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An enlightening session it was on the 1st September, 2018 when Club Still Standing (CSS), the youth arm of Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI) held its annual Zero to Hero conference. The conference which used the popular hashtag #ZeroToHero2018 was themed ‘Overcoming Hopelessness: The Mind, Society and the Nigerian Dream’ had speakers from various walks of life engage the audience in talk sessions followed by a robust panel discussion.

Now in its second year, CSS’s Zero to Hero conference coincided with the 53rd birthday celebration of Toyin Adesola, the Executive Director and Founder, Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI). Felicitation and compliment poured in for her during and after the programme.

Mr. Fela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser on Education to the Lagos State Governor who delivered the keynote address affirmed: ‘Don’t waste your life wishing to become someone else or living somewhere else. If God allow babies to choose their parents, people will not have children in Nigeria.’ There is really no need to be hopeless because God is bigger than hopelessness and He is big enough to change story, he then charged attendees to give their best everywhere because ‘your breakthrough is in a normal day. It will come as a normal opportunity. It will not announce to you that it is your breakthrough. Treat every opportunity as if it is the last one you will get.’

Other speakers at the conference were Mr. Boluwatife David who broached the ‘Building Relationships for Success,’ Mr. Toluse Francis who applied the didactic approach in his topic ‘Removing Negative Barriers’ and Ms. Edirin Edewor who spoke on ‘‘Profiting in Difficult Times’.

A thrilling and educative panel discussion which comprised the trio of Timilehin Edwin, Seyifunmi Akinrinde and Alfred Ade-Ijimakinwa as panellists and the duo of Toyin Adesola and AbayomiOyelami as moderators closed the event of the day.

Catch up on the frills and thrills of the event using the hashtag #ZeroToHero2018 and the club’s official handle @ClubStillStandn across all social media platforms.

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