Saturday, March 25, 2023


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The Youth and Young Adults (YAYA) Leadership Excellence Attainment Program (LEAP) Global Conference 2023. Rationale for Theme: Demonstrating velocity in different areas of human endeavor.


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  • Belemina T Obunge


    Mervin Azeta

  • Daniel Olawande


Belemina T Obunge
Belemina T Obunge was born in Onitsha on 30th September 1962 to Sir Ambassador D. Daye Obunge and Lady Emma S. Obunge. Owing to his father's diplomatic calling, he attended various Primary Schools: these include; Ireti Primary School, Lagos, Anglo-American School, Stockhome, Sweden, St George's School, Rome Italy Secondary schools attended Include; Stanforth Park, Dublin, Ireland, Brighton College, Brighton, England, Federal Government College, Warri where he obtained a grade one result. In 1979 he proceeded to the University of Ife where in 1984 he graduated with B.Sc (Hons) degree in Civil Engineering. He did his National Youth Service in Kukawa Local Government Area, Borno State and served as a resident Engineer for the council. However, owing to his love for the youth and service, he also taught in the Government Comp. Secondary School in the area where he was their discipline master. The council reorganized his inherent love for orderliness and appointed him the Area Commander of the newly introduced WAI BRIGADE a vanguard of youth dedicated towards upholding discipline in the society. After NYSC, he came to his state and was the Project Manager in a private Construction company - Sima construction ltd. While there he supervised the construction of various building projects in the state. This however did not prevent him for identifying with the WAI Brigade in the state, hence he continued to selflessly offer service to the nation and influence the lives of youth and citizenry. Towards shunning the social vices that had become a cankerworm in our system. In 1986, Belemina Obunge was unanimously nominated to lead the Brigade in the state. This was confirmed the following year when the Federal government approved his appointment as the State Commander of the WAI Brigade Command in the State. He joined the Directorate for Social Mobilization (MAMSER) in 1987. It was while he was in the directorate that he had the vision to contribute in other measures towards the advancement of the society, especially the youth. This led in 1991 to the establishment of the EMARID Evening Extramural Lessons; the seed had been planted. In October, 1992 he began Emarid College as a co-educational secondary institution introduced into the educational sector. Not with the aim of joining the rest, but with the aim of giving our youth the opportunity to grow up and study in a discipline and God fearing environment. In 1997, Pastor Obunge left the Directorate (now known as the National Orientation Agency -NOA) to concentrate on the management of Emarid College; a school he had nurture from 6 students in 1992 to its present status of over 1000 students. Belemina Obunge's life has been one dedicated not only to the service of the nation but more importantly to God. * He was a State Youth Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Rivers/Bayelsa States. * Area Pastor of the State Headquarters Area of the Mission. * Obunge was appointed as State Pastor of Rivers 2 in the year 2000. * He was transferred from Rivers 2 to Bayelsa in the 2009. He has also at various times served in numerous committee and Task Forces at the National and State levels. He was: * Secretary, Association of Approved Private Schools, Rivers State * Secretary, Association of Christian Schools of Nigeria, Rivers/Bayelsa States * Member, Police Community Relations Committee * Govt. nominee in the Management Committee of the Rivers State Youth Council * Secretary, Patrons Council, WAI Brigade, Rivers state. * Secretary, PFN, Rivers State Chapter * Vice Chairman, PFN, Rivers State Chapter... He is currently the * IntercontinentalYouth Pastor- RCCG * Pastor in charge of Region 35 * Coordinator Rivers Family * Member, Police Community Relations Committee * Head of Administration, National Protocol of RCCG * Head of operations, Central Missions Board Pastor Belemina T. Obunge is happily married to Tamunoemi and has two biological children.
Managing Director/CEO Emmanuel Efe Emefienim is an accomplished Banker with over 30 years experience spanning Middle and Senior Management levels within Operations, Treasury and Marketing functions since 1992. Prior to joining Premium Trust Bank, he contributed immensely to the growth and success of Sterling Bank PLC rising from the position of General Manager in 2016 where he was responsible for the bank’s Commercial & Institutional Banking business in the South-South, South-East and Midwest Regions. Emmanuel is credited as the only Regional Business Head in the history of Sterling Bank to have run the most profitable regional business for 7 consecutive years (2011-2017). In 2018, Emmanuel was appointed to the Board of Sterling Bank PLC as Executive Director with responsibilities to oversee the Institutional Banking Directorate. Until his resignation in March 2022, his directorate was the most profitable year-on-year for three consecutive years. He had earlier worked as the Head, Credit & Marketing at Oceanic Bank (now Ecobank Plc) 1992 – 1997; Manager, Commercial Banking Division at United Bank for Africa (UBA) PLC (1997 -2000) and then had a six-year stint at Savannah Bank PLC and FSB International Bank PLC (now Fidelity Bank PLC ) before joining Equatorial Trust Bank (ETB) in 2006. In ETB, he was an excellent performer managing the entire South-South region, a position he retained post ETB/Sterling Bank merger in 2011. Emmanuel is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School where he graduated from the GMP and AMP programmes; the Wharton School, Pennsylvania (AMP 73 Class of 2017) and INSEAD. He had his B.Sc. (Hons) in Microbiology, M.Sc. in Banking & Finance and MBA, all from the University of Benin, Nigeria. Emmanuel Efe Emefienim currently sits on the Board of PremiumTrust Bank as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer
Mervin Azeta
Mervin Azeta is an award-winning Nigerian energy professional, intersectional advocate, multi-talented engineer, and presidential scholar, with over a decade of industry experience. She is currently the Global Flexible Work & Culture Project Manager at SLB, enabling enterprise-wide radical flexibility, and influencing strategic culture shifts to drive high performance. She is always excited about opportunities that challenge her to make a difference. She serves on multiple boards/committees that are shaping the future of energy, and she is particularly keen to contribute to developing comprehensive sustainable energy strategies for Africa. She has been featured in the media as an influencer, innovator, and trailblazer, incredibly passionate about sustainable development, gender equality, youth engagement, as well as cultivating the next generation of female STEM professionals and transformative leaders. Mervin holds a BEng, with First Class Honors, in Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin, as well as an MSc, with Distinction, in Sustainable Energy Futures, from Imperial College London.
Daniel Olawande
Daniel Olawande fondly called P.Daniel is a polymath with a mandate to raise the burning generation by setting young people on fire for God in all spheres of influence. He is an ordained minister in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who serves as RCCG Youth Evangelist. He is the National Youth President coordinating the National Youth Representative Council (NYRC). Daniel Olawande is the pioneer Pastor of the first RCCG Living Seed Church, a youth and young adult church expression of the Pastors Seed Family (PSF) and he is the lead pastor of RCCG The Envoys, Lagos - A new young people expression of RCCG. With conscious demands for marketplace influence and dominance, Daniel Olawande holds a BSc. In Biology Education, Msc in Educational Psychology, Post Graduate Diploma in Theology, Basic and Advance courses in Daystar Leadership Academy. He’s a graduate of Public Speaking Masterclass and Market Place Readiness Program. He's certified by the World Creativity and Intelligence Team Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA and He’s an alumni of the Texas Bible institute, U.S.A. PDaniel Olawande is the Founder and Principal of Flaming College, a mentorship platform to raise, build and equip people for all round effectiveness. He is the President of the Flaming Youth Empowerment Initiative, a NGO with the mandate of empowering the next generation with the tools needed to navigate life and emerge as beacons of hope. With Daniel Olawande as President, The Purpose Discovery Nation, an e-learning platform, guides people through purpose discovery, development and deployment. His assignment of revival, spiritual awakening and transformation to nations is being spread through several platforms like Fire In My Bones, a weekly program aired on Dove TV, Youth Aflame conference (YAC), a conference for young professionals, Awakening the Giant Within Conference- with the vision of raising 360 degree leaders, The Young Ministers Retreat (YMR) – a 72 hours end of the year retreat for all believers and young ministers with the mandate of raising a burning generation who will emerge as kingdom ambassadors in every sphere of human endeavor. Dr. Daniel Olawande was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree as Doctor of Leadership and management from the Prestigious IRGIB-AFRICA University, Republic of Benin in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Youth development, talent management and youth empowerment. He was listed as one of the 100 guardians of faith in Nigeria in 2020 and He is a Special Marshal in the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) . He is a songwriter and minister with a debut album titled The Outpouring. Daniel Olawande is an Actor and Author who has authored different best sellers and transformational books like Fire Tonic and Burden Capsules amongst several others. He is happily married to Oluwanifemi Olawande and they are blessed with two beautiful princesses.
DR. EMI MEMBERE-OTAJI, born on 10th June 1958, is the founder of Dr. Emi Membere- Otaji Foundation and Chairman/CEO of Elshcon Group of companies with interest in Oil & Gas, Shipping and Healthcare. He is a medical doctor turned entrepreneur. A graduate of University of Lagos, Medical School, Nigeria with certificates from Lagos Business School and MCDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA. Recipient of Honorary Fellowship Award from the Rivers State College of Health Science & Technology. Among others, he is a Fellow and recipient of the “Award of Excellence” of the Nigeria Institute of Management and Award of Excellence from the Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA). “Award of Role of Honor” from the Nigerian Medical Association and Distinguished Medical Practitioner of Nigeria (DMP), Awardee of the Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners (ANPMP) and Honoured with the Distinguished Service Star of Rivers State (DSSRS) Award by the State Government, National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award, for high performance, hard work and excellence and Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), by the President Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is the National Vice President - Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (NACCIMA), Elected Council Member – Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered), Chairman - Marine Trade Group PETAN and Member – Petroleum Technology Association of Nigeria (PETAN), Founding Member of Ship Owners Association of Nigeria (SOAN), Trustee – Shipyards and Shipbuilders Association of Nigeria (SSAN) and Trustee - Marine Equipment Owners Association (MEOLAN). Member - Board of Directors of Oil & Gas Free Zones Authority (OGFZA), Director – ECOWAS Regional Sealink Project Company and Governing Board Member of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS), among others. He is a one-time Chairman of West African Glass Industry Plc, a former Director of Pabod Breweries Limited. He was a former Commissioner for Health, a former Special Adviser to the Rivers State Government on Investments & Privatization, and also a former Chairman, Board of Directors of Clearline International Limited (Health Management Organization). Also, a former Governing Board Member, University of Port Harcourt Business School, former Member of the National Economic Council Committee on Export Promotion and a Past President of the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture (PHCCIMA). Dr. Emi Membere-Otaji is an Event Speaker on various aspects of the economy (Leadership, Management, Shipping, Healthcare and also a Life Coach). Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International and also a Patron Moriri Gallery of Contemporary Art. He is a Justice of Peace (JP) and has the traditional title of Dein Piribo 2 of Kalabari Ijaw.


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