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NIGERIA: THE DESPERATE NEED FOR SYMBOLIC AND STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP – Part 1

The fundamental challenge for leadership in any country with a disparate collection of nationalities is how to articulate the desires and aspirations of such Peoples and design a grand concept which satisfactorily meets the expectations of everyone. It is even more complex when one cannot trace a central ideology within each of such heterogeneous groups. How then does the leadership begin to conceive of and to interpret what each group wants, and how does each need become the balancing ingredient to concoct a national broth? This is probably one of the great challenges of the Nigerian state since it began striding the paths of nationhood.

The country is beleaguered by several issues top of which is corruption. However, it is the inability of the country, through its leadership to draft a common cause, and to imprint or implant that into the minds of every citizen that has cost us much more than the price of corruption and bad leadership.

When there is no defined vision within a specific group, it is a truism that people will craft what is acceptable to them and pursue that without regard to its encroaching effect on others without. What also is a given is that people perish without vision. They may not perish as in men falling on the streets and dying of asphyxiation, like a scene from an apocalyptic movie. But if we carefully prognosticate on the likely trajectory of a vision-less people, the eventual picture would not be far from one similar to the outcome of the Mayan civilization. Or perhaps it could be safer to say that what may result could likely be the brutish society for which a social contract was needful to escape.

While my analogies may be quixotic, it still borders on sensible possibilities given the history of human extremities. I keep thinking to myself what will become of the country Nigeria in the next thousand years. Those who are students of history would probably be able to play with such thoughts as human activity overtime has provided a laboratory through which they can test existential issues against past realities. Will Nigeria stand as a strong, prosperous and flourishing country in ages to come or will it become the playground of archaeologists longing to weave theories of why societies fail?
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Patrick Awuah on Educating Leaders

Patrick Awuah left Ghana as a teenager to attend Swarthmore College in the United States, then stayed on to build a career at Microsoft in Seattle. In returning to his home country, he has made a commitment to educating young people in critical thinking and ethical service, values he believes are crucial for the nation-building that lies ahead. Patrick Awuah makes the case that a liberal arts education is critical to forming true leaders.

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NIGERIA LEADERSHIP SUMMIT (2010)

It is true that Nigerian’s in the Diaspora and the international community can do a lot in influencing the change our nation so desperately needs, because the task ahead is enormous and requires higher levels of professional commitments ,thus there is an urgent need to establish a new kind of meeting with emphasis on results.
This Leadership Summit is to bring together Nigerians from all across the United States, especially youths, to discuss Nigeria’s present leadership issues, and familiarize participants with the leadership styles and strategies needed in the partnership required to deliver results that will trickle down to Nigerians at home and how we can add our own quota at this moment, partnering with Nigerians at home and the government for the economic growth of the country. Accelerated national development is the collective responsibility of every Nigerian home and abroad.

For more information, check out www.leadnigeria.org

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WHEN YOUR NAME IS GREATER THAN YOU (1)

I will start with the most recent of unfortunate happenings that have come to constantly form the strokes of the paintbrush as history creates the images of the past that our future will don. The story of Tiger Woods’ embarrassing public spectacle is by now an old gist, but it points to a critical matter at the heart of every person’s life progression. Just before December 2009, Woods was probably one of the most celebrated sportsmen in history, if not the most. Young men and women made him the symbol of a desired future, women named their new babies Tiger and academic case studies were carried out on this man. At the young age of 24, Tiger Woods had achieved a dream that men twice his age, who have been playing golf long before he was born, had never achieved. He remains the richest sportsman in the world today and his name becomes the rallying point for major golf events around the world. Indeed, time and chanced happened to have looked kindly to him. The name – Tiger Woods, like the other buzz names in various fields, represented success and greatness.

Everything went on right for the young man until November 25, 2009 when the watching world suddenly discovered that their hero had to tell his tale of woe. Quickly, most of those who celebrated him began railing invectives at him and hung him on the social cross of losers. The late night guys ran continuous spoofs on him and cartoonist had their kill, all without an ear to his personal story. Not that the personal narrative would have cured the public despise, it’s just that one wonders if that shouldn’t have been the first desire of his many protégés. He is not alone in the down moment. In fact, a little peek into the lives of celebrated men and women will reveal the sheer ugliness that has etched on to their woven social fabrics. From political figures, religious leaders, entertainment stars, sportspersons, to activists, we have seen the rise and fall of many, and it seems that there is no ending to the course of the same.
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