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.
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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.
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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.

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)

Rising Insecurity In Nigeria: Causes And Solutions.

Insecurity is simply defined as uncertainty or anxiety about oneself. The primary responsibility of every government is to protect the lives and properties of its people. This is entrenched in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria section 14(b) that, “the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.

Prevailing situations like kidnapping, terrorism, communal crisis, sovereignty agitation, farmer’s-herder’s clashes and Islamic movement of Nigeria riots portrays that the government has failed in executing its primary responsibility.

It is also alarming that national security threat keeps increasing in various forms and dimensions, yet there seems to be no proper measures to put an end to it.

In 2019, the federal government budgeted 1.76 trillion naira for national security and 1.81 trillion naira in 2020. This seems to be grossly insufficient in tackling the security issues bedeviling the nation.

Insecurity is a global challenge. One will wonder why a country like United States, despite its sophisticated military apparatus, still faces security threat.

No amount of security meetings, money spent on arms and ammunition, local or international support can bring about our desired results if the causes of insecurity are not addressed.

Affirmatively, security is everyone’s responsibility; government officials, royal and religious leaders, academia and citizens must participate in tackling this insecurity.

There are many controversies regarding the underlying causes of our national insecurity. Most scholars argue it to be vastly political, while others point to the high rate of unemployment and other situational issues.

These arguments are not far from the facts as they highlight different parts of the same problem. There are seven major causal factors of our national insecurity, namely; high unemployment and poverty rates, porosity of borders, ethno-religious intolerance, lack of education, corruption amidst security personnel, uneven distribution of scarce national resources and political appointment, and injustice to victims. These factors are discussed below:

High rate of poverty and unemployment: In 2019, the unemployment rate in Nigeria stood at 23.1% and underemployment at 16.6%, as given by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). Also, Nigeria was tagged as the poverty headquarters in the global poverty ranking. Poverty and unemployment leads to frustration and desperation among the youths who now resort to kidnapping and other criminal activities for survival. It a popular saying that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop and an idle mind is gullible and highly vulnerable to crime.

Porosity of borders: Nigeria borders are terribly porous. The influx of strangers, arms and ammunition has contributed largely to our insecurity. Adding to this ordeal, there are no good records of Nigerian citizens; as such, the Nigerien, Chadian, Benin Republican, Cameroonian or Togolese can claim to be from Kano, Sokoto, Ogun, Cross River or Kwara states respectively. It has also been verified that most of the criminals are foreigners who are fond of indulging in criminal activities and escaping to their various countries through our porous borders.

Ethno-religious intolerance: Since independence, Nigeria has been bedeviled with ethno-religious conflicts caused by allegations of oppression, intimidation, marginalization, and widespread nepotism. Major riots, communal crisis and insurgencies are of ethno-religious origins. This includes the Kaduna (Zangon kataf, Sharia and Mrs World) riots, Shagamu riots, Maitastine riot, Offa-Erin riots, Jukun and Tivs riot and the unending Boko-Haram insurgency. However, religious and political leaders are the oxygen fueling these crises with their inciting statements and harsh response to unverified rumours.

Lack of education: Major field players of criminal and other heinous acts in Nigeria are reportedly illiterates. Northern states like Kaduna, Kano, Niger and Nasarawa states have come to see the need to implement, encourage and inculcate western education in the lives of its youths and children/teenagers, thus demolishing archaic beliefs that hinder education.

Corruption amidst security personnels: A large number of Nigerians have lost faith in our security agents. It is believed that one-third (1/3) of Nigerians believe that the security personnels give backups to these criminals earlier mentioned.

Also, the miscreant behaviours of some security personnels are disheartening, as collection of brown envelopes, extorting motorists, victimization and other corrupt vices become the code of conduct of some unpatriotic security personnels.

Uneven distribution of scarce national resources and political appointment: Most Nigerians, especially the southern region perceive that the federal government is being bias and imbalanced in its resource allocation and also political appointments. This has led to the establishment of ethnic agitative bodies such as; Niger Delta Avengers, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign state of Biafra (MASSOB), etc.

Injustice: Injustice and lack of support to the victims of previous attacks and victims of natural disasters have also contributed to our national insecurity. Victims of previous attacks are probably forced out of their various houses and communities with their oppressors unapprehended. This makes most victims to take the law into their hands thereby resorting to retaliation that results to more attacks.

SOLUTIONS
From the aforementioned causes of insecurity in Nigeria, it is extremely important to note that lack of unity and trust is an impediment to finding solutions to the insecurity problem. In this case, solutions to insecurity requires good leadership and governance, promotion of national unity and regaining populace trust. Regaining the trust of the populace should be a top priority to our leaders. Our religious, community and political leaders need to caution their words and actions as it contribute largely to our country’s stability.

We need to eliminate corruption, strengthen border patrols, provide employment based on merit and not based on connections or political affiliation; we need to speed up the rate of socio-economic and infrastructural development. In addition, Citizens should be enlighten to be conscious of their environment and report any suspicious movements and lawless activities to the security agents, and their anonymity been ensured.

There should be active national and state security intelligence gatherings that will enhance security strategy. The federal government should support community policing to encourage prompt response to crime. There is also the need to sophisticate the operational equipment used by security agencies.

For the goodwill of our only dear country, Nigeria.

By: Abdullateef Lawal,
Country Director,
Global Youth Network

Published by: Ebenezer Otu Sackey,

Chronicles of a deadly virus

At the moment, the world speaks one language, “corona” is on everyone’s lip, in every home’s conversation and on every social media timeline. In WhatsApp groups people share messages and tips on how to prevent the spread of the virus. Any coughing or sneezing becomes suspicious as everyone is paranoid. Corona virus disease symptoms are so similar to those of common flu that health professionals and other media have take time to make clear the differences via videos and posters to avoid paranoia .As a reminder, the corona virus disease (covid-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered corona virus. It was first detected in the Central city of Wuhan in the Hebei province in China and rapidly made its way to Europe America and is gradually getting into Africa with about 40 countries affected. We are still to recover from the ravages of malaria; Ebola and other deadly diseases that we have another powerful enemy; covid-19. Africans who thought melanin was virus-proof are gradually beginning to change attitudes as news of Africans dying due to the illness come up everyday. No, it is not common flu or influenza that can cured with all the DIY homemade remedies found on the internet. The question now how ready is Africa ready to face this big challenge? New cases of contaminations are recorded in Africa everyday and most of them are imported from infected countries into Africa. The number of deaths in China traumatized the entire world and those in Italy are even worst with hundredths of recorded deaths daily. One is forced to think, if countries that are much more developed than many African countries are succumbing to the virus what more of us? The greatest challenge of Africa apart from poor mentality towards prescribed actions to stop the ravages of the disease is poor health and water infrastructures. We are not trying to be pessimists but what can we do if our first line of attack against the virus is hand washing when more than 70% of homes do not have clean water or basic water facilities?, if our hospitals are not even ready to handle regular health cases?. Governments of some countries are taking strict measures such as lockdown of airports and complete confinement but some are waiting for the worst to happen before they react. But this slowness to reaction is what is going to seal the fate of numerous Africans. While waiting to see that our different governments react, let’s keep faith, stay home, avoid crowded places and make sure we observe as much as we can hygiene rules.

Vanessa Donkeng

GYN volunteer.

International Women’s Day: 35 editions later, what next?

Every year, on the 8th of March, International Women’s Day is celebrated by women worldwide. The United Nations began celebrating women’s day in the 1975 and in 1977, the UNs General Assembly invited members states to proclaim 8 of March as the UN’s day for women’s rights. This day was born as a result of feminists fights from European and American continent. It symbolically marks a day for advocacy for women’s rights and the fight against all sorts of discrimination against women and girls. It calls for reflexion and advocacy on the issues of gender equality. The African continent has not been left out as there is usually a plethora of activities carried out in various and different African countries leading to the 8th of March. Amongst such activities, we have educative talks on subjects like GBV, entrepreneuship, sexual and reproductive health and rights.
In Cameroon for example, the Ministry of women’s empowerment and the family organizes activities for one week before the 8th of march. However, after 35 editions of women’s day celebration, what are the outcomes?. Recent statistics still show that, women’s rights are abused every second and particularly in Africa where roots of patriachy and immoral traditions and cultures are still very much embedded. The government, local and international NGOs and many Civil Society Organizations have been working day in day out to reduce discriminatory acts against women but much still has to be done as there are still high rates of feminicides, rapes, FECMs and FGMs in the world and mostly in Africa. There is therefore a great need for advocacy, particularly to hold accountable the government of countries who ratify and sign international conventions like the CEDAW and the Maputo protocol but do not concretely apply them.
In the light of these events, one thing is sure, we have gone a long way already but we still need a change of mentality towards women and women’s rights; firmer and more innovative ideas to achieve objectives of having a global village, where everyone and women in particular are given equal opportunities to explore their full potentials free of coercion.

 

Written and compiled by Vanessa Donkeng-GYN Volunteer.