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L-R: Nabilah Usman, Joseph Onokpe, Regional Manager, Narrative 4 Africa; Angela Omeiza, CEO/Founder of Jela’s Development Initiatives and  Hakeem Onasanya, Olufunmbi Kehinde at Narrative 4 Africa’s Leadership Summit in Lagos on Monday

By Adekunle Williams

A social development organisation, Narrative 4 Africa, has urged leaders to be empathetic and compassionate for more effectiveness.

The Regional Manager of Narrative 4 Africa, Mr Joseph Onokpe, made the call at the maiden edition of the organisation’s leadership summit in Lagos on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event had the theme: “Leading with Heart: A Leadership Summit on Empathy and Compassion”.

NAN reports that Narrative for Africa is a non-governmental organisation which is focused on executing impactful programmes for youths across Africa.

Onokpe said that leaders with empathy and compassion would produce resilient and successful teams that would improve governance.

He said that Narrative 4 Africa was committed to ensuring that youths would learn empathy to be good leaders of tomorrow.

The official said that the summit was aimed at creating awareness on the importance of empathy and compassion to leadership.

He said: “For nearly four years, Narrative 4 Africa has been working in schools on the African continent, teaching young leaders empathy, facilitating connections with schools, teachers, artists, and educators with their global counterparts, and inspiring work in communities.

“The parent organisation, Narrative 4 Inc., was birthed over 10 years ago in Chicago, with a global mission to improve lives by creating connections and combating isolation through the power of art, education and action.

“In Nigeria, Narrative 4 Africa began operations in July 2020 in Abuja, with training of teachers and community workers.

“Since then, it has grown, with presence in over 300 schools in 10 cities in Nigeria, working with over 1,000 teachers in their respective schools to deliver empathy-based education to students via story exchanges and curriculum support.”

Onokpe said that the summit was a convergence of thought leaders, students, youth corps members and aspiring leaders to explore the role of empathy and compassion in effective leadership.

The organisation’s Director of Africa Operations, Mr Buchi Onyegbule, said that the one-day summit was aimed at fostering a culture of empathy and compassion in leadership.

According to Onyegbule, in today’s rapidly-changing world, many young people are living in isolation and mutual distrust.

He said that mainstreaming empathy would help to create a humanity-focused base for easier conversations that would facilitate growth and development.

The Founder of Jela’s Development Initiatives, Mrs Angela Ochu-Baiye, said that the summit would provide a transformative experience for leaders across sectors.

Ochu-Baiye said that the summit would empower leaders and aspiring leaders to create a lasting positive change in organisations and communities.

She said: “We are glad to contribute our quotas to raising the next generation of leaders.

“It is on this premise that we introduced this first mini-leadership summit.” (NAN)

Edited by Ijeoma Popoola

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