The Junior Chamber International (JCI) Ikeja recently hosted its 38th Investiture and convention in Lagos.
The colourful event was filled with memories as well as a time to reward excellence and dedication with presentation of awards and empowerment to young people by the out-going president of the club.
Speaking at the event , JC Funmilayo Babs-Osabinu gave an overview of the Organisation as well as the theme of the annual convention, ‘Sustaining Our Legacy’: “We are actively building on what our forerunners have done in the time past; leaving no stones unturned to ensure the future generations have a solid legacy to refer back to.”
According to her, many people think of legacies in material terms such as big houses and huge bank accounts but there are other things that are also important .
“Leaving a positive impact in people’s lives is such a powerful legacy. Our passion is inspiring every individual to dream more, learn more, do more and become the best in their respective areas of specialisation,” she said.
Guest Speaker, Asiwaju Mokesioluwa Seun-Adedamola, senior special adviser to Ogun State governor on Special Duties and founder Akesi Foundation, applauded the JCI executive for a fantastic event.
He said the members who are between ages 18 and 40 have been able to give out of the wealth of experience and resources to do good by empowering some members of their community.
Outgoing 38th and 2022 President, Ayoola Ibiyode David, said 2022 did not only preserve the quality and rich culture of JCI Ikeja but the club infused innovation and digital resources to achieve measurable impacts with lots more to come in the closing quarter.
“Today, we make yet another history as we install the 39th and 2023 president-elect to take off from January 1, 2023.
“I must say the future beckons and we can only be better by achieving great successes and making more impacts.
“If you empower a lady you have empowered a family and you have done well for the community. We went through some process to identify some people that have interest in fashion designing, pastries, baking, shoe and bag making, shoes. Those are the people we are training after, we empower them with a start up equipment.
“We have 35 of such people. this year and by next year, we’ll probably move to 100.”
In her acceptance speech, the new president, Oyebola Olafasakin, said her tenure would make concerted efforts to attain an all-round growth for members first and then the local organisation, which feat, according to her, can only be achieved, “if we are truly united. If we must win 2023, we need to constantly engage people, partners, stakeholders, government and everyone at large, and in unity, we will deliver the Ikeja JCI.
Shedding more light about the club, she noted that JCI is a body for young people and currently looking at young enterprising leaders, and active citizens.
The club, she said, is domiciled in over 50 countries of the world and with over 10,000 members in Nigeria.