The place to be on Monday, June 20, 2016 is the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, on KofoAbayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos and the event you just have to attend is the 5th Annual YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine Lecture/Cocktail Party.
The high-profile event which keeps getting better and better will this year feature Dr. Gabriel Ogbechie, MD/CEO of Rainoil Limited, as the Guest Speaker; Barrister TaiwoAdeoluwa, Secretary to the Ogun State Government, as the Guest of Honour and Dr. (Mrs.) Nike Akande, former Minister of Industry and President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as the Chairperson.
Dr. Ogbechie, a respected businessman and one of the biggest players in the oil sector, will be discussing the topic – Running A Successful Business In Nigeria: My Experience.
Billed to begin at exactly 11am, with an opening prayer by Apostle Anselm Madubuko of the Revival Assembly Church, prior to the annual lecture which had in the past attracted the likes of Mr. BiodunShobanjo of Troyka Holdings, Mr. UdemeUfot of SO&U Advertising, Dr. Leo Stan Ekeh of Zinox Computers, Mr. LoluAkinwunmi of Prima Garnet, Sir Steve Omojafor of STB McCann, Prof. Pat Utomi of CVL to mention but few, there would be the unveiling of YES CLASSICS – an all-colour, no-gossip special magazine parading their best interviews in the year under review. This exercise will be professionally handled by one Nigeria's best broadcasters and MD of BISCON Communications, Prince BisiOlatilo.
Short remarks will also be made by EmekaOparah of Airtel, TundeBraimoh of the Lagos State House of Assembly and two Information and Strategy Commissioners, Steve Ayorinde of Lagos and DayoAdeneye of Ogun. Plus Mr. WoleArisekola of The Street Journal.
The exponent of class act, the multi-talented BasorgeTariah (aka Do Good), is going to be the compere while rave crooner, Harrysong and DJ Jimmy Jatt will ensure that there will be no dull moments all through the 4-hour programme.
Commenting on the event, YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, AzuhArinze, stated that it's going to be a remarkable and memorable day. “This is the fifth edition, so people should expect the injection of some fresh ideas into the programme. However, and for now, I wouldn't want to unfold them yet. This edition, no doubt, will be an improvement on the previous ones in terms of everything”.
On what actually prompted the programme in the first instance, Azuh said “it's our own little way of encouraging entrepreneurship…I mean, let's face facts, government alone can't employ everybody. YES INTERNATIONAL! Magazine also can't employ everybody. Therefore, what we are doing with the lecture every year or trying to achieve every year is to encourage more people by getting those who have really excelled in entrepreneurship to come and enlighten, encourage and educate them on how they did it and are still doing – because success, you must not forget, is a journey, not a destination.
“Nobody has attended any of our lectures and remained the same; according to what they’ve told me. And I know that this one won't be an exception. We are ready to go and can't wait for that day…”
The invitation cards, meanwhile, have begun doing the rounds, both electronically and otherwise. Nonetheless, those who are yet to get theirs can call 08023002092 or send a text to 08033062157. The event is free, but strictly by invitation.