Martin Luther King J – “Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You
don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject
and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by
The focus of the 2018 Inclusive Young Leadership Academy was on Creating
Positive Influence Through Servant Leadership. Some of the delegates and the
winners of the Essay Competition gave us the following feedback;

Nelson Simeon Nkiinebari – A student of Community Secondary School, Nkpolu-
Orowurokwo, Port-Harcourt and the Winner of the of The Inclusive YLA Essay

Competition (‘The Difference I will Make As A Student Leader)
“I thank KIR Foundation for this privilege, I have benefitted a lot from the Inclusive
Young Leadership Academy, the program taught me about the importance of
tolerance as a leader, because leaders get criticized and also applauded. Also, good
leaders are visionaries and they inspire their followers to be greater than they are”.
While Christabel Emelle Onyiyechi – A student of Immanuel International college and
the 1
st Runner up of The Inclusive YLA Essay Competition (‘The Difference I will
Make As A Student Leader); said,
“I am really excited that I participated in this programme because it has taught me
the difference between a leader and an effective leader. Also, leadership is not all
about taking control but inspiring people, I am grateful for what KIR Foundation has
And, Promise Neka Leka – A student of Model Secondary School, GRA and the 2nd
Runner up of The Inclusive YLA Essay Competition (‘The Difference I will Make As A
Student Leader); said,
“I appreciate KIR Foundation for giving me the opportunity to be part of the YLA
program, it has really brought out the best in me, and has taught me that being a
leader without a goal is factious and the best form of leadership is servant
On the 23rd of May, KIR Foundation hosted the 5

th Annual Inclusive Young
Leadership Academy which was attended by 95 new elected or nominated
secondary school prefects and 23 teachers from 23 public, private and inclusive
secondary schools in Port-Harcourt Rivers State. The objective of the Inclusive YLA
is to build the leadership capacity of the students and to motivate the teachers to
become a positive influence in the lives of the emerging leaders.
The one-day leadership workshop was facilitated by; Nancy Iheduru, Enoh Ogbevire,
Esther Nweje, Victor Briggs, Roland Kenneth and Michael Diala made presentations
on the following topics respectively Servant Leadership, Effective Communication,
Etiquette, Influencing the Next Generation as a Leader, Social Media, SDGs and
Global Citizenship. Also, the students were divided into four tribes; Yoruba, Zulu, Izon
and Ashanti so that they could interact, network, collaborate and forge new

A ‘Meet The Leader’ session was moderated by Mrs. Bitebo Gogo, the Executive
Director of Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation with Mr. Barine Gbosi; the Special
Guest of Honour on his leadership journey. Thereafter, there was a question and
answer session.
The Inclusive YLA ended with an award ceremony for the winners of the essay
Nelson Simeon Nkiinebari of Community Secondary School, Nkpolu-Orowurokwo,
Port-Harcourt emerged the winner. Emelle Christabel Onyinyechi of Immanuel
International School was the First Runner Up and Nummue Promise Leka of Model

Secondary School, GRA was the Second Runner Up. KIR Foundation appreciates
Cinfores Limited, TND Press, ACCANigeria , Rotary GRA District 9140 Port
– Harcourt, Red Chilli Catering services, Cobbs Engineering Limited, Denna Rossi,
Rhythm 93.7 FM and Port Harcourt In Pictures, our facilitators, volunteers, interns
and the entire KIR Foundation Team for supporting us to raise the next generation of
servant leaders!

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