The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
This explains the essence of celebrating a sterling politician, a reputable financial icon, an administrator extraordinaire, an exemplary leader of leaders and Nigeria’s 21st political oracle, His Excellency former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by the Bola Tinubu Youth Summit group.
With a strong Conviction in Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s leadership sterling qualities, the Bola Tinubu Youth Summit, an offspring of the annual Bola Tinubu Colloquium couldn’t but set up a rare platform, where promising young Nigerians irrespective of status, class, colour, sex, religion or tribe connect annually, to celebrate and put the record straight on the intimidating pedigree of a man of honour, candour and integrity, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Adekunle Akanbi Tinubu.
Born on the 29th of March, 1952 into the famous Tinubu family in Lagos, Bola Tinubu just like any other promising child began his educational adventure at the St.John’s primary school, Aroloya, Lagos island and Children’s home school in Ibadan, before he travelled to the United States of America in 1975.
Passing through Richard Daley College, Chicago, Illinois was a significant turning point in his life, with his sparkling elements of brilliance lighting up every nooks and crannies of the College. The drive for excellence took the then Young Tinubu to Chicago State University, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 1979.
Bola Tinubu later worked at Arthur Anderson, Deloitte, Haskins & Sells and GTE Services Corporation all in the Unites States of America.
With excitement, Bola Ahmed Tinubu returned to Nigeria in 1983 and worked with Mobil Production Company, Nigeria, where he rose to become its treasurer.
In the early 90’s Bola Tinubu ventured into politics, specifically, 1992 as a senator of the Lagos West district, and history smiled at him as he was elected the 3rd executive Governor of Lagos State, on the platform of AD between May 29, 1999 and May 29, 2007.
During this period, Lagos witnessed a radical developmental revolution in all sector of human endeavour, even when the Federal government stiffened the breathe valve of the state treasury, with the seizure of the local government funds over the legitimate creation of 37 local council development areas out of the existing 20 local government councils.
Lest we all forget, Asiwaju Tinubu’s performance was rewarded with both local and international awards such as: Best Governor In Nigeria (2000) by the Belgium chamber of commerce, 2002 best practice price in improving living environment, 2002 best computerized government in Nigeria by the Computer Association of Nigeria, and a host of others.
The Nigerian political colossus has bestrode its political space with his armory of resilience, strategy, compassion, humility, integrity and intelligence. Today, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu remains the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the political party that rescued Nigeria from total collapse in 2015, through the electoral processes that produced President Muhammad Buhari, GCFR.
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From 2017, the Bola Tinubu Youth Summit has been an annual intellectual ritual, positioned to identifying, equipping and producing more of such potential resourceful and visionary leaders for a better Nigeria in future times.
In 2017, the maiden edition held on April at the Shell Hall, Muson centre was a success, with the theme; Leadership Service and Sacrifice; The Bola Tinubu Phenomenom, about 4,230 participants attended the summit. The keynote lectures were delivered by Senator Shehu Sani, Mr. Femi Falana, SAN and Senator Babajide Omoworare. The 2018 edition was a wow factor. Riding on the theme-; Making Nigeria Work; synergy between leadership and the new generation, the key speaker led by the Lagos lawyer Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, Dr Mrs. Idiat oluranti Adebule, Lagos deputy governor and Hon. Segun Olulade, member Lagos state house of Assembly took the summit to an unimagined level of admiration. The participatory strength grew significantly to about 5700 across the 6 geo- political zones of the country, all in the name and conviction in the Nigeria’s political strategist. As we march towards the realization of the 2019 edition of the Bola Tinubu Youth Summit, we promise to take youth’s to the next level.
The annual Bola Tinubu youth summit is a viable concept of a team of optimist and realist led by, Akanbi Ade Saheed, fondly known as Afonja by admirers in the political circle and beyond. Having succeeded in the affairs of student’s welfare government, APC Youth Leadership programs in 2014 and 2015.
In 2016, he oragnised over 20,000 young loyalists of Bola Tinubu across the southwest on a solidarity walk tagged “I stand with Bola Tinubu”. against the Oyegun led APC plans to sidelined Bola Tinubu away from the party decision makers.
Afonja was a member of Alliance for Democracy (AD) which birthed Action Congress (AC) and later Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) between 2003 and 2006.
He was the sole founder of Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation in 2010 before it was officially unveiled in (2013), He is the Founder, Bola Tinubu Ambassadors BTA in 2016.
He is the Founder of Eko e-report News, a political news platform that propagate grassroots leadership activities and event across the Local Government Areas of Lagos State.
He is the initiator of the annual Bola Tinubu Ramadan Lecture.
He was a member of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu campaign organization BATCO (2003) and member of the Babajide Sanwo Olu Campaign Youth Directorate.
Afonja and his team were poised to make the last edition of the summit a pretty memorable one.
From the stable of the Progressive, BTYS 2019 was presented with the theme – Nigeria Rising, youth as catalyst for sustainable development, held on Saturday, 20th of April, 2019 at the Shell Hall of the Muson center, Onikan, Lagos, Nigeria.
The keynote speech was delivered by His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, while Mr. Segun Dawodu (Lagos Comm. For Youth and Social Development) , Mr. Sulaiman Aladeh (Media Personality/ Influencer), Hajia Zainab Galadima, an APC stalwart, Hon. Segun Olulade of Lagos House of Assembly, Moremi Ojudu and Mrs. Foluke Daramola Salako (Nollywood Actress graced the event as discussant
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Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu – The Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom has fought and won many battles.
Just like a soaring eagle, he has flown round continents and transverse lands.
No great man lives in vain.
The history of the world is but the biography of great men.
The 2019 Bola Tinubu Youth Summit was a huge success…..
BEHOLD!!! the 4th Edition…..#BTYS2020
Believe it, if you can dream it, you can achieve it!