The Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture was birthed in 2016 out of a desire to see concrete change in the development of our great nation, Nigeria by proffering sustainable and effective solutions to the endemic problems plaguing the Nation and henceforth forwarding findings to appropriate authorities for implementation.
This purpose driven Annual lecture is a forum for policy makers, professionals, developmental partners, corresponding agencies and leaders of thought to discuss and proffer efficient solutions and alternatives to pressing societal and developmental issues.
The Annual Lecture is specifically designed to bring thinkers, scholars, leaders, politicians, academicians, students, youths and ordinary individuals together to rub minds, exchange ideas and find some common fronts in solutions to make our country a better place.
In 2016, the maiden edition themed “Making Poverty Eradication Our Collective Responsibility’ with Mallam Nasir El-rufai as Keynote Speaker. The far reaching success of this inaugural edition gave the much needed boost and strengthened the resolve to achieve the set goals. In ensuring sustainability and continuity, the Mike Omotosho Foundation went on to provide economic empowerment to indigents cutting across different strata. Such interventions included Vocational Skill Acquisition, Business Plan Support Programs, and even provision of Micro Credit. The Street to School Initiative was not left out in providing necessary support to young men and women in gaining primary and secondary educations respectively.
In 2017, the theme was “Increased Agricultural Productivity for Sustainable Economic Growth” with the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty Enitan Adewusi as keynote speaker. This time, the stage had grown bigger, so also had the outcome. It was applauded both locally and internationally as some country representatives at the event delightfully wrote the foundation to express their unreserved approvals. Also as evidence of our commitment to the development of Agriculture in Nigeria especially in oil palm production, the Mike Omotosho Farms; a social enterprise went on further in establishing an Agri Academy to train and empower young men and women on agro – entrepreneurship, crop and livestock based vocational enterprise.
In 2018, the theme was ‘Millennials as Protagonists in Nation Building’ with His Excellency, Donald Duke, the former governor of Cross River state as keynote speaker. This year’s event was deliberate in involving youths as major key players towards nation building. Without wasting any time, the foundation went all out in creating different platforms for Women, Youth and Members of the Media. These platforms succeeded in providing immense support and opportunities on which these categories of people were able to find expression. In all about 15 of these conferences held both in Lagos and Abuja.
In 2019, the theme was “Our Core Values: An invaluable springboard for National development.” with the venerable and most distinguished senior pastor of the Trinity Church, Pastor Ituah Ighodalo as Keynote speaker. The 4th Edition focused on the bedrock of the cultural identification of Nigeria, not just as a nation but as a people. The Foundation therefore made it a duty to form strong collaborations with relevant stakeholders in this space such as the National Orientation Agency and actively co-promoted the nation’s core values with the creation of the NYSC Honour CDS, the Secondary Education Board enabled the Honour tour among secondary schools with the establishment of Honour Clubs in Schools, Honour corner within the National Library and other partnerships just to mention a few.
2020: The 5th Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture has been tagged “Achieving Zero Hepatitis – A National Subpoena”. According to the WHO, over 27 million Nigerians are walking around with the Hepatitis virus and only about 5 Million know their status leaving 22 Million people ready to infect and already infecting others unknowingly. This is a potential disaster that cannot be allowed to happen.
The Mike Omotosho Foundation has therefore dedicated the 2020 Annual Lecture to Achieving Zero Hepatitis and is collaborating with the Hepatitis Zero Nigerian Commission to bring stakeholders and key players in the health space to tackle this impending biological crisis with just 10 years to the SDG 3.3
The Mike Omotosho Annual Lecture as a platform remains undaunted and result oriented, confident that once again, together we will proffer relevant and timely solutions to Achieving Zero Hepatitis.