NYCA 2020

 

 

MEET GLOBAL YOUTH NETWORK YOUNG CHANGE MAKERS 2020 AWARDEE
Egonu Tessy Nkechi, is a lawyer, serial entrepreneur and a Philanthropist. She is the founder of Queentrepreneur Women’s Foundation, which carries out various projects within Abuja and its environs on empowering young kids, through various outreaches such as: virtual training, excursion, book clubs and mentoring the kids. This is to broaden the minds of the young kids views and encourage them that there is more to school than just attending classes.
According to Tessy, “Children in rural and underserved communities in Africa are being left behind as they are not equipped to adapt or transition to new methods of learning.” Beyond educating young children, Tessy is passionate on women empowerment, mental health advocacy through the digital platform. Tessy advise to other young change makers “Now is the right time to start something, help someone or be a the change you look for”
Through her initiative, queentrepreneur women foundation, Tessy anticipate collaborating with both local and international organization to achieve its goals of helping young children and women in Nigeria and hopefully Africa as a whole.
Tessy and her organization shall be supported by Global Youth Network and its partner for this award iDixcover Opportunities (iDixcover.com) for one year free promotion, connection to possible funding opportunities and many others.
Join us in celebrating her.

NYCA 2020

 

MEET GLOBAL YOUTH NETWORK NIGERIAN YOUNG CHANGE MAKERS 2020 AWARDEE
Benedicta Chukwuyem Apuamah (Uweru), has a background is Pharmacy, an active global leader and the founder of Girls for Development Goals Foundation a non-governmental, non-partisan and non-profit organization founded in 2016. Girls for Development Goals foundation operated with the name “Girls Health and Education Foundation” until 19th December, when they became fully registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
The organization was Born out of the need to impact communities through development projects around the following thematic areas: Sexual Reproductive Health  (SRHR) with focus on: Teenage Pregnancy, Menstrual Hygiene, Nutrition, Education and Capacity Development
Benedicta is only 26 years old and have inspired thousands of young people especially young women/girls. Her project has informed more than 3000 girls on Menstrual Hygiene and new Menstrual Products to mention but a few. She has taught girls the impact of education, refusal skills to tackle teenage pregnancy and the need to put away distractions and youth vices.
Benedicta said she is “passionate about girls having access to period products and debunking Menstrual myths”.  She also advised other young change makers to “Have dreams that will impact not just you but your community, work hard enough, work smart, think outside the box and then watch your dreams chase you”
Girls for Development Goals Foundation utilizes the United Nations SDGs as templates for its projects. With particularly interested in SDGs 3, 4, 5 and 17. The foundation have Partnership  with Government agencies and other NGOs to reach it goals.
Benedicta and her foundation shall be supported by Global Youth Network and its partner for this award iDixcover Opportunities (iDixcover.com) with one year free promotion and connection to other possible finding opportunities and many others.
Join us in celebrating her.

NYCA 2020

 

 

 MEET GLOBAL YOUTH NETWORK NIGERIAN YOUNG CHANGE MAKERS 2020 AWARDEE
Adewunmi Akingbola is a medical doctor-in-training in Nigeria, he is an ardent proponent of the United Nations SDGs especially Goal 3 Good health and well-being. He is the Founder of HealthDrive Nigeria, an initiative tasked with the responsibility of creating awareness against the menace of Hepatitis and other liver diseases in Nigeria. Adewunmi is a recipient of the Africa 25 Under 25 Awards by IKapture Networks and Opportunity desk and a 2020 nominee of the AfriSAFE Awards, the most prestigious Health Awards in Africa. He was nominated alongside the governor of Lagos State, CEO of Egbon Power and other highly notable Africans leaders.
His works in Hepatitis was recognized by ex-President Bill Clinton and he was admitted into a fellowship Program in Clinton Global Initiative University in 2020.
HealthDrive Nigeria is a youth-led initiative that primarily creates awareness about Hepatitis (viral and non viral), liver diseases and other community-relevant diseases through Health awareness walks, online campaigns, pubic education and enlightenment via seminars and webinars, free Hepatitis B and C screening and a highly subsidized Hepatitis B Vaccination.
On the number of beneficiaries of HealthDrive, Adewunmi said “We have also been able to conduct free Hepatitis tests to about 4000 persons in Southwestern Nigeria and has vaccinated about 2000 persons. Infected people are usually helped to gain access to Specialists”.
Adewunmi advised other young change makers, to “be impact and change oriented, and should be committed to solving inherent and societal issues” HealthDrive is estimated to have millions of viewers via it social media campaigns and mass media as it host shows on TVC and Hi-impact TV.
Adewunmi and his organization shall be supported by Global Youth Network and its partner for this award iDixcover Opportunities (iDixcover.com) with one year free promotion and connection to other possible funding opportunities and many others.
Join us in celebrating him.

NYCA 2020

 

MEET GLOBAL YOUTH NETWORK NIGERIAN YOUNG CHANGE MAKERS 2020 AWARDEE
 Yetunde Fadeyi is passionate about the duality between energy and climate change and has spent the last three years providing sustainable solutions to energy poverty and environmental deficits in Nigeria. Recently, she was nominated for the prize for community action by The Future Awards Africa. In 2020, she was awarded the One Young World Ambassador via the Audi Environmental Foundation. In 2019, she was awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarships sponsored by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth office and LADOL to study Masters in Sustainable Energy and Environment, Mechanical Engineering at Cardiff University.
Her yearn for responsibility led to the establishment of REES Africa – a youth-led non-governmental organization positioned to redefine lifestyle by enabling energy access and promoting environmental sustainability through advocacy and actionable projects. So far, REES Africa have electrified 11 rural communities without prior access to electricity via a model approach and affected over 20000 beneficiaries with our energy access and environmental programs.
According to Yetunde, “my inspiration stems from a perspective of urgency and experience. I have experienced the effects of what energy poverty and environmental issues can cause. I was a victim of flooding throughout my teenage years which could have been avoided if people dispose of their waste appropriately.”
On her advice to other young change makers, Yetunde said “Life is not a competition, it is a journey, in this journey all do your best”  AFRICA envisage a developed continent where every person has access to clean energy and practices environmental sustainability as a lifestyle.
Yetunde and her organization shall be supported by Global Youth Network and its partner for this award iDixcover Opportunities (iDixcover.com) with one year free promotion and connection to other possible funding opportunities and many others.
Join us in celebrating her.

NYCA 2020

 

 

MEET GLOBAL YOUTH NETWORK NIGERIAN YOUNG CHANGE MAKERS 2020 AWARDEE
Chinenye Onuorah is an outgoing, creative and thoughtful individual who is unapologetic about creating change by providing Quality Education (Sponsoring Children to school). Chinenye  is the head of a charity organization, Regalo Hope Foundation where she provides financial startup fund for petty indigent women traders, sponsors children back to school and runs a resource centre with approved textbooks and laptops enabled with data for free. Sponsoring children back to school.
Since inception, Regalo Hope Foundation have sponsored 350 children via our scholarship scheme, it have assisted over 50 indigent women to startup their petty trade, through Regalo various outreaches, it have impacted 30,000 beneficiaries indirectly through its community programmes..
Chinenye advise to other young change makers “make meaningful change so that your actions speak for you in rooms where you are not present”
Chinenye is in pursuit of SDG 3, 4, 8 and 17. She mentors women in the slum and She runs a mentoring club for teenagers in 10 schools in Nigeria. Through her organization, She have awarded educational scholarship to over 350 children. She has also organized several community charity outreach in disadvantaged communities.
Chinenye and her organization shall be supported by Global Youth Network and its partner for this award iDixcover Opportunities (iDixcover.com) for one year free promotion and connection to possible funding opportunities and many others.
Join us in celebrating her.

Meet the 2020 Global Youth Changemakers

GYN LAGOS STATE CHAPTER

 

END SARS PROTEST: PROS AND CONS; THE WAY FORWARD.

 

Without mincing words, the #EndSARS protest and its aftermath was a powerful force that really shook the table of the country Nigeria. Nigerian leaders ordinarily would have thought it will just be a flash in the pan, not knowing that a strong, dedicated and united youth would stop at nothing to let their voices be heard and their demands met.

The protest may have come and gone, however the amazing youths of the Global Youth Network Lagos state chapter during its monthly E-learning Program for October had varying opinions about it.

Starting with a health webinar titled “ENDSARS Protest: Status of Nigerian Youth Mental Health Amid This Horror”, the state’s Coordinator 2 in person of Mr. Aborode Abdullahi had lamented saying “I am more concerned about the mental health of these youths. One of the characteristics of the Z generation is that they are easily stressed and depressed. Already, the Coalition of Mental Health Professionals in Nigeria is circulating contact details of counsellors and therapists that youths could reach to protect their mental health.

Many of these youths are probably in their mid 20s and early 30s. They haven’t seen a major uprising against government before. Their idea of protest is most likely what they see in organised countries. And since they don’t see these countries killing their youths, they can’t imagine that their own government sending soldiers to kill them. One can only imagine the mental stress many of these youths are going through now, especially with stories like that of a Computer Science undergraduate of a federal university killed in this melee.”

And even though the protest may have ended on a bad note with the killing of unarmed flag wavering protesters, which subsequently brought with it chaos, carnage and havoc; hoodlums/thugs attacking security operatives, destruction and vandalism of public and private properties/business, looting of palliatives in warehouses and so on. Knowing fully well that the protest was never a movement to support or an excuse to partake in illegal activities, one is left with one salient question. Who do we think is responsible for the high level of a criminal and illegal act committed by the youths and why?

  1. Is it the government?
  2. The media
  3. Parents or
  4. We as an individual

Answering this germane question, Global Youth Network Lagos state chapter Coordinator 1 Mr. Zakariyau Ajia had this to say “for me, I’ll say everybody, everyone played a part. But largely, the government appear to be the biggest culprits. Followed by the media and then parents. We the youths too could have acted better in some instances.

One major thing to note is that there’s no single strand of trust that exists between the government, a large majority of whom are politicians and the governed. Hence, every perceived progressive move by the government is met with a lot of distrust and scrutiny. In an environment where there’s sanity and government officials are not kings in their own rights, the response of the government should have been sufficient enough to call of the protest going into the second week. But this is Nigeria. And we all know it’s more or less a tales by moon light scenario over here.

That said, the reluctance of the media to cover without fear of sanctions by the government sent a wrong signal to already agitated youths who saw anybody not joining in the protest or lending in their voices as an enemy of a survival movement. Our parents came under this category as most of them either completely thought we didn’t need to protest or continued to peddle the “Don’t join them since you’re not a fraudster” thoughts. That pitched two generations that has a history of differing opinions due to a stark difference in technological advancement and a complete change of way of life and thought pattern.

Finally, the youths brought into the protests some level of exorbitance that characterizes youthful movements. Although understandable, it at some point undermined the seriousness, but never the credibility of the protest.”

Another member of the network Miss Mistura Oyebode gave her opinion saying “I think it boils down to us as a people in a way. The truth is most of these people in power are direct representations of our norms and values as a society.

Now before you crucify me, several times you see people before getting to a position of privilege, even in their daily lives are not straightforward. When they get to the position, they worsen. These people we’ve elected we’re once in the society as normal people before they got there and we still elected them anyway. Most Nigerians (Not all) when they get an opportunity to lead or govern, see it as an opportunity to rob. For example, after the palliative was shared, why wasn’t it distributed to the masses by the governors or let me say people in charge. That’s not the federal govt fault. It just goes to (show the deep the rot is in our nation. To see any real change, it’s not by electing youth, but looking inward and seeing what we value as a people and start from there.”

One thing we can all say for sure is that the EndSARS protest gave a recognition to voice of the youths and the government have come to realise that the youths are here to stay. This can be seen in how demands of the protest are being met, judicial panel being set up to investigate the extrajudicial killings by members of the dissolved Special Anti-robbery Squad of the Nigerian Police Force. Also, families of victims and dead police officers are being compensated by the Lagos state government.

Members of the network also gave their opinion as to where to go from here. One member named Yusuf Fathia asserted that “the society in general has to learn to speak with one voice. There is also need for a positive mindset and the keyed thought of not stopping low to join the bad guys”. Another member simply identified as Lillian also said “we need to begin massive enlightenment at the grass-root level, especially on voter education, good governance, human rights and if a petition can be raised to revamp the constitution, total revamping and not the one they do anytime they like. It will be great because so many flaws lies within the constitution which was made by the military men ruling us now”.

The EndSARS protest may have left certain youths in a state of depression and that necessitated another health-related webinar with the topic, “DEPRESSION: A Mental illness common in youths”. Tips on how to help oneself, a friend or relative when depressed was also given “If you know someone who is depressed, it affects you too. The facilitator of the webinar, Ms. Regina Okoko had this to say among other things; “The first and most important thing you can do to help a friend or relative who has depression is to help him or her get an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. You may need to make an appointment on behalf of your friend or relative and go with him or her to see the doctor. Other ways include: Offer emotional support, understanding, patience and encouragement. Engage your friend or relative in conversation, and listen carefully. Never disparage feelings your friend or relative expresses, but point out realities and offer hope. Never ignore comments about suicide, and report them to your friend’s or relative’s therapist or doctor. Invite your friend or relative out for walks, outings and other activities. Keep trying if he or she declines, but don’t push him or her to take on too much too soon. Although diversions and company are needed, too many demands may increase feelings of failure. Remind your friend or relative that with time and treatment, the depression will lift”.

Also, to help oneself out of depression, here is a suiting recommendation “If you have depression, you may feel exhausted, helpless and hopeless. It may be extremely difficult to take any action to help yourself. But it is important to realize that these feelings are part of the depression and do not accurately reflect actual circumstances. As you begin to recognize your depression and begin treatment, negative thinking will fade. Other ways would include:

Engage in mild activity or exercise. Go to a movie, a ballgame, or another event or activity that you once enjoyed. Participate in religious, social or other activities. Set realistic goals for yourself. Break up large tasks into small ones, set some priorities and do what you can as you can. Try to spend time with other people and confide in a trusted friend or relative. Try not to isolate yourself, and let others help you. Expect your mood to improve gradually, not immediately. Do not expect to suddenly “snap out of” your depression. Often during treatment for depression, sleep and appetite will begin to improve before your depressed mood lifts. Postpone important decisions, such as getting married or divorced or changing jobs, until you feel better. Discuss decisions with others who know you well and have a more objective view of your situation. Remember that positive thinking will replace negative thoughts as your depression responds to treatment.

Last but not the least PRAY! God is always there to listen to you. While you pray, believe. If you don’t believe in what you pray for then it’s like filling a basket with water. And don’t just pray, work towards your prayer intention”.

On the way forward, it high time we youths realised that we have to take decisive steps and actions towards achieving good governance, it will be good for us to realise that the process to achieving good governance may be tasking and there’s need for patience and strong desire for victory. It is highly advised that every youth gets his/herself properly registered for their PVC as this is the sure avenue for us to vote out bad governance and vote in the right leadership that we truly desire, and the best, peaceful and most effective way to effect change is through voting. Youths are advised to start getting involved in politics and are encouraged to participate actively in governance most especially from the grass-root level. It is advisable that youths effectively utilise whatever position they are opportuned to occupy by making positive impact in the society and having a clean record in order to be able contest for any position.

 

NIGERIA YOUNG CHANGEMAKER AWARD 2020

APPLY FOR THE 2020 NIGERIA YOUNG CHANGEMAKER AWARD

Aim : To celebrate six (6) young people in Nigeria for excellent development work and
measurable impact. The award shall also include three (3) most active Global Youth
Network state coordinators. The award shall be presented in proxy during the Global Youth
Network’s Ghana Youth Camp.

Nomination Criteria:
● The nominee must be a Nigerian citizen and the development work conducted in the
country for you to be eligible to apply for the Awards.
● The nominee should not be older than 35 years on 31st December 2020;
● You cannot edit your entry after submitting it, so ensure you cross check your
application well before submission.
● Please make sure all personal details are entered accurately, including contact
details, as this may be used in the awards adjudication process.
● If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact the Awards
Coordinator by email.

ELIGIBILITY:
● 1. Legally Registered
● 2. Not less than 1year of operation
● 3. Age should be 20-35
● 4. Should be an NGO or social enterprise.

BENEFITS :
1. Promotion for 1 year
2. Sharing their story
3. Become our ambassador (Nigeria young change maker ambassador).


Apply here

NIGERIA YOUNG CHANGEMAKER AWARD 2020

Aim : To celebrate six (6) young people in Nigeria for excellent development work and
measurable impact. The award shall also include three (3) most active Global Youth
Network state coordinators. The award shall be presented in proxy during the Global Youth
Network's Ghana Youth Camp.

Nomination Criteria:
● The nominee must be a Nigerian citizen and the development work conducted in the
country for you to be eligible to apply for the Awards.
● The nominee should not be older than 35 years on 31st December 2020;
● You cannot edit your entry after submitting it, so ensure you cross check your
application well before submission.
● Please make sure all personal details are entered accurately, including contact
details, as this may be used in the awards adjudication process.
● If you have any questions on the entry process, please contact the Awards
Coordinator by email.

ELIGIBILITY:
● 1. Legally Registered
● 2. Not less than 1year of operation
● 3. Age should be 20-35
● 4. Should be an NGO or social enterprise.

BENEFITS:
1. Promotion for 1year
2. Sharing their stories
3. Become our ambassador (Nigeria Young Changemaker ambassador)

Global Youth Network Nigeria supports the end to police brutality

 

GLOBAL YOUTH NETWORK NIGERIA IS SOLIDLY BEHIND NIGERIA YOUTH FOR CALLING FOR THE ENDING OF POLICE BRUTALITY

Nigerian and African youths are indeed fighting for their future.The current  protest  ongoing by young  Nigerians is calling for the end of a session of the unit of Nigerian police force called Federal Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS). The unit which is known for harassment, extortion and killing of young Nigerian citizens as against their primary responsibility. The F-SARS officers are meant to curb armed robbery and kidnapping.

As a youth organization, Global Youth Network in Nigeria stands behind the Nigeria youth. Beyond the end of police brutality, there is more to be done by the youths to correct the ills in the country.

We believe the future of the youth is in their hands and we are asking  you to please lend your voice and support this PEACEFUL PROTEST across Nigeria and world-wide. Our people say: “Na who dey alive go enjoy life”.

The youths do not hate the police; they are also protesting to demand the government to increase the welfare of the police officers so they can live better lives and stop their acts of extortion and intimidation.

Please, always remember to stay peaceful and safe while you protest for a better Nigeria and Africa.

 

Abdullateef Lawal,

Global Youth Network Nigeria,

Country Director.