Renowned teen coach Tejiri 'Teajay' Chunu helping to build tomorrow change-makers
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Renowned teen coach Tejiri 'Teajay' Chunu helping to build tomorrow change-makers

Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference


By Ik OSAMEDE


Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu, an advocate for teen reformation, has hosted a conference called Teen Leader Shift to help teenagers position themselves to become capable leaders of tomorrow in Benin City, Edo State. School children who attended the program as delegates were escorted out of their comfort zones and into the halls of power at the Edo State Government House, where they spoke with Government leaders at close quarters. The "My Nation, My Responsibility" campaign also served to make students aware of their legal rights, which are protected by the state laws.


Teajay is an advocate for young Nigerians' mental awakening and value reorientation.
He was the Director of Special Programs of the Agape Force, a young organization with over 25,000 members in Nigeria, and he is passionate about the creative change and reformation of youth. Additionally, he oversaw the programs for the CYF annual international youth summit in Benin, which hosts over 6,000 young people from Nigeria. 




Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference
Tejiri "Teajay" Chunu at Teen Leader Shift Conference



At the recently concluded conference, Mr Chunun charged the students to begin envisioning themselves as leaders and start working towards achieving their dreams.

He said they must become more involved in leadership right from their classes and schools. He said that would help them to hone skills to become players in the powerhouse which he noted is the place where decisions and policies are created that determine their future. He said he's kickstarting conversations going forward that will engage them in this space. 

The program featured talks from Government officials on the strength of having dreams and the possibility of realizing them with hardwork. History sessions where they were taught Nigeria's past leaders and documentaries also thrilled the young minds.

Later in the program, the various schools were mixed, giving the children opportunity to interact amongst themselves and build interpersonal relationship skills. The convener stated that the session would help the children become critical thinkers and problem solvers.  The discussion centered on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where they debated the problems and will be expected to propose solutions. Cash grants for students and schools with the best solutions to identified problems was earmarked.

Some students who spoke to newsmen were appreciative of the program, stating that it afforded them the opportunity to learn leadership skills, especially with the avenue created for them to interact  with some leaders of government.


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