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The Kingdom Summit Promotes Godly Principles In Marketplace, By Akabueze (2)

By Editor
17 October 2015   |   11:23 pm
CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK The Kingdom Summit is a yearly non-denominational international marketplace economics and leadership conference, which seeks to promote the understanding of God’s principles in the larger society. An initiative of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), The King’s Court, Victoria Island, Lagos, the project, which debuted last year, featured international Christian…
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CONTINUED FROM LAST WEEK

The Kingdom Summit is a yearly non-denominational international marketplace economics and leadership conference, which seeks to promote the understanding of God’s principles in the larger society. An initiative of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), The King’s Court, Victoria Island, Lagos, the project, which debuted last year, featured international Christian business leaders from various countries, including the United States of America, Australia, India, South Africa and Nigeria. In this interview with CHUKS NWANNE, Pastor Ben Akabueze of the King’s Court Parish, spoke on this year’s summit, which holds between October 23 and 25, and the motive behind the initiative.

In what ways would the EU change current trend?
After launching the platform, we will get people to subscribe. When you subscribe and you sign on, at your place of business, you will have the signage of UE in your workplace. That way, you are holding yourself out to the public and anybody that comes there should expect that every engagement with you would reflect those principles.

In the situation where those expectations are not met, what happens?
Where that’s not the case, people can file a report back to UE and we take it up. Of course, there’s no legal angle to it; we can’t charge the person or close down the business. But we can reach out to the person to find out why such thing happened. Sometimes, the owner may not be personally responsible. You lay out those operational guidelines, but your people can do otherwise in your absence. But when you get the feedback, you can now conduct investigations to know who was responsible and deal with the situation.

What’s the theme of the summit and who are the speakers?
The theme of this year’s event is Purposeful Capital: Impact and Leadership Responsibility. It’s quite an impressive cast of speakers from all over the world. We are expecting about 28 speakers this year. It will be hard to find another conference that offers such an array of speakers with such depth of knowledge and experience that is for free.

What’s your advice to the youths?
One of the sessions in the summit is about raising capital for young entrepreneurs. One of the things that are in short supply among youths of this country is hope and so my message to young people is not to give up on the system; though it’s tough, but there’s hope. Even in this system, if they work hard, they can make it. There’s also a shortage of proper role models for the young ones. Some of the people they emulate are people that have made it the wrong way. But there are alternative role models they can emulate. I want young people to understand that their lives are worth more than money; never accept anybody defining your worth in terms of naira. Even with this system, Nigeria still remains a land of opportunity. Isn’t it funny that an average Nigerian youth wants to run out of the country, yet you see Indians, Chinese and others struggling to come to Nigeria? They are not here to count bridges. It’s for you to discover those opportunities and take advantage of them. With hardwork and belief in God, you will make it.

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