VAYON, PAYC is an organization that exists to equip young people with powerful leadership values adequately enough for personal, societal and global transformation with the visions to inspire lives, transform societies, and build the Africa of our dream.
However, an online program was held 2nd June,2020 under the organization and was anchored by Mr. Victor Hilenen Aben with the theme: Back to the future. He elucidated more about the future and Africans.
“I will be speaking to you on the theme: Back to the future. I’m confident that everyone here is aware of the current health and economic crises that have grounded most human and social activities in the world. This is the one major crisis that has affected the entire world regardless of the economic, intelligence or military strength of any nation," he said.
He continued; “Thousands have lost their lives in the last few months (I’m really grateful that we are alive to this day. I’m also hopeful that we shall all live long fulfilling our purpose). Big and small businesses have collapsed leaving millions out of jobs. The effects of this pandemic are far-reaching that no one is found on the exemption list, especially in Africa.
“This pandemic has set many people as well as businesses back into their old ugly days. The future is now looking bleak with little or no hope for a better future. But as for you, do not be perturbed for I have good news for you. This is not the end of the world.
“This emergence, however, is only going to be possible for those who will make deliberate efforts by taking the necessary actions to advance and stay above all odds.however, the Merriam-webster online dictionary has the following definitions for the word FUTURE;
1 – Time that is to come
2 – What is going to happen
3 – An expectation of advancement or progressive development
“Taking all definitions into consideration, you will find that FUTURE is the progress we make today for the time to come. The future is the time after the present. Its arrival is considered inevitable due to the existence of time. So, whether you act today or you don’t, the future will surely come to you based on the efforts you put in today."
On preparing for the future, the guest speaker said;
“I will leave you a few strategies that have worked for me over 8 years of professional work experience with global organizations, and at every stage, these strategies have held me up high.
He further highlighted some cogent points needed to have a desired future as follows;
1. Make a list of things you want to accomplish.
2. Envision your life going your way.
3. Surround yourself with people who want to help.
4. Don't burn any bridges.
According to him; “Planning for your future can be confusing, and your goals can often feel downright impossible. But take some time to plan it all out, save some money (if applicable), and surround yourself with the right people, and you'll have a greater chance of getting where you want to go in life."
In conclusion, several illustrations and examples was made by Mr. Victor Hilenen Aben about the future.
He urged the participants of VAYON on the need to set plan and taking out plan respectively.