A popular Nigerian environmentalist, Alexander Akigbe has urged youths in the country to embrace excellence irrespective of their background and the country’s state.
This call was made at the 2021 edition of the annual Make A Move Initiative (MAMI) CONFERENCE held in Lagos recently.
Akigbe, who is the founder and CEO at African Clean Up Initiative noted that many Nigerian teenagers and youths are performing below their capacities due to lack of determination to excel.
Speaking to the participants majorly made up of secondary and tertiary institution students, he further urged them to have a skill and passion that will serve as their niche in their chosen fields.
He said: “When a field is being mentioned in Nigeria today, certain people will come to your mind. For any field you want to get into, what you should aim at is being the best.
“You should build yourself consciously with a mind that you want to be among the top. When your name is mentioned, certain things should come to the mind of people by virtue of the solution that you are providing.”
Also in attendance at the conference were; Nigeria’s youngest photographer, 7 year old Anuoluwapo Adedeji and Lagos State Coordinator of Young African Leaders Initiative YALI NETWORK, Musa Olayinka.
Alexander Akigbe was recently awarded with the Lagos Green Award from the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources in recognition of his tremendous impact in the environmental space.