Renowned Space Adventurer to Visit Nigeria


Renowned astronaut, adventurer and inventor, Nik Halik will be visiting Nigeria from March 1 to 4 for the Nigeria’s edition of ‘Rocket Your Success’, a motivational programme for young and aspiring entrepreneurs. While in Nigeria, Halik, who is presently on a world tour, will have two live events in Ile-Ife and Lagos as part of the programme to promote the entrepreneurial and adventure spirit among young people. Rocket Your Success (Nigeria) will be hosted by the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Ogunwusi Ojaja II with partnerships from local NGOs and the media.

Speaking about his upcoming trip to Nigeria, the astronaut said that Nigeria presents a unique opportunity in the future of space science and technology. “In many ways, Nigeria and Africa as a whole, is open for many opportunities to develop its young people and foster interest in a future thriving space programme and adventure. In my trip to Africa, I have seen eager and curious minds wanting to take on the world. Now is the time to encourage them to attain their full potential,” he noted.

He also said that apart from encouraging young people to embrace space research, his mission is also to motivate entrepreneurs and people who like to venture into the unknown: “It is entrepreneurs who move the world forward, who shape the future for others. This is why as an entrepreneur myself, I like to engage people to let them know that there is so much to offer the world.”

Also speaking about the coming “Rocket Your Success” programme with Nik Halik are the programme’s coordinators, Adeleke Olukoya and Wale Olukoya, who thanked the Ooni of Ife for his involvement in the programme and encouraged others to support. “We would like to thank His Imperial Majesty the Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, Ooni of Ife for supporting this programme with Nik Halik and to just say that the programme is unique in many ways. We must encourage our young people to literally reach for the stars and dare to dream that they can be something great in life. This programme will definitely help in providing direction for them.”

About 3,000 people are expected to attend the “Rocket Your Success” programme, which will feature keynote speeches, exhibitions and a VIP business networking session.