International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication

Building Bridges through Interfaith Dialogue and Citizen-to-Citizen Collaboration  

Conference Speakers and Resource Persons:

The 2009 International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communicated attracted a number of speakers and resource persons, cutting across difference faiths, cultural, social and intellectual backgrounds. Major conference speakers and resource persons included, but not restricted to the following:

  1. Hon. Pele Josiah Pele: He is the African Representative and Global Trustee at the United Religions Initiative (URI) Global Council in San Francisco, California, USA. He was the Special Guest of Honour and declared the Conference open.
  2. Mr. Raphael Ogar Oko: He is the Africa Regional Coordinator for Teachers Without Borders; a Seattle-USA based International Organization committed to closing the educational divide through professional teacher development and the establishment of Community Teaching and Learning Centers. Popularly addressed as “Africa’s Number One Teacher”, multi-disciplinary educator and an Ambassador of Peace, Mr. Raphael delivered the Keynote Address at the Conference.
  3. Mr. Muhammad Asad Tahir Jappa: He is the Founder/Executive Director, Anwar Jannat Memorial Foundation, Lahore-Pakistan.  A very widely travelled gentleman, youth leader of international reckoning, Young Ambassador of Peace,  Mr. Asad Jappa was a Guest Speaker at the Conference and delivered a Paper titled “ The Role of Youth Leadership in Peace and Development”
  4. Barrister Nkiru Stella Nnaemego: She is Founder/CEO of Fresh and Young Brains Development Initiative, and Abuja-based registered NGO committed to stimulating positive change, promoting social responsibility and volunteerism as well as facilitating intergenerational relationships. Also an Ambassador of Peace, Barrister Nkiru presented a paper titled “Breaking Social Barriers through Youth Engagement and Participation”.
  5. Stephen Oguntoyinbo FMP: Stephen is a Global Peace Pioneer 2008 Amman Jordan, Peace Ambassador, Youth Leader, Motivational Speaker based in Lagos-Nigeria. He delivered a moving PowerPoint Presentation titled “Sports: Universal Language, Hope for this Generation”.
  6. Adaka Terfa Ahon: He is a Lecturer at the Federal College of Education (Tech), Gombe, Nigeria.  Mr. Adaka also serves in a Volunteer Capacity as the Gombe State Coordinator for Teachers Without Borders-Nigeria. Mr. Adaka, who is currently pursuing further degrees at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria delivered a paper at the conference titled “Breaking Social Barriers through Youth Engagement and Participation”.
  7. Nnena Ukoha: She is the National Executive President, All Nigerian United Nations Students and Youths Association (ANUNSA), the first female President of this Association since its inception. A very experienced and widely travelled young leader, Nnena who also plays an active and leading role in Climate Change issues, delivered a paper titled “Youths as Agents for Peaceful Coexistence in an Interfaith Society”
  8. Francis Anyaegbu: He is the Founder/Executive Director of Youth In Transit Organization; a Lagos-Nigeria based registered NGO committed to youth empowerment, community development and prevention of youth-related crime and social vices. This fine gentleman, who has been profiled by the British Council-Nigeria, delivered a paper titled “Building Harmonious Communities through Interfaith Dialogue”.
  9. Mr. John Ekperigin: He is a Senior Lecturer, Multi-Millionaire Businessman and Diamond Sapphire Manager with FLP Worldwide, an International Marketing Company with branches and networks in over 100 countries. He delivered a paper titled “Youth Empowerment Through Wellness Wealth Creation”
  10. Excellence Eyo Offiong Uso: He is Co-Chair, African Youth Initiative on Climate Change. A dynamic Youth Leader and widely travelled gentleman, Excellence Uso presented a paper titled “Youth and the Changing Climate: Strategic Opportunity for Consensus Communication and Action” during the Climate Action component of the program.
  11. Mr. Danjuma D. Jise: He is a Researcher and Program Officer, Democracy and Governance, International Center for Nonviolence and Gender Advocacy. Mr. Danjuma delivered a paper titled “Climate Change, the World’s Poor, Future Generation and Human Security: A Moral Concern”.
  12. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba. Msc.D: He is the Founder/Executive Director, New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation, main organizer and host of the International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication. Emmanuel is also Founder of Creative Minds International Academy, Jos and serves on the boards of several International Organizations, and is Global Study Circle Coordinator for The Dalai Lama Foundation, USA. Emmanuel delivered the welcome address at the conference.