Akinnike Michael Welcome Speech at READ TO LEAD HELD @ THE American Corner, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.

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I say a big welcome to all our guest, schools, partners and amazing volunteers. A big thank you to the U.S consulate Nigeria for approving this space for todays event and the entire team of CC hub. We are glad and excited about the privileged to be here.

In 2008, a young secondary school leaver lost his father after a long battle with sickness. He never knew this particular tragic event will forever change his life. He lost direction on life and purpose. He could not imagine his life without his father. He could not continue with school because of financial constraint. He started working on a construction site as an unskilled labour to earn #700 after working from 8am to 5pm. On the construction site he made few mistakes with drugs, alcohol and abuse on the female gender.

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On a fateful day, he came late to work and was assigned to carry 50kg cement bags up a three storey building construction site to be paid #700. The boy himself was 53kg in body mass. He was tired, hungry and depressed while doing the job for the day. After the days job, he was paid his wage and he continued to ponder on three questions that has engulfed his heart. The questions were; who am i? what was I made for? Is this the only thing I could offer the world? This was the beginning of destiny for him.

Fast forward, in 2011 he went back to school to study Mathematics/Computer science at the National Open University of Nigeria. He founded Young Protégé Leadership Foundation to educate, mentor, and empower young people and children on leadership for socioeconomic growth and development in Africa.

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Young Protégé Leadership Foundation has under his leadership designed the First African leadership board game Protege LEAD game to teach leadership to children and young people with fun and Protégé Mobile App 1,0 on Google play store which you should download. You all will play Protégé LEAD game today and have the privileged to give us feedback on it. The event you are attending is the 9th Read To Lead session and the first in Lagos and was planned with that boy called No Future Ambition as the LEAD. YPLF has reached over 12,000 children and young people directly and indirectly.  That same boy is standing before you this morning.

Education is very important to achieving our potential in life, as young people we must all strive to get a good education. Education does not end in the four walls of the class room. We must maximize our time on the internet to acquire knowledge that will make us a positive value to our community. I cannot over flog what reading has done to me in particular. The team of Young people at Young Protégé Leadership Foundation are a testimony to what life long learning and reading good books can do. Book expose you to the world beyond your own. it enlightens, inspire and energize your mind. Books are therapy to the soul. A reader is a leader. I want to charge you all that during this forth coming summer holiday pick up a book. Read books that will help you see the impossible. Books that will push you toward success in all your endeavor.

 

In conclusion, not all books are good for your consumption but in books are hidden the treasure of the future, only readers can mine this treasure. A reader is a pilgrim in search of knowledge, the pages of the book are roads paved to wisdom. At the end of every book the reader becomes wiser and wisdom i say is the father of wealth.

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