The 2016 edition of the Leaders of Tomorrow Conference and Awards (LOTCA) conference successfully took place on the 2nd of June 2016 at the CBN-EDC in Prof. Eyo Ita House, Calabar, Cross River State. The event, which had in attendance secondary school students and young school leavers, featured inspiring talks by successful leaders and entrepreneurs in the State. Ms. Hawa Dia, a young Canadian who delivered the keynote address, spoke to the participants on the importance of identifying and associating with right leaders. Sharing her experiences, she encouraged participants to have mentors and worthy people they look up to in order to achieve their goals.
Ambassador Christabel Ndubuisi the CEO of Bella Water, was the mother of the day; and participated in the leadership panel session where shared her experience on how boldness and determination helped her to achieve her goals.
The Special Adviser (SA) to the Governor on Sports, Mr Effiom Effiwatt and the SA on Youth Affairs, Prince Godswill Edward, were both members of the panel and gave inspiring talks to the students, telling their stories on how diligence, belief, vision and skill helped them make it to the top. The CEO of LaShakara Culture, Mr. Joseph Edet was also present and charged participants to give themselves to service and hone their managerial skills.
The panel session on entrepreneurship exposed the participants to the relevance of learning vocational skills and the idea of turning their hobbies into businesses.
The panelists included accomplished young entrepreneurs, Lovelyn Ita – fashion entrepreneur and CEO of LOVITA; Ette Assam – a catering entrepreneur and CEO of Ette Finger Licking; Awade Friday (Last Prophet) – entertainer and radio host and CEO of We Gossip; and Josephine Ovat – a hospitality entrepreneur.
They highlighted the essence of vision, passion, focus, organization, hard work and determination on the journey of entrepreneurial success. Also present at the program was the SA Non indigene Muslim Affairs – Mr Abdulkarim Adamu as well as the Cross River State Ambassador for Poetry.
Highlights of the event were the awards and quiz competition. Certificate awards were given to teenagers who have distinguished themselves in the areas of Leadership, Creativity, Academics and Entrepreneurship.
Godwin Ovat received the Young Emerging Leader Award, for his contribution towards youth development through the refurbishment of 3 school libraries in Obubra L.G.A; Hanson Hanson received the Creativity Award for turning a classroom idea into an enterprise and Praise Ekpenyong, the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his consistency and in recognition of the level of growth of his 5-month old Business since winning the grant from iKapture Networks’ SMARTERPRIZE Grant Competition 2015.
In recognition of academic excellence, awards were given to outstanding students from the various schools present as nominated by their schools with Ebenezer Andong of Government Secondary School Anantigha, receiving the Academic Scholar of the Year. Award.
Awardees were gifted a copy of Chris Oyakhilome’s book The Power of the Mind.
About the Conference
The Leaders of Tomorrow Conference and Awards (LOTCA) is an annual gathering of secondary school students and school leavers jointly organized by iKapture Networks and Leaders Den Foundation. The purpose is to prepare young people for the future by depositing in them the inspiration, knowledge and skills they need as leaders and entrepreneurs. We have also launched, the LOTCA Fellowship, a one-year engagement program for selected youth, which will provide them with intensive training and exposure.