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The Platform 10.1

Pragmatic steps to moving Nigeria forward- How Understanding & Building the Right Institutions is Driving the Growth of Nations

Re-mapping Nigeria

Today we stand at a very critical place in the history of our country Nigeria.For the first time one can feel among the thinking and educated class of Nigeria a certain level of discontent with the way things are. Some ask, with all the bloodletting and corruption seemingly rampant in every strata of society, “ is the project called Nigeria viable or worth it”?

Yet outside that environment hearing the thoughts and the voice from certain centers of power on the global level it is clear that the geographical space is loaded with potential. It is recognized as a powerhouse with possibilities and potentials crippled only by the fangs of corruption.

Those who see the territory according to the pre-colonial and pre-independence design have always fostered the voice of division in this country. Is there a new way in which this space can be mapped outside the past?

The question we ask is, does this space carry within it massive potentials if the people can be bound by the possibilities of the future and not the divisions of the past?

If Nigeria can be clearly defined by what can be made possible not just for us but for the entire black race and the world at large if the project succeeds, can it spur people to action?

Can an identity be created for the country, a vision of the future that can create that shift in mindset?

There is clearly travail in the hearts of people to be delivered from the bondage of corruption that has held down the entrepreneurial spirit and talents of the people. The core of the country is the target of Platform 10.1. Let us clearly define its potential in the new global economy and address its principal enemy, which is not religion nor tribe but corruption.

Welcome to the Platform.

Poju Oyemade
Visionary, The Platform

The Platform 10.1 will take place at The Harbour Point, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Platform 10.2

Understanding the New Global Economy: How the internet, Social Media & Technology is Driving Business & Entrepreneurship.

Welcome to The Platform 10.2

The thoughts that express the essence of Platform 10.2 are best captured in an article I read sometime back written by Thomas Freidman of the New york Times. In it he touched on the new rules that define labour. He spoke about the fact that as an older guy his perception of labour had to be adjusted. He referred to an ex Global leader who once said “if you work hard and play by the rules” you should expect that the system will deliver you a decent life and a chance for your children to have a better one. That mantra really resonates with me and, I am sure, with many others. There is just one problem: It’s out of date.

The truth is, if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of post secondary education, make sure that you’re engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules. That’s not a bumper sticker, but we terribly mislead people by saying otherwise.

When this phrase was first employed his in 1992, the Internet was just emerging, virtually no one had e-mail. In other words, we were still living in a closed system, a world of walls, which were just starting to come down. It was a world before the full merger of globalization and the information technology revolution, a world in which unions and manufacturing jobs were still relatively strong, and where people could still write a lot of the rules that they played by.

That world is gone. It is now a more open system. Technology and globalization are wiping out lower-skilled jobs faster, while steadily raising the skill level required for new jobs. More than ever now, lifelong learning is the key to getting into, and staying in, the middle class.

Poju Oyemade
Visionary, The Platform

The Platform 10.2 will take place at The Haven, Ikeja, Lagos.

Previous Platform Events

The Platform Nigeria is designed to facilitate growth in the areas of personal capacity and productivity as well as to foster National Development within our great Nation, Nigeria.

Nigeria at 50 – Stirring the Intellectual Grasssroots of the Nation [October, 2010]

Nigeria is ripe and ready for a change and I’m sure you agree there’s no better time for it than now. Amidst the bother, the hustle and bustle, somethings must never be forgotten and we all must play our part to ensure the birth of Change within Nigeria.

We begin to lose confidence in ourselves and we often resign ourselves to the idea that we have failed and nothing can be done about it

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Thinking Out of The Box [May, 2011]

Many times the solution to our problems results from the use of our conscious mind, but every now and then when the solution is not forthcoming, we become exhausted with continual trying.

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Enterprise & Governance | The Bull & The Ballot Box [October, 2011]

The New order in the world is gradually giving birth to an era of value oriented individuals. When we speak of value oriented intellectuals, we mean those who seek to use their intellectual prowess to establish certain values in our society.

They have used their intelligence to succeed to a high degree in the world of commerce and in their careers but somewhere deep on the inside, they aren’t fulfilled with all the material things that surround them.

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Cultural Innovation [May, 2012]

The concept behind Cultural innovation is best captured by Katherine Gerould when she said “Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar”.

There really has been only a certain amount of ideas that have really worked throughout human existence whether it is in Business, Governance or Family.

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