The Maiden edition of the Young African Leaders Summit has successfully been held in Accra, Ghana, with over 300 delegates from 30 countries across Africa.
The event afforded the youth the opportunity to engage on issues spanning multiple areas including political, social, economic, cultural, and business disciplines.
Topics discussed centred on African Leadership, Digital Innovation, the Creative and Arts industry, Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment as well as Youth Development and Capacity Building.
Themed, “Securing the Future of Africa; The Role Of The African Youth, Young Business Leaders And Entrepreneurs, the summit collated ideas from some of the continent’s finest youth figures and aggregated them into relevant themes able to shape policy on the continent.
Gracing the occasion was the immediate-past President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, who charged the youth to display a strong sense of leadership towards building a progressive and inclusive Africa.
According to him, it is terrible for young people in Africa to exclude themselves and look unconcerned about issues affecting their immediate societies and the country as a whole.
Mr. Mahama, during an interactive session with the youth gathered noted that “The problem we have in Africa is that when you talk about leadership, it is all about political leadership. We need to create leaders in every facet of our society. Don’t wait for that future that is to come. Wherever you are, start being a leader and make a change”.
“I want people to start thinking and believing that they can make a difference no matter how overwhelming the challenges of Africa are,” he said.
Organized by the Young Politicians and Leaders (YPL) Network, the summit offered delegates the opportunity to indulge in some activities including cultural exchange, networking, panel discussions on leadership, entrepreneurship, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), creative arts, digital innovation, focused group sessions, working in teams, complex and time-pressured contexts.