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Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00

Airtel Tour Round Campuses With Fela Durotoye

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As part of its commitment to create a promising future for the next generation of young leaders, leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, in collaboration with Gemstone Group, has embarked on a tour of tertiary institutions across Nigeria aimed at constructively engaging and motivating students towards leadership development.

 

The tour named ‘Deliver the Future’ will cover eight Nigerian tertiary institutions beginning from October 2014. It affords students in the tertiary institutions opportunities to be inspired and mentored by motivational speakers including multi-award winning author, Fela Durotoye.

According to the telecoms firm, students in the eight campuses will be motivated with a series of energetic, engaging and exciting activities aimed at inspiring them with exemplary values required to achieve personal success and ultimately transform Nigeria into a most desirable nation to live in.

The firm’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Maurice Newa, described Airtel as a youth-centric telecoms organisation which gives priority to the needs of Nigerian youths and supports them to achieve their dreams.

He said, “Airtel Nigeria, through the “Deliver the Future” programme, has identified the timely need to re-orientate Nigerian youth because they are the future of this country. The initiative provides them a rare opportunity to gain knowledge and wisdom from the activities and the motivational speakers.

“It is practical that as forward-thinking individuals and organisation, we need to encourage and motivate our future leaders in preparing them for the task ahead", he said.

Chief Executive Officer of Gemstone Group, Fela Durotoye, who was speaking at the official press conference announcing the tour, hopes that the programme will “leave in its trail, academic excellence by engaging the academic and non-academic staff of the school to improve the standard of communication and process of knowledge impartation, thereby creating a more conducive learning environment.”

Speaking further, Durotoye, a motivational speaker, maintained that, “DTF's mission is to raise leaders of excellence at every stage and age who will commit to the process of building Nigeria. DTF intends to build such leaders in every school; leaders who will commit to the educational, moral, social infrastructural growth and development of the school during their undergraduate years, and even more as part of the alumni. This program will also create a platform for past students of the institutions to come on board to support and contribute to the school's developmental policies.”

The tour will arrive each campus with three exciting competitions that connect young future leaders in universities with icons of success who have become positive role models of excellence. The competitions include Positive Vibes, a music competition showcasing talent, good music and positive lyrics; Campus Speaker Number One, where aspiring young speakers showcase their speaking skills and ability to inspire others and Advantage, a business competition for budding campus entrepreneurs to present their ideas and get angel investors on board.

The eight schools that will play host to the first season of DTF are Benson Idahosa University, University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University, University of Port-Harcourt, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, University of Ilorin, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Lagos.

The tour is billed to end in June 2014.

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