An Executive Permanent Board Member in the Lagos State Primary Education Board, and a leading youth advocate, Hon. Dayo Israel has identified youth leadership as pivotal for achieving national development and economic progress describing leadership development as a critical element in national growth while urging young people to commit to developing genuine leadership qualities that will bring about prosperity for them and sustainable national progress for all.

Hon. Dayo made the call while speaking at this year’s Leverage 3.0 Symposium with the theme “Take-the-Lead” in Lagos.  He noted that things may not be rosy, but young people must be hopeful while acknowledging that age or gender is irrelevant in taking leadership in life, career, or business. He said, “the best of leaders can show when challenges prevail just as the light is brighter amid darkness”.

He recounted his experience when he was seeking some leadership positions while as an undergraduate and in political space when he ran as Student Union President, international student officer, and as local government Chairman. He noted that leadership comes from God but people must be committed to using their talents and time to pursue the course of giving quality leadership.

“God might tell you to run for some office or aspire to certain leadership position not because He, God wants you to win, but to allow you that opportunity to acquire the requisite experience on your journey in leadership training

“I wanted to be a Chairman of one local government, next I wanted to represent a constituency in Lagos state assembly; both of them did not work out but today I seat among eight people that oversee the affairs of over 1’016 public primary schools in Lagos state, not a local government appointee or level officer but a state-level officer, in Grade A Board of the state, overseeing policies that affect more people than the local government or the constituency that I had sort to represent”

Hon. Israel called on young people to be courageous enough to confront their limitations and the challenges that serve as an obstacle to them every day saying that such an attitude of bravery, courage, and commitment will give them the victory that they so desire, and not fear and sense of deprivation or victimhood mentality.

Dayo Israel was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent (under 40) as part of the 2017 celebration of the UN Decade for people of Africa Descent at the One UN Plaza in New York. A Henley Business School Young Leader, Dayo has twice been named in 2016 and 2017 as one of 50 UK’s brightest young leaders. He was recognized as one of the top 25 Promising Nigerian Youths under 35 To Serve Nigeria in 2016 and as one of Africa’s top 30 most inspirational young people of 2013. Dayo is a member of the British Council Global Changemakers Network and Alumnus of the US State Department International Visitors Leadership Program that has produced over 400 Heads of Government globally.

Dayo’s United Nations engagement has included the management and coordination of the UNICEF Nigeria/Lagos State Government Launch of the Violence against Children Campaign and the Visit of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the Launch in Lagos.

Through his work at GLEEHD Foundation, Dayo helps drive trade and investment between Africa and the West (Europe and North America) through various activities including Trade Delegations, Business Roundtables, Investment Forums, and Bilateral Meetings.

Before his role as Regional Director for Africa at GLEEHD Foundation, Dayo served as Special Assistant at the National Assembly of Nigeria, YTI Special Representative to the United Nations, and YGA Ambassador to the United Nations. At the National Assembly of Nigeria (Office of Senator Omoworare – now Chairman Senate Committee on Rules and Business), Dayo was responsible for Strategy Development, Project Design, and Implementation.


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