The venue of the Lunch meeting was Eko hotel, Victoria Island,Lagos, my expectations were numerous, I was expecting a very well package,tightly put together and at most a very well coordinated and not too formal meeting,I had thought also that I would meet youths who would be burning with passion and a fervour to pass across a message, that the ones coming behind are a far better lot, than what was there right now, the first shock to my system was the chaotic situation I met on ground, at the very hot, rowdy and chaotic accreditation center inside the Eko hotel venue, it took close to 2 hours to sort out the accreditation mess, to say the least it was an extremely shoddy situation,once we were able to sort that out, it was now time to go up to the lunch venue itself.
|YVONNE EKWERRE & GBEMI OLATERU OLAGBEGI|
|NSE IKPE ETIM & INI EDO|
|KINGSLEY MORDI & AZUKA OGUJUIBA|
|TY BELLO & GBENGA SOKEFUN|
|OMENA DANIEL & UCHE NNAJI|
|TY BELLO,GENEVIEVE NNAJI & IBINABO FIBERISIMA|
|SCOTT IGBENE & GENEVIEVE NNAJI|
|STEPHANIE OKEREKE & DEBOLA WILLIAMS|
|LATASHA & AZUKA|
|SUSAN PETERS & OHIMAI ATAFO|
|NSE IKPE ETIM|
|KINGSLEY MORDI & ORONTO DOUGLAS|
|KANAYO O. KANAYO|
|EX-MINISTER OF YOUTHS & NATIONAL ORIENTATION-SEN. OLASUNKANMI AKINLABI|
|ALABO GRAHAM DOUGLAS|
|DIEZANI ALLISON MADUEKE|
|NAETO C & SASHA P|
|RITA DOMINIC & KATE HENSHAW-NUTTAL|
|SUSAN,SAHEED BALOGUN & UFORMA|
|PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN|
The president came into the hall at a point, without much fanfare, maybe I had been expecting so much or too much, our president would have come in so quietly, if not because of the paraphernali of office and the attendant buzz of the security details, apart from that nothing more. Afterwards, speakers for the youth were called upon to talk, how the choice of those to speak were made I do not know, but apart from a few who seem to understand the importance of the occasion and had something meaningful to say, others were grandstanding and used the opportunity to canvass for positions, I had thought that seeing top public speaker like Fela Durotoye around, it was the glorious opportunity to pass across a strong message or 2 to the president.To say I was more than dissapointed, is like been very modest. The president later got up to make a speech and spoke about many things, in all he gave an assurance, that he would impact on the polity in every area as much as possible, we hope that would happen, everyone was later invited to have Lunch, while there were performances by Timi Dakolo & TY Bello, book gifts were passed around and the show ended.
What later happened after the whole event had ended, is a subject for another day, we later heard that certain amount of money was shared by some of those invited, with some people getting from between 50,000 to 150,000 each, while some even got more, what the money was supposed to be for, I do not know, why it was selectively disbursed, I also do not know.