At least 3,000 youths from different parts of the world including Nigeria, are expected at the first International Youth Fellowship (IYF) World Youth Camp holding in Lagos, South West Nigeria.

Tagged Challenge, Change And Cohesion, the programme, scheduled to hold at the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex along Lagos-Badagry Expressway from 29 July to 3 August, is meant to inspire the youths and change their orientation.

Speaking at the world press conference in Lagos at the weekend, Ban Young Sun, Chairman, IYF, a world renowned non-government organisation with headquarters in South Korea, said the purpose of the programme is to enrich and strengthen the hearts, minds and bodies of the youths participating in it.

According to him, the six-day programme will also address youth-related problems in the world such as self indulgence, deviation, drug abuse, alcoholism and crime, which occur as a result of dearth of interest on issues that concern them.

“Many youths were negligently left to sin due to both lack of interest towards them and that of right leadership. But we believe that this camp holding in Nigeria will play a significant role in shaping their views as we expect that they will use every opportunity that comes their way through various activities during the period, to better their own lot and help build their countries,” Sun said.


During the period, participants will experience special features such as seminars, cultural performances, inspirational talks, taekwondo lesson, marathon race, international and local language class and health shop, among others.

The major highlight of the opening of the event is the musical symphony to be performed by the Gracias Choir and Orchestra from South Korea at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium on 31 July.

Members of the orchestra, who are expected to bring the feel of ‘Christmas in July,’ are renowned music scholars around the world, drawn from the United States, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and Ghana.

—Funsho Arogundade