A Researcher with Daily Trust Newspaper, Rabiyat Usman, has emerged winner of the 2019 LeaderCom award.
LeaderCom is a platform that develops a person’s ability to communicate and present his or her ideas, passion, wisdom, experience and knowledge in effective and powerful ways.
The LeaderCom event, with a theme: “My Journey, my truth,” attracted 11 trainers and 27 participants across the country, who applied through social media to contest presentation of leadership ideas.
Usman, a First Class graduate of Computer Science from Rhema University in Aba, Abia State, came out tops among the 12 finalists that emerged from the 27 participants.
Atuzie Tuzzi, the Lead Manager of TRT-Events, emerged the first Runner-up, while Nendirmwa Malafa, Programme Officer of Yali-Network Lagos Hub, was the second Runner-up.
The five-day event was organised by two Non Governmental Organisations: ServeLead Global and Social Good Fund.
Speaking during the presentation of awards, Usman called on youths to exploit social media to improve their artistic and technological knowledge.
She said that social media could be gainfully used to direct the attention of youths into positive things that would promote self-reliance.
Usman explained that she applied to participate in the event through social media, saying: “The social media affords us the opportunity to always talk about what we are passionate about.
“If there is something you want to speak about, it enables you to communicate your idea to make people understand you clearly.
“We are all contributing to make Nigeria a better place.
“If we all express our passion on social media, we can help to proffer solution to problems of the society.
“This is not limited to young people in Nigeria alone, but the world at large.”
Tuzzi described the social media as a platform that could enable users create and share contents or to participate in social networking.
She defined social media as the best way in connecting conversation to change people across for better, globally.
She said: “I am a regular user of social media; the claim by some young people to always use social media without positive impact on their life is false.
“If you go about social media with ulterior motive that becomes an individual issue; if you do that you will have a work space problem.
“I do not have an office but I rely mostly on social media platforms to get jobs; young people are imbibing the use of social media to their advantage to become self-reliant.”
Malafa said the social media could enable young people to achieve desired goals.
She urged young people to always engage the social media with objective to acquire requisite knowledge that could improve their well being.
She said: “The perception by people in some parts of the country to think that social media corrupts young people is wrong.
“Social media can help to showcase the potential of young people globally.”