As the world observes Father’s Day on 21st June 2020, there will be a historic virtual summit with a theme “The Father Dilemma In The 21st Century” that focuses on the complexities of Fatherhood in our contemporary societies with a special focus on African nations.
The Nigeria International Men’s Day (IMD) Team was asked by the founder of International Men’s Day (IMD) and World Day of the Boy Child (WDBC) Dr. Jerome Teelucksingh to launch and host the first International Father’s Day Virtual Summit.
The summit will explore the father dilemma from various viewpoints covering single, married, absent, multiple Fathers (Fathers who have children from numerous wives or partners in present-day society and communities) and the changing roles of grandfathers in Africa and globally.
This event draws seasoned speakers from Men and Boys advocacy groups across the globe. The keynote speakers from Nigeria and other speakers from across Africa include: Matthew O. Gansallo who currently serves as Africa Group Coordinator of IMD and WDBC; Dayo Adeyemi, Summit Chairman and founder of Catalyst Men International Network; Eloviano Afakpe Abolarin, founder of the Elovia Initiative; His Excellency Chief Otoba Ochuko from Burkina Faso; Aliku Barnabas from Uganda; Pastor Paul Muhami from Kenya; Mansraj Ramphal from Trinidad and Tobago (in the Caribbean); Fabian M. Thomas from Jamaica; Faith Nashipae from Kenya; Kwasi Cudjoe from Trinidad and Tobago; Dave Rogers from Ontario in Canada; Justin R Rodriguez from the Police Service in Trinidad and Tobago; Samuel Trejo Aburto from The Valley of Cholollan, State of Puebla, México; and others speakers from the United Kingdom and the United States
Mr. Ola Akinwe, the founder of Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network (BMAN) who serves as Nigeria’s Coordinator of IMD and WDBC will moderate the event. When asked why nations around the world feel compelled to conduct and participate in a Global Summit on Fatherhood, Mr. Akinwe offered the following statement:
“Many of the most disturbing problems that affect the society ranging from crime and juvenile delinquency; premature sexuality and out-of-wedlock births to teenagers; worsening educational achievement; depression, substance abuse and alienation among adolescents; and the growing number of women and children in poverty results from the decline of fatherhood which is a big dilemma we urgently need to address should we want to bring down this rising trend.”
The summit is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 20 June 2020 from 3.00 P.M. (Nigerian Time) -4.30 P.M. (Nigerian Time) (10:00 A.M. (New York/United States Time) – 11:30 A.M. (New York/United States Time))) on a day that precedes the official date for Father’s Day so as to attract a wider audience. For registration please kindly follow this linkhttps://bit.ly/Fatherhoodsummit or join with the Zoom ID: 743 2874 6323, PASSWORD: AFRICA2020.
This event is proudly supported by the Boys Advocacy Association of Nigeria (BAAN), and Men & Boys Africa Platform.