Strathmore University in Partnership with Adebisi Babatunde Thomas Entrepreneurship Institute (ABTEI) and New Revenue Solutions Africa (NRSA) will on 7th March 2018 host the inaugural Adebisi Babatunde Thomas Memorial Lecture on Inter-Generation Dialogue.
The inaugural lecture in honor of Professor Adebisi Babatunde Thomas whose mission was to expand and strengthen African economies by harnessing the creative and innovative minds of African youth and women, will also commemorate the International Women’s Day by giving a special focus on the youth and the celebrations of the achievements of women leaders in Africa.
Having served as a senior representative of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), as a UN resident coordinator for operational activities, Professor Adebisi Babatunde Thomas is not new to the despair and disappointment which face African Youth in search of employment.
Africa’s workforce merely absorbs a quarter of its youth released into the world of work each year, a discrepancy which makes unemployment one of the major problems facing African youth today.
Through his interaction with the youth; serving in various positions not limited to: Managing Director, African Capacity Matters Ltd, Presidential Adviser on Human Resources, Science and Technology, Office of the President, Abuja, Nigeria Prof. Thomas’s dream had always been to transform Africa’s youthful talent into a major asset of the continent. This dream was realised through the launch of the Adebisi Babatunde Thomas Entrepreneurship Institute, (ABTEI) on 20th January 2016.
The Inaugural Memorial lecture shall be delivered by Former Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2011), H. E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Her work surrounding youth and women empowerment is greatly reflected through her establishment of a right to free universal elementary education and her enforcement of equal rights for women rights that were routinely ignored and abused during the civil war.
Known for her popular phrase, “No Woman should die while giving life,” the First Lady of Kenya, H.E Margaret Kenyatta’s Beyond Zero Campaign has been pivotal in the provision sustainable Maternal Healthcare Care and the reduction of high mortality rates.
The lecture will also host Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohammed among other dignitaries, and thereafter culminate to an awarding ceremony in honor of individuals whose work has been significant in the empowerment of the Youth and Women.
Through the retrospective eyes of Africa’s renown Women leaders, the Memorial Lecture reflects upon the critical role of youth and women in the attainment of sustainable growth, under the umbrella theme: Inter-Generational Dialogue: From Plan to Action – Women and Youth Leadership for Social, Political and Economic Transformation of Africa.