“In today’s dynamic world, the multiplicity of megatrends – ranging from invisible threats to democratic governance, the impact of an increasingly digital and innovation-driven society, a looming job crisis, a growing youth population with an elusive youth dividend, the rapid pace of urbanization, a highly globalized world, to rising climate change, pose tremendous challenges for African countries.


“A new leadership approach is required to transform these challenges into opportunities.

This requires the nurturing of skills to support deep listening and self-awareness. These masteries are key to ensuring that leaders can understand, lead, and make informed decisions for the betterment of their constituents,” the UN agency said.


“Effective leadership is crucial for navigating the complexities of the emerging world. State governors will have critical roles to play in shaping the future of their states and the country. This proposed program aims to equip them with the necessary leadership competencies to lead with excellence, foster inclusive governance, drive innovation, build collaborative relationships, and address emerging challenges. By investing in leadership development, we can empower them to lead the transformation of their states and, in turn, Nigeria.



Highly-regarded facilitators have been pooled from around the world to facilitate sessions such as ‘re-imagining and exploring the future of Nigeria’, ‘opportunities and challenges of contemporary leadership in a ‘new’ world,’ ‘the future of development as influenced by digital transformation, big data, disruptive innovation, and emerging technologies.’

Among those lined up to speak at the retreat are Governors Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara, Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos, and Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra, President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, former President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Arkebe Oqubay, senior minister and special adviser to the prime minister of Ethiopia, among others.