CSAAE International Youth Leadership, Career Building and Entrepreneurship Summit

Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State



Call for Application




Years of ineffective leadership, corruption, poor entrepreneurial spirit and lack of commitment to the common good have led to massive poverty in Nigeria with about 87 out of 194 million Nigerians currently living on less than $1.90 a day. In order for Nigeria to make progress and ensure that its people enjoy a better quality of life, the country needs a new generation of leaders and workforce who can fast-track development and end poverty in Nigeria. With youth ages 16-35 comprising 62 percent of the population, much of the hope for Nigeria’s future lies in its young people. They are the agents of change and critical actors in building a better Nigeria.

Launched in 2013, CSAAE is dedicated to harnessing the potential of young people and providing the kinds of tools and trainings that endow them with the capacities, competencies, and character necessary to sustain themselves, create opportunities that help others sustain themselves and embrace their roles as critical actors in building a better Africa. CSAAE is registered as a non-profit organization in Nigeria and a 501(c)(3) in the United States.

The Founder, Dr. Godswill Agbagwa, a Catholic Priest and University Professor, grew up in Nigeria. While studying abroad as a college student, he was struck by the contrasts he saw between the levels of poverty and under-development in Nigeria compared to Western countries he visited. That experience became the genesis for CSAAE, its programs, and the core values at the foundation of his work, which include:

  • Accountability: Accepting responsibility for one’s activities and in a transparent manner.
  • Solidarity: A commitment to the common good.
  • Integrity: Being honest and fair.
  • Creativity: Thinking and actualizing new ideas.
  • Punctuality: Being prompt and following through on commitments.

CSAAE focuses, in an integrated way, on three programmatic areas designed to channel young people into activities that develop leaders of character; cultivate a spirit of entrepreneurship; promote ethics, anti-corruption, rule of law and human rights. The Centre’s 3-year Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP)prepares youths, ages 16-25, for moral leadership and good governance. Focus is on leadership positions critical to development including political, media, religious, business, and judicial leadership. Graduates of ELP form a life-timeNetwork of Effective African Leaders (NEAL)committed to using their influential leadership positions to facilitate development and end poverty in Africa. Its Career Building and Entrepreneurship Program (CBEP)provides the kinds of tools and extended mentoring on career direction that allow youths, ages 18 – 35, land dream jobs, initiate enterprises in areas of market demand or get the education they need and contribute to the socioeconomic development of Nigeria. The Youth Ethics and Anti-Corruption Program (YEAP)is raising the consciousness of youths to the importance of transparency, accountability, respect for human rights and rule of law in the work world while teaching them how to identify, resist and fight corruption hindering development in Nigeria. Though distinct in their areas of focus, they share the common goal of creating positive social, economic and political change one youth at a time.All our programs challenge youths to seek solutions to community problems through Community Development Projects (CDPs). These CDPs evolve into mega social and business enterprises (SBEs).


International Youth Leadership, Career Building, and Entrepreneurship Summit

The International Youth Leadership, Career Building, and Entrepreneurship Summit is a component of CBEP designed to help undergraduate and graduate students navigate one of three paths from college to career: entering the workforce, pursuing a post-graduate degree, or starting a business. Beyond the summit, our Career and Enterprise Development Experts guide participants to land their dream jobs, initiate enterprises in areas of market demand or get the education they need. We have successfully conducted this summit in six tertiary institutions in Nigeria since 2014 with over 15,000 youths in attendance including: Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) in 2014, Federal College of Education Obudu and Federal College of Dental Technology and Therapy Enugu in 2015, University of Benin (UNIBEN) in 2016, University of Jos (UNIJOS) in 2017, and University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) in 2018. 


Innovative Community Development Project Fair

Application now open

A key event during the Summit is the Community Development Project Fair where youths across Nigeria showcase their innovative efforts to tackle specific community problems and inspire youths in the host university and its environs to embrace their roles as critical actors in building a better Nigeria. Application to participate in the 2019 Community Development Project Fair is now open and the Centre is accepting submissions from interested youths, ages 18-35, who have initiated and are currently implementing community projects that use innovative approach(es) to solve specific problems in Nigeria under the following categories:

  1. Health
  2. Education
  3. Food and Agriculture
  4. Rule of Law and Ethics
  5. Economy

Successful applicants will be selected as panelists for the various panel discussions during the fair alongside global leaders and renowned philanthropists. This includes an opportunity to showcase their achievements, receive evaluation feedback on their projects from invited Enterprise Development Experts and market their products to over 2000 people expected to attend the summit from across the world.

Venue: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State

Date:    July 12, 2019

Time:   9:00 am.



Selection Criteria

  • Applicant must be within ages 18 – 35, preferably an undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate student of a tertiary institution in Nigeria
  • Project must either be in the area of Health, Education, Food and Agriculture, Economy or Rule of Law and Ethics
  • Project must be innovative and can be scale-up into social or business enterprise. Projects implemented solely through seminars, workshops, conferences or campaigns ARE NOT INNOVATIVE APPROACHES for us at CSAAE unless they are opportunities to introduce, teach or market project products and services. 
  • Youths working on projects within Anambra State are encouraged to apply as the Commissioner for Youth and Entrepreneurship Anambra State will be on ground to evaluate projects. 
  • Special consideration will be given to projects initiated by women.