THE PLATFORM SPEECH 1ST MAY, 2019

*The Vision Behind The Platform*

The event which was later named The Platform was conceived in 2007 as an offshoot of a small seminar I used to run when I was a student in University of Lagos.

It was designed to bring experts and inspirational figures from different walks of life together and in a few hours share their expertise, knowledge, experience, challenges, with the purpose pf inspiring, educating, and challenging people into greater heights in terms of Enterprise development as a way of celebrating May 1st which is Worker’s Day.

Then the October 1st event were later added, targeted at National development. The idea behind it was to start a public conversation over the set ideas we believed could push our nation forward. Nations all over the world have developed on the practice of a set of similar ideas and principles. We decided to use this as a way of pushing these intelligent thoughts and moral principles into the consciousness of Nigeria.

This is why we called it The Platform, a stage to promote ideas.

We believe that if certain progressive ideas enter into public consciousness and conversations, they will eventually become public policies seeing that will be the only way for the political elites to retain power.

The use of vitriolic and combative language in order to push ones’s point is actually a form of public conversation, but this lies at the bottom of the ladder in terms of the exercise of power to bring about change, it does draw attention to the speaker but lacks persuasive abilities beyond that. The Platform is about education.

The vision is to bring together Nigerians and people from other nations who may have experienced similar challenges to share their experience.

In closing, The Platform has experienced unprecedented growth. I remember at the inception saying our goal is to have gatherings of 3,000 to 5,000 people. From hosting a few thousand Nigerians at it’s first edition held on the 1st of May, 2007 to tens of thousands at further editions and now millions of people both in and outside the Nation, it has evolved into a full-scale global media event adopting the full range of key media channels and technology to broadcast its message far and wide.

With great growth comes responsibilities. Anything that grows will become wild if not pruned. The scriptures say any branch in me that beareth fruit I purge it that it may bring forth more fruit.

We have at this edition pressed the reset button and gone back to the fundamental reason we started The Platform. We are focused on looking at the drivers, enablers, and obstacles to growth. We will examine it at the personal level, organizational and national. Looking at things that will propel growth.

We have a line up of Speakers who are not just good communicators but people who in their fields have worked with ideas and have thrived within and outside the shores of the nation.

Thank you all for coming and those who tuned in by television or online.

God bless you all.

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