It was an awesome moment over the weekend in Lagos State as members of CSAAE’s Network of Effective African Leaders (NEAL) converged from around the globe for their Annual General Meeting (AGM). The event took place from the 13th to 15th of August, 2021.
High point of the meeting was the election of a new NEAL executive council. The election saw the emergence of a fast-rising star in the business consultancy industry in the country, Mr. Samson Okolinta as President and Ms. Oluchi Onwukwe, a medical scientist, as Vice President. Other elected members of the council include Mr. Valentine Momoh, an agro economist and consultant, as Secretary. Ms. Rhaodot Jimoh, a recent first-class graduate of UNILORIN, emerged as Financial Secretary while Ms. Maryam Umar was appointed by the Board of Trustees, as the Founder’s delegate.
In his brief acceptance speech, Mr. Okolinta who happens to be an economics expert promised to take the network to a higher level. He pledged to give the network a global recognition within the two years of his tenure.
In his congratulatory message, the Founder of CSAAE, Rev. Fr. Dr. Godswill Agbagwa, urged the new executive council to be focused and assured them of his Rock-solid support.
NEAL is a community of leaders committed to the development and common good of Africa. The sole goal of NEAL is to take over the leadership of Africa for good. NEAL members otherwise known as Effective African Leaders (EALs):
- Aspire to leadership positions critical to development including:
- Political leadership
- Media leadership
- Judicial leadership
- Business leadership
- Religious leadership
- Educational Leadership.
- Bear on each other and other leaders on good governance.
- Mentor aspiring leaders.
- Champion social impact projects.
- Shape public policies.
- Supports the university education of members through scholarships.
- Imbues members with the morals for effective leadership through ethics and character formation
- Assists members to establish social & business enterprises that contribute to development
- Connects members with established leaders for mentoring through leadership building experiences
- Trains members in effective leadership skills
- Provides opportunities for the personal, financial and health security members through NEAL Cooperative
To join NEAL, one must first of all complete an Immersion Year designed to prepares aspiring leaders for a life-time leadership training, support, growth and impact at NEAL. To be accepted into the immersion year program, one:
- Must be between the ages of 18 and 26.
- Must be an undergraduate or a graduate.
- Must show evidence of creative leadership experience at any level.
- Must show evidence of a strong spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
- Must show evidence of good character.
- Must commit to CSAAE Ethics policy.