooth leudership und Iconomic
sommit, how is thut sommit diIIerent Iorm this Imerging euders ConIerence?

A: TIe NuLIonuI YouLI eudersIIp und EconomIc SummIL (NYES) oI GOTN Iocuses pureIy
on everyone wIo wunLs Lo come und Ieurn und Improve on LIeIr IeudersIIp skIIIs. `m LuIkIng
ubouL peopIe wIo Iuve noL even Iound LIeIr puLIs In IIIe, IL Is open Lo LIe generuI pubIIc.
Anyone cun wuIk In Irom unywIere und suy ' wunL Lo be purL oI LIe summIL` buL II you Iook
uL LIe EmergIng euders conIerence LIe Iocus Is Ior specIIIc peopIe, peopIe wIo Iuve uIreudy
Iound LIeIr puLIs, uIreudy doIng someLIIng Ior LIeIr IIves, uIreudy pursuIng LIeIr dIrecLIon
und uII oI LIuL. AII we ure IookIng uL now Is Lo Luke 1ooo peopIe wIo Iuve uIreudy undersLood
wIy LIey ure exIsLIng In LIe IIrsL pIuce, wIo Iuve undersLood LIeIr roIes und cun LIen begIn
Lo 'sIurpen LIeIr LooIs` IIke never beIore, so LIuL LIey cun run IusLer und coIIuboruLIveIy Loo.
We ure LuIkIng ubouL brIngIng 1ooo peopIe wIo cun Ieurn Iow Lo coIIuboruLe und neLwork
wILI eucI oLIer, LIen buIId und sIurpen on LIeIr Ideus. I you Iook uL LIe Independence,
beIore LIe Independence uII over AIrIcu wIuL Iuppened wus LIuL young peopIe were uIwuys
busy ceIebruLIng Ideus, LIey were uIwuys busy meeLIng wILI LIeIr peers on Iow LIey cun
uIIecL LIeIr counLrIes. Now LIIs Is LIe kInd oI conversuLIon LIuL we ure ensurIng wIII muke
Iuppen In LIe conIerence so LIuL peopIe wIII be ubIe Lo LuIk ubouL NIgerIu IIke never beIore
Irom LIe perspecLIve oI knowIedge, Irom LIe perspecLIve oI LIe IucL und geured Lowurds
IeIpIng NIgerIu muke progress buL LIIs LIme uround wILI u dIrecLIon Lowurds u common
course.
Here eucI person comIng Irom
wIerever cun wILI one mInd und
one commILmenL be ubIe Lo move
NIgerIu Irom one IeveI Lo unoLIer
IeveI. We musL uIso remember
LIuL vIsIon zozozo Is uround LIe
corner und we Iuve been LuIkIng
ubouL Iow NIgerIu cun be umong
LIe zo besL counLrIes In LIe
worId come zozo now II LIuL
dreum wIII come Lrue, LIen LIese
kInds oI emergence oI young
peopIe musL be encouruged so
LIuL we cun Iuve u pooI oI young peopIe wIo cun be guIded properIy us LIe cuse muy be so
LIuL us LIey begIn Lo run wILI LIeIr vIsIon Ior LIIs counLry ,LIey cun curry LIe vIsIon zozo
becuuse by LIIs LIme, LIsse young peopIe wIII uIreudy be In LIeIr qos, und so wIII be uL LIe
cenLre oI LIIngs In LIe counLry. L Is LIereIore good enougI Lo buIId LIeIr IeudersIIp cupucILy
Ior LIe counLry so LIuL LIey cun muke LIuL Iuppen. And LIInk counLrIes IIke SIngupore LIIs
wus LIe kInd oI LIIngs LIey dId. TIey Look LIe very besL oI LIeIr young peopIe und Iocked
LIem up und LuugIL LIem LIuL LIey cun, encouruged LIeIr Ideus und LIese young peopIe
begun Lo pIuy wILI LIeIr Ideus, und see wIuL Ius become oI SIngupore, Irom u
rd
worId
nuLIon Lo u 1
sL
worId nuLIon. or me LIInk IL Is umuzIng und LIInk LIIs Is wIuL NIgerIu
sIouId encouruge. Remember LIuL Ior some LIme now uII over NIgerIu, we Iuve uII been
IocusIng on job creuLIon, job creuLIon, job creuLIon und Iuve been uskIng myseII LIIs
quesLIon 'Is IL jusL ubouL job creuLIon?`, us good us IL Is LIInk LIuL II young peopIe IInd
LIemseIves und governmenL cun creuLe un envIronmenL wIere young peopIe cun IInd
LIemseIves, IInd dIrecLIon, LIey know LIe puLI LIuL LIey wunL Lo pIuy In, LIe resL wIII be
IIsLory, young peopIe wIII run IIke never beIore. TIe GovernmenL wIII now concenLruLe In
creuLIng LIe envIronmenL Ior young peopIe wILI Ideus Lo LIrIve und LIen sLurL supporLIng
InsLILuLIons LIuL wIII muke sure LIuL every young person wIo Iuve Iound IImseII, Iound LIe
rIgIL vuIues, Luken on Ideus, und muke sure LIuL LIose Ideus cun run und succeed- LIose ure
LIe kInds oI LIIngs LIuL we cun muke Iuppen. eL`s creuLe u SIIIcon VuIIey In LIIs counLry,
creuLe u IoL oI InnovuLIons In LIIs counLry und Ior me LIInk LIese ure LIe kInds oI LIIngs
LIuL LIe conIerence Is promoLIng Lo muke Iuppen Ior NIgerIu.



Q: We onderstund thut the key note speuker is George Iruser, Iirst how will his
visit beneIit Nigeriuns uIter the conIerence und whut exuctly prompted his
decision to purticipute in this Imerging euders conIerence?
A: WeII, George ruser Ius been one oI LIe
worId`s mosL respecLed BIuck AmerIcuns, Ie Ius
been uL LIe cenLre oI IeIpIng poor AmerIcuns
come ouL oI poverLy. He Ius creuLed u IoL oI
neLworkIng wILIIn LIe AmerIcun nuLIon mukIng
sure LIuL every bIuck person Is connecLed Lo
someone wIo Ius mude progress In IIIe Lo IeIp
LIem succeed und Ie Ius done LIuL very
successIuIIy IoIdIng LIousunds oI peopIe uL u
spoL. He Ius worked wILI es Brown, OpruI
WInIrey und oLIer very besL bruIns Lo Improve
LIe IIves oI u IoL oI peopIe In IIs counLry. On LIuL
busIs, LIInk LIuL IIs vIsIL Lo NIgerIu wIII be
vIsILIng IIs greuL greuL greuL grundpurenLs
(cIuckIes) . He wIII be ubIe Lo buIId u reIuLIonsIIp
wILI NIgerIu becuuse IIs vIsIL wIII InspIre u IoL oI
NIgerIuns, mukIng us economIcuIIy reIevunL Lo
LIe uIIuIrs oI LIIngs IuppenIng In LIe worId, Ie
wouId InspIre young peopIe Lo neLwork wILI LIeIr coIIeugues noL jusL wILIIn LIe counLry buL
In dIusporu us LIey excIunge Ideus so LIuL young peopIe cun muke u IoL oI progress. JusL
beyond LIe conIerence we ure uIreudy dIscussIng Iow we cun deveIop oLIer progrummes LIuL
cun muke our ussocIuLIon wILI IIm beneIIL IIm und IIs orgunIsuLIon und Iow we cun beneIIL
Irom IIs goodwIII und uIso beneIIL LIe peopIe oI NIgerIu. LIInk LIuL LIuL engugemenL wIII
spurk u IoL oI growLI und InnovuLIve Ideus LIuL cun IeIp LIe NIgerIun peopIe us weII. And we
ure uIso IookIng Ior LIe possIbIIILy oI IIs IuvIng un evenIng wILI some oI LIe besL Ieuders In
LIe counLry us weII us Lop CEOs und Ior me LIInk IIs vIsIL Is one oI LIe greuLesL LIIngs LIuL
wIII Iuppen Lo NIgerIu Is very LImeIy especIuIIy now LIuL NIgerIu Is In need oI economIc
boom.

Q: So purticipunts Ior the events ure they going to be jost Nigeriuns or
Americuns us well since George Iruser is coming?
A: TIe evenL Is open Lo NIgerIuns buL oLIer counLrIes In AIrIcu und LIe worId cun IreeIy be
purL us weII buL IL Is prImurIIy Ior NIgerIuns wIo ure mukIng u dIIIerence. Iuve goL cuIIs
Irom quILe u IoL oI peopIe wIo IIke Lo be u purL oI LIe conIerence Irom ouLsIde NIgerIu.

Q: Is the president oI Nigeriun going to uttend us udvertised?
A: (cuLs In) yes, us um LuIkIng Lo you now, we Iuve receIved u IeLLer Irom LIe presIdenL oI
LIe counLry uccepLIng LIe InvILuLIon Lo purLIcIpuLe In LIe conIerence und Ior us IL Is un
eorqe c lroser
encourugemenL und un InspIruLIon Ior us Lo be ubIe Lo enguge properIy und uL LIe end oI LIe
duy we wouId be ubIe Lo receIve LIe good news comIng Irom LIe presIdenL und LIen we
wouId uIso Iuve LIe opporLunILy Lo IeL LIe PresIdenL know u IoL oI LIe LIIngs LIuL young
peopIe ure Iuced wILI. L Is our Iope LIuL LIe presIdenL cun uIso begIn Lo Iocus u IoL more on
creuLIng sILuuLIons wIere young peopIe cun undersLund wIuL LIeIr purposes Ior IIIe ure. I
LIuL Iuppens, young peopIe cun IInd LIemseIves und job creuLIon wIII become uuLomuLIc.
Q: Nigeriuns will like to know when this event tuking pluce und how cun they
register to purticipute?
A: TIe evenL Is Lo Luke pIuce on LIe 1
LI
und 1q
LI
oI December zo11 uL LIe nLernuLIonuI
ConIerence CenLre und uny young person wIo wouId IIke Lo purLIcIpuLe sIouId ImmedIuLeIy
vIsIL our websILe uL www.goLnI.org.ng und regIsLer onIIne suyIng LIuL LIey wouId IIke Lo
purLIcIpuLe In LIe conIerence LIen we wouId geL buck Lo LIem. I LIey ure seIecLed, LIey wIII
geL u IeLLer sLuLIng LIuL LIey Iuve been seIecLed Lo purLIcIpuLe und Irom LIen LIe process wIII
begIn.

Q: As the President oI the Gourdiuns oI The Nution Internutionul {GOTNI) whut
is yoor expectution oI this conIerence?
A: LIInk LIuL LIIs EmergIng euders ConIerence wIII be LIe besL LIIng LIuL Ius Iuppened Lo
LIIs counLry LIIs yeur. TIe LruLI oI LIe muLLer Is LIuL LIIs conIerence wIII open up u wIoIe IoL
oI opporLunILIes Ior LIIs counLry und
purLIcIpunLs wIII begIn Lo LIInk oI peuce, und
unILy wIII come Lo Iore us purLIcIpunLs uIreudy
ure comIng Irom every purL oI LIe nuLIon und
every sLuLe. meun we wIII begIn Lo cuII on LIe
unILy oI LIIs nuLIon IIke never beIore und IL
wIII ImpucL oLIer cIuIns oI ucLIvILIes LIuL
wIII Iuppen nexL yeur. L wIII open LIe door Ior
u new NIgerIu nexL yeur us young peopIe ure
goIng Lo Ieuve LIe conIerence wILI super
Ideus on Iow Lo muke NIgerIu work In LIeIr
ureus oI IIIe endeuvours. or me
LIInk LIuL LIIs conIerence Is u musL-
uLLend Ior young peopIe In LIIs counLry
LIuL ure IookIng Iorwurd Lo InvesLIng so
LIuL NIgerIu cun be greuL uguIn. Remember
wIuL J. Kennedy suId, LIuL we sIouId noL usk Ior wIuL our counLry cun do Ior us buL wIuL
we cun do Ior our counLry. urge everyone LIuL Is reudIng me Loduy Lo know LIuL LIIs counLry
Is LIe onIy one we Iuve goL und II young peopIe uII over LIe worId, In NIgerIu und LIe
dIusporu musL respecL LIIs nuLIon, everyone musL brIng ouL LIeIr besL und muke sure LIuL
NIgerIu works.