Over 400 delegates gathered in Ikogosi on Thursday 19th March 2015 for the Area A conference. Amongst the arrivals was that of the JCI Nigeria National President, JCI Amb. Seun Osikalu, the Visiting International Vice President, Itai Manyere, National Executive members as well as members of the Area A central organizing committee.
Upon arrival, the registration team led by Gabriella Asisah was on ground to commence registration of delegates who registered online as well as those who decided to register on site.
The three-day conference started with two personal development trainings on the first day of the conference vis-a-vis; Brand Gap by Oluwatosin Ligali and “Power To Reinvent Yourself” by Femi Alagbala. The trainings started at 7pm and ended by 8pm. The first side attraction of the conference on Friday was in form of a traffic light party to welcome the delegates to the conference which started by 8pm and lasted till the delegates got exhausted. A delegate form Ekiti State university chapter danced her way to winning the first Lumia Smartphone courtesy of Microsoft. Other consolation prizes were also won at the party.
The following day kicked off with three signature courses which included Networking by Gamaliel Tanimomo, Impact by David Eka Jnr and Achieve by Henry Adedokun. JCI Senator Basi Akujobi also trained a section of the delegates on Value Based leadership.
The conference also saw the community project team outing led by Peace Okon, the team lead. The impact project which too place at the Ikogosi Community Town Hall had the National President, the Visiting International Vice-President, the community head, some members of the Area A team, as well as members of the community in attendance. Five community members were taught the process of soap and disinfectant production. The community head thanked the Area A team as well as the National Executive of JCI Nigeria for extending their hands of fellowship to them and deeming it fit to empower them The National president also urged them to take advantage of the golden opportunity to liberate and empower themselves, A joint collaboration between JCIN and Ayo Muritala led to the empowerment of each participant with the sum of ₦5000 for start-up. The train led by the National President and consisted of the Executive Vice-President, Vice-President Area A1, National board of directors, and the Area A conference organizing committee then embarked on a two hour trip to Ire Ekiti on an official courtesy visit to JCI Senator Abiodun Adedeji at the Ire Clay production company.
Friday, 20th of March was also the day the James Adekunle Fadairo Speech contest took place. Nine chapters which included CoHealth, Lautech, the Polytechnic Ibadan, University of Lagos, EcoEd, JCI Ikeja, Obafemi Awolowo University, Federal School of Survey Oyo, and Moshood Abiola Polytechnic presented candidates. The topic for the speech contest was the national theme, XLR8: Moving Forward. The speech contest was keenly contested and won by Miss Alumonita Rita of JCI Moshood Abiola polytechnic. The winner would represent Area A at the National Convention later in the year and would be sponsored to the national convention in Abuja by JCI Victoria Island.
The opening ceremony successfully concluded the second day of the conference compered by Wale Balogun and Toyin Atanda. The theme speakers, Chude Jideonwo, Managing Partner at Red Media and Japheth Joshua Omojuwa, popular blogger and social media expert took turns to educate the delegates on their role in nation building and youth development in Nigeria. Delegates were charged to harness the resources at their disposal to bring about the desired change in the country and the world around them. The day ended with the JCI EKO sponsored Tungba Night.
The third day of the conference started with aerobics sponsored by JCI Ikeja. The community project team was joined by the delegates to make sure Ikogosi and its environs were kept clean through the KEEP IKOGOSI CLEAN programme. The programs lined up for the rest of the day were JCI Admin class by Jide Adeyemi, parliamentary discuss by Patrick Dike and the trainers clinic by Sunday Afolayan. There was also a meeting of the National Executive and board of directors which had all the elected and appointed board members as well as collegiate leaders in attendance. The Executive Vice-President also led the one-man-one-vote awareness rally around the Ikogosi environs to sensitive the community members on the power of vote and to proceed to get their permanent voter’s card.
The conference was brought to a close with a banquet and award ceremony where members and chapters were awarded for their selfless service.