A non-governmental organization, Total Girl Development Initiative (TGDI) recently organized its annual leadership conference tagged “Becoming the authentic leader you envision.”
Speaking at the conference in Benin, the Executive Director, Total Girl Development Initiative (TGDI), Elizabeth Onuoha, said the aim of the conference is to bring together youths from different parts of the country for the reason of promoting good values, changing their mindsets, supporting individual business initiatives, as well as empowering them.
Elizabeth also explained the event seeks to raise leaders, business professionals and also give life to entrepreneurial dreams. She charged everyone to find what their purpose is. “What you wake up to is your purpose. The problem you are eager to solve is a pointer to this purpose. The existing protocol doesn’t matter, your voice can be louder than the existing voice.”
Also speaking at the program, The Director of Campus life Division, Benson Idahosa University, Rev. Laurie Idahosa spoke on being a leader with the difference. She said being an authentic leader means taking more actions and not just talking about it.
“The more fake you are, the more humiliating you are to everybody, so that believing the potentials inside of you, that’s how you become authentic. We are a generation that yearns for authenticity,” she said.
According to her, the true authenticity of a woman is one who sees her calling and walks in her calling.
Chairman, Ubong King Foundation, Ubong King, said a leader is someone who knows what tomorrow is. According to him, success is traceable to one’s leadership. He urged everyone at the conference to have a good attitude to success.
Lead Strategist at Triciabiz, Tricia Ikponmwonba who spoke on “The power of you” advised participants to work hard and smart. She also admonished them to be innovative, creative and set attainable goals in all that they do as no one owes them anything. “As a young person who wants to be successful, always apply yourself and add value first before anything. Also, read books, learn from people you want to be like, be willing to change your script, and be willing to learn.”
The discourse at this year’s leadership conference centred majorly on leadership, and self-development. The event also featured Keynote Speeches, entertainment, presentations of awards ceremony, networking and giveaways. TGDI is a non-governmental organisation that works to create, spread and sustain the development of the potential of the female gender across Nigeria. The organisation is driven by a passion to alleviate the suffering of the girl child, creating awareness and tackling issues of gender discrimination.