The Nigeria’s Emerging Political Leaders Forum is a one day non-partisan, high level, multi-stakeholder conference that will bring together young leaders and political stakeholders to facilitate dialogue and action on the challenges facing Youth Participation ahead of the 2019 General Elections.

The event is hosted as part of a series of conscious efforts and action plans to fulfil the aspirations of the Agenda 2063 of an Africa whose youth shall be socially, economically and politically empowered through the full implementation of the African Youth Charter, An Africa of 2063 that will have full gender parity, with women occupying at least 50% of elected public offices at all levels; an aspiration achievable with the youth.

The Forum organised by GLEEHD Foundation and the Commonwealth Africa Initiative will provide a veritable platform for the generation of new Ideas, opportunity for networking, and ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all political levels in Nigeria.

The Conference which will gather Young Aspirants, Political Leaders and Development Partners among others will provide a unique platform for aspiring young people to showcase and sell their political ideas and interact with political leaders, senior policymakers, corporate executives, and civil society leaders from across the country.

Nigeria’s Emerging Political Leaders Forum will provide a high-level platform for deliberations on how to create more space for younger people in elected public offices by formulating recommendations that will culminate into sustainable youth friendly policies and regulations. The forum will also provide a unique opportunity for youth leaders and aspiring young leaders in Nigeria to network and exchange views on increasing youth participation in the 2019 general election.

Forum Objective

The forum seeks to promote participation and representation of youths in Nigerian politics by opening the space for more qualified younger people at the 2019 elections. Organised as an action plan geared towards the fulfilment of the AU Agenda 2063 by inspiring the full implementation of the African Youth Charter, the forum will advance multiple agendas such as Youth Participation and Mainstreaming, Gender Mainstreaming, Party Supremacy vs Public interest, amongst others in order to:

Promote the interests of young and upwardly mobile Nigerians for elective offices in 2019

Harness the strength and development ideas of young Nigerians to effect positive economic and political change in Nigeria

Build networks between youth movements across Africa

Create platforms for sustained youth engagement

Challenge perceptions about the inability of youth and women to occupy leadership positions

Showcase upwardly mobile and young achievers in Nigeria; promote peer learning, capacity development and dynamic partnership.