From Seguya Uganda

Friday, December 28, 2007

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.
 
I visited some home that recieved the piglets on Christmas day to see how the piglets are progressing. The piglets in all the two homes are doing fine. See pictures. I also thought the pictures of the children in these homes would be good.
 
Happy new year to you,
Seguya

Friends of Tanzania

Thursday, December 27, 2007


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NIPRO IN SOUTH AFRICA

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

NiPRO Movement for change in South Africa
Meeting with Heather Freeman was  indeed a success, we had a lot in common and that made us to have a beautiful conversation. We discussed extensively about Nigerians in Diaspora especially in South Africa and United Kingdom. We discussed about the quality of lives we are living in Diaspora and likewise the image we are busy building in Diaspora.
She planned to partner with NiPRO as soon as she return back to South Africa, though her charity office is located in the mother city i.e Cape Town. We will ensure to keep in touch so as to set things rolling and to make our vision a reality in South Africa as a nation.
Recruitment in Progress
Recruitment is gradually becoming a slogan among my folks becauseI have designed a shirt for myself and I plan to make extra 30 pieces so that my team can wear them and people will get to ask them the same question what is Recruitment in Progress? Johannesburg is believed to be a city of Gold and unfortunately many people were disappointed that gold is not picked on streets of Johannesburg.
Gross Unemployment is a prominent issue in South Africa and yet they are complaining of skills shortage in some certain industry especially the IT sector. Few professionals are in the country and the youth have given up on the situation of things in the country. I have four top members in NiPRO SA they are as follows Kholofelo Morena, Solomon Seloma, Tosin Bankole and Felix Owolabi. We have been meeting consecutively on how to get things started for the launching by February 2008.
 
Nigerians and their attitude
When I was very new in Johannesburg, many Nigerians seems to be nice to me. After some time their brother hood love began to fade away. A Nigerian brother cannot give out one South African Rand for food. It’s so unfortunate that a larger percentage of Nigerians in South Africa are living beyond what they were at home. I use this word more often “Abroad is not for everyone”  I was moved to do a documentary about Nigerians living in South Africa and that got us the Wits Art Awards Best Picture category and also Best Director. We did that to expose our lives here and hoping the Federal Government can see how to empower Nigerians here.
Nigerians sell drugs, pimp girls, engage in child pornography, 419 scam, hijacking and so many atrocities that we don’t do back home. We planned to visit the correctional services to interview some people on what led them to SA Prison. We are still awaiting permission to do that as well, I believe in the New Nigeria Project and I support it the movement as well. I know empowerment is the answer to the bad image we have created in Diaspora. Nigerians have contributed over 33% growth to the SMEs in Johannesburg the power house of South Africa.
We have a very strong entrepreneurship spirit and I admire that. Surely we all know that not all Nigerians are bad but the image must change. I welcome NiPRO to South Africa to take up this challenge but it’s not just NiPRO but we have to play our role to make it happen.
 
 
Victor Gotevbe plans to meet the SA Challenge
Many people see the glamorous lives in Johannesburg and beyond. KORA and Channel O award is one of the most significant events that showcase South Africa to the entire world. Recently the World All Stars performed at the Nelson Mandela 46664 project and it was indeed a success. There are a lot of challenges in South Africa, the popular HIV/AIDS, Crime, and Unemployment is crippling the almighty South Africa gradually. Our major concerns focus more on Africans living in South Africa because the country is a home to a lot of immigrants.
Especially Nigerians, we believe in dialogue and empowerment and we hope to impact people’s lives through NiPRO the long awaited team of change. The awareness is going on right now and much will be published via the SA version website for NiPRO www.nipro.co.za will be launched soon. Expect more update via the NiPRO group and the website.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Author
Kunle Owolabi
ICT/Multimedia
KSTUNT MEDIA
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cell: +27824062265
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Project Lots Nigeria

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Project lots is an acroymn for Project love on the street. It is a celebration of children living on the streets and those living in poverty. This particular event is celebrating  kids in Oko baba Area of Ebute Metta. Most of these kids have never been to a party before especially one organised for them. After the celebration, we are trying to raise funds for these kids education.
 
Programme schedule:
 
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
 
Time: 2.00pm -7.00pm
 
Meeting point is @  Sweet Sensations at Alago Meji in Yaba to the venue. For those that can't do the walk, the venue is kadara Primary school at oko baba in Ebute Metta.
 
The celebration ends at about 7pm.
 
Donations could be addressed to Miss Sangosanya Tolulope Odunayo, Intercontinential Bank, Ikotun Branch. Account no.015311044018.
That's for those that can trust us with their money and for those that cant, they can bring with them to the program anything they are willing to give ranging from clothes,shoes,food,drinks,toys,adopt a child,pay for a lesson teacher etc. Please remember it's for the future of Nigeria we are doing this and note that account of every resources given shall be accounted for.
 
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Peace Initiatives Uganda

Monday, December 10, 2007

Rebuilding young people’s lives
in Uganda

 

The youth in Uganda have grown up knowing nothing but violence and war. The Network for Peace Building Initiatives is empowering youth to combat the violence damaging their lives and undermining development efforts.

 

NPI work at the grass roots throughout Uganda, regularly spending time educating for peace in Internal Refugee Camps in war-zones in Northern Uganda and those with those driven from their homes by cattle-rustling.

 

We help rebuild lives of children who have suffered appalling traumas; a 12 year old abductee fighter who has been forced kill their own family and tribe members, refugees and “Night Commuters” - the school children who walk over 15 miles every night to sleep rough in towns to avoid abduction.

 

The NPI’s Peace Education Programme teaches tolerance, human rights and empowers young people to tackle social justice issues through a range of activities but needs further support to reach more youths.

We currently have four key programmes which need support;

·           The Peacemania, a newsletter giving school children a voice
and educating them about their rights

·           Peace Camps bringing youth of different tribes together

·           Peace Culture road shows, peace edu-tainment

·           Website, bringing together young people online

 

"Thanks to the Peacemania, members can now exchange views as well as get friends in various schools and learn more about our rights and freedoms"
Karungi, Mengo Senior School, Uganda and reader of Peacemania

 

You can help NPI with just

£150
enough to host and maintain the  Peacemania website for 1 year

£430
1000 copies of The Peacemania newsletter (1 quarterly run)

 

£1450
To buy equipment needed to reach larger Peace Culture Roadshow audiences, would include a projector, public address system and educational documentaries. 

 

For further information please contact:

Victoria Brasier (UK), UNESCO Youth Ambassador Liaison

Tel: 07985337641 Email: victoria.brasier@ba.com

Ndozireho Jessy Winterbonn, NPI Programme Director
Tel: 00256 772 342805, 41531 572
Email:
peaceinitiativesuganda@unesco.co.uk

 

Please make any donations payable to
UNESCO UK UGANDA,
6 St Andrews Road, Hanwell, London, W7 2NX.
All donations are used for the delivery of education programmes,
not for administration costs or volunteer expenses.

 

Water Initiative Nigeria

Dear All,
 
It is my pleasure informing you that SAFE WATER FOR ALL NIGERIAN CHILDREN PROJECT has been launch by Her Excellency Hajia Turia Yaradua ably represented by the wife of the Vice president Her Excellency Dame Patient Goodluck Jonahan, who in her capacity is the National Patron of the project.
 
PUR PURIFIER OF WATER an instant water purifier, a product of P&G refer to as mini treatment plant, has been identified as the signature product for the Nigeria project.
 
Having received some grants from P&G for the project, we are seeking to appoint state coordinators for 36 states including Abuja for effective implementation of  this project.
The duty of the Coordinator is not limited to handling PUR distribution and sales as a social product in the assigned state, but also relate with the WASH representative in the state.
 
We are also calling on independent consultant an expert in Risk Communication or groups to submit a proposal on GUIDANCE ON COMMUNICATION WITH RESPECT TO SAFE DRINKING WATER, SANITATION AND HOUSEHOLD HYGEINE.
 
 Submission of expression of interest on these subject matters should be sent to info@safewaterafrica.org  latest by 14th December 2007.
 
 
 
 
Thanks
 
SOLA BABALOLA
Communication officer
SAFE WATER FOR NIGERIAN CHILDREN
08038088514

Rogbonko Newsletter, Sierra Leone.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

 HEADMASTER MAKES THE GRADE

Five years ago when we first travelled to Rogbonko Village to discuss the possibility of building a school, one of the people we met was Augustine Kamara. Augustine was then the secretary to the village committee and one of the only literate people in Rogbonko. He soon proved himself indispensable to our efforts, conducting a village census with Simon (Westcott), acting as translator and record keeper. Our first school was built a short time afterwards, entirely by volunteers and made of bamboo and thatch. Augustine seemed the obvious choice to become the first schoolmaster of what was then just an informal school. Over the years we have worked to raise standards by employing fully qualified teachers. Thanks to a generous individual donation to the Rogbonko Village School Trust, we were able to offer our untrained teachers the chance to go to college and Augustine was the first to gain a place at Makeni Teacher Training College. The Trust bought him a bicycle to enable him to attend classes. That was three years ago. This summer Augustine passed his Final Exams to become a fully qualified teacher. We are delighted to offer him our wholehearted congratulations.

 

 

MARATHON MISHAP COMES GOOD

Allie Smith, educational consultant and former London primary school headmistress, had to pull out of the April 2007 London Marathon after months of training following a back injury days before the event. Allie’s plan was to raise sufficient funds to send herself to Rogbonko to help train our teachers in new teaching methods. As it turned out almost all of you who sponsored Allie decided to send the money anyway. £750 in all was raised. Allie was immensely touched by your support and will be off to Rogbonko in 2008.

 

 

IN BRIEF

 

ROGBONKO VILLAGE SCHOOL TEA TOWEL

This year’s Christmas fundraiser is the Rogbonko Village School Tea Towel, based on a design by Rogbonko School pupil and competition winner Adama Sesay. Adama had her first art class a year ago when Freetown based artist Rosalind Hanson Alp visited Rogbonko. We hope you’ll love the result as much as we do and agree it makes a perfect Christmas gift. Disappointingly, this year we won’t be selling the Rogbonko School Calendar as our former printer has moved on and we’ve been unable to secure similarly competitive printing rates.

 

EXAM SUCCESS

All nine children who sat the secondary school entrance exams this year have been successful. That brings to a total of 22 the number of children who have graduated from Rogbonko. All are enrolled at Magburaka Secondary School, their fees paid for by the Rogbonko Osusu Fund, set up by the villagers to help provide their children with a secondary education. For the second year running Rogbonko School candidates achieved the highest exam marks in the area.

 

SPORTS EQUIPMENT

Rogbonko Village School Trust supplied and sent £900 worth of sports equipment, including a table tennis table, volleyball and badminton equipment. UNESCO Youth Ambassador Don McBurney also donated several boxes of sports goods, including balls, skipping ropes and frisbees. Our thanks to him for his continued support.

 

NEEDLEWORK CLASSES

At the request of the school staff, Rogbonko Village School Trust has supplied funding for several sewing machines and sewing equipment to begin needlework classes at Rogbonko School. Teachers and pupils plan to sell the class’ creations to help raise funds for their school.

 

 

 

Possible new project - Nigeria

Dear Victor,
 
In the coming year, I will be working on a new project titled: Young Nigerians for sustainable development, in my capacity as Nigeria's rep at the Commonwealth RYC. This project will mainly seek to provide the needed drive for young people to take charge of Nigeria's long term development planning processes, particularly as it relates to the new president's vision 2020. DPI will be the secretariat for this project.
 
As part of the implementation, there will be a national youth for SD conference in the first quarter of next year. The theme of the conference will be: Vision 2020: Setting the agenda, and it will focus on important issues like the Niger-delta and the FG's development master plan, NEEDS 2, the President's 7 point agenda, Nigeria's development priorities and the youth agenda. This process will lead to the development of a blue print, which will be submitted to the President through the Minister of Youth Development.
 
We are planning to organise this conference in March and it will be preceeded by a special forum with youth in the diaspora in late January. I will like to explore the possibilities of working with NIPRO on this initiative.
 
I will be glad t discuss more with you on the way forward. Regards,


--
Dabesaki Mac-Ikemenjima .

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PAN and A Ray of Hope - Brussels

ARTS & LITERACY

IN EUROPEAN PRISONS
 
If you can't read or write, and you're not into TV or music, you're in trouble. You'll get depressed and wound up.”
[Prisoner in Wakefield Prison, England:
quoted in “A Day Inside”, The Guardian, March 2007]
 
            On the 21st November 2007 the PAN Coordinator, Dr Alan Clarke, addressed the Annual Open Forum of the ‘Dyslexia International – Tools and Technologies’ (DITT) in Brussels, attended by around 60 delegates. The invitation came as a result of PAN’s affiliation to A Ray of Hope and its role as a UNESCO Youth Ambassador for the Culture of Peace.
Under the title of ‘Dyslexia discovered - Dyslexia ignored: two sides of the coin’,  Alan followed an informative presentation by Dr Michael Thomson, Principal of East Court School, a specialist school for dyslexic children, with a presentation on how the arts can support literacy teaching in prison.  
 
He started by raising questions about the purpose of prisons, the kind of people who find themselves behind bars, and the negative effects prison has on them. In particular he emphasised the loss of self-esteem and the lack of opportunities to communicate at anything other than a superficial level. He outlined the high level of illiteracy amongst offenders and the need to stress the positive qualities amongst dyslexic people. He then went on to emphasise the importance that education, and the arts in particular, can have in overcoming these problems. He gave a number of examples of this, including the work of the London Shakespeare Workout and the Varderteartret of ex-offenders in Oslo.
Finally he outlined the impact that the PAN & The Will to Dream projects can have in these areas, including improving literacy skills amongst inmates.
 
In a report on the meeting Daphne Davies quoted Alan’s comments:
 
“The most important aspect of prison learning is related to self-esteem. ... For many of the inmates, school had been a nightmare, so the aim of (the prison teachers’)  work is to ‘take the stigma out of learning to read and write ...’”
 
And in her thank-you message the meeting organiser, Judith Sansom, wrote:
“Your presentation was thought-provoking and people are still discussing the issues you raised.”
 

From Helen Uganda

Helen has informed us that the season of the grasshopper is upon them and they can enjoy the delicacy of the dish.

Seguya, Uganda

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Seguya participates in World Bank International Essay Writing Competition.
Congratulations to Seguya from us all.

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NiPRO South Africa

We are happy to announce to you that Nigerian Professionals (NiPRO) International  has opened a chapter in Joburg, South Africa which will be managed by a very young and dynamic Nigerian professional, Mr. Adekunle Samuel Owolabi, ICT/Multimedia Specialist ,Kstunt Media (www.kstuntmedia.co.za)

We  realized that Nigeria has a bad image in South Africa and we trust that Nigerians in South African can lead the change process and image building with their actions.

Please join me as we welcome Mr. Owolabi on board and do watch out for www.nipro.co.za
 
 

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From Jessy Winterbonn Peace Initiatives Uganda

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Peace MY LIFE STORY AND WHAT MOTIVATED ME  TO GET INVOLVED IN PEACE WORK
 
I was born in and brought up in a largely rural agricultural part of Uganda to a Christian family. My parents were both teachers. I began experiencing the violence as a young man having grown through the different military and dictatorial regimes of Idi Amin, Obote and the military junta. Just like my fellow youth, I developed the love of firearms which had proliferated into the population over the years and learnt how to strip and assemble a weapon at the age of eleven. Having missed an opportunity to join the liberation war like most of my friends during school days, I joined military service after my studies. My opportunity to work with a newspaper producing organisation, and as a research assistant for the Department of Gender studies, and in various capacities in the military exposed me to the grim realities of life. It was possible for me to interact with different communities especially those affected by conflict. I got to see the realities of the effects of firearms and violence involving the youth. I further understood that the youth were being used selfishly and were the most affected. While growing up, I had been made to dislike various tribes from what I used to hear about them. However, during the military, my lifestyle changed as we were taught to cooperate and come to the aid of fellow men. I made different friends and this made me understand that they were not as bad as I had earlier been made to believe! I made friends with colleagues from tribes considered very violent. I also found out that this stereotyping was the cause of friction amongst various communities and at the work place. I got more disturbed when many of my friends continuously asked me for ways they could get access to weapons as a way of being assured of security. My continued discouragements could yield little success. I saw how lives had been destroyed by the violence and most disturbing was the increasing hatred and accusations from different tribes. Most disturbing was the realisation that many youth have been denied opportunity to interact with others while at school just like we had.
 
I felt something had to be done to change the situation! Though a graduate of Finance, I felt more fulfilled interacting with various groups of youth in different regions of the country. This was how I came into peace work with NPI. Various youth are learning the realities of small arms and violence and how it is affecting them. I have been able to access different youth groups in war torn areas due to the fact that many social workers find it more difficult to travel in areas they consider dangerous and this continues to deny youth there the opportunity to learn. Born in the western part of the country, the youth in the north find it a surprise that I should dedicate my services in their regions which are considered no go areas.
 
 
 
 
WISH LIST
 
·   Office equipment like computers(desktop and laptop), coloured printer and photocopier to help in both office operations and production of Peacemania newsletter
·   Web hosting for Peacemania site (design of website complete).
·   Communication equipment including telephone sets.
·   Funds for typesetting, printing and distribution of peace newsletter.
·   Contribution to rent expenses and for volunteers
·   IEC materials for culture of peace road shows.
·   Camera for still pictures.
·   Video projector and speakers.
·   Books and other learning materials for peace resource centre.

Volunteers to fundraise for NPI initiatives.

 

Nigerian by Choice conference

The role of any nation's Diaspora in its development does not need any debate. For Nigeria, the role of its citizens in other nations cannot be ignored, especially when consideration is given to their size and the inspiring roles that they play (or will eventually play) in those countries where they presently reside. The size of the Nigerian Diaspora in the United Kingdom -- from students to professionals -- places additional responsibility on the shoulders of both the Nigerian nation and her people in the United Kingdom. While the citizens can use their various platforms of influence to engage government (and contribute their own quota) towards improving living conditions, they can also benefit from the emerging opportunities that are increasingly available in Nigeria.
The Nigerian by Choice conference is an opportunity for young Nigerians in the United Kingdom to discuss the future of Nigeria. This conference does not seek to discuss the problems, but will serve as a forum where solutions, opportunities and networking will be the action guides. We believe that it is time for Nigerians living in the United Kingdom and are below the age of 40 (who can appreciate the need to take action in order to move from where we are to where we should be) to take action in order to create the nation we can be proud to call home. The September 2007 conference will focus on the following objectives:
  • Encouraging the need to take advantage of ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship to help meet Nigeria's employment needs;
  • Organizing Socio-Economic Missions that will enable Nigerian professionals in Diaspora to use their expertise to support relevant efforts;
  • Networking the expertise of the participants to influence policy and demonstrate how Nigeria can take practical steps towards development;
  • Celebration of "What's Great About Nigeria" because if we don't, the world won't have an example to follow!
Featuring brief keynotes, break-out groups, panel discussions and quality question-and-answer time, the conference will deliver on its promise of kick-starting a process of networking ongoing efforts towards addressing the need to place Nigeria on its path of becoming one of the best places to call home during the first quarter of the 21st century!

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Anne - Cicero - United Kingdom

Monday, November 26, 2007

Took this for you this morning on the top of the Malvern Hills before we went for our pastie at the kiosk by the carpark - you can see Malcolm and Suki (black dog) down on the right of the path.  We were walking along the lower fortification wall of an Iron Age hillfort called 'British Camp' or the Herefordshire Beacon where some people think Caratacus made his last stand.  We live over the other side of the hills you can see in the distance middle-ish of photo.

Abaana Uganda

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Dear Don,
 
My apologies that it has been so long since my last correspondance.  Everything we wanted to take out with the teams during the summer we got through which was fantastic.  We had a few problems getting the books delivered due to the weather in Uganda. . but anyway, here are a few photos of the children at Christ the King Primary School receiving the books that you gave us and a few other things as well.  I hope you can use them.  The school did not have any books at all until this delivery and the children are so excited.
 
Christ the King PS is one which was constructed this summer by two of our teams on the same site as their existing ‘building’.  The staff impressed us as they had done as much as possible with the little they had and drawn on sacks, cardboard etc.  We are looking forward to seeing the progress of the school.
 
The rest of the books etc were split amongst our other schools so now they all have something.
Many thanks,
 
Fiona Baxter

Emma and Ray, Lagos, Uganda

Youth Bank Nigeria

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Youth Bank Nigeria
 
About us
YouthBank was conceived by Theodore Ogbonna, the head of African Youth for Transparency, an United Nations recognized NGO formed in Lagos in 1998. Orphaned at age seven, he spent years living as one of the many young people crowding the streets of the port city of Lagos, hawking old newspapers and offering shoe-shines. He witnessed firsthand the frustrations of saving pennies and the terror of wandering packs of area boys, preying on younger children.

In 2004, Theo took part in the World Youth Centre, a social entrepreneurship program in Toronto, where he encountered Clara Chow , who shared his vision of making YouthBank a reality. Since then, a dedicated YouthBank team has been assembled, comprised of University of Pennsylvania students, a group of volunteers on the ground in Lagos, and several interested advisors and mentors, including Nigerian, Canadian and American lawyers, international development consultants, and microfinance workers.
Mission
YouthBank operates a community youth center, employing high potential Lagosian street youth to act as managers and employees. Through on-the-job training and seminars, YouthBank employees develop fundamental business skills. YouthBank also grants small loans to proven employees who demonstrate an interest in starting their own business.

Manyangwa, Uganda

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Report From Manyangwa
 
  1. Tree planting
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Lend a helping hand project(A friendly gesture)
 
Tree planting
The teachers and pupils have recently embarked on a massive tree planting exercise in the school preserved property for trees, and in the immediate community. The trees planted are mainly fruit trees. The seeds are developed in nursery beds at the school. Students are also encouraged to carry on the exercise at there homes.
 
Animal husbandry project
The pupils have also come together and pooled bits of their pocket money to start up a piggery project. Their agriculture teachers initiated the idea with the aim of using is for study purposes and a way of encouraging and educating them on small projects that they can do for an income.
 
The children learn basic skills of looking after animals and develop a love for them. Carrying this project out is hoped to encourage children to think about animal husbandry as a vacation where they can earn money for a living.
 
The present animal stock is composed of 10 pigs, three of which are under gestation. When the gestating pigs deliver, we hope to start an outreach project where the children can in groups, or individually take a pig home and start rearing it using the skills acquired from the school farm project.
 
Pupil to Pupil Aid Initiative
In this initiative, children believe “Nobody is too poor to have something to give, or too rich to need anything”. With this in mind, members believe that tragedy or fate has no timetable, it can happen to anybody. So here, children continue to contribute whatever they can in cash or kind with the aim of helping fellow pupils in need. They contribute anything from pens and pencils to school uniform. This makes all feel love irrespective of their fate. Since its start four years ago, the initiative has benefited over 60 pupils.
 
Ssennoga Paul
Headmaster

Member of NiPRO excels - Nigeria

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Queen invites London Metropolitan University Law student to Buckingham Palace reception

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has invited 19-year-old London Metropolitan University Law student, Temidayo (Dayo) Israel-Abdulai, to a reception at Buckingham Palace that marks her forthcoming visit to Uganda this November for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM.)

 
Dayo has been invited alongside other African leaders in the UK and is the youngest person to attend a reception of this kind at the Palace. His invitation comes as a result of his outstanding commitment to Africa and Africa’s Diaspora Youth Development.
 
Dayo, who has met many other world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Kofi Anan and President Obasanjo, said it was an honour to receive an invitation of this kind from the Queen. ‘I believe it will give me an opportunity to see what goes on inside such a powerful palace,’ he commented.
 
President of the University’s Nigerian Society and a valued member of London Met’s student volunteer schemes, Dayo is an influential and impressive student whose history of extra-curricular activity includes a visit to Malawi in 2005 to attend the United Nations Young General Assembly Annual Session and the development of the Africa Diaspora Youth Forum.
 
At London Met he has served as Peer Support Officer and as a Student Academic Representative for the Department of Law, Governance and International Relations, and has also been a member of the Student Welcome Team.
 
In his role as President of the Nigerian Society, Dayo he has put together a monthly ‘Black Student Business Networking Evening’ on the last Tuesday of every month. He has also served as President of the University’s Human Rights Society and as Leader of the University’s Law Society and Christian Union.
 
Dayo’s influence stretches beyond the University. All year round he hosts a series of Youth Empowerment and mentoring tours across the United States, and currently he is working as a British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Ambassador and as a Special Representative of the Young General Assembly UN Meetings.
 
In September, Dayo addressed the Youth Session of the UN, commemorating the International Day of Peace at the UN headquarters in New York. In attendance were the UN Secretary General, Bai Ki Moon, and the UN Goodwill Ambassador and celebrated actor, Michael Douglas.
 
This December, Dayo is leading a youth delegation on a special pilgrimage to Israel, which is being hosted by the Diplomatic Community in Israel.
Dayo has won many awards for his work, including the People Working Earnestly for Africa (PEWA) Award, the Gathering of African Best (GAB) Award, and, in January 2007, he was a finalist in two categories for the biggest youth award in Africa, The Future Nigeria Award. He was also a finalist for the Young Person of the Year Award and the Youth Advocacy Award, all culminating in his invitation to Buckingham Palace.

7 November 2007

Ecological Centre Belarus

Hello Dear Don.
In ecological centre lead sum up of water project. There were  a
lot of peole, among them students, region's  workers, scholars and nearly
35 guests. During this program all participants was awarded.
The fist place in photo competition took Zozylja Aleksandr. Your
present- a cup was given to him. We send you some photos of celebration.
Thank you very much for presents. We together look your with
participants from other countries.
Tamara thank you very much and hope to collaborate with you in the
future.
Irina

Link Community Development Ghana, Ethiopia, Uganda, Malawi

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Educational packs - posters - teachers' resource material and lesson plans

Nigeria Kano

Dear Young Nigerian Professionals,

NiPRO recorded another success in Kano as it hosts its Values for Positive Citizenship (Module 3) workshop in cooperation with Development Impact for Nigeria (DIFN) with support from A Ray of Hope, Unesco Youth Ambassador for the culture of Peace and British Council, Kano from Friday, November 2 to Sunday, November 4, 2007 at the British Council, Kano.

The three days brought together young professionals from Akwa (Anambra State), Kwara, Kaduna, Cross Rivers, Delta, Abuja, Lagos, Niger and Kano. Participants were trained on Values for positive citizenship by Mr. Yomi Oloko of DIFN with technical support from  Kemi Akeju, NiPRO Kano coordinator and Endurance Edafe.

Our special appreciation goes to DIFN, A Ray of Hope, British Council, all the participants and to Kemi Akeju whose  undying passion made the workshop a huge success.

NiPRO is coming to a city near you. 

Cheers!

Nigeria NiPRO - module and training summary.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

                                                                         

           NiPRO

 

                        Nigerian Professionals International

 

NiPRO International is a global network of motivated young Nigerian professionals working together to build a prosperous, united and stronger Nigeria now and for the future. NiPRO is a subdivision of the African Professionals Network. It is affiliated to A Ray of Hope, Unesco Youth Ambassador for the culture of Peace (www.unesco.co.uk)

 

Our Vision (Worldwide)
To build a new positive image and appreciation for young Nigerian professionals and Nigeria, her culture and her people!"

 

Our Mission
Fostering the growth of highly talented, socially responsible and dynamic young Nigerian professionals to
- Address issues that affect young Nigerians
- Build meaningful contacts
- Cultivate impeccable professionalism
- Discover business etiquette & protocol
- Exchange ideas & visions
- Foster Travelers' Philanthropy in Nigeria

 

NiPRO has Five Pillars upon which we are building the Network:
- Professional Development
- Wealth Creation & Investment
- Cultural & Political Awareness
- Technology
- Community Service i.e. Medical & Technology Missions via Travelers' Philanthropy

 

 

SEPTEMBER 30, 2006

READY?,,, SET?,,, STAY NIGERIA SEMINAR

THEME- Migration: Myths And Reality

The event fulfilled its vision to explore opportunities, discuss possible impediments and doubts, and also emphasize the incentives and existing opportunities in Nigeria and offer advice to practicing entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs; thereby drawing an accurate picture of business in Nigeria. The workshop also discouraged Nigerians from running overseas to live there but to stay in Nigeria to help in the ongoing developmental works.

 

Friday, 23 February and Saturday, 24 February, 2007

Values in Positive Citizenship Workshop.

 

Nigerian Professionals (NiPRO) International Network in cooperation with A Ray of Hope, Unesco Youth Ambassador for the Culture of Peace organized a three day Values in Positive Citizenship workshop which attracted young professionals from across the country.

 

The rationale was to provide a reflective introductory understanding of what citizenship is to young adults; to discuss what it means being a citizen; to explore values undraping understanding of citizenship to young people; to help young people further develop skills important to citizenship such as Active Listening, Appreciating Difference and Team Building / Group Working; and to encourage individual community volunteering on the part of participants.

 

May31, 2007

Policy Impact Review Program

NiPRO and Centre for Values in Leadership (CVL) jointly organized a one day breakfast meeting Organized at the Lagos Business School, Pan African University, Victoria Island, Lagos. 

 

June 9- July 14, 2007

Developing Entrepreneurial Skills That Impact Nigerian Youths (Destiny)

This six (6) weekend programme had twenty (20) aspiring young entrepreneurs from Lagos, Ogbomosho, Abeokuta and Onitsha as participants. They were trained and empowered by seasoned professionals on being self sufficient and how to unleash their potentials for productivity at the People to People International Office, Lagos. The event featured successful entrepreneurs who shared their experiences on how they started their own businesses. Participants were offered certificate of completion at the end of the training. This gave birth to the Destiny investment club and has a list serve that still keeps the participants and facilitators connected.

 

 

JUNE 15-17, 2007

Values in Positive citizenship Workshop (Module 2)

The much awaited module II of the living values for positive citizenship training programme was held at International Press Conference, Ogba, Lagos. The training programme was spread over three days with various sessions and group activities facilitated by Mr. Yomi Oloko of Development Impact for Nigeria (UK) It was sponsored by A Ray of Hope, Unesco Youth Ambassador for the Culture of Peace.

 

 

AUGUST 4, 2007

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH NETWORKING DAY (IYND)

NiPRO in cooperation with Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) and Korean Internet Volunteers (KIVs) hosted an International Youth Networking Day (IYND) this weekend (Saturday) August 4, 2007 tagged: Young and Enterprising at the Nigerian Internet Group office, at 7 Olayinka Bamgbose Street, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos. The event brought together twenty six  (26) participants. Victor Gotevbe and Gbenga Sesan served as speakers for this event.

 

August 11, 2007

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS FOR INTEGRITY IN NIGERIA

NiPRO recorded another success as it witnessed its launch in Abuja at the Fix Nigeria Initiative (FNI) office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The event drew young professionals from Jigawa, Jos, Lagos, Abuja and Kano.

 

AUGUST 12, 2007

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH NETWORKING DAY (IYND) 2

NiPRO, Paradigm Initiative of Nigeria (PIN) and Korean Internet Volunteers (KIVs) hosted the International Youth Networking Day again at The Triangle, facilitating networking on International Youth day (August 12, 2007). The three organizations were introduced by their representatives.

 

The event brought together young professionals from various walks of life. We had three countries represented at the meeting, namely, North Korea, United States of America and Nigeria.

 

SEPTEMBER 15, 2007

ACCELERATED NETWORKING: BUILDING PROFESSIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

NiPRO in cooperation with Iven technologies Limited recorded another success with the Accelerated networking series tagged: Building Professional Relationships. The event brought together top level executives, graduate students and up coming professionals from Ogun State, Oyo State, Imo State and Lagos State at the Iven Technologies conference room.  This unique event served as a platform for attendees to market their businesses, services or employment needs to a network of young professionals interested in helping each other in their business endeavors and professions.

 

 

 

OCTOBER 6, 2007

STEP DOWN SERIES

NiPRO in collaboration with Future Hope Foundation (FHF) of Nigeria hosted a Step down series which had Mr. Julius Agbongbase, Assistant General Manager, UNIC Insurance, a top level  executive as the guest speaker.

 

 

 

                                                 

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