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We are on the mission to make young people more responsible – Amb. Gideon C. Okeke

Amb. Gideon Okeke, the convener of the annual Enugu Readers Summit and the National President of ImpactField Global Youth Initiative has given reasons why his initiatives won’t give up on impacting the lives of young people in Enugu and in Africa in general amidst all the challenges attached to it.


For over 2 years, Impactfield Global Youth Initiatives has been on its campaign to drive moral change among young people. The organization which has its headquarter in Enugu State of Nigeria is a Non Governmental Organization which is geared at raising responsible youths that will cause a drastic positive change in Africa in the nearest future. She achieves these through a lot conscious and consistent initiatives which include numerous charity outreach, leadership programmes, free skill acquisitions trainings, youth development and youth empowerment meetings, youth and children advocacy, volunteerism, mind empowerment programmes which one of them is the forth coming Enugu Readers Summit.


According to him, “Enugu Readers’ Summit is the brain-child of ImpactField Global Youth Initiative which was founded on the 12th of July, 2016 in a classroom at National Grammar School, Nike, Enugu. It is a movement that is geared towards bringing students and youths back to the reading table because it has been proven that men of great worth and influence in the world are built in the reading room. Over the years, since inception, we have been able to reach over 4000 students in and around Enugu and Anambra States through both Enugu and Anambra Readers Summit and our various school tours. We’ve been able to distribute over 2500 books to students, school libraries and organizations’ libraries. Most of these books were donated to us by people who love what we are doing while we paid for some.”


The annual Enugu Readers Summit does not only teach young people how to read books. It is also geared at bringing out the best in the lives of the teenagers and the youths that do attend it. It is a mind activation programme organized for free with support from some of our partners.


This year, Enugu Readers Summit with the theme “SPARKLES OF EXCELLENCE” is planned to help youths and students in and around Enugu State discover how to become excellent in all they do through imbibing and acting upon knowledge for effective and efficient delivery in all their endeavors. It is aimed at achieving the following amongst its numerous expectations and features:

  • To empower young people to cultivate a reading attitude and become excellent in all they do. Hence, the theme.
  • Celebrate young people who are affecting the society with little or nothing.
  • Empower young people to become the best they are created to be.
  • Entertain them through poetic renditions, drama and other literary performances
  • Official Launch of our BACK2SCHOOL Project –A Scholarship Scheme Project for the less privileged.
  • Essay Competition for Secondary School Students and Prize Giving/Awards



Seeing Spring Of Life winning most of the prizes, although I didn’t participate in the competition, I was really challenged to read harder and that man that was speaking many languages (though I can’t remember his name) really challenged me because I was surprised that only one person could speak so many languages and I vowed to learn as many languages as possible. All those young poets really inspired me too. In short, the program was wonderful and inspiring too.

– Kilani Victoria, Queens’ School Enugu

The Enugu Readers Summit which was held on the 30th of Sept., 2017 has totally affected my life positively, as the matter of fact. It was very interesting because I was touched with the appearance. It also taught me that a reader today is equally to a leader tomorrow. There were so many gifts and prizes given to the competitors, it also touched my life thereby encouraging me to do more.

Nwatu Daniel, National Grammar School Enugu

The National President, on his interview with the ImpactVoice revealed that one reason why he will not give up on this project is that this programme is Yielding results. “Anything you do that does not produce desired results is not worth doing. The results we have seen in the lives of the participants of Enugu Readers Summit and Anambra Readers Summit is quite interesting. We have gotten their messages. I have spoken with some of them and I am glad that they are already out to do things for their society as a result of the Enugu Readers Summit. I know that very soon, we shall together build a better Africa. The struggle will never be in vain.”


He also called for supports and partnership from both National and International bodies, governmental and Non Governmental Organizations, firms and industries and kind hearted individuals to support this works and find a way of bringing it to their states and countries. In his words “the Impactfield project is too enormous. It is not what an individual can achieve in a space of time. Hence, we call on individuals, organizations and bodies to come and join this. Let us make it bigger. We can as well bring it to your city.”


DATE: Saturday 6th October, 2018
TIME: Red Carpet @ 9AM, Main Event @ 10AM

VENUE: Centre for Memories, 2 Agwu Street, off Umuoji Street, by Agric Bank Bustop,  Independence Layout, ENUGU.




This content is sponsored by Impactfield Global Youth Initiative

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