Walter Carrington



Entrepreneurship is a vital skill in the global economy that leads to innovation, job creation, and economic growth. For Nigeria, a country with a large and growing youth population, entrepreneurship is not just a skill but a necessity. Nigeria’s youth (aged 15 – 35) constitute more than a third of the total population and have the potential to shape the country’s future with their creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit. However, they also face high unemployment and a competitive job market that limits their opportunities and aspirations. Developing an entrepreneurial mindset can help them achieve economic independence and contribute to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.

The third annual Walter Carrington Symposium aims to foster entrepreneurship among Nigeria’s youth, especially students in tertiary institutions. It will provide a platform for them to showcase their entrepreneurial ideas, learn from successful entrepreneurs and mentors, network with potential investors and partners, and access resources and support for their ventures.

More than just an event, the symposium is a movement of young Nigerians who are passionate about making a positive difference in their society. It brings together CYFI fellows, young Nigerians from diverse backgrounds and sectors, and key stakeholders from government, civil society, academia, and the private sector to discuss and exchange ideas on how to advance accessible health, inclusive education, civil liberties, a sustainable environment, and economic empowerment in Nigeria – the ideals of Walter Carrington.

Inspiring Speakers


Will Stevens

Acting Charge d’Affiares, U.S. Mission in Nigeria


Dr. Arese Carrington

Board Member, Carrington Fellows.


Adenike Adeyemi

Executive Director, FATE Foundation


Odunayo Eweniyi

COO PiggyVest


Omoruyi Edoigiawerie

Edoigiawerie and Company LP

The Ambassador Walter Carrington Annual Symposium, 2023

Register to attend below:

Business Pitching Competition

Are you a student entrepreneur in a Nigerian tertiary institution, then apply to pitch your business during the Walter Carrington Symposium for a chance to win cash gift and business support.

Pictures from the previous Ambassador Walter Carrington Annual Symposium.