The Executive Director of Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), Seth Obeng has urged Africa youth to create a platform to critically consider how to pull resources to transform the continent and strive towards aspirations.
“Africa has a lot of resources and untapped potentials waiting to emerge with a youthful population and we have no choice than to harness their potential including those in the diaspora,” he stressed.
Mr Obeng made the call at the media launch of the 10th African Youth and Governance Conference (AYGC) in Accra.
Slated for August 5 to 12, 2018, is under the auspices of the Youth Bridge Foundation (YBF), a non-governmental organisation on the theme: ‘mobilising Africa’s youth to build a continent beyond aid.’
The conference will host 20 African countries, 30 youth from the Diaspora, seven coaches from Canada and resource persons drawn from Cornell, Dalhousie and McMaster Universities, who will join other Ghanaian resource persons.
Mr Obeng reiterated the critical needed to pull resources of young people to transform the continent and strive towards Africa’s aspirations.
“Such platforms are useful in connecting second and third generation Diasporas to Africa to preserve the link by creating innovative platforms,” he noted.
Madam Nadia Musah, the Deputy Director in charge of Diaspora Affairs at the Office of the President said Diasporas youth had extensive knowledge and the nation needed to mobilise her citizens abroad to share and start innovative projects in the country.
Dr Kojo Asante, the Advocacy Director of Centre for Democratic Development-Ghana (CDD-Ghana), noted that the conference remains relevant to Ghana and Africa, which would give hope, progress and an innovative knowledge to participants as well as fulfil their dreams.
Ms Princess Sekyere, an Alumni of AYGC and President of the 10th AYGC session, sharing her experiences over the years said “AYGC is a leadership forum that gives one the opportunity to engage with peers, mentors and decision makers, both at the national and global level.”
The Foundation has successfully organised the AYGC since 2009 with the main focus of grooming the African youth in four areas; Leadership Grooming, Cascade of Mentorship, Community Impact and Networking and Exchanges. -GNA