Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Tic tac, tic tac
Seconds became minutes,
And minutes counted by the hours
Each day gives way to another,
Weeks rolled by and turned months
We all grew older, not younger.

Tic tac, tic tac
We are here again at the borderline
Waiting to cross and start a new count
The last day of the year is here;
A year once called NEW is now ending
For another 365 days to be given.

Think twice, be wise!
Though it seems the world has no end
But true, no man will live forever.
Even as each year comes to an end
You and I will someday be a history;
Our actions and deeds but a reflection.

Tic tac, be full of thanks
Tic tac, make a plan
We're given same measure of time
Lest one complain and feel cheated.
Each man must chart his own course
Either led by his instinct or his GOD.

Written & Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
Social Worker |Poet |Editor |Social Media Strategist|
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Copyright © 2013.
No part of this article should be edited without the express written permission of the author. You are only allowed to share and/or rebroadcast the article as it is. Thank you!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


When was the last time you embraced yourself? This might sound very awkward sort of, but I think it's something very important to do.

We expect so much from other people and wait needlessly and endlessly for them to do for us what we possibly can do for ourselves. And because they never really get to do the very thing we expect, most of us end up caving in with a feeling of neglect, unhappiness, and saddened by the thought that nobody appreciate us.

What you don't know is  that these other person are also looking for people to appreciate them as well. So instead of waiting suffering in a waiting cycle that never ends, why not start by learning to embrace yourself with a roundabout hug whispering positive words (e.g. "Ebenezer, you are such a nice person; I love being around you because you are a happy dude; Kudos, you've done a good job today; and so on). Unconsciously, what you're doing is empowering yourself to stay positive regardless of whether people appreciate you or not.

In fact, the interesting thing about this is that, soon enough, others will be wondering how come you are always wearing an expression of excitement on your face. You'll gradually become a center of attraction, inspiring happiness in the lives of everyone you encounter.

Those in the field of psychology may tagged this exercise as "Positive Self Affirmation", which of course is very right.

It's working for me. So go ahead and give it a little try. You may feel shy and stupid at first, second and third attempt, but don't bother your head with that, it's the benefits thereafter that you should be more concerned about.

I believe with time you will be the one teaching others, especially kids, to do same so they can learn about positive self-image and self-appreciation. For children, this exercise can help build up their confidence as they grow up into adulthood.

Okay, enough talking. I think you should just embrace yourself right now, and repeat it every morning when you wake up and before you go to bed. If you are committed enough, I bet you, one week of this simple, and yet  so valuable exercise, will definitely change your perspective about you forever.

Let the sweet embrace begin!

Written & Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
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Copyright © 2013
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

THE MEETING POINT with Niyi Adesanya

You are invited to attend the avant-garde interactive forum "THE MEETING POINT" with Niyi Adesanya. This platform is aimed at bridging the information gap between Luminaries (leading personalities who are reference points in their respective industries) and Visionaries (upwardly mobile folks aspiring to make their mark in their chosen fields)

This trailblazing event was envisioned to run through different cities in Nigeria, and in pursuit of that vision, the epoch making interactive meet has been hosted in three major cities in Nigeria just within one month of its start-up.

Following the significant success and noted feedbacks of participants of the previous event held in Lagos on the 17th of August, in Benin on the 14th of September and Ibadan on the 21st September, 2013, we have refined our strategies to ensure that the 2013 round-off edition slated to be held in Abuja on the 7th of December 2013 feature discussions which would be centred around but not limited to:

• Career Advancement: Office Politics, Promotion and Career Change – The Way Forward

• Business Advancement: The Nigerian Environment, Loan and Business Growth

• Political Advancement: Policy or Polity - How Do I Get Involved?


Keynote Speaker - Dr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, Chairman Leadership Group.

• Mr. Azubuike Ishiekwene,
Group Managing Director, Leadership Group
• Col. Kefas Agbu (Rtd)
Chairman, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA)
• Engr. Umar B. Bindir,
Director General, National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP)

• Mr. Femi Mokikan, Executive Director, Human Resources, Seven-up Bottling Company • Ms. Pai Gamde, Head, Human Resources, Nigerian Stock Exchange
• Mr. Azubuike Ishiekwene,
Group Managing Director, Leadership Group

• Mr. Gabriel Ogbechie,
Managing Director, Rainoil Limited • Mr. Ibrahim Maigari Ahmadu,
Managing Partner Cyberia
• Dr. Ahmed Datti (PhD),
Pro-Chancellor, Baze University, Abuja

DATE: Saturday 7th December 2013
VENUE: Merit House, 22 J. T. Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama, FCT Abuja
TIME: 9am (prompt)

ADMISSION IS FREE but by registration

To register, send your "Full Name, Email, and Phone Number" to +2348094709985 or  event@themeetingpoint.com.ng

More details available via www.themeetingpoint.com.ng

Thursday, November 21, 2013

21st Century Parenting Seminar: WAR OF GENERATIONS

"Looking back, I can't remember why and how things got so bad! My parents have changed a great deal. There's nothing I do that makes sense to them! I'm always the focal point of ridicule in the house......they're always poking their nose into my affairs. This is all so annoying! I can't stand them any more!!!"

That's probably the way 80% of teenagers think; fact!

And the parents.....

"Hmmnn, only God knows what has come over our child, he has changed so much. He now talks back, listens to strange music and has weird friends. She takes hours to dress up, prefers inappropriate dresses and locks herself up most times". 

For parents and their teenage children, there is definitely a lot of issues; a lot of disagreements. But they're not the only two groups from different generations, so why the war?

Let's find out together!
Let's talk about it.
Can we end the war?
Its not a taboo to share your experience or hear those of others.

So join us, at the next 21st Century Parenting Seminar tagged:

23rd November, 2013

Brainy Educare Center
3, Sabiu Ajose Crescent, by Modupe Johnson, Off Adeniran Ogunsanya (behind shoprite), Surulere, Lagos.

10am (prompt)

Limited spaces available, so register now @ www.brainyeducare.com


Send, "PS, YOUR NAME and EMAIL ADDRESS" to 08036966461 or 07089793568.
(e.g. PS, Eniade Ngozi Abu, enz@yahoo.com)

This seminar is organized by Brainy Educare Services
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Friday, November 15, 2013

ACTivate Conference 2013

ACTivate that IDEA with a STRATEGY that works. Join the gathering of Nigeria's best and brightest mind at the ACTivate Conference 2013.

Now is the time for young people to break free from inertia and set their ideas rolling with failure-proof strategies.


Saturday, 16th November 2013.

10am - 2pm (New Nigerian Time)

RCCG Light House Parish, 20 Konu Road, Oke-oko Isawo Last Bus-stop, Ikorodu, Lagos.

* Akinrinade Ezekiel (COO, Y.E Company; Project Director, International Youth Council, Lagos Chapter)
* Owoicho David (President, Renewer Mind International)
* Lasisi 'Bosun (PR & IT Specialist, ProTech Global Services & Communications; Convener, I.N.V.E.N.T Conference)

Powered by:
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Program Partners:
* African Resourceful Leaders Foundation
* International Youth Council, Lagos Chapter
* RCCG Light House Parish
* Agent of Change Initiative
* Olatunji Nas Event Planner
* ProTech Global Services
* Green Waste Care

For enquiries:
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

APPLY: Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative 2014

The United States Consulate General, Lagos in 2011 launched a dynamic youth engagement initiative known as Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) as a way of bringing together and empowering some of the brightest Nigerian youths who have brilliant ideas and passion for social change.

The initiative is named after the former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter C. Carrington who till date is seen as one of the most respected American diplomat.

Several social projects have been funded and successfully implemented by different sets of Fellows since 2011 till date. The fellowship program open application on a yearly basis for interested candidates to either as individual or group.

To know more about the application requirements and view reports of projects by past and present CYFI Fellows, click on this link:
Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative 2014

To follow up with the CYFI Alumni Fellows, follow @CYFI_ALUMNI on twitter and Like to Facebook page CYFI Alumni

Application for the Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative 2014 closes in January.

Please share information with young people who might be interested.

Saturday, November 9, 2013


As an introverted child I remembered my parents, older siblings and friends assumed too many times about what I wanted. Being that I was very shy, quiet and not use to saying so much made it more difficult for me to air my own opinion or win conversation even when my point is more valid than that of others. Nobody really cared to hear me out and that was really frustrating and annoying. I didn't like it a bit but still I felt helpless not knowing what exactly to do for the situation to turn around.

There are times I cry all alone in my closet, feeling ashamed of my inability and lack of courage to express myself. For more than two decades of my life many more people took me for granted, decided for me and assumed a lot of things without giving me any chance to really express my own views or feelings.

But somewhere along the line after attending several seminars and workshops, and reading a lot of books on the subject, I began to speak up for myself. At first, it wasn't easy, but the more I practiced and display courage in my conversation with others, people began to respect my opinions, views and ideas. It was a big breakthrough for me, as if I was released from the prison yard of imposition and forceful silence. I gained my own freedom, my human right privilege to speak and be listen to.

Today, I see many children like me around suffering in silence because no-one really cares to hear them out, most especially the adults. Most adults, including parents, believes that children don't have a say and should be decided for on what to do and what not to do. This is totally wrong and unfair.

In my opinion, I believe every person regardless of age, sex or social status have a voice that needs to be heard. Denying children the right to speak is against their human rights and the earlier we empower them to use their voice the better for us.

In fact, I believe most of the world's greatest challenges will be half-solved if only we can learn to listen to these innocent voices. Ideas and innovation does not only emerge from older people, children can also be inspired to create something new too.

I have been through that road of shyness, silence and intimidation before, and I cannot watch another generation of innocent, innovative and inspired voices to be forced through the same path. Never! Not in my lifetime.

Every child has a  voice and now is the time to give them the courage, guidance and platform to express their hidden talents.
I stand as a child advocate, speaking for as many children whose voices are yet to be heard.

Written & Authored by:
~ Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
Social Worker| Writer| Social Media Strategist
Twitter: @gent2smile and @ARLFoundation

REGISTER your child (8-16years) for "SCRIBES AND ORATORS 2013", a one-week Creative Writing and Public Speaking Workshop coming up in December. The event is powered by Brainy Educare Services.
For enquiries and registration details, contact:
08102040382, 07089793568, 08036966461

Thursday, November 7, 2013



An extension of GOD in HUMAN FLESH.

A mere man SAVED by GRACE and SACRIFICE.

An heaven-bound saint like JESUS of NAZARETH.

See my claims not as a sweet talk or a blaspheme.

Though, my PERFECTION is not of the FLESH

And it is CHRIST in me who brings me to PERFECTION.

Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
Twitter: @gent2smile

Monday, November 4, 2013

Postponement of Nigeria's Doomsday

This pic is an attestation to the fact that evil doth rule the world. That your life is a part of a grand scheme to give the devil dominion over the world.

I look at this in a Religious and Political eyes because both are in play in this picture. We should really feel lucky in Nigeria especially the youths that you can use a Blackberry to update TGIF every Friday yet the living standards in Nigeria is bad, that you can be Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa and your life isn't threatened while Hutus almost wiped out Tutsis some years back in Rwanda, that we didn't have to fight bloody to gain Independence like the South Africans...BUT feel sad because we have only succeeded in shifting our DOOMSDAY forward.

I am a proponent of Idealism as Materialism has only made everybody in Nigeria lazy. We all love Fela yet the deep message in his songs like "Suffering and Smiling" is overlooked while his weeding habit is embraced as if that's all he taught us.

This Generation lived as though it was created to party and get wasted with dwindling moral values. I wonder if the thousands of generations before us were party animals or funseekers like us if anything worthwhile would be accomplished, Karl Marx, Descartes, Carl Benz, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Da Vinci, Jesus Christ...Even money without values soon fades (I dare you to test the theory). What the f**k did our parents eat or do that made us so worthless?! I jammed up my points yes but i will subsequently pick them out for discuss in due time.

Written by:
Moyo John

(culled from facebook status update)

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Life Lessons from 2Face, Van Vicker and P-Square

Tuface (Innocent Idibia) married Anne, after many years of flirting with other women, why? Because he knows no other woman contributed to his life as much as Anne. Van Vicker, the popular Ghanaian movie actor, did the very same thing, marrying the girl he met when he was just 15yrs old. Peter of P-Square is towing that very same line, proposing to his girlfriend and ‘baby mama’ of many years.

What do we learn from these men? They have seen a lot of women in their life, but yet still yet, they went back to that one woman who stood by them when they were no body. Guys, learn from these men…. There is nothing as sweet as the love of that woman who drank garri with you, who slept with you on your hard floor without a bed, who didn't care what you had or what you didn’t have. Their love is pure sweet and innocent. They are obedient, considerate, understanding, supportive, and submissive. Why?

Because they know what you went through to make it in life. When you tell a woman, who knows how u suffered to make it, to sit, she will sit. Because she knows where you are coming from, she respects you she saw you become a Man not because she was told. She saw you struggle it out.

But it’s not the same with ready-made women. That is why when you talk, they talk, and because they didn't see you suffer it out or have an idea of where you are coming from. Forget all these ready-made women who can’t give account of how you started your life and/or how you made your money and fame in life.

Go back to those women who stood by you, when you were nobody, the women who drank garri with you. ‘They are your real wives.’

A word is enough for the wise!

Nancy ‘Uncommon’ Ijeoma (Facebook status)

Monday, October 21, 2013


Without the ability, skills and knowledge of how to communicate effectively, can children really take advantage of their freedom of expression?

Brainy Educare is on the move to empower young teenagers through its annual creative writing and public speaking workshop tagged “SCRIBES and ORATORS”. This year’s workshop promises to expand the knowledgebase of participants with basic and advance communication skills especially in the art of writing and public speaking while also grooming them to become distinguished leaders and competent communicators to be reckoned with in the nearest future.

An array of renowned world-class professionals and individuals from both academic and business community has been selected as facilitators for this year 2013 edition of “SCRIBES and ORATORS” in order to achieve the set objectives. Trainings will be held in three locations across Lagos.

Registration is now open and can be done either individually or in group (e.g. school, church, mosque or clubs).

Eligible Age:
Ages 8 - 16years

Training Venues:
Ikeja, Akoka and Ikorodu

Training Dates:
Monday, 16th – Saturday, 21st December, 2013

Training Time:
9am to 3pm daily

Registration / Course fee:
N15, 000 (Fifteen Thousand Naira)
There will be tea- break and lunch daily, course materials, and certificate of participation at the end of event.

How to Register:
Pick up a form at Brainy Educare office, No. 1, Ahme Street, off Olufemi Road, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos.

How to Pay:
Account Name - Brainy Educare Services
Account Number – 0014562007
Bank Name – Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank)

For Enquiries / Partnership / Sponsorship:
08036966461, 07054445273, 08035323638, 07089793568
brainyeducare@gmail.com;  info@brainyeducare.org

Registration closes:
Friday, 13th December 2013.

Monday, October 14, 2013


Simple and classic, she was dressed up in a gown so beautiful

Her golden earrings and wired bracelet were just but a perfect fit

She had no hidden motive to show-off her curves or entice the feasting eyes

Nevertheless, her graceful countenance and fluffy natural hair made her the center of attraction

Even her lips were shaped with smiles, and her white teeth shined so brightly in between

Hastily and hurriedly, the lustful eyes began to gazed and strategize

Excitedly they thought she was a game, but sadly they all hunted to no avail

Then they realized that this rare specie was not a meat on sale

Awhile sitted around the corner, I looked upon her with a poetic eyes and saw a rose flower

So gently and patiently I waited like a gardener for this flower to find its owner

I waited and waited, until that perfect moment she came my way and rested on my shoulder

Finally I found a queen and I knew my waiting was not in vain

And until now, I doubt if ever I will see a maiden adorned in such beauty and simplicity like her again.

Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)

[Gent2smile ©2013]

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

YALA...DO MORE! (by Chunu Teajay)

Have you seen the recent arabian advert for Pepsi? A guy takes the drink and scream YALA! I discovered it was a motivating word to get things done like "let's go", "let's do it"...etc

That idea you only talked and never did, that problem you left for your 'leader' to solve, that child you left for his/her parent to guide on what is right, that habit you are waiting to change in 'it's time'...are part reasons why you face the challenges that frustrate you.

"Many of us have sweet dreams & never see them come true because we forget to wake up" - Archbishop Benson Idahosa.

Change starts in our minds but happens with our hands. So rise up today ready to do that idea, that dream, that thing you postponed...wake up to the responsibilities of your dream/future

Impossibility only exist for those take solace in the comfort & cowardice of inaction. They that KNOW shall be STRONG & DO...now you know...DO MORE.

YALA...Your Actions Literally Advances

Impossible is Nothing!

Chunu Teajay
I am your friend

Watch Out for StepUp! 2014

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Kunbi Adefule is a young Nigerian-American adventurer who has traveled to over thirty (30) countries around the world. She is also an alumnus of Cornell University.

On the event of Nigeria’s independence celebration, she shared on her facebook status what I have titled as a note of caution, or rather a note of wisdom (depending on the reader's perspective) to all Nigerians especially the youth population.

Quoted in her own words:
"Dear Nigerians, Insulting Nigeria on Independence Day for not being like USA is like insulting your father or mother on his/her birthday for not being like Bill Gates or Oprah!

Happy Independence day to all the Nigerians that have faith and hope in Nigeria.

Naija o ni baje o! Eko o ni baje o!"

GREEN or GREED NIGERIA? (by Chunu Teajay)

As Nigerians commemorate their fifty-third (53rd) year of independence, there are variegated opinions about whether the day is worth celebrating or not. One of Nigeria’s renowned youth advocate and GEMSTONE Ambassador has aired his voice over the social media by posing a critical question that all Nigerians need to answer. Read the full article below…

(written by Chunu Teajay)

Nigeria is not a place but a people. The colour on our flag is a representation of who we are but our self-seeking ambitions have discolored what we once called our pride. I keep wondering, are we still green or a colour full with greed?

We flaunt a colour green and call ourselves Nigerians whereas by our attitude we are more of aliens professing a creed not reflecting in deed, pointing fingers at others forgetting to realize that no one else is responsible for our lives and actions except us. When people say there is nothing to celebrate in Nigeria I wonder why event planners are still in business. If we glamorously celebrate our anniversaries and ‘achievements’ without a referral to sustainable communal development then we
are the perfect definition of mediocrity.

Imagine a future where we have all stolen from ourselves and have nothing left in common except the anticipation of being the first to kill the next loosed cow. That’s the future that awaits our misplaced valued and self-seeking attitude. In our angry actions & words against our ‘rulers’ and with our fights and complaints, we have gradually become more of what we most disdain.

No matter how far we run we can’t run from who we are, WE ARE NIGERIANS first before anything else; the most favoured and endowed among black nations who are yet to articulate a common vision and master the art of discipline to achieve same.

If Dubai that has Sun, Sand & Sea can in the desert grow a tree then for Nigeria I see a possible future waiting for you and me. As we celebrate 53, two numbers with great significance, let’s Step-Up with the grace God has given and walk in unity to achieve a common goal. Let’s recolour our pride from greed back to green.

We can be a Generation Empowered, Motivated & Stirred to Operate in Natural Excellence if we:
* Make a positive impact on everyone we meet and everywhere we go.
* Be a ROLE MODEL worthy of emulation.
* Be a solution to problems and not a problem to solutions.
* Be the best in all we do particularly the things we are good at.
* Do the right thing regardless of who is doing the wrong thing.
* Value time and make the best of it.
* Care and show that we care through our words and actions.
* Consciously build a great legacy starting today & every day.
* Live a life of INTEGRITY.
* Make our family, nation & God proud. Be someone’s claim to fame.

(NB: Included here are the 10 core values of GEMSTONE)

A happy independence wishes to those who are truly dependent.

I am your friend,
Chunu Teajay
Twitter: @unusualteajay
Skype: Chunu.Teajay

Sunday, September 29, 2013

HIDE and SEEK (poem)

A mild and gentle wind from the ocean’s deep
hovered around me like a sweet lover’s embrace…
And above my head I caught a glimpse of the
harmless Sunday sun hiding away its charming smiles.

The innocent sun, like an introverted child with
no courage, could not gaze into my face…
But it giggled at me from behind the crispy blue
lining clouds from a thousand miles.

Oh, I thought the sun was shy and so
ashamed to whisper my name…
But no, the sun was calling me to come
play the hide-and-seek game.

Written & Authored:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)

Wednesday, September 25, 2013


This morning (September 25th, 2013) I just finished a phone conversation with a fraudster pretending to be a family relative from abroad.

This scrupulous man with his baritone voice called with a private number and fooled himself (not me) into guessing a name of someone I know abroad. After a name had been mentioned, he fell in love with his new found identity and gathered enough confidence to continue his mission. In an attempt to show concern, he asked about how work and family was doing, which I responded nicely to.

Now to the main business, he gave me his new phone number ( +447045715066 ) and said there is an envelope he sent to Nigeria via his friend named Mr Felix Ajayi ( 07033344593 ). The letter was addressed to me and the content therein are (1) BlackBerry (2) Rolex Wristwatch and (3) 500 pounds sterling.

He said he need my assistance to secure a document in Nigeria which he mumbled together as "International Residence Permit" or something like that. His friend Felix Ajayi is on a visit to Kogi State to see a sick family member of his, therefore I am expected to call him and know his movement and how to get the envelope.

My dear fake relative had enough time to explain himself and I was not in a hurry either since my call credit is not going to be deducted anyway.
He went ahead to get me excited by saying the BlackBerry and Rolex Wristwatch are mine and added to that is a token of N30,000 which I am expected to deduct after the pound sterling is converted to Nigerian currency.

Several minutes was spent on explanations and guidelines. After the whole talk and everything, I then asked him what his name was again and he responded with the magic name I gave initially. I smiled, and said to him, "Hello sir, I have spoken to many people like you before and..." but unfortunately he didn't allow me to finish my sentence before he dropped the call.

= Final Note =
It's really a sad thing to note that there are still evil geniuses like this who are determined to destroy the image of Nigeria and Nigerians.

What benefits do they stand to gain by defrauding innocent people? Please let us change our ways and put Nigeria in a positive light. You don't need to be corrupt to make a living. Be creative in a positive way and add value to other people instead of trying to cause them pain and anguish.

I believe in the future of Nigeria and I know things will get better in my own lifetime.

Ebenezer Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
Social Worker | Writer & Editor | Social Media Strategist
Tweet @gent2smile

Monday, September 16, 2013


Amidst the gathering of hundreds, she stood out like the Sun at noonday.
My breath was taken away as I stood still…mute, not knowing what to say.

Upon her face, a brilliant smile adorned so perfectly like cosmetic from Mary Kay.
My heart raced with the wind and a new song in my head began to play.

So sweet and soft, the voice with which she spoke to me
And for a moment I thought I was listening to a celestial hymn.

But even if I were deaf, such a melody would bring me healing
And it does not matter if I had faith already or just about believing.

Indeed, a wondrous work the potter's hand hath made  from fine clay
An attractive distraction intentionally positioned on my way

This gift I cannot refuse...this beauty I cannot resist.
For in her, I found the missing piece which makes me complete.

Written & Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
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Friday, September 6, 2013

Meet Kunbi Adefule...the Nigerian who traveled the world

Kunbi Adefule is an extraordinary Nigerian and a solo adventurer who traveled across 27 countries around the world between 2001 and December 2012, and her journey still continues.
Her first traveling experience outside Nigeria was a family trip to the United States of America. But after that trip, she developed the appetite to travel the world and see places beyond the boarders of her father's land.
Kunbi is a strong self-believer and a free soul, with a different perspective to life, religion and believes.
The stories of her adventures are shared on her personal website:
The Adventure of a Nigerian-American
One of the funny experience she wrote about that got me laughing was a story about a time when someone tried to cast demons out of her because of the jaimacan style of dreadlock on her head which she promised not to cut off.
I met Kunbi in the month of July 2013, when I was invited as one of the resource persons for the Summer Camp Nigeria project organized by the Brainy Educare Services with Kunbi was the project cordinator. Working with her opened up a small window for me to know little about her unique personality and experience.

You can read all about her adventure, life experiences and culture shock she encountered in her voyage around the world.
The Adventure of a Nigerian-American
She's one of the many making Nigeria proud.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Apply: Knight International Journalism Fellow (Nigeria)

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) seeks a Knight International Journalism Fellow to be based in Nigeria for 10 months to help amplify the impact of our partners’ innovative health journalism.

We are looking for a media professional, with deep roots in newsrooms, who has managed complex digital innovation projects and teams, and who has a demonstrable track-record for creating ways for audiences to engage with the news.
The Fellow will work with other ICFJ Fellows both in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, as well as local and international technologists, to ensure that our journalist partners produce health stories that engage audiences.

We define audience engagement as measurable instances where citizens:
* Consume and interact with news
* Contribute to and co-create news
* Amplify the news by sharing it online and offline
* Act on news, by responding to issues or events
* Explore issues or data reported in news, by accessing additional information or resources
A major emphasis of our program is to create health news that empowers audiences.

Qualifications and Skills
The successful candidate should be able to demonstrate:
# Experience working in newsrooms
# Experience creating digital and/or mobile news media
# Experience managing digital production teams, while working to tight deadlines
# Experience integrating social media into news media
# Success in achieving measurable audience engagement
# Success at replicating or repurposing technologies to answer local needs
# Strong leadership qualities
# Strong project and time management skills
# Experience in Nigeria or elsewhere in Africa is strongly preferred
# Training or coaching experience is a plus

The fellowship is open to any nationality. The Fellowship duration is 10 months, starting October 1st 2013. If you're interested in applying, get your application (a CV & short motivation about why you're the perfect candidate) in ASAP.

The Knight International Journalism Fellowships are designed to instill a culture of news innovation and experimentation worldwide. The goal is to seed new ideas and services that deepen coverage, expand news delivery and engage citizens in the editorial process.

The program is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Fellows build on past successes in the Knight program, which has a strong record of achieving impact. They work in countries where there is a good opportunity to create the news media of the future. With additional support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Knight Fellows are empowering journalists in sub-Saharan Africa to use the latest digital tools to tell compelling stories on health and development issues.

Applications should be sent to:

Thursday, August 8, 2013

International Youth Day 2013 in Lagos

In recognition of youths as change agents and active stakeholders in the discourse for a better world through the actualization of the Millennium Development Goals, the African Resourceful Leaders Foundation (ARLFoundation) will be hosting a Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) in Lagos-Nigeria with representatives of youth-led organizations to commemorate and discuss the theme of the United Nations International Youth Day 2013.
This special event is proudly supported by Nigeria Today Newspaper as the official media partner.

"Youth Migration: moving development forward"

Saturday, 17th August, 2013.

Plot 406, Adeniyi Jones Avenue,
Vulcanizer Bus stop, Ikeja,
Lagos, Nigeria.

10am - 2pm (GMT +01)

Enquiries / Partnership / Sponsorship:
+2348066393577 (Jamiu), +2348027701092 (Ebenezer)

Social Connect:
Tweet @ARLFoundation, @gent2smile, @jomoluv12


AUGUST: Ask Until God Unleash Something Tangible

I looked back to where this journey begun,
And in a moment I realized that I am no longer young.
I think to myself, all I want now is a miracle
And I must ‘ask until God unleash something tangible’

Alas, the Giver has always given us so much of what we needed without asking
And in haste we receive the goodies, rush off away without thanking.
We squandered it all, and turn back to him expecting another cup with blessing full
Oh, what a great fool we all are to be so unkind and ungrateful

Though The Giver has it all and does not beg anyone for anything
Except that we praise and say THANK YOU for everything
Such that His heart will be gladdened to want to give us much more,
Make us sprout and flourish like the tree of sycamore.

How sweet the voice and melodies of the praiser
Who never take for granted each and every blessings of The Giver
He shall not be ashamed to lay down his needs
Before The Giver who knows all by name and keep record of our deeds.

Written & Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade
Tel: +2348027701092
Email: gent2poetry@gmail.com; ebenezer.akinrinade@gmail.com
Twitter: @gent2smile

Friday, July 26, 2013


Many good things are happening this year and I can only tell you to WATCHOUT for more!

From the stable of EGCreativity Blog, you can stay tuned to read my poetic piece among other spectacular poems by prolific writers from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, USA and so on, in the forthcoming EGC: 31 DAYS OF POETRY: INTRO TO 2013 EDITION

Expect nothing but the best!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

iCamp 2013 (Work-at-Home Summer Camp)

iCamp 2013 is a 6-week work-at-home summer camp to help young minds discover their innate ICT talents, provide digital opportunities by exposing them to high profile softwares that will advance and aid learning beyond the walls of classroom settings as well as inspire innovative tendencies in them.

Young people who waste precious time on social media will learn how to utilize such tools for learning which will enable them cope more effectively with their studies.

1. Graphics & Photo-editing(see some works of kids
here ( https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.559115020793557.1073741834.125164557521941&type=3 )
2. Animation & Cartoons
3. Writing for the Web
4. Elementary Programming
5. Website Designing
6. Safe networking with other teens online (optional)

July 29 to Sept 13, 2013

The fee is N35,000 per child. However, two (2) or more children can pair up if they fall in the same category.

BANK: Guaranty Trust Bank
ACCOUNT NAME: Association Of Women In Technology In Nigeria
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 0015019364

Category 1: Age 3-12 years
Category 2: Age 13-18 years

Parents register their ward on www.witin.org/icamp2013 and download lessons weekly to kids PCs. Limited spaces available.

If you do not have a child to attend this camp, please sponsor one. For details, visit www.witin.org or call
2348139399635, 2348083262168

Social Networks
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mywitin
Twitter: @mywitin
Blog: www.mywitin.blogspot.com
Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/witinchannel

Monday, July 15, 2013

SUMMER CAMP NIGERIA: Call for Volunteers

Summer Camp Nigeria 2013 is an amazing two-week holiday training program organized by Brainy Educare Services for teens and preteens (8-16years old) from within and outside Nigeria. The program is set to run from August 11th to 25th, 2013 and will feature programs like skill acquisition, character building among other fun activities that can inspire learning.
One of the major goals that Brainy Educare hopes to achieve with the camp is to teach the kids things that they ordinarily won’t learn in school. Hence, they see the need to partner with skilled professionals who can volunteer to teach and impact kids with basic knowledge during the camping event.

The organizer of the Summer Camp Nigeria 2013 has therefore opened its door to invite interested volunteers in the following areas:
1) Language Tutor for oral and written Spanish, French or Chinese.
2) Vocational Skills: Bag Making (using fabric), Bead making/Wire works, Painting/drawing, Cooking, Computer Programming, Tailoring, Music, Drama, Graphic Designs, etc.
3) Self-Defense and Safety Culture.
4) Social etiquette
5) Sports / Fitness Director (to oversee morning aerobics and other sporting activities).
Apart from the Self Defense class which would require the facilitator to come for a maximum of two times, most of the activities mentioned above would require other major volunteer facilitators to come to the camp regularly.
Other activities that will feature once on the time table are:
a) MY NIGERIA: The aim of this session is to educate the kids more about Nigeria, giving them the opportunity to know about other aspects of the country (e.g. the various ethnic groups, culture and languages in Nigeria, so they do not think that the country is made up of only Yorubas, Igbos and Hausas).

b) TODAY’S ICON: This is a special hangout session where the kids interact and play with famous and positive role models with proven track records (e.g. Writers, On-Air-Personalities, Business Mogul, Entertainment Veterans, etc.).
Above all, Brainy Educare is only requesting for committed volunteer facilitators who are skilled, patient and can work well with kids.

To volunteer, send the following on / before July 25th, 2013:
1. Your short profile.
2. Area of interest (from the list provided above).
3. Recent picture
Send the details to info@summercampnigeria.com with the email subject heading “Summer Camp Volunteer”
Please note that only selected volunteers will be contacted.

For more information, partnership or sponsorship
Visit – http://www.summercampnigeria.com; http://www.brainyeducare.com
Call – 08102040382 (Kunbi) or 08179648240 (Abdulrahman)
Twitter: @BrainyEducare1
Facebook Page: Brainy Educare

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

LOVE & YOUnity

I am real.
I am unique.
I am made complete.
Nothing at all is missing.

I am just one
One among many.
Some may look just like me
But no one can really be me.

I am the message
And still the messenger.
I am the song
And still the singer.

I love me
And am proud to be.
Learn to love you
And be proud that you do.

I love you just like me
And I am happy I do.
If you love me like you love yourself
What a happy place our world will be.

Written & Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Alumni Fellow)

Monday, July 8, 2013


Get ready! Summer Camp Nigeria 2013 is almost here!

Brainy Educare, an education organization based in Lagos, is planning an amazing summer camp for youth throughout Nigeria and abroad. The camp is scheduled to hold for two weeks in August, 2013 and will be packed with skill acquisition, character building, and lots of fun activities!

If you’re a parent looking for a fulfilling and safe summer program for your child, then this is surely something you won’t want them to miss.

Boys and girls between the ages of 8-16

2-week summer camp for students (with boarding and day camp options)

Grange Schools, Ikeja-GRA, Lagos.

August 11th-25th, 2013

To provide our campers with a world-class experience that enhances their team building, leadership, and self-confidence skills, while also providing them with lasting friendships and a summer they’ll never forget!

75,000 NGN (Boarders) and 40,000 NGN (Day Campers)

All payments should be made to:
Account Name: Brainy Educare Services
Account Number: 0014562007
Bank Name: Guaranteed Trust Bank

For enquiries, call:
+234-810-204-0382, +234-803-696-6461
+234-708-979-3568, +234-805-329-9798

Official website:
Click on the link Summer Camp Nigeria 2013 for full details

Please check the website frequently for more updates.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

I Don't Wanna Be A Star (poem)

Young as I am in a world larger than I
I don’t want to be a star twinkling in the skies.
The voice in my head tells me each day that I can be whatever I choose to be
And my heart beckons for a light brighter than that glittery dot.
Indeed, I want to be more than just a star!

In a world crowded by billions of stars
I don’t want my shining light to be mistaken for another.
The truth that none but me look exactly just like me, shows that I am unique.
And as bright as the sunlight unbroken by clouds at noonday
Such is the light that I am made be!

Even when my youthfulness is overtaken by greyness
I still don’t want to be a star twinkling somewhere from afar in the skies.
The moon is what I want to be, beaming light in the way of strangers and travelers,
And on the path of every child who is afraid of the shadows by night.
I want to shine brighter while I am still alive.

But when at last this greyness is overtaken by death
I beseech you to put me among the many stars of our heroes past.
For therein shall the sparkles of my twinkling light shine forth with rare brilliance
A starry symbol of inspiration to be looked upon by young dreamers
Who, just like me, desire to shine the brightest.

Written & Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade
gent2poetry@gmail.com, ebenezer.akinrinade@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

U.S. Independence Day Celebration in Lagos

On every fourth day of July, American citizens around the world celebrates their independence and reflect on the struggles, sacrifice and ideals of the founding fathers of America.

Last year, as a Fellow of Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative CYFI (an initiative of the U.S. Consulate General Lagos) I was privileged to witness the independence celebration which held at the residence of the U.S. Consul General's residence. It was superb.

In celebration of this year's U.S. Independence Day, the U.S. Consul General Jeffrey J. Hawkins has extended invitations to all the current CYFI Fellows, CYFI Alumni Fellows and more than seven hundred special guests from across Nigeria to join in celebrating with the American people on Thursday, 4th of July, 2013 between 6pm and 9pm at his official residence in Ikoyi, Lagos.

The celebration tagged "American-style backyard cookout" is said to be an informal setting and guests are expected to dress in American-casual, Shorts, T-Shirts, Sundresses, Sandals, etc.

Attendance is strictly by invitation.

RSVP to: IndependenceDayLagos@state.gov

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Personal & Executive Assistants' Summit (PEAS)

You are invited to attend the 2nd edition of the “The Personal & Executive Assistants’ Summit (PEAS)” holding on Saturday, the 20th of July, 2013.

The theme for this year’s summit is “The Indispensable PA” and our focus will be on:
* Keys to Effective communication
* Managing your boss
* Indispensable skills needed to survive the competitive 21st century workplace
* and Real-time scenarios of working with demanding bosses

Who Should Attend?
Personal Assistants, Executive Assistants, Secretaries, Office Managers, Front desk Officers, Administrators, and anyone who wants to harness their job skills.

- Detoun Ogwo (Executive Director, AGDC)
- Shola Adegborioye (Executive Director, CreativeXone Limited)

- Omolara Modeyin (PA @ Portland Paints Plc)
- Tunji Taiwo (PA @ Zenith Bank Plc)
- Opuaya Jumbo (Former PA @ Jagal Group)

Event Details:
Date: Saturday, 20th July, 2013
Time: 10am Prompt
Admission: FREE but strictly by REGISTRATION.
Venue: AGDC Learning Centre, 5 Maitama Sule Street, Falomo, Ikoyi, Lagos.

To register, kindly send your name, email and phone number to pasummitlagos@gmail.com or via SMS to 08186839496 on or before Friday, 5th of July, 2013.

Please feel free to share this information with your friends but remember admission is FREE
but strictly by REGISTRATION.

The 2013 Personal & Executive Assistants’ Summit is proudly supported by Etisalat, Golden Penny noodles, Beloxxi, SfwSMS, ConnectNigeria and Malta Guinness.

Summit Team
BB PIN: 266f849d

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Last Sensible Reality TV Show in Africa (by Adedoyin Matthew)

It's seem the Nigerian youths are beginning to speak up against the most popular reality TV show in Africa, BigBrother Africa. The reality show which is currently airing on DSTV (the largest TV network in Africa) is acclaimed to be the most viewed program both online and offline with not less than hundreds of thousands clicks added daily on their YouTube channel.
Here is another article by a Nigerian youth speaking on #BBA and other similar reality tv shows. Read and enjoy!


Maryam Jameelah, a muslim scholar wrote, "never before in the history of man had the graph of moral degradation shown a rapid decline as in the 21st century"

Moral degradation has reached the peak and our sacred parts are not considered sacred again. Human sexual sanctity has deteriorated to a level which is shameful even to the beast. Atimes, I wonder if animal is wiser than man in keeping their sexuality.

Yesterday, I was bombarded with one Alex Osagie's BC asking for the ban of BBA Africa on DSTV. Well, I support his stand but I think we have allowed this satanic manipulation, in the name of reality show come upon us. The last sensible reality show that elope our TV screen is The Debaters season 2 where my brother, Chinedu Chidi came top . This intellectual show left when there was no enough finance to continue, and if I may ask, how many of us even watch or know the debaters? But we are familiar with star quest, MTN Project Fame, Glo Naija Sings, Airtel, Nigeria got talents etc. I'm not saying these shows are bad, but our youth spend more time on them than intellectual and purpose driven shows.

This is my point: It is not just enough to call for the ban of BBA; it is not just enough to broadcast Alex's message; let's also change the mentality and mindset of our young ones starting with ourselves - Let's stop voting for housemates, let's stop sending sms and let's stop watching it. And let's promote intellectual events that will cause a positive change.

PS: You know Wizkid and Davido but do not know Chinua Achebe. You are one of the reasons Prof. Wole Soyinka said this generation is dead on arrival.

Written by:
Matthew 'FEMI-ADEDOYIN (a.k.a ApostleOfSexology)
Principal Consultant, ABSTINENCE ICON
BB: 30E7445A
Twitter: @adedoyinmatthew
+234 (0) 7060826979

Thursday, June 20, 2013

LETTER to DSTV on BBA from AFRICAN YOUTH by Alex Osagie

This morning I stumbled on a facebook status of one of my 'big brother' Chunu Teajay (a youth mentor) with the headline "LETTER TO DSTV ON BBA FROM AFRICAN YOUTH by Alex Osagie (edited)" and as a youth, I quickly read it to know what someone Mr.Alex Osagie is saying on our behalf about the ongoing BIG BROTHER AFRICA reality TV show on DSTV. Read it and share your own view.

I urge and plead with All African Youths, let's ask DSTV to give us a BBA where African Youths go and discuss, proffer solutions and solve Africa's Problems; not this morally loosed show where single parents who can't keep their relationships go into the house to show their fallen breast, where drug addicts, porn stars, ill-mannered people mix up and get rewarded.

Haba! Having sex in the public with somebody who is not your spouse? We can make this the last of that valueless program. Initially, it was okay but recently sexual immorality has found its ugly head an entrance into the show.

BBA sells immoral behaviour and attracts lots of fans who enjoy it. They even prefer open sex every day. There is no single thing I learn from the programme, except promoting sex and immorality. It's time we ignored it.

How long does it take to imbibe a habit? 21 days and BBA runs 90days, subtly making people addicts to bad habits and destroying the values we have held strong, values that have built our families & homes.

Say NO to TV shows without value, reality shows with rich immorality is a NO NO!. PLEASE REBROADCAST AND DROP YOUR VIEWS

Written by:
Alex Osagie
Blog: Wisdom Counseling Centre
Twitter: @wisdomcounselin

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

JUNE (Journey Unto New Era)

When this road was set before me
The fear of the unknown petrified me
For I did not know where the road leads.
But the wind of faith blew and carried me…
Pushing me towards the very road I could not dare.
I yielded to the voice of faith telling me all will be well.
And when through the valley of shadows and death I walked
Where too many had met with inescapable dead-end
Faith turned on its shining light on my path
And shadows, and death, skipped off without a trace.
Today, I looked back at the very place where I begun
And realized am halfway through and still standing.
So I conclude to take a little rest,
A little catching of fresh breathe,
And large doses of faith to carry me through another half.
The journey unto new era continues from here.
Many miles still lie ahead of me;
Many troubled waters to swim across,
High mountains to climb over,
And sinking sands to walk through.
I need all the strength I can get to succeed on this quest
Because I have passed through many thick and thin
And cannot afford to fail me and The One who chose me.

Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Alumni)
[Social Worker | Poet | Book Editor]
Twitter: @gent2smile

Monday, June 3, 2013

LEAP Africa: Summer 2013 Youth Leadership Programme

Become Today’s Change Agent
Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa is a nonprofit organization, which is committed to developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders.

Given our conviction that young people can and should serve as change agents in their communities, LEAP offers its Summer Youth Leadership Programme for young people across Nigeria to increase their capacity to transform their communities.

About the Summer Youth Programme

LEAP’s Youth Leadership Programme is modeled after international best practices and emerging lessons from Ford Foundation’s youth leadership efforts across the globe.

The objectives of the leadership programme are to:
* Support youth through the process of “looking within” to take stock of their current skills, talents and inclinations as well as their dreams and visions for the future.

* Expose youth to the concept of leadership, and offer them some tools and skills for effective leadership.

* Encourage youth to commence change projects in their communities in order to test and apply what they have learnt through the training programmes, as well as to improve the lives of others.

Programme cost: N25,000 for five days
(This cost covers programme materials, light refreshment and lunch. Participants get a certificate of participation upon programme completion).
Date: July 22 – July 26, 2013
Venue: LEAP Africa’s Office Lekki Lagos (full address stated below)

Topics Description
Programme topics include: The Act and Art of Leadership, Developing your Life’s Mission and Vision, Goal Setting, the Tower Game, the Trust Walk, Leadership for Change,  Building Self Confidence, Creativity, Patriotism/Social Responsibility, Time Management, Networking, Negotiations, Communications and Moral Ethics.

LEAP utilizes case studies, games, interactive exercises and multimedia to enhance the life and leadership skills of its youth.

Target Participants
Youth between the ages of 15 and 25 who are passionate about community service and have a strong commitment to developing their leadership skills.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact
Ukwori via email at uejibe@leapafrica.org or call

You could also call by LEAP Africa’s office at - 13 Omorinre Johnson Street, Off
Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

AFRICA EMERGE: Rediscovering The Wealthiest Continent

The rebirth of Africa is now very nigh;
A nation with new breed without greed approaches.
Did you not see it?

Of course, mockers would make jest
And misconstrue this bestowed vision for an illusion.
Did you not already know it?

Many more will come to condemn that we are yet young and frail;
A nation of unschooled, poor and war-torn-apart people.
Have you not heard it before?

But what does it matter whether anyone believe or not?
Let the mockers mock and the doubters doubt
And speak as though Africa is forever doomed.

Our gaze is fixed on this new Africa whose strength is not in numbers
And whose wealth is not dependent on minerals
But rather, in her culture, language and people.

Though there be no food to go round for those who are hungry
And water for those who are thirsty
Yet, we shall stand undivided.

Though our roofs be buried under many floods of waters
And our children be casted into the streets
Yet, like a rock, we shall remain unshaken.

For when this old Africa gives way to the new
Her dreams, both stolen and lost, shall be restored.
And her voice no longer shall cry in despair.

Her goodness shall be brought forth from obscurity into limelight
And her people shall regain their pride...
A nation without shame or reproach.

A few men may betray us as we forge ahead
But I have sworn never to derail
Until the new Africa emerges.

Authored by:
Ebenezer Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
Twitter: @gent2smile
Blog: Use Your Mind
(June 1st, 2013; 7:31am)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A Nation Undivided

You've made my pillow a foam soaked with tears
And now, am wearing a makeup of sadness.
But for every tear that drops...
I remember the battles you fought
For every tear that drops...
I remember the selfless service
For every tear that drops...
All for fairness to all humanity
For every tear that drops...
All for brotherhood love
Of all the soldiers fallen in battle
Of all the massacre of little children
Of all the blood of innocent lives shed
Of all the justice and equity you fought for
I hope the little candle light in my heart
Keeps me believing that somehow,someday
Your dreams of a great Nigeria would come true
And we'ld all be united in one heart.

HAPPY DEMOCRACY DAY to all Nigerians in diaspora!
(We celebrate all our leaders that fought for Nigeria's peace and unity).

Written by:
'Fidara Aderemi

Monday, May 27, 2013

INVENT 2013 - Leadership Summit

Elderberry Integrated Resources Limited has unveiled this year’s edition of the annual I.N.V.E.N.T Leadership Summit and Mentorship Programme.

I.N.V.E.N.T is anacronym for Inspiring Nigeria’s Vanguard of Exceptionally Noble Talents.

The event will bring together high level professionals as facilitators and mentors; pupils from more than thirty (30) public and private schools across Lagos State; as well as teachers, school counselors and parents of participants.

All student participants will be paired with a mentor under a monitored process for a three (3) month period.  The overarching focus of the event is to set in motion the wheel for grooming the next generation of Nigeria’s visionary leaders.

Details of Event
Date: Friday, 31st of May, 2013
Venue: De-Hall Event Centre, 131, ObafemiAwolowo Way, Ikeja Lagos
Time: 11am - 2pm.

For participation & sponsorship, contact:

Olatunbosun Lasisi
(PR / Media Executive)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Youth Leadership Training 2013

The Youth Leadership Training 2013 is a capacity building conference organized by Life Care Outreach (LICO) for Youth Leaders and Secondary School Prefects in Aba, Abia State.

Theme: "Raising Youth Leaders with Difference"

Date: Friday, 24th May, 2013

Venue: Nwaniegbo Complex, CKC Bus-stop, Aba, Abia State, Nigeria.

Kingsley Bangwell, Sam Nduka, Ebenezer Kalu, Richie Felix, Ruth-Oyediya Kalu, Ebenezer Akinrinade and others.

Special Feature:
The participants will be watching the advocacy video, "Project 15 Video" produced by ARLFoundation

Program partners:
Youngstars Foundation, CLEEN Foundation and African Resourceful Leaders Foundation.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

In Search Of Me

"Nothing is found except it is hidden.
Nothing is hidden except it is a treasure."

In me is a talent waiting to be discovered;
The very gift that makes me priceless.

In me is a voice waiting to be heard,
Food for those whose mind hunger for knowledge.

My little light is waiting to shine bright
Upon a world clouded with darkness and confusion.

I am on a journey in search of me
On a quest to know the essence for my being.

The search will never end until there's no more hidden place.
The digging continues until the depth is within reach.

With these eyes I shall look beyond the obvious.
And with my ears listen beyond what is spoken.

Though the road is unknown yet I will venture
Better to die searching than to retreat and live a lie.

My instinct and inner light shall guide me
My faith and hope shall sustain me

Until the hidden me is revealed for the world to see
I will never give up on this search for the priceless me.

Written & Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
Twitter: @gent2smile

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

MAY - Miracles Awaits You

Awake, dear dreamer.
A new day has dawn
For you may make real
All that your heart ever dreamed.

Awake, you visionary.
The hour of manifestation is here,
For those things which are yet unseen
To become tangible before all eyes.

Awake, you doubters and skeptics.
Come out of your blindness into the light
To behold the possibilities that awaits you
And those who truly believes.

Awake, you dreamers,
Hurry up the home of the visionaries
And call together the skeptics and doubters
That you all may go to the place where Miracles Awaits You!

Welcome to the month of MAY.

Written & Authored by:
Ebenezer O. Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
Tel: 08027701092
Email: gent2poetry@gmail.com
Twitter: @gent2smile

Inspired by: David Charima

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

GRIP with REMI DAIRO (event)

Over the years, the statistics of unemployed persons in Nigeria has been very alarming. Although,  many seem to look up to the government to provide jobs being the last hope of the masses. However, there are few people who have chosen to dare to be different, not just by creating a job for themselves, but also helping others to create job or maintain their current jobs, and one of such difference maker is Remi Dairo popularly known as "Apostle of Productivity".

In June 2007, Remi Dairo established The School of Productivity charged with the vision to raise productive Nigerians who would be trained and nurtured in the Knowledge, Skills and Attitude relevant for the
enhancement of their personal and national productivity. So far,
the school has graduated hundreds of Nigerians since
it started.

On the 11th of May, 2013, Remi Dairo will be hosting a free but valuable event tagged "GRIP with Remi Dairo" at one of their offices located in Ojota, Lagos.

To be part of this memorable event, interested participants are expected to register by following this simple steps:
Send the keyword, "I Will Attend" followed by "Your Name" and "Email Address" to 08180774305.

Theme: Vision Dynamic
Venue: Marble House, 95, Ogudu road, Ojota, Lagos, Nigeria.
Time: 9am (prompt)
Date: 11th May, 2013.

Musical, Raffle Draws, Product Adverts, Training, Prizes, Networking, etc.

This is going to be an experience of a life time! Don't miss it!

For more information, log on:
* School of Productivity
* Solvere Word Consult

Saturday, April 27, 2013

VOLUNTEER: World Record Breaking Event in Lagos

The Lagos World Record Toothbrushing Challenge is an oral health promotions project designed for adolescents in schools in Lagos Nigeria towards improving the oral health literacy and setting a new world record for the number of people
toothbrushing simultaneously at multiple locations.

Are you a professional or a passionate individual who desires to cause a positive change in the society? If your answer is YES, then here comes a big opportunity for you to be a part of a world record breaking event. There is an ongoing recruitment of volunteers for a public oral health project directed at adolescents and culminating in a World Record Attempt taking place simultaneously at over 300 locations in Lagos on May 23, 2013.

Based on the nature of the project, over 3,000 volunteers would be needed to facilitate planning and implementation of the project. This presents an opportunity for volunteers to either put to use and/or gain invaluable project management experience, especially since the project is set to break a world record.


Kindly review the different roles and duties as given us by the organization below.



Logistics Team : The logistics team is
responsible for the co-ordination of onsite
logistics (Venue & Core team Co-ordination,
Internal Planning, Partner Sessions, Reception & Registration process), and logistics (onsite/off-site operations) teams.

1. Assistance to the Head of the Delegate
Servicing (DS) team in logistical management to promote synergy & planning of the events.
2. Coordinate the overall transport plan,
including management and communication with the transport companies
3. Assistance with Pre-Event Networking & Press Conferences.
4. On-site Logistics (Venue & Core team, internal planning, breakaway rooms, partner sessions).
5. Coordination of the on-site Human Resources (HR) Team (HR Planning & Resource Allocation) and Delegate Servicing Team.
6. Team reception & registration & logistical
management of on-site operations teams.

Ideal Skills/Profile of the Logistics team
a. Excellent interpersonal & team management skills
b. Strong ability to multi task
c. Excellent planning/execution skills and
solution oriented attitude
d. A strong and diverse background in

External Relations (ER) Team : The ER team is responsible for fundraising and finding in-kind partnerships to meet the budget for the Lagos world record project.

Duties of the ER team before and during the world record attempt:
1. Partnership management (Delivery/Servicing, Partnership Enhancement & Communication).
2. Coordinate with the onsite ER team during
the event and responsible for on-site
coordination of externals.
3. Follow-up with Partners/Sponsors & Patrons post-world record attempt day.
4. Assist in production and design of project-
related publications (Brochures, Website, and
5. Coordination of keynote speakers, government officials and other dignitaries attending the opening ceremony.

Ideal Skills/Profile of the External Relations
Team members:
a) Strong fundraising background and related
competencies (selling and partnership
b) A working style that is goal-oriented.
c) A high level of awareness of the external
environment in general, and of the Indian
Industry in particular.
d) Excellent communication skills
e) Excellent Presentation skills

Communications Team : This team is responsible for the overall communication details of the project as well as development of key messages for all audiences to
communicate the project’s core brand identity.

The duties of this team are:
1. Oversee the writing of press releases, copy for marketing materials, project reports,
advertisements, and other related material.
2. Manage media relations, research editorial
opportunities and build relationships with key industry media players.
3. Work closely with the web manager to ensure messaging is consistent with overall marketing and communication of objectives before and after the World Record Attempt.
4. Lead agencies and internal team members,
where appropriate, to execute all communication activities and Public Relations (marketing materials, advertising, client communications, direct mail, marketing campaigns, press releases,
content for trade publications, etc.).
5. Overall responsibility for social media
6. Perform related work as required.

Ideal Skills/Profile for Communications Team :
a. PR / Media / Journalism / Advertising backgrounds would be preferred.
b. Excellent English language skills and creative writing skills.
c. Very good understanding of Web 2.0 and
social media tools.
d. A basic awareness of the Media & Public
Relations environment.
e. Basic knowledge of graphics software like
Adobe Photoshop/Corel Draw, HTML editors like MS FrontPage.

Delegate servicing team : The delegate servicing team is responsible for the communication with delegates/stakeholders attending the world record event on the 23rd of May, 2013.

The duties of this team:
1. Ensuring that each delegate goes back with a WOW! Experience.
2. Ensure all systems are in place for delegates’ needs during the world record event- health, personal, safety etc.
3. Maintain delegate help desk during the world record event, provide assistance to delegates, being aware of all relevant information.
4. Develop reception systems and work closely with the Head of logistics.
5. Overall responsibility for all immigration
related support for international delegates
(Guinness World Record team from the UK)
attending the event.

Ideal Skills/Profile for Delegate Servicing Team:
a. Excellent inter-personal & team management skills.
b. Strong ability to multi-task.
c. Excellent planning and execution skills,
solution oriented attitude.
d. Excellent relationship management skills.
e. Excellent communication skills

Information Systems (IS) Team : The IS team is responsible for the overall Information Systems that will power the operations of specifics during the World Record event.

The duties of the IS team:
a. Development & Maintenance of the project
b. Development of the event registration
c. Planning, developing and implementing the IS budget, obtaining competitive prices from suppliers where appropriate, to ensure cost effectiveness.
d. Researching and installing new systems.
e. Ensuring the smooth running of all IS systems
f. Managing crisis situations, which may involve complex technical hardware or software problems.
g. Ensuring the security of data from internal
and external attack and core teams office IS
h. End-to-End IS planning for the conference.
i. Overall responsibility for taking the World
Record event LIVE!

Ideal Skills/Profile of Information Systems
team members:
** Strong background & experience in:
a. Web-development
b. Networking Technology
c. Database Management Software (Oracle/SQL/Lotus Notes)
d. Advanced PC/Internet User Skills
e. Operating Systems (Win7/8, X Windows, Unix/Linux OS, Mac OS)


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Official Website:
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Official Contact
** Lagos Island
Iga Iduganran PHC, Lagos Island, Lagos

** Surulere
58B Itolo Street, Off Eric Moore, Surulere, Lagos

+234 806 096 9057

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