It’s been two weeks since the 11th Edition of The Platform Nigeria. For those who do not know of it, it’s a biannual event organized by Pastor ‘Poju Oyemade of Covenant Christian Centre (C3), Lagos, Nigeria.
It is a non-denominational and non-partisan event aimed at promoting good governance and nation building.
I first heard about it two years ago on TV, while in my final year at the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. I wished I could attend. I longed for it, and even considered traveling over the weekend for it but gave it up in the end.
Last year, I watched the event on TV and followed online as much as I could.
This year, I traveled to Lagos for a different event, and completely unaware that the 11th Edition of the event was around the corner.
I heard of it in a Sunday service I attended in C3. When I saw the flyer for the event, and it was two weeks away, even though I only planned to stay the weekend, I thought, “I wouldn’t be back to Lagos for this event in two weeks. I could extend my stay in Lagos by two weeks. It’s two weeks… I can stay.”
I must tell you, it wasn’t an easy thing to do. But somehow (I hope to write about my waiting process) I stayed, and attended the event. I took the photo I used for my birthday post at the event.
You can tell it was as fantastic as promised. It was, as one of the speakers put it, “a festival of ideas.”