The President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, is playing host to 100 young people across 30 countries in the African Continent for the African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP). Fourteen of the people being hosted are Nigerians.
The program was adopted after the World Youth Forum in 2018 to create an opportunity for development, collaboration and growth amongst African Youths, for continental uplift.
Welcoming participants at the premises of the National Training Academy on Sunday 22, September on behalf of the President, Dr. Rascha Ragheb admonished participants, and promised them six weeks of training, cultural exposure, and fun, while adding that anglophone, francophone, and Arabian speakers were all present at the academy, with translators where necessary.
Nigeria’s fourteen youth leaders selected for the program are the highest from an individual country, including Egypt, the host. Akinyemi, Muhammed Adedeji, a Journalist and SDGs 4,5,17 advocate from Oyo State is in attendance. Oluwafunto Abimbola, a SDG 2, 4, 5 advocate and Culinary blogger from Osun State also made the list. Akwa Ibom-born Emmanuel Kings, a Researcher and Content Developer focused on SDG 17 will also be representing Nigeria.
Others are: Dr. Chineye Fabian Adili-George, Medical Practitioner and Entrepreneur; Tungchamma Lengdung Apolos, Community Developer/Programmer; Edna Ayide Egbunu, Environmentalist/ Engineer; Solomon Adewole, Architect/PR expert, Digital marketer and SDGs advocate; John Igbinosa, Social Entrepreneur, SDG 1, 4, 9 Advocate; Abdulbasit Olawale Ibrahim; Medical Student/ UN Millennium Fellow/ SDG 1&10 advocate; Oluwapelumi Eniodunmo, Software engineer, Adaptive mathematician; Prince Kimi; Toyyib; R. A Abdulkadir; Abiodun AKANBI, Researcher, Development Practitioner.
All regions across the continent are represented by young community developers for the cross-cultural experience . All participants were selected based on personal achievements in cultural, scientific, academic, sports, and social fields.
Ahmed Barrani, an NTA Intergovernmental Communications staff, at the Internal Cooperation and External Affairs Department has been charged with overseeing the out of class activities of participants, who will be lodged at a five star hotel in Cairo.
The six weeks program will have in-class and out-of-class trainings that will mandate participation by everyone.