Happy 8th Birthday challenge:Future!

by Udoka Chiefe on 26th September, 2016 at 1:22 PM CEST

Lately Facebook has treated me (and the world) to memories of the 2013 Challenge:Future Summit. And every time I look at those happy photographs, it seems like it was just yesterday when the cold blast of the autumn wind made me realise that a loose tank top in 18 degrees weather was probably not the best idea.

Fast forward three years from the Summit to 2016, and Challenge:Future celebrates yet another anniversary. Many changes have occurred in the world, none so terrible as the growing number of terrorist attacks that have taken place in various parts of the world where members of Challenge:Future live and work. Nigeria and Turkey for example, have faced some very tragic attacks that have seen the lives of innocents taken away: the kidnap, rape and forced slavery of young women and children, the attacks in various places such as airports, schools and even places of peace and worship being desecrated and destroyed, bombs detonated in bus stops as men and women went about their day trying to make a living but instead probably never made it home again.

Bringing home the trophy for 2nd place for #skillup #cfsummit2013

But then again, we can focus on the negatives and all the “wrongs” happening around us, but then, it wouldn’t do much good.

In Challenge:Future, things have changed somewhat. The leadership was handed over to the young people who it aims to inspire and work with for a change in the status quo. Being given the opportunity to experience the community first hand at the Challenge:Future Summit of 2013 was an incredible blessing and an incredibly test of my character and I have always referenced the journey to Slovenia as a journey of self-renewal. I hope and try to work every day to ensure that I never forget what I felt – community, optimism, growth and development all aimed at uniting a global community of young, creative individuals using their particular solutions to solve real world problems.

That creative, passion and will to grow as a community are just some of the things we need to move forward as we face a time of innovation, change and insecurity. We need each other to move forward. Challenge:Future has never been about the individual, but about collective. Bearing this in mind, it’s not about me, it’s about what’s best for us all.

As Challenge:Future celebrates this wonderful occasion, I can only feel lucky to still be part of this organisation. I look forward to continue to serve her more as best as I can. As best as possible, and to ensure that the feelings I felt of being a part of this organisation can be felt and appreciated by someone else.

Udoka Chiefe (Nigeria)
Vice President of challenge:Future 

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Stefan Alievikj

Stefan Alievikj | C:F staff

Happy 8th birthday challenge:future !!!!

26th September, 2016 @ 1:44 PM CEST

Muhammad Jehangir Khan

Muhammad Jehangir Khan | Action team | CF Chapters

amazing article, hopefully we will continue legacy and will meet soon :) cheers !!!!

4th October, 2016 @ 9:02 PM CEST

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