Utomi, Agbakoba and Okpanachi Address Emerging African Leaders Conference

Lagos, Nigeria – November 15, 2017– Leading minds in Nigeria’s civil liberties community are set to address an international conference for emerging African leaders scheduled to take place at the Domus Fidei Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, on November 25th, 2017.

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and NBA nominee for the Nigerian Supreme Court, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba will speak on the State of the Nation to expose future leaders to problems and prospects facing them, while Professor Pat Utomi, former presidential candidate in Nigeria and founder of Centre for Value Leadership will speak on Ethical Leadership to immerse the future leaders in the virtues needed for effective leadership in Africa.

Others include the Managing Director of the Development Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Tony Okpanachi who will speak on Creative Leadership to equip the future leaders with effective leadership skills needed to tackle Africa’s problems and, Rev. Fr. Dr. Godswill Agbagwa – a U.S. based, ethics professor who will deliver the keynote address at the conference.

Organized by the Centre for Social Awareness, Advocacy and Ethics, Inc. (CSAAEINC), Maryland, the conference is part of efforts to raise a new crop of political and government leaders imbued with the morals, effective leadership skills and entrepreneurial spirit to facilitate development and end poverty in Africa.

A statement from the Founder and President of the Center, Rev. Fr. Dr. Godswill Agbagwa issued at the Centre’s head office in Glen Burnie, Maryland, U.S.A, says that the Centre has invited about 200 potential African leaders from hundreds of applications that it received from across Africa to participate at the free conference.

According to Rev. Agbagwa, the conference will kick start the Centre’s 2017/2018 Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP) training year. The conference is designed to broaden the horizons of the emerging leaders, help them set personal development goals (bordering on any of the virtues that the Centre wishes to inculcate into the future leaders) and community development goals – to tackle specific problems in Africa – as well as dream big.

Following the conference, a cohort of 50 Emerging African Leaders will be selected to join ELP for a three-year structured ethics, excellence in leadership and entrepreneurship program aimed at nurturing future African leaders with the capacities, competencies and character to effect positive socioeconomic change in Africa. Through a combination of leadership conferences, mid-year leadership portfolio summits, leadership building experiences, one-on-one leadership mentoring, leadership book reading, leadership film viewing, community development projects and personal development goals, emerging leaders ultimately become highly effective leaders.

While in the program, emerging leaders promote ethics, entrepreneurship and excellence in leadership on campus. They also provide innovative solutions to community problems. Upon completion of the program, at which time they have graduated from the university, CSAAEINC evaluates performance and promotes promising emerging leaders to the Centre’s lifetime Network of Effective African Leaders (NEAL). CSAAEINC works with NEAL members to get into public service, supports them as they work their ways to influential positions and guides them to effect positive socioeconomic change. NEAL members in turn mentor other emerging leaders and work with CSAAEINC on various community development projects.

At the end of the conference, the Center will host its 2017 Impact Dinner. The dinner is an opportunity for the Emerging African Leaders to showcase their various innovative community development projects and many ways they are already facilitating development in Africa including the launching of the Emerging African Leaders Music for Social Development Album. The dinner for 100 personalities will also be an opportunity to appreciate donors and supporters for their support to the Centre. The President of PENGASSON Worldwide, Comrade Olabode Johnson will be the Guest of Honor at the dinner.

Representatives of the Centre’s U.S. based one-on-one leadership mentoring team led by Dr. Patrick Nwakama of Baltimore, Maryland, will be in attendance at both events as well as the U.S. and African Board of Trustees led by Professor Obinna Chukwu of the University of Lagos Nigeria. Also, expected at the event is Addax Petroleum Company Technical Director and Mentor at CSAAEINC, Engr. Chike Nwosu and Nigerian Human Rights Activist, Professor Chidi Odinkalu, amongst others.


CSAAEINC is an international non-profit organization founded to start healing from the root Africa’s failure of leadership, loss of moral and social sense as well as loss of entrepreneurial spirit – all of which we believe are the causes of poverty and underdevelopment in Africa. We engage the youths through our Emerging African Leaders Program (ELP), Career Building and Entrepreneurship Program (CBEP), Students Ethics and Anti-Corruption Network (SEACON), as well as Network of Effective African Leaders (NEAL), all geared towards raising a new crop of African leaders and work-force imbued with morals, entrepreneurial spirit and effective leadership skills to facilitate development and end poverty in Africa. Currently, CSAAEINC is registered in Nigeria as a non-profit as well as in the United States and in the process of being registered in other countries. We are also registered in some tertiary institutions in Africa as campus-based organization. CSAAEINC’s programs are implemented from the Centre’s office in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria with planning support from its international office in the United States. For more information, please contact: Rev. Godswill Agbagwa (443-813-4968); gagbagwa@csaaeinc.org