On 24th November 2022, Ideation Hub Africa hosted the 8th edition of her annual development dialogue conference themed “Good governance and Public Policy: The Road map to rebuilding the Nation”. This year's virtual summit served as an even greater rallying point for change makers and social innovators looking to connect on a global scale.
The summit started by 9:04 am with the opening remarks given by Oluwatoyin Banjo, the program director at Ideation Hub Africa. After this was the welcome address which was delivered by Debola Deji-Kurunmi, the Executive Director of Ideation Hub Africa.
The address served as a charge to rise to the challenge and bring about solutions to the depressed state of the African economy. She also expressed the importance of believing in the potential of the continent as this would go a long way in building optimism for the task of building Africa.
After the opening remarks, the keynote address was then delivered by Alero Ayida-Otobo, a transformation strategist and the founder of Incubator Africa. She shared on the importance of tackling Africa’s challenges from the roots: expressing that it all begins with changing the mindsets of citizens both young and old.
Following the opening remarks, the youth spotlight chat commenced. This was anchored by Ms. Oluwatoyin Banjo. The panelists for this session were Hon. Utara Mootu, Obinna Osisiogu and Paul Petrider. The panelists spoke on the topic “Youth Involvement in Governance and Leadership”. The talking points centered around the importance of early youth engagement, the importance of incorporating avenues for independent thinking in our educational curricula and the role of social media in pushing your agenda as a young changemaker and political participant.
The first high impact panel session was moderated by Mr Seye Olurotimi. The Speakers in this session were Hon. Utara Mootu, Anoziva Narindire-Mutize and Muopou Marte Loua. The topic discussed in this session was “Gender Responsive Governance: A case study of African Women”. The panelists shared on the need to involve men in gender equality conversations and the importance of women in power to make room for more women at the table.
Upon conclusion of the session, the second high impact panel session moderated by Ms Ugochi Obidiegwu then commenced. The panelists in this session were Professor Eldrid Jordan, Mark Amaza and Abayomi Akinbo. The topic discussed in this session was “Promoting Good Governance and Public Policy across Africa. The panel discussion centered around the role of technology and the media in keeping governments accountable. In addition, they discussed the importance of collecting feedback on governments performance real time as opposed to waiting till the end of a term to review performance. A major talking point was also on the subject of trust and its importance in politics and policy making.
The participants were also treated to two spoken word performances by Karimot Odebode and Caleb Adebayo, both performances were on the topic "The African Continent of My dreams".
The final session was a question and answer segment where the attendees asked the speakers questions centered around the problems facing the African continent and how to solve them.
The development dialogue was a truly insightful and eye opening event which challenged attendees to take up space in African politics and continue to strive to make their voices heard in the affairs concerning the governing of their nations.
For more information about Ideation Hub Africa, go to https://ideationhubafrica.org/