Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I am Daniel Stephen the nickname Dr. Progress, an EPLF 2022 Fellow. This is a reminder that I’m keen on the service of humanity and ensuring that Africa takes its rightful place in the League of Nations.
How did you find out about the Emerging Political Leaders Fellowship?
I am a learning enthusiast and I’m constantly on the lookout for opportunities to improve and grow. I was online on one of my quests for learning when I stumbled upon the fellowship and applied barely a day before the deadline.
Give a synopsis of your experience before you joined the fellowship.
Before joining the Fellowship, I was on the lookout for a platform that teaches politics from a value and principled-driven lens. I have political ambitions but needed to use this period to learn as much as possible about politics and be prepared.
Why did you apply for the Emerging Political Leaders Fellowship?
I applied to gain the required competence and skills needed to function effectively in the political space of our nation grounded in sound values and principles.
What interests you most about being a part of the fellowship?
I think what interests me the most is networking with colleagues that I know will do great things in the development trajectory of not just Nigeria but the African continent and the world at large. The classes are also very interesting and I am looking forward to the mentorship phase of the process.
Briefly share with us some of your best moments during the fellowship so far.
Every moment in the fellowship has been unique from my point of view. However, the highlight for me is constantly learning from my colleagues in the fellowship.
How has this fellowship impacted you so far?
I am beginning to get a grasp of what the journey to becoming the President would entail. The process does not just begin with campaigning as there are a lot behind-the-scene work.The Fellowship has also introduced me to people I am not sure I would have met if not for the platform.
What are some of the achievements you’ve had during the fellowship?
I am still learning.
To what extent would you say the Fellowship Programme is changing your perception of political leadership in Nigeria?
I would say a large extent.
What will you do differently if given a chance to serve your country?
I would first acknowledge the mistakes of the past, start the healing process and then make difficult but required decisions for the good of the nation while restoring meritocracy, values, and the rule of law.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I see myself volunteering for different political causes while learning and preparing myself for my political career. I see myself as a thought leader contributing greatly to national discourse and also in little or big ways putting smiles on faces.
Would you recommend this fellowship to others? Why?
Definitely, because it is a great platform to both learn about politics and to also network.
What will be your advice to young people aspiring to be in politics?
The journey is a marathon and not a sprint so pace yourself. Take out time to volunteer and build capacity as must as possible and always remember that as a politician, our role is service to the people and not service to self.