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Sierra Leonean Youth Spends 7 Days on Road Trip to Nigeria; says “I don’t regret it”.

The Model ECOWAS Summit, a biannual conference of vibrant and promising youths from across the West African subregion was concluded on the 26th of June.

The Summit which is aimed at bringing together intelligent and visionary young leaders to deliberate on and proffer lasting solutions to issues affecting the Subregion and the Continent at large saw in attendance 150 delegates from the 15 member states, Civil Society Organizations, Government Leaders and a host of other invited guests.

A cross section of delegates at the Model ECOWAS Summit, 2021

A young man from the Republic of Sierra Leone, Kamara Idrissa Dizo, was among the international delegates who arrived Abuja on the 24th of June for the Model ECOWAS Summit which took place at the National Centre for Women Development.

Kamara was honoured by the Delegates and Heads of States at the Opening Ceremony of the Summit for his resilience and determination, which he displayed by taking a road trip to Nigeria. A trip that lasted for seven days.

The session erupted in excitement when one of the invited guests, Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat, who is the distinguished vice chair man of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos, Nigeria, offered to support Mr Kamara.

(L-R) Mrs Abiodun Essiet, Vice president, MES Commission and Prince Hamzat, Deputy Chairman, Ifako Ijaiye LGA, Lagos.

Prince Hamzat, who could not hide his compassion, remarked that “with people like this, I have increased hope in the future of Africa”. He gave a brand new laptop to Kamara and promised to fund his flight back to Sierra Leone.

Acknowledging the gifts, Kamara expressed gratitude for the gifts he received. “I don’t regret coming to Nigeria for the Model ECOWAS Summit. On the way, I encountered several challenges; I was robbed twice. But on coming here, I’ve learnt that determination always pays off at last. I’ve made some good friends. The Nigerians made me feel like I’m one of them. I thank God I didn’t give up on the Model ECOWAS Summit.”

Wirkish is passionate about the development of the average African and we love to hear stories of Africans who not only believe in the African dream but are creative and determined in their approach to achieving their dreams of pushing the continent to greater heights.

The 4th edition of the Model ECOWAS Summit was organised by the African Youth Network for Leadership and Development (AYNLD) in partnership with Ladders Development Initiative, Civic Hive, Women and Youth Working Group, etc

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