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SFL West African Regional Conference

 

This year Students For Liberty is launching the first ever Regional Conference in Africa. Join Students For Liberty at Nigeria’s premier University, University of Ibadan on Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27. With students from across West Africa congregating to share the ideas of liberty this promises to be a worthwhile experience.

By attending the conference, you will hear from top speakers in the libertarian movement, network with other pro-liberty students, discover countless opportunities for jobs, internships, conferences and seminars, and have a lot of fun with other students. This event will feature tremendous speakers and panels on the ideas behind a free society and the actions necessary to implement them. In addition, three free meals and drinks and our evening social are included with your FREE registration. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the student movement for liberty! Register today!

Location
Main Hall, Conference Center
University of Ibadan, UI Road, Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

Time
July 26 — 4pm to 7pm
July 27 — 9am to 5pm

Registration
Free!
Register Here

 

Speakers

Mr. Ayodele Aderinwale MFR — Keynote Speaker

Aderinwale is the Executive Director of the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), in Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, an African nonprofit advancing the principles of liberal democracy.

Aderinwale attended the University of Lagos where he earned a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a Masters of Science in Political Economy and International Relations. He is an alumnus of the United Nations University’s International Leadership Academy, and Harvard University’s Executive Programme for Leaders in Development. He also participated in the Salzburg Seminar, the Sixth Lisbon Youth Summit, and the Centre for Advanced Studies in International Negotiation in Geneva, Switzerland.

He is a scholar and motivational speaker. He has published series of books and academic papers on thematic development and governance issues. He is currently the Chairman, Board of Directors, Business School Netherlands, Nigeria, and formerly, Member of the Commonwealth Peoples Forum 2003 Steering Committee; Member of Board of Editors, Daily Times of Nigeria. Mr. Aderinwale, MFR, chaired the African Capacity Building Foundation’s Parliamentary Network (Parlianet), based in Harare, Zimbabwe; he was also the Vice President of the Statutory organ of the African Union, the Economic, Cultural and Social Council (ECOSOCC), presided by Prof. Wangari Maathai, Africa’s Nobel Peace Laureate.

Mr. Aderinwale, MFR, is the Chairman Board of Governors of the Bells Educational Services, and of the Bells Comprehensive Secondary School for Boys and Girls in Ota, Ogun State. He is Chairman of Docu-thrill, an indigenous company with interests in information technology, capacity building as well data protection and retrieval. He Chairs the Justrite Limited, one of the largest superstores in Lagos and Ogun States.

On 21st December 2006, the President and Commander-in-Chief, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, conferred on him the prestigious National Honour of Member, Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR). In further commemoration of the National Honour, his classmates and colleagues launched a foundation, the Ayodele Aderinwale Foundation for Education and Leadership in Africa (AAFELA), in his honour.

 

Adedayo Thomas

Adedayo Thomas is a Nigerian and is affiliated with the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace and Prosperity and serves as the Publisher and Director of Outreach of its AfricanLiberty.org program.
Adedayo is libertarian and strives to promote ideas and institutions of the free society in the core institutions of Africa.  Adedayo has a B A(Theatre Arts) and Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from University of Jos and Nigerian Institute of Journalism
respectively, a Diplomate of Cato University in Philosophy, History, Jurisprudence, and Economics of Liberty and an MBA in Think –Tank management from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation in Washington D.C. He has bagged a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Nigerian Defence Academy. Kaduna

Adedayo has undertaken many field research related to the provision of public services. He has written and presented several papers on economic development, conflict, good governance and democracy at national and international conferences. He co-authored -A letter from Jonathan Gullible based on the original novel, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible by Ken Schoolland.  He has published in both national and international print media.

Adedayo has published the African Edition of In Defense of Global Capitalism by Johan Norberg, Selected Essays on Political Economy by Frederic Bastiat, Twenty Myths about Markets by Tom G. Palmer, A letter from Jonathan Gullible (a play based  on the original novel, The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible by Ken Schoolland), Voices from Africa edited by George Ayittey and The African Version of “The Morality of Capitalism titled The Free Markets and Justice. He is a board member of Istanbul Network For Liberty, UK

 

Franklin Cudjoe

Cudjoe is founding director of IMANI, a think tank ranked fifth most influential in Africa (2009) and the only African think tank named in the top 25 most innovative think tanks in the world in 2010. He has won two John Templeton Foundation awards, and he has been cited in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons’ debate on aid and development in Africa as well as by South Africa’s Supreme Court Judge on patents and intellectual property. Cudjoe debated Tanzanian President Mkapa on globalization in 2007, and in 2010 he led the World Bank’s Africa region’s taskforce. Cudjoe was consulted by the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister’s office on how to make effective use of British aid in Africa. He is an Earhart doctoral fellow at Buckingham University in the United Kingdom, an alumnus of Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation’s Think Tank MBA programme and the Montreal Economic Institute’s Think Tank Training programme. Cudjoe is a member of the 2011 graduating class of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education for Global Leadership and Public Policy.

 

Japheth Omojuwa

Japheth Omojuwa a product of King’s College, Lagos is the Editor of AfricanLiberty.org , one of Africa’s fastest rising online economic and governance platforms. He is also the creator of Naija Teenz (www.naijateenz.com) a platform of engagement and value orientation for Nigerian teenagers.

Japheth is the curator of www.omojuwa.com and contributor of numerous articles on African and Nigerian socio-economic development. His works have appeared in local and international media including Thisday, Financial Times and regular articles on Punch Newspapers. He is a regular commentator on local and international radio and television platforms on Nigeria’s socio-economic challenges and opportunities. He has had consultancy services with the Prometheus Institute United States and currently works with Atlas Economic Research Institute Washington on their African programmes and projects.

Japheth has had consultations with the World Bank and the Heinrich Boll Foundation along with other local organisations including the Public Integrity Networks (PINS). He is a much sought after speaker. Apart from gracing the biggest speaking platforms in Nigeria, he has had speaking engagements across five continents from South America to Europe, North America, Asia and of course Africa. He is one of the most influential Nigerians on social media and a thought leader amongst his peers. Japheth has been an International Election Observer too while also working as a philanthropist in raising funds for terminally ill young Nigerians. He believes that the revolution Africa needs more than anything else is that of ideas and walking the talk of our productive beliefs.  He uses social media to good effect for advocacy, business and social commentary. As a Blogger, he has interviewed past Presidents, Senators, top government functionaries and top celebrities. Japheth ( @omojuwa ) has almost 60,000 followers on twitter with over 100 new followers every day. Life for him is not just about succeeding but the significance of each success.

Alexander McCobin

Alexander McCobin recognized the formal principles of his beliefs after reading Atlas Shrugged, a birthday present from his father in 9th grade.  Throughout high school, Alexander participated in Lincoln-Douglas debate, which allowed him to study philosophy and particularly those who advocated the philosophical principles of liberty.  During college at the University of Pennsylvania, Alexander began the University of Pennsylvania Libertarian Association to promote discussion and education of libertarian ideas on campus and expand his horizons regarding the power of the message of liberty.  In the summer of 2007, he was an intern at the Reason Foundation, working on privatization efforts around the U.S.  At the same time, he also ran a nonprofit organization to promote youth debate education to underserved students in the greater Philadelphia and mid-Atlantic region.  In May, 2008, Alexander graduated from Penn with a B.A. in philosophy and economics and an A.M. in philosophy.  He spent the following year working as a Koch Associate at the Cato Institute focused on marketing and development.  He is currently a third year graduate student at Georgetown University pursuing his Ph.D. in philosophy with areas of interest in political philosophy and business ethics. After Co-Founding Students For Liberty in  2008 he serves as Executive Director of the organization.

 

For questions regarding the conference email Olumayowa Okediran at ookediran@studentsforliberty.org.