Mmanti Umoh a young Image Consultant, leadership and Idea developer and CEO PurplePatch Consults upcoming Africa’s leading Consultancy & Training Service Corp will be amongst others representing Nigeria at the forthcoming Commonwealth Youth Forum in Malta.
60% of the population of the Commonwealth is made up of people under the age of 30, which makes the Commonwealth Youth Forum a crucial platform. During this forum around 400 delegates from all over the Commonwealth and beyond will convene to discuss how young people can contribute and add value to upholding and enhancing the Commonwealth Charter, achieving the goals of the UN High Level Panel post-2015 development agenda to eradicate poverty and transform economies through sustainable development, and meeting the outcomes of the Commonwealth’s Strategic Plan 2013-14/2016-17.
In a chat with her, this is what she had to say about the event;
This conference holds special importance as it is being held at a moment of significant growth and progress domestically as well as heightened popular awareness at the regional and international arenas. Young people are leaders of today. From technology to politics, from the arts to the sciences, from the streets to the information superhighway, youth are already making their mark. Half the globe is under 25 years of age. There is a need for our engagement. Young people face unique challenges in securing quality education, basic health and decent work. Our aspirations extend beyond jobs. We are protesting for rights and participation, addressing staggering levels of youth unemployment, raising their voices against injustice and advocating global action for people and the planet. Our engagement can help turn the world we want into the world we deserve.
None of us can know for certain what the coming days will bring in Nigeria, but I am confident that eventually those voices — those voices for human dignity and opportunity and individual rights and rule of law — those voices ultimately will triumph. I believe that over the long haul, as nations that are free, as free people, the future is ours. I believe this not because I’m naïve, and I believe this not because of the strength of our arms or the size of our economies, I believe this because these ideals that we affirm are true; these ideals are universal.
Yes, we believe in democracy — with elections that are free and fair; and independent judiciaries and opposition parties; civil society and uncensored information so that individuals can make their own choices. Yes, we believe in open economies based on free markets and innovation, and individual initiative and entrepreneurship, and trade and investment that creates a broader prosperity. And, yes, we believe in human dignity — that every person is created equal, no matter who you are, or what you look like, or who you love, or where you come from. That is what we believe. That’s what makes us strong.
In the commonwealth, Young people manage and set their own agenda. The themes for discussion are the product of vast consultations carried out with national youth bodies from countries across the Commonwealth.