Present in over 110 countries and territories and with over 60,000 members, AIESEC is the world’s largest student-run organisation. Focused on providing a platform for youth leadership development, AIESEC offers young people the opportunity to be global citizens, to change the world, and to get experience and skills that matter today
These are the words I first heard when Aiesec was introduced to me, it sounded so official and so far fetched from reality. To those who hadn’t encountered AIESEC, the described Aiesec as an organisation where you meet a lot of friends, learn a few new things, “party hard” travel a lot and learn a lot of slangs.
But casting my mind back now, I would say AIESEC is a way of LIFE, Aiesec is the Future.
I joined Aiesec in 2010, as a young naïve, hyper active ITK student, I felt I needed to join an organisation in which great men have reckoned with, I felt I was going to oppress, groove and move from local girlfriends to national and international cherri kokos.
My first external Aiesec Engagement took me to Abuja, it was a global village and everything looked too cultural to me, but back in our apartment, my ABRIBA attire and constant jokes were sure obvious.
At a point, Aiesec became boring and I had made up my mind to quit. I told my then President, Emmanuel Prince Essien, and he was like I should just attend the NEXLDS (a leadership seminar) in port harcourt and that if I still want to leave, I shouldn’t atleast forget the things I learnt from my short experience. I had to oblige this request because he had really tried to make me see AiESec from an “Aiesecers” point of view.
And as fate would have it, this was the conference that changed my life both as an Aiesecer and as a Human Being.
From the Most Coordinated StuDENT organizers I had ever seen, to the rich content of the conference and the Smart delegates which kept me mute and shy of answering questions or making noise to attract attention, this conference showed that I had a lot to learn as a person.
Two major things I won’t forget was when I answered a question and all aiesecers gave me a “finger snap” (this is used when you say something that is smart), secondly was when I met a smart, simple and ambitious young lady named Ogo who almost read my mind and told me what it takes of a man to succeed. I knew at once that I was just about to start a long journey in life that revolved around Hardwork, Mental Stamina and other basic rudiments to success.
Sitting in the belly of Palm Beach in Lome City, I sat and realized that Aiesec has made me recognise my inner potentials, draw closer to my dream and affect family and friends.
Aiesec helps you realise that with the right attitude any Individual, Country, Religion, Skin color and Gender can bow to your ideas and believe. So why sit in the confines of your small world, write a story with your life that can affect the people around you.
WHO IS AN AIESECER?
Our members are part of an exciting, driven global network. They are able to contribute to societal change while exploring their own vision for a positive impact on society.
I joined Aiesec as a young under graduate just wanting to finish school and get employed, but today with my ever increasing network of future change agents, to my enviable CV and the yearn and hunger for change, I can say that am slowly realizing my Audacious Aiesec Goals.
WHO AM I?
My Togo friends call me Yawo, My Brazilian Friend calls me Santos, I Am Chidi Yawo Zebira Santos Opara, I am an Aiesecer, I am a Global Citizen.
Aiesec In Calabar is recruiting new members, hurry now and be a change Agent.