“You are welcome.” “You are welcome.” In the three days since I landed in Lagos, this is the phrase I have heard most.
From the gracious team at the luxurious Wheatbaker Hotel where I am fortunate enough to be staying –
I am visiting Lagos for the first time. Working with my local strategic partners, Amplio Consulting and SwiftThink Limited, I’ll be conducting a series of strategic communications training sessions and workshops between now and July 18. We kick-off activities tomorrow with the Find Your Edge Summit here at the Wheatbaker.
On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday between 9AM-5PM participants will have an opportunity to practice real hands-on techniques and develop new skills from me, veteran CNN correspondent and international communications consultant, and my new friend and colleague Richie Dayo Johnson, a local and proven leader in communications training, etiquette and business savvy. The Summit is open to the general public and registration is ongoing. Click here to learn more!
This morning, I spoke on Radio Continental to explain why communication counts – especially in the digital age where you can be instantly judged by a global standard. And later, I met the talented hosts of “Your View,” on TVC to share some secrets of better communications to get results. At every place, the people have been warm-hearted and congenial. These first three days have been very rewarding.
Yes, it’s true we have driven through scenes of poverty. And yes, it’s true I have a machine-gun toting federal police officer riding at all times in the front seat of my car to stem off unwarranted stops.
But one by one, individual by individual, I am meeting an incredible number of accomplished people. Nigerians who are proud of their country and are committed to making it a better place.
I feel very welcomed indeed.
Chukwugozie onyeobula nilee (Thank you all!)
In gratitude, Gina
P.S. Are you Nigerian? What are you most proud of? Are you not Nigerian? What do you think? Looking forward to hearing from you! Ciao –