Wednesday, 16 November 2011


African Women Development (AWDF), WIPSEN Africa, International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Women in Management and Business (WIMBIZ), African Women and youth Development, supported by GOTNI, Thristle Praxis Consulting, African Women and Youth Organization (AWYO) and Centre for Women's health and Infomation collaborate in  “Recognizing African Excellence and Achievement” as they host the 2011 Nobel Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee in a 2-day event (2nd - 3rd December 2011)
Leymah Gbowee
December 2nd:  December 
Public Lecture for Young Nigerians - "Making a Difference in Crisis: An Inspiration for young Africans"
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Venue: The Incubator, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Evening session: 2nd December 2011

"An Evening with the 2011 Nobel Prize Winner: Leymah Gbowee"
Theme: "The journey to Nobel" (Q & A, Award Winning Documentary, Book Signing)
Venue: The wheatbaker Hotel, 4 Onitolo Street, Ikoyi Lagos.
Time: 6:00pm
Guests: (Strictly by Invitation only): Expected guests: Government Officials, Private sector, Diplomats, Leaders in Civil Society and the Media.


  • Her Excellency, Erelu Bisi Fayemi: The First lady of Ekiti State
  • Her Excellency, Toyin Saraki: Former First lady of Kwara State
  • Senator Daisy Danjuma
  • Ms. Thelma Ekiyor, Executive Director TY Danjuma Foundation (Co-Founder, WISPEN Africa)
SPECIAL GUEST OF HONOUR: Her Excellency, Abimbola Fashola: The First lady of Lagos State

NEPAD, Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Procter & Gamble

Fashion show by Tiffany Amber

ENQUIRIES: 08154528615 


Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Roberta Gbowee born Feb. 1, 1972 is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. This led to the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia, the first African nation with a female president. 
She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work.

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is the Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Network - Africa (WIPSEN-Africa). She was formerly the Coordinator for Women in Peacebuilding Network/ West African Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP) and has served as the Commissioner-designate for the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Leymah has developed and facilitated workshops on Trauma Counseling, Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding and demonstrates a lifelong commitment to social justice and sustainable development for community transformation.

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Tuesday, 15 November 2011



Envision the possibilities that can happen when 1000 of these very influential young leaders who are making a difference in their communities, establishments, organizations and states gather at the Emerging Leaders Conference to set an agenda for our nation and chart a new course for value orientation and attitudinal change in governance.
The theme of the Conference is "Leadership for transformation: Thinking beyond the boundaries"

These Emerging Leaders will be inspired by distinguished leaders who have distinguished themselves in leadership capacities.

The Keynote speaker is George C. Fraser. He is the keynote speaker for the conference. He is the Chairman and CEO of FraserNet Inc., a company in the USA with the vision to lead a global networking movement that brings together diverse human resources to increase opportunities for people of African descent. He is considered to be one of the foremost authorities on economic development, networking and building effective relationships.

The plenary session will host distinguished personalities as speakers. They include:

qMazi Sam Ohuabunwa (Chairman, New Vision Consults) – Unleashing the spirit of enterprise for national transformation.
qHon. Abdulmumin Jubril (Member, House of Representatives) – The urgency of grooming  visionary leaders for national transformation
qNze Akachukwu Nwakpo (SA to President on Technical Matters) – Harvesting the Nigerian promise
qMrs. Ibukun Awosika (CEO, Sokoa Chair Centre) – Working hard, Working smart: Tools for national transformation
qMr. Tonye Cole (MD/Co-Founder, Sahara Group) – Leading in times of uncertainties
qMr. Linus Okorie (President, GOTNI) – Leadership Capital: The currency of the future

The conference will also feature Roundtable sessions such as:

vAlhaji Bolaji Abdullahi  - Minister of Youth development
vDr. Olusegun Aganga - Minister of Trade and Investment
vAlh. Labaran Maku - Minister of Information and Communication
vDr. Shamshudeen Usman - Minister of National Planning Commission
vMrs. Diezani Alison Madueke - Minister of Petroleum
vDr. Akinwunmi Ayo Adesina – Minister of Agriculture
vProf. Barth Nnaji – Minister of Power
vElder. Godswill Orubebe – Minister of Niger Delta

qGen. Azubuike O. Ihejirika  - Chief of Army Staff
q Air Marshal M.D. Umar - Chief of Air Staff
qVice Admiral O.S Ibrahim - Chief of Naval Staff
qAlhaji Abdullahi Dikko   - Comptroller General of Customs
qInsp. Hafiz Ringim - Inspector General of Police
qMr. Osita Chidoka - Corps Marshall of Federal Road Safety Corps

qHassan Rilwan ( MD/CEO Sarduana Magazine  & Focal Point Laundry)
qCynthia Umoru (CEO, Farmshoppe)
qMr. Audu Maikori (MD/CEO Chocolate City)
qTY Bello (Photographer & Singer)
qMr. Chike Okafor (Commissioner of Finance, Imo State)
qMr. Lai Labode (Chairman, Peoples Assembly)
qMs. Toyosi Akerele (Founder/Executive Director, Rise Networks)
Chairman/moderator – Mr. Fela Durotoye (CEO Visible Impact Consulting)

qMrs. Sarah Jubril (SA to President on Ethics & Values)
qAmb. Martin Uhomoibhi (Perm Sec. Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
qMr. Austin Oniwon (GMD, NNPC)
qMs. Arunma Oteh (DG, SEC)
qAlhMukhtar Shehu Shagari (Deputy governor, Sokoto State)
qMs. Thelma Ekiyor (Exec. Director, TY Danjuma Foundation)
qDr. Ejike Orji (Country Director, IPAS)
qSen. Chris Anyanwu (Distinguished Senator, National Assembly)

qProf. Herbert Orji (Chairman/CEO, Summa Guaranty & Trust Co Plc)
qMrs. Ndidi Edozien (MD/CEO, Emzor Pharmaceuticals)
qChief Dele Momodu (Chairman, Ovation International)
qBarr. Collins Aimuan - (Chairman, Grace Gardens Schools)
qMr. Toyin Subair (MD/CEO, HITV)
qMr. John Etim Bassey  (CEO, Habitare Space Managers)
qMr. Sylvester Ebodaghe (MD/Editor in Chief, National Daily Newspapers)

üMust be under 40 years of age

üMust be a Nigerian

üMust believe in Nigeria and desire a transformed and better Nigeria

üMust be professionally engaged in a public or private institution

üMust be already making recognizable positive impact  in his/her area of endeavour.

üMust have achieved a name recognition in his/her place of work, State or the Nation.

üMust show achievements in his/her profile

üMust be nominated by self (if self employed), institution, State, Local government or Constituency.

üMust be a person of good conduct and integrity.

VENUE: International Conference Centre (ICC)

DATE: 13th & 14th December 2011

TIME: 9:00am each day

Ø  Go to the gotni website:
Ø Click on the register at the Emerging leaders Conference tab if you want to attend.
Ø  Click on nominate if you are nominating someone else to attend.
Ø  Fill the forms accordingly and submit
Ø  The selection committee will send you a feedback via your email to confirm your selection.

ENQUIRIES: 2348033512469

Monday, 5 September 2011

September Leadership Clinic

Negotiation: An essential skill for leadership is the thought. I'm sure you believe with us that
negotiation is a must-have skill for business success and general life success.
Come armed with your idea on the topic and let's put it all together and practically implement it 
in our everyday endeavour.

Sunday, 11th Sept. 2011
Time is 4.30pm
Venue: Reiz Continental Hotel, Central Business District, Abuja

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

GOTNI presents The Emerging Leaders Conference 2011

Envision the possibilities that can happen when 1000 of very influential young leaders who are making a difference in their communities, establishments, organizations and states gather at the Emerging Leaders Conference to set an agenda for our nation and chart a new course for value orientation and attitudinal change in governance.

ABUJA - 2011

Theme: Leadership for Transformation: Thinking beyond the boundaries

Date: 17th & 18th November 2011
Venue: Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja

To participate simply send a mail to on why you deserve a seat at the conference then check out the criteria for participation:


 Must be under 45 years of age
 Must be a Nigerian
 Must believe in Nigeria and desire a transformed and better Nigeria
 Must be professionally engaged in a public or private institution
 Must be already making recognizable positive impact in his/her area of endeavour
 Must have achieved a name recognition in his/her place of work, State or the Nation.
 Must show achievements in his/her profile
 Must be nominated by self (if self employed), family, institution, State, Local government or Constituency.
 Must be a person of good conduct and integrity

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

In moving the GOTNI cause forward, the President of the Guardians Of The Nation International (GOTNI) led a delegation of Members of the Board to visit the immediate past president of Ghana, President John Kuffour to intimate him on the activities of grooming young leaders and to seek for strategic partnership in driving the vision of leadership development across Africa.

This was in his home in Accra, Ghana in July 2011.

Linus Okorie handing over the GOTNI package to President John Kuffour of Ghana

President John Kuffour with a member of the Board (GOTNI),
Arc. Ezekiel Nya Etok

A presidential handshake for Linus Okorie with 
Arc. Ezekiel and Mr. Sylvester Ebhodaghe, Editor-in-Chief of National Daily Newspaper, 
Nigeria standing by.

The Delegation

In a tete-a-tete with the former President of Ghana

The Media setup

President John Kuffour articulating
his commitment to leadership development in Africa

Wow!!, a book gift from Mr. Linus Okorie to President John Kuffour

In great admiration of the book "Scoring in the Red Zone" by Spencer Tillman

GOTNI President, signing a goodwill message on the book gift

Setting an Agenda for Youth Development in Nigeria: A Report on the Retreat by the Federal Ministry Of Youth Development

Jenny Chisom & Terkuma Ivande
16 Aug. 2011

As part of the quest to relieve our nation of highly talented but indolent young people, there has been a rendezvous of planning sessions for execution where emerging leaders with young minded Nigerians gathered to craft a workable agenda towards youth development in Abuja recently.

The retreat organized by the Federal Ministry of Youth Development, tagged “YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND THE TRANSFORMATION AGENDA’’ which held from the 4th – 6th August 2011 at Nicon Luxury Abuja had in attendance the GOTNI president, Mr. Linus Okorie as he contributed to the discussion and resolve to empower young Nigerians in this administration through his goodwill message as a representative of the Civil society organizations/ NGOs.

Cross section of participants:
From left, The Hon. Minister, Bola Abdullahi, Linus Okorie, Frank Nweke Jr. & Fela Durotoye

The deliberations during the retreat covered areas like job creation opportunities, entrepreneurship funding and youth empowerment schemes that can uplift our national economy. The objectives were clearly to develop strategies for making the ministry of youth development a major driver of the transformation agenda through ensuring effective delivery of skills acquisition on all levels of government, designing major advocacy programmes that drive youth development by mobilizing all relevant stakeholders to scale up investment and participation in the sector. The deliverables also included developing a process for a clear measurable multi-sectoral operational plan for youth employment and also build cohesion and synergy amongst stakeholders.

Deliberations going on
Top on the list of participants were the able Honourable Minister of Youth Development, Bolaji Abdullahi, the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Alh. Baba Umar Faruk, Mr. Fela Durotoye of Visible Impact, Prof. Foluso Okunmadewa of the  World Bank, Head of Service boss Prof. O.A Afolabi, Frank Nweke Jnr, and other great youth representatives.

The Minister for Youth Development, Bolaji Abdullahi & Linus Okorie
It was on this note also that the Minister of Youth development, made it clear that the ministry would not host any programmes for Nigerian youth but would co-host it with youth organizations in all the geopolitical zones to make for even representation of young people all over the nation. 

Linus & Hassan Rilwan

 The ministry headed by the Hon. Minister, Bolaji Abdullahi has indeed shown great commitment to youth development as not just paying lip service.

Linus and Frank Nweke jr.

For the foregoing, it is clear that the minister is an answered prayer to the teeming population of young people who are capable of engaging their minds and strength to not only make a living but to uplift our national economy. It seems the days of gloom are over for industrious young Nigerians as the Minister has set the pace and there’s indeed no going back.