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Re-Live the latest Future Africa Forum with Adewale Ajadi

The Future Africa Forum is a periodic seminar series, through which African development experts share perspectives about the continent’s growth trajectory from their research and work. The Forum aims to create broad awareness of the challenges and opportunities for development in Africa, and to enable aspiring public sector leaders to explore various avenues through which these challenges can be addressed.

Each quarter, Future Africa convenes a Forum with experts on themes ranging from education to entrepreneurship, agriculture, peace and security, natural resource management, elections and democratic governance, healthcare, information technology and infrastructure development.

On 25th June 2022, our speaker was Adewale Ajadi, agriculture and public policy expert, and Chief Facilitator for Life Education Advancement and Development Services Ltd.

The Africa We Choose:

Effective Citizenship and Africanizing Public Policy for the Future

In the spirit of past Future Africa forums, this forum with Adewale Ajadi shed light on some of Africa’s current development challenges and inspired a new way of thinking about our approach to solving them. Drawing on Ajadi’s illustrious track record with several grassroots organizations and leadership empowerment platforms, the Forum interested participants in how they can become effective citizens as opposed to simply existing as indigenes. The conversation made a case for hope and optimism in Africa’s prospects despite the seemingly overshadowing realities of instability, food insecurity and material destitution in some parts of the continent. With the view of inspiring a generation of nation builders, and drawing on Ajadi’s work in the Niger delta, the Forum also discussed how leaders and policy makers can make sense of and tackle our growing security challenges. Ajadi grappled with the question of effective policy making amidst these odds to attain the aspirations of Africans.

The Forum focused on disabusing Africa’s future public sector leaders of two attractive inclinations; what has come to be known as Afro-pessimism (an inherent inability to imagine a bright and better future for the continent and its people) and defeatism (a hopelessness that leads to paralysis in the face of the behemoth of our challenges). 

Leveraging Ajadi’s experience working as Country Director at Synergos Nigeria, we also discussed how to transform the agricultural landscape of Africa with the view of ensuring food sufficiency and improving livelihoods. Borrowing from his book, “Omoluwabi 2.0 – A Code of Transformation in 21st Century Nigeria” Ajadi engaged participants in thinking about how to reintegrate the erstwhile subordinated indigenous knowledge systems in the policy making and implementation process. How do we disentangle the oft conflated concepts of modernization and westernization as we map a future for the continent?

About Adewale Ajadi

Adewale Ajadi is a facilitator, coach, and change agent with over twenty years of experience working with people, organizations, and communities. He is a qualified Lawyer called to the Bar 1988 and also holds an MSc in international business economics. He has an Honorary MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester UK and is Ambassador of Gloucestershire in the UK. He was a member of the United Kingdom Employment Tribunals system and a Reader of the Annual Queen’s Anniversary Award. He delivers leadership training for the African Leadership Centre in Nairobi. He developed the Framework for Excellence in Equality and Diversity (FEED), an international framework for organizations engaging the complex challenges of equality and diversity. He is Author and Playwright with his most recent published work is Omoluwabi 2.0 ‘A code of Transformation in 21st Century Nigeria’. He was the Director Programs and African Bridging Leadership Practice at Synergos, an institute dedicated to developing effective, sustainable, and indigenous solutions to global poverty. He is now Chief Facilitator for Life Education Advancement and Development Services Ltd.

About the Future Africa Forum

The Future Africa Forum is a periodic seminar series, through which African development experts share perspectives about the continent’s growth trajectory from their research and work. The Forum aims to create broad awareness of the challenges and opportunities for development in Africa, and to enable aspiring public sector leaders to explore various avenues through which these challenges can be addressed.

Each quarter, Future Africa convenes a Forum with experts on themes ranging from education to entrepreneurship, agriculture, peace and security, natural resource management, elections and democratic governance, healthcare, information technology and infrastructure development.

Key components of the Forum

During the Forum, public sector experts share their insights with our fellows and attendees about their experiences working in governments or international organizations. Following their detailed presentations, participants engage in a Q & A session with the experts to gain first-hand insights into the inner workings of public institutions and their influences in shaping African development.

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