03 Oct


The 5th National Leadership Dialogue Series (NLDS), hosted by Nigerian Prize for Leadership and Partners, held via Zoom on Friday September 25th, 2020, with the theme, Rethinking Leadership: Role Modelling, Mentoring, and Prospects for Raising Transformational Replacement Leaders for Nigeria

The webinar was well attended by partners and participants from within and outside Nigeria, with Prof. Akin Oyebode, Pioneer Vice Chancelor of University of Ado Ekiti, and Member NPL Governing Board; Dr. Mrs Dere J. Awosika, EPSN, MFR, mni, Chairman Access Bank Plc and Member NPL Governing Board: Mr John Momoh, OON,
Chairman Channels Media Group and Member NPL Technical Team of Experts; Prof. Abdullahi M. Ashafa, DVC Kaduna State University and Representative of Historical Society of Nigeria; Chimdi Neliaku, World Economic Forum global Sharper & Convener, National Youth Leadership Conference; Ms. Rukayya Ibrahim Iyayi, Student Affairs Manager, Baze University, Abuja, Brig. Gen. Sani K. Usman (rtd) fnipr, fapra, Former
Director of Public Relations, Nigerian Army, as panellists.

The edition was moderated by Mrs Mercy Eluemunor, MD, Minepace Limited – Advertising and Public Relations Consultant. Arising from submissions by the Panellists and contributions from the Partners and Participants at the Webinar, the following conclusions and resolutions were adopted as part of measures to institutionalise role modelling, mentoring, as a critical pathway for raising transformational replacement leaders for Nigeria.

1. Leadership is the ability to hold the torch high enough to show directions, and to inculcate positive values to successor generations to emulate. People get the leadership they deserve, and not everyone in leadership authority is a leader
2. Transformational leadership is a product of visionary leadership that empowers the followers to imbibe values and principles that encourages social transformation and development.
3. Transformational leaders are sensitive to the needs of the community they lead. They consciously serve to entrench sustainable human and social development of their community.
4. Nigerians urgently need to articulate the prerequisite of raising transformational leaders and put in place standards for mentoring successor leaders towards social transformation mindset.
5. NPL should initiate responsible leadership grooming strategies and processes of preparing next generational leaders to assume a leadership role.
6. Leaders at all level should upscale their role of agenda-setting, and they must be ready to create a paradigm shift; and radical sensitization towards society change.
7. Leaders should be open to educating the next generation of leaders. Young leaders should be taught that Leadership is never an entitlement, it is not hereditary or by genealogy.
8. Transformational leadership and transactional leadership are mutually exclusive, and the bottom line is that we need leaders that take initiative to impact people and the society positively.
9. The core ingredients of transformational leadership are service, sacrifice and selflessness and the transformational leader must be exemplary, and consistent in producing results which the society can easily relate to and identify.
10.The exemplary and transformational leader is he/she who has a buy-in of the citizens, whose programmes, guided by transparency and accountability, directly addresses the needs of the people.
11.Transformational leadership should draw from the principles of sacrifice and selflessness, leadership positions should be seen as a calling that requires self-denials in the execution of assigned service responsibilities to the people.
12.Nigeria’s worst leadership failures are an absence of good role models and the inability of her successive leaders to produce successor generations. Nigeria needs conscious leaders’ role models who are deliberate about grooming and
bequeathing the right values to followers and mentees.
13.Leaders must carry themselves with the understanding that there are people looking up to them, hence, they must be conscious of what they say, and what they do, as they are reflections of the society.
14.Giving the failure of leadership over the years; Nigeria urgently needs to adopt a taskforce approach, which may include declaring a state of emergency on raising a successful replacement generation. This move would make leaders at all levels to see themselves as mentors, whose responsibility is to mentor and groom the younger ones under their leadership directions.
15.Role modelling and mentoring are two important ingredients of transformational leadership and leaders must be at the forefront in stimulating visionary ideas that mentees can learn from, and setting good standards for mentees to emulate.
16.We must collectively define who a role model is, and what is expected of mentees in order to get the best of the process of raising successor generation.
17.Nigeria has enormous leadership potentials that lay untapped, there is an urgent need to be intentional in addressing the inhibiting factors undermining the emergence of new leaders in the country, this change is possible.
18.Nigeria’s leadership journey can be likened to plane with a pilot who hasn’t attended the aviation training school. Leadership curriculum and schools need to be created to teach proper leadership values to aspiring leaders.
19.Transformational Leaders lead against injustice, and they should in fact set the people free from albatross of injustice.
20.Leaders should help people to discover themselves, they should work on behalf of the people and help the people rise to their full potential.
21.Transformational Leaders make changes happen, they don’t wait and beg for change; they cause change.
22.Transformational Leaders do not measure their worth by the number of people serving them, but rather by the number of people they are serving.
23.Transformational leaders learn from people, they strive to be better and provide higher values and resources.
24.Transformational leaders do not seek followers, followers are naturally attracted to them and their change agenda.
25.Nations that reward mediocrity against hard-work only risk enthroning mediocrity in positions of powers.
26.Leaders who sees leadership positions primarily as a source of amassing wealth and not a purposeful privilege to serve others lack the transformative approach to leadership and have failed in the leadership learning process.
27.Nigeria urgently need to establish and sustained collaboration and interface between the elder statement and women and young people as a crucial step in raising cross-generational leaders at all levels.

In conclusion, the Nigerian Prize for Leadership is worried that the concept of leadership role modelling, mentoring and the prospect of transformational replacement leaders has remained a theory in Nigeria, despite evidence-based progress in this effort in other countries. NPL therefore, advocates for urgent reforms of Nigeria’s educational system and its curriculum to include learning principles and values that consider role modelling, mentoring and transformative replacement leaders as a critical legacy. NPL believes that transformative Leaders do not just emerge and they are never an accident. They emerge through a process of deliberate mentoring, unlearning and relearning the leadership ropes from leaders who have been successful in their various leadership positions. We, therefore call on every individual currently occupying public leadership positions, and our elder statesmen and women to consciously plan to mentor and groom the younger generation of Nigerians under their sphere of influence to become leadership successors for the entrustment of the future of our great republic, without any cause to worry.

Dr Ike Neliaku, fnipr, ficmc
Executive Secretary, NPL
September 27, 2020

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Highlight of conclusions of the 4th National Leadership Dialogue Series (NLDS) webinar

The 4th National Leadership Dialogue Series (NLDS), hosted by Nigerian Prize for Leadership and Partners, held via zoom on Friday August 28th, 2020, with the theme, Rethinking Leadership: Focus on Diversity, Integration and Inclusion.

The webinar was well attended by partners and participants from within and outside Nigeria, with Senator Ibrahim Ida, CON, (Sardaunan Katsina)  Member NPL Governing Board and Chairman Committee on Finance and Funds Mobilisation; Iyom Josephine Anenih, mni, Former Minister of Women Affairs and Founder Women Foundation in Nigeria; Mr. Jake Epelle, CEO/Founder, Albino Foundation; Lady Ekaete Judith Umoh, First Female President, Joint National Association of People with Disabilities; Mr. Ken Ugbechie, Veteran Journalist/Representative, Nigerian Guild of Editors; and Mallam Akoshile Mukhtar, Vice President, National Youth Council of Nigeria, as panelists.

The edition was moderated by Dr Rotimi Oladele, Chairman NPL Communication Roundtable and Former Managing Director, Tribune Newspapers.

Arising from submissions by the Panelists and contributions from the Partners and Participants at the Webinar, the following conclusions and resolutions were adopted as part of measures to harness the positives of our diversity through sustained inclusive leadership for effective national integration policy and programmes.

  1. Governments at all levels should embrace, through legislation and programmes, a culture of managing diversity and the promotion of inclusiveness in all its ramifications. It should also adopt a policy of tackling all biases through sensitization, public enlightenment and affirmative actions. It is not enough to act once and stop, it should be a sustainable part of our governance system and nation building.
  2. To promote inclusiveness, leaders in Nigeria should initiate policies and programmes to train different segments of the society, including the vulnerable groups, women, youth and people living with disabilities, to learn the ropes of leadership. Leadership should initiate affirmative action as a means of promoting inclusiveness and integration in a healthy competitive environment. Systems function best when there is healthy competition.
  3. Leaders should make people to have a sense of belonging and encourage individuals to bring out their best self forward, feeling that one can be one’s self results in greater engagement and creativity, which is a psychological therapy and a critical first step for sustainable development.
  4. Governments at all levels should fashion our education system towards creating the right education and enable conditions that could give sense of belonging to our diverse groups. We should promote an education system that focuses on building mutuality amongst multi-divided groups in society so they can have ‘ownership’ of their affinities. We must also promote inclusive policies that will bridge the gaps between groups at different levels and nurture notions of human rights and citizenship for those who feel marginalized and the groups that feel excluded.
  5. Absence of genuine moves to embrace the culture of inclusiveness and integration in the management of our diversity is what is causing the growing ethnic agitations, tensions, conflicts and extremism; and these have now become the only means of voicing out agitation against domination by one group over the other
  6. Federal, State and Local Governments must all stand to be counted, and laws should be enacted and International Conventions adopted to ensure that the treatment of our people, especially the most vulnerable groups in the society, the women, youth, children and people with physical disabilities, is in accordance with international best practices.
  7. The current culture of leadership by endorsement, right connections or a chest full of money; without regards to right orientation, disposition, mental aptitude, the right education and right inclination portends a challenge to our efforts in nation building.
  8. Inability to harness our diversity, achieve national integration and enjoy inclusive leadership is traced to the fact that over time since we became a country, we have not had the right kind of leadership that focus in building national cohesion.
  9. In a multi-ethnic and heterogeneous country like Nigeria, there are certain prerequisites for good governance, and Inclusivity should be one of them. Where people feel excluded from the affairs of State, it becomes difficult for them to be committed to its cause, and it is near impossible for such people to accept and be loyal to its leadership
  10. A proper management of a country’s diversity involves convincing people to respect and appreciate what makes them different from one another, as well as their similarities.
  11. A leader must have the ability to influence those he leads, to the extent that any decisions and actions taken are governed by a set of values and ethical standards, and in the interest of the majority, if not all the people.
  12. The growing differences among Nigerian ethnic nationalities, occasioned by the absence of an inclusivity culture, impact negatively on attempts at developing and promoting inter-group, inter-ethnic, and inter-religious understandings. The social implication of the situation is the growing sense of insecurity, with the attendant escalation of social vices such as insurgencies, violent extremism and crimes of all sorts. Security of life and property has now become a very scarce commodity in the land.
  13. Leaders should be sincere enough to say what they mean, and mean what they say. They should embark on programs only when they have the determination to see the programs through.
  14. Promoting Inclusive form of leadership at all levels of governance gives relevance to our shared national values and goals, where every citizen accepts to live for, and, if need be, also prepared to die for a national cause.
  15. In building the new Nigeria of our shared dreams, diversity should be seen as an asset that speaks against discrimination, and we must first understand our diversity as a source of strength and every citizen carried along through inclusive leadership in nation building.
  16. Inclusiveness must be proper and complete if we must move the country forward. Inclusiveness that we yearn for would involve for instance, having women, who are mostly affected by violent conflict and insecurity, in the National Security Council discussion and security decision making. We must consciously recruit women into leadership positions if we are serious about rewriting the leadership wrongs.
  17. We need leaders who must find the picture in the future of the people in the structure through effective collaboration and participatory leadership.
  18. In multi-ethnic, rigid and notoriously heterogeneous societies such as ours, there are certain prerequisites for good governance; inclusivity, is an avowed, and fundamental part of these prerequisites.
  19. All-inclusive governance means that all tiers of government must recognize all tiers of people; and we cannot achieve open society if we don’t have inclusive leaders.
  20. In achieving open society, where everyone is giving the opportunity in spite of political affiliation, religion and ethnicity, leaders must lead with conscience and consciousness of being accountable to the people; and must be careful how they use power, money and the desire for illicit sex against the people they lead.
  21. In rethinking leadership, we must also rethink disabilities. We must take our eyes away from impairment, and since diversity is beautiful, barriers are a necessary part of our journey, it requires our collective efforts to remove these barriers and harness the rich deposits in every one of us.
  22. Reasonable accommodation of people with disability in line with Article 29 of the UN Convention of Persons with Disabilities should be part of our process which must be entrenched in our system as critical steps in rethinking leadership.
  23. Based on the principles of consultative participation, the youth which constitute larger part of our about 200 million population must be carried along in the decision-making process.
  24. Inclusion is never accidental, so the leader must be intentional and deliberate about their drive for inclusiveness in their daily decisions and policy implementations.
  25. Leaders must be emotionally intelligent by turning our diversity into collective strength, through taking deliberate actions that are inclusive of every segments of the society.
  26. NPL should continue to partner relevant organisations and international agencies to intensify the ongoing crusade for inclusiveness and integration, because bringing the issues to front burner is key to creating the necessary inroad for inclusive leadership, governance and political structure.
  27. As we go forward in our quest to build a nation where peace, unity and progress reign, this is the right time for governments at both federal and state levels to seriously consider creating a Ministry, Agency, or Commission, with primary responsibility for promoting and managing national integration.


Dr Ike Neliaku, fnipr, ficmc

Executive Secretar, NPL

  August 30, 2020

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10 Aug

Highlight of conclusions of the 3rd National Leadership Dialogue series (NLDS) webinar


The 3rd National Leadership Dialogue Series (NLDS), hosted by Nigerian Prize for Leadership and Partners, held via zoom on Friday, July 31st, 2020, with the theme, Rethinking Leadership: Competence, Governance, and Impact on Society 2.


The webinar was well attended by partners and participants from within and outside Nigeria, with Prof Jerry Gana, CON, Vice Chairman Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL); Prof. Oye Ibidapo-Obe, Chairman NPL Technical Team of Experts (TTE) and former Vice-Chancellor University of Lagos; Mrs. Amina Oyagbola, Founder Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR); and Comrade Danielson Akpan, President National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), as panellists.


Arising from contributions from the Panelists, Partners, and other Participants at the Webinar, the following conclusions and resolutions were adopted as part of measures to facilitate effective and sustainable leadership reforms in Nigeria:

  1. Rethinking leadership in Nigeria requires reforming leadership selection processes. The nation should of necessity refine, reform, and refurbish the process of leadership selection; otherwise, our democracy may soon become meaningless, worthless and unattractive.
  2. Nigeria is endowed with good quality leaders but a debilitating ambushing system has hardly allowed quality leaders to emerge. Thus, NPL and its partners should find and deploy effective solutions to this retrogressive system that antagonises and reacts very negatively to the emergence of credible and competent leadership in the nation.
  3. Participants reemphasized the critical need for citizens to insist on competent leadership, with capacity and creativity, among others, for real change to occur in the nation.
  4. In addition to developing very sound people-oriented and national development programmes, leaders must be interested in equipping themselves with the necessary skills and training that will make them effective and relevant.
  5. Since leaders do not just emerge, we must be deliberate in raising, grooming and educating the next generation of leaders so that they will qualitatively perform better when they have the opportunity to lead. In this vein, the NPL should collaborate with the federal government to initiate a national leadership rebirth that creates and gives opportunities for budding leaders to aspire and assume leadership position.
  6. There should be a fundamental restructuring of our education system, to integrate leadership training in school curricula across the nation.
  7. Though we must recognize the need for inclusiveness in leadership, we must also stratify the process to always have qualified and upright people in leadership positions.
  8. Appropriate preparation will facilitate competence as a critical factor. A leader must always have the foresight and the ability to properly motivate and galvanize the people for action. A leader achieves this through training and retraining, including taking advice from elders and those who are knowledgeable, etc.
  9. The age group system has long been an effective system in raising credible leaders at the community level; this should be revisited as a cultural platform through which competent leaders can emerge from the grassroots.
  10. Formal education is not synonymous with good leadership; therefore, leaders should be helped to have the ability to execute successful programmes in the office.
  11. Positional leadership does not guarantee competence and impact, leaders at every level should be intentional about delivering values and results.
  12. Character, ability, proven track record and behavioural elements such as integrity, transparency and honesty, which are prevalent in the private sector are also critical elements in the quest for leadership and should be replicated in the public sector.
  13. Rethinking leadership in the nation must include the meting out of appropriate punishment to criminal leaders at all levels.
  14. A merit-based leadership system is important in our leadership renaissance process, and we must borrow a leaf from the likes of Martin King Luther Jr and Mandela for real change to happen in our nation’s leadership.
  15. It could be highly painful and discouraging to deny very qualified young students admission to Unity Schools because of state catchment; such a victim is likely to feel discouraged and uncommitted to the nation if someday he/she comes to a position of leadership.
  16. According to the late Amb. Yusuf Maitama Sule, old breeds without new breeds lead to greed. Hence, we should blend the old breed with the new breed, and enshrine mentorship in our leadership breeding process.
  17. Leaders must have the quality and capacity to control events, rather than react to them, be calm in every situation and help to effectively manage uncertainties, diversities, chaos and criticisms.
  18. We must be wary of embracing accidental leaders in place of prepared leaders.
  19. Women should be represented in leadership at all levels in the public and private sectors and should be supported to achieve equitable access and opportunity to build a better nation.
  20. Women should be supported to fight for seats at the leadership table, rather than adopting an entitlement mindset.
  21. The media should play a more pivotal role in promoting developmental leadership. It is discouraging to see a situation in which two Nigerians emerged as Vice-Chancellors in separate universities in the US and UK in one month and both were not properly reported in mainstream media, while almost all Nigeria newspapers reported the Hushpuppi fraud case.
  22. The NPL leadership measurement criteria should be publicized and popularized, to be widely adopted and entrenched in our national lives.
  23. Nigerians should avoid democratization of mediocrity and go for the best in leadership at all levels of society, with principles of fairness and equity in mind.

Dr Ike Neliaku, fnipr, ficmc

Executive Secretary, NPL

  August 1, 2020

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RETHINKING LEADERSHIP… Kolade, Utomi, and Sanni Speak at 2nd NPL Leadership Dialogue.

RETHINKING LEADERSHIP… Kolade, Utomi, and Sanni Speak at 2nd NPL Leadership Dialogue.

His Excellency, Dr Christopher Kolade, former High Commissioner of Nigeria to the United Kingdom, will lead a distinguished team of panelists to the 2nd Edition of National Leadership Dialogue Webinar on Friday, 26th June 2020 from 4pm to 6.30pm. The 2nd Edition has as its theme, Rethinking Leadership: Focus on Competence, Governance and Impact on Society -1. Other Panelists include Prof. Pat Utomi, founder Centre for Values in Leadership; Mrs Toyin Sanni, CEO Emerging Africa Capital Group (representing WIMBIZ Nigeria); Mr. Femi Taiwo, Executive Director LEAP AFRICA, and Mukhtar Akosile, Vice Chairman North, National Youth Council of Nigeria.

  1. The Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL), in partnership with 19 other organisations initiated the webinar series to provide Nigerians across different sectors of society, a platform to discuss and benchmark leadership as a critical factor in nation building and development. The platform is part of efforts to groom the much needed credible successor and replacement generation in the commanding heights of Nigeria’s critical sectors. Inaugurated on Friday 29th May, 2020, the webinar is designed to run from May to November 2020.
  2. Partners include, Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Nigeria Academy of Science, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, National Broadcasting Commission, Historical Society of Nigeria, Centre for Values in Leadership, WIMBIZ, Burdened Elders of Nigeria, Civil Liberties Orgnasiation, Women in Successful Careers (WISCAR), LEAP AFRICA, National Youth Council of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Students, Plummet Publishing, Women Foundation of Nigeria, DigiConverge, Trade Union Congress, etc.
  3. Those wishing to participate should please register with,
  4. For further enquiries, interested participants could please contact Secretariat of Nigerian Prize for Leadership on Tel: 09068005000, 08077777208; Email:

Dr Ike Neliaku, fnipr, ficmc

Executive Secretary

Thursday, 25th June, 2020

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RETHINKING LEADERSHIP…Anya, Kolade, Gana institute Speaks at 1st National Leadership Dialogue Series

The Nigerian Prize for Leadership (NPL), under the leadership of the very distinguished Prof. Anya O. Anya, OFR, NNOM, FNAS, Dr. Christopher Kolade, CON and Prof. Jerry Gana, CON, is set to inaugurate a national leadership dialogue series, on Friday May 29, 2020. 

  1. The dialogue, which will run on zoom virtual platform, is in Series for the next 7 months and is designed to provide Nigerians across different segments of society a platform to discuss and benchmark leadership as a critical factor in nation building and development. The platform is part of efforts to groom the much needed credible and successor generation in the commanding heights of Nigerian critical sectors.
  2. The Series is in partnership with over 19 credible organisations, including Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Nigeria Academy of Science, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Historical Society of Nigeria, Nigeria Academic of Letters, Centre for Values in Leadership, Burdened Elders of Nigeria, Civil Liberties Orgnasiation, LEAP AFRICA, National Youth Council of Nigeria, National Association of Nigerian Students, Plummet Publishing, Trade Union Congress. 
  3. The Inaugural Edition, has as its theme, ‘Rethinking Leadership: Vision, Creativity, and Capacity of a Transformer’, and will feature as main panelists, Prof. Anya O Anya, Chairman NPL Governing Board; Engr. Mansur Ahmed, President Manufacturers Association of Nigeria; Mallam Mukhtar Sirajo, President & Chairman of Councils Nigeria Institute of Public Relation; Prof Yakubu Ochefu, Secretary General Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. Others representing the partnering organizations and general public will be sub panelists and special participants, respectively. Those wishing to attend should register with or (

Dr Ike Neliaku, fnipr, ficmc, 

Executive Secretary.

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