Former Nigerian Ambassador to Togo, Vincent Okobi, has charged Nigerian youths to strive and develop their skills and God-given potential in order to attain loftier heights in their endeavour.
Speaking at the 2015 Eagle and Seaside Toastmasters’ Change of Guard and President’s Night in Lagos, Okobi explained that for any nation to thrive, its youths must be well developed and be meaningfully engaged.
The ceremony, which featured installation of Oyindamola Egbeyemi and Blessing Momah as the Presidents of Eagle and Seaside Toastmasters Clubs for the 2015/2016 session respectively, highlighted the importance of giving Nigerian youths opportunity to develop self.
Okobi who is the initiator of the club in Nigeria, said one of the major items on the schedule of any leader would be how to engage its youth and encourage young professionals, “and Toastmasters club provides you with such opportunity.”
He encouraged youths to look out for clubs like Toastmasters and other social and learning programmes that would help them identify and develop their skills for purposeful livelihood.
His words: “I can’t imagine the joy it gives me when I see a number of people who would walk up to me and say thank you ambassador for bringing Toastmasters club to Nigeria. It has given us opportunity to discover the skills that we never knew we had, and these skills are taking us places. Toastmasters club provides an avenue for self development especially in the area of public speaking and leadership.”
“If the rest of the world found it necessary over 80 years ago, and were engaging their youths through an institution like Toastmasters. I don’t see why Nigeria should find herself lacking in gaining the benefits in those ideas too. We want to contribute our quota to helping them to attain greater educational heights and skills that will result in good governance to the country and humanity in general.”
He further pointed out that youths would always fall into corners and gravitate to areas they are not able to perform because they did not know how to.
“But once they discover those areas they can perform optimally, they would always succeed and so we are telling Nigerian youths not to despair. They should sign up with any Toastmasters club around and they would discover themselves through those avenues.
Meanwhile, the duo of Egbeyemi and Momah in their acceptance speech, remarked that the club does not only enhance members’ communications and leadership skills but also improves their self-confidence and personal worth.
“Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. It helps members to improve their speaking and leadership skills. With about 26 clubs chartered in Nigeria, youths can learn to become a better leader and speaker.”