In Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State, the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation orchestrated a gathering of individuals from across the continent for the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation Democracy Dialogue 2023. Attendees included notable figures such as former President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone, former Vice President of the Gambia Aja Fatoumata Tambajang, Dr. Omar Alieu Touray, the current President of the ECOWAS Commission, state governors, academic scholars, businessmen, civil servants, and monarchs.
His Majesty Ogiame Atuwatse III CFR graced the occasion as the Royal father of the day, alongside other distinguished voices, including the eloquent speaker Professor Patrick Lumumba, who delivered a compelling keynote address. The event, held in honour of His Excellency former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, focused on the leadership discourse in Africa, exploring gaps in democratic processes and ways to strengthen them for enhanced dividends through individual and institutional changes.
Under the theme “Breaking New Grounds in Democracy-Development Nexus in Africa,” the well-attended event delved into a robust conversation on leadership across the African continent. The discussions aimed to identify gaps in democratic processes and formulate strategies to fortify these processes for the benefit of the governed. In his succinct address, His Majesty emphasized the importance of leaders carrying along the people and their interests, regardless of the symbols of authority they bear, whether it be a crown, a constitutional sash, or any other emblem.
His Majesty expressed optimism that the foundation would continue to grow in impact, fostering conversations that delve into the heart of leadership challenges. He hoped that the foundation would evolve further, actively contributing solutions to the problems surrounding leadership and genuine development on the African continent.