Famous Nollywood star and public relations consultant, Mr. Kanayo Onyekwere Kanayo, (aka Kanayo O Kanayo), on Thursday, 14th April, launched a mentoring academy in Lagos, for the purpose of helping young Nigerians to discover themselves and rise to greatness.
Speaking yesterday in Lagos at the formal launch of the academy known as Kanayo O Kanayo Mentoring Academy (KOKMA), the actor acknowledged that youths in Nigeria are confronted with numerous societal problems which threaten their dreams and ambition of achieving greatness, hence the reason for the establishment of the academy which will provide a platform for the youths to be guided and taught proper values. He said:
“Kanayo O Kanayo Mentoring Academy is about mentoring the young ones. It is a way of giving back to the society. The key message of KOKMA is to let the young ones know that they can be whatever they desire to be in life. Therefore, they must be guided in order not to allow any circumstances to limit their desire to excel in life.”
“The Academy is coming to give hope to our youths, realising that Nigeria and indeed Africa’s future lies with the youths. We will try to do so by building attitudes for greatness. Attitudinal change is key and we can do that by inculcating in them the sense of self-worth and I-can-do spirit.
“KOKMA shall build a crop of youths who can predict their future by creating it, discover their in-born potential and harvest them; youths who will realise success begins with them and who will love their society and the environment and consequently impact the world”.
Kanayo admitted that education is the bedrock of youths development, lamenting the increasing number of school drop-outs and the continuous decline in the standard of education as is proved by the poor performance of students in WAEC examination, adding that “with the nose-diving national economy and the society’s value system perilously tilting to the negative, our youths truly needs a sense of direction via mentoring”.
The actor gave assurance that the newly established academy will continually work to supply students in different institutions with life tools and opportunities necessary for making them rise above difficult situations and challenges. Hear him:
“The youths, the young adults, the generation x and y who constitute about 40 per cent of our population, who unfortunately, are under privileged or have been negatively influenced with wrong orientation and therefore, may have lost hope in themselves and the future.
“We want to change their orientation to life through moulding, give free education materials and make them better citizens for the future”.
Speaking on his motivation for instituting the academy, Mr. Kanayo O Kanayo revealed that many Nigerian youths were cheated out on a lot of experiences which the older ones had. Therefore, through mentoring, the youths would be exposed to these experiences from which they would draw knowledge on how to be focused, in order to be successful.
He further made it clear that the academy was not a formal school where people are taught in a classroom, rather, it was a project which would take him and other members of the Board to schools, where they would speak to students, share their experiences and encourage them to imbibe good values, which will be of help to them in the future.
Mr. Kanayo added that the school visit will not be centered on elite cities or neighborhoods but will also be stretched to public schools, both in urban and remote areas. According to him,
“What we want to is to influence, train and affect people. We will not target going to elite schools, but schools in the remotest areas across the states. We need to identify needs and call attention to them while building strength and equipping the students”.
According to him, when members of the academy go to school in remote villages to talk with the youths, national attention will be brought to such institution and area, which could then serve as an opportunity for government to know the problems and therefore move in to help.
Kanayo O Kanayo said that board of the KOKMA has Mr. Tim Akano, Managing Director, New Horizons; Mrs. Sienne Allwell-Brown, Dr. Maxwell Ubah, Charles Okafor, Mr Alozie Nwokoro and himself as members.
Present at the occasion were many dignitaries, including Editor, Daily Sun, Mr. Onuoha Ukeh; Managing Editor, New Telegraph, Mr. Laurence Ani; Public speaker and lecturer, Mr. Declan Okpaleke, Dr. Maxwell Ubah, Barrister Alozie Nwokoro and Mr. John Etah.