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)


To fill the volunteer form, click on the link NaijaVolunteers  Registration Form

Official Website:
Lagos World Record Toothbrushing Challenge

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

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

+234 806 096 9057

Volunteer Recruitement / Form Enabler
Volunteer In Nigeria
Website: http://volunteerinnigeria.wordpress.com
Twitter: @NaijaVolunteers

Information source credit:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nigeria: Global Youth Service Day 2013

To commemorate this year's Global Youth Service Day which holds on April 25th, the Public Affairs Section of the United States Mission to Nigeria is bringing together the U.S. Mission personnel, CYFI Fellows, alumni of U.S. sponsored educational and cultural exchange programs as well as other youth groups in a collaborative effort to highlight the importance of health and community service.

Chief Raymond Adekunle Olaiya Akinsemoyin, Baale of Makoko (Traditional ruler) and the entire residence of the Makoko Community, will be hosting the U.S. Mission in a special community program focused on women, children and aged especially.

Date : Thursday, April 25, 2013
Time : 10am - 2pm
Venue: Makoko Anglican Primary School, 25 Makoko Road, Makoko, Yaba, Lagos.

Highlights of the program include the following:

1) Health sensitization/counseling/routine
medical check-up by medical experts
o Blood pressure screening
o General health counseling
o Diabetes screening
o HIV sensitization (Voluntary Screening)
o Drug abuse counseling
o Stress and anxiety counseling
o Family planning counseling
o Counseling on nutrition

2) Educational/Youth Outreach
o Educational/career counseling
o Distribution of educational materials
o Environmental awareness talk
o Distribution of basic needs like cloths/shoes to the needy
o Film screening

Material Drive:
To ensure a successful program, there has been an ongoing “material drive” for members of the community, especially women, children and the aged since April 10th (till April 25th). Drugs, educational and household materials including toys, clothes and shoes will be given out during the event. All donors are required to fill out “Material Collection Sheet” provided by the U.S. Mission to Nigeria so as to calculate the materials and how many people donated during the material drive.

Interested volunteers (especially medical practitioners) are invited to participate and there are plans to issue certificates to volunteers at the end of the event.

Contact Information:
Clemson Ayegbusi
Public Affairs Section,
U.S. Consulate General,
2 Walter Carrington Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria.

@lagoscongen, @USEmbassyAbuja, @CYFI_Alumni

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Meet Tolu Sangosanya: The Angel of Dustbin Estate

Through LOTS Charity Foundation, Tolu works with vulnerable children living in the Dustbin Estate, a slum community on the outskirts of Lagos, Nigeria to provide an atmosphere conducive to the learning, health, and overall happiness of each child. Following Tolu on Facebook means seeing posts filled with children's smiling faces on each holiday, enjoying parties and gifts--laundry baskets stuffed full of family necessities. Aside from fun
and games, LOTS intervenes in several important aspects of a child's life to keep him or her off the street. Classes focused on literacy, financial management, reproductive health, and computer usage are offered, along with one guaranteed meal per day.

Click the link below to read full story:

Tolu Sangosanya Makes LOTS Happen - YouthActionNet Blog

Monday, April 22, 2013


An army of voices screaming in my head
A never-ending chit-chat by a crowd of unknown people.

Strange faces I see in my bed,
An image of someone long dead or a shadow chasing behind my back.

Am scared to tell my own story,
Because the rest of the world would only assume that am crazy.

And now, here I come dream-giver
To lay off my burdens and ask of you two things:

That you lead me to a place of comfort and serenity
Where all voices are mute except yours;

That you give me a new dream each night
Where I can see me touching the skies and kissed by the moon. 

Would you help me
Or treat me with disdain just like everyone else?

Written by:
Ebenezer Akinrinade (CYFI Fellow)
Twitter: @gent2smile

Thursday, April 4, 2013

International Youth Conferences 2013

1.) The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Location: United Nations New-York Office, USA
Date: August 7-9, 2013
Details of event: This two-day conference will feature panels and  workshops bringing United Nations officials, non-profit leaders, and other exciting guests together with over 500 youth delegates from around the world. The IYC is the official alumni organization of The Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations and looks forward to growing with every event.
Website: http://faf.org/main/youth-assembly-at-the-un/

2.) 19th Annual International Development Conference

Location: Harvard Kenndy School of Government
Date: April 12-13, 2013
Details of event: The International Development Conference at Harvard Kennedy School of Government is a yearly student-organized, student-run conference dedicated to fostering a constructive dialogue between leading academics, practitioners, policy makers and students concerned with creating a better world. The Conference is hosted at the Kennedy School and is a joint effort between students at Harvard and Carnegie Mel­lon University.
Website: http://harvardidc.com

3.) Annual ADB Summit Delhi 2013

Location: Delhi, India
Date: 2-5 May, 2013
Details of event: Asian Development Bank (ADB) holds an Annual Meeting (AM) of its Member Countries around the first Sunday of May every year. This is normally a four day event comprising seminars, workshops and two days of formal meetings attended by Finance Ministers / their representatives of 67 Member Countries. A large gathering of approximately 4000 people including delegates from different countries, economists, investment bankers, corporate leaders, Nobel laureates, Civil Society, media etc. participate in the event. India would be hosting the AM of ADB in Delhi from 2nd to 5th May 2013.
Website: http://www.adbdelhi2013.gov.in/

4.) WSIS Forum 2013 (World Summit on the Information Society)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Date: May 13-17, 2013
Details of event: ITU, UNESCO, UNCTAD and UNDP welcome all WSIS Stakeholders to the WSIS Forum 2013. WSIS Forum 2013 will be held from 13 to 17 May 2013 and will provide structured opportunities to network, learn and to participate in multi-stakeholder discussions and consultations on WSIS implementation. This event builds upon the tradition of annual WSIS May meetings, and its new format is the result of open consultations with all WSIS Stakeholders.
Website: www.wsis.org/forum

5.) World Political Forum

Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Date: June, 2013
Details of event: World Political Forum is a debate platform that is non-biased/non-partisan and treats everybody regardless of their position equally. This debate forum is not aligned to any political party. In today's world, many ideas are split between and even within all the communities.We are here to discuss them in a civil debate.
Website: http://www.worldpoliticalforum.net

6.) Global Youth Leadership Summit

Location: University of California, San Diego
Date: 8-13 July, 2013
Details of event: The Anthony Robbins Foundation Global Youth Leadership Summit is a five-day program that provides participants (ages 14 to 17)  with an environment designed to boost them into leadership roles that will change their lives and communities. Global Youth Leadership Summit's format includes small group discussions, hands-on service learning experiences, leadership simulation games and exercises designed to enable summit participants to identify their own particular leadership strengths.
Website: http://www.anthonyrobbinsfoundation.org/arf/youth_discov.php

7.) United Nations International Student Conference (UNISCA)

Location: Amsterdam, Denmark
Date: July 15th-26th, 2013
Details of event: UNISCA is a Model United Nations (MUN) organised by the University of Amsterdam. It is a program which consists of a two week long Summer Academy, in which a simulation of an United Nations Conference takes place.
Website: http://www.unisca.org/

8.) Seliger  International Youth Forum

Location: Russia
Date: 21-28 July, 2013
Details of event: The main goal of the Forum is to build international youth community based on the principles of peaceful coexistence, personal and democratic liberties promotion and cultural diversity recognition.
Website: http://www.interseliger.com

9.) 8th UNESCO Youth Forum

Location : Paris, France
Date : July 22-28, 2013
Details of event: The UNESCO Youth Forum, an integral part of UNESCO's General Conference, brings together young delegates from all over the world to exchange views, share experiences, reflect together and, above all, detect common preoccupations and problems. The event allows young people to voice their ideas and concerns and make suggestions directly to the UNESCO General Conference.
Website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/events/unesco-house/?tx_browser_pi1%5BshowUid%5D=7478&cHash=43bac9b44e

10.) The South American Business Forum

Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date : August 9-11, 2013
Details of Program : The South American Business Forum is an international conference organized by and for university students. It takes place in Buenos Aires and its objective is to encourage 100 leaders of tomorrow's world to think about current affairs and to come up with solutions for today's problems.
Website: http://www.sabf.org.ar

11.) World Water Week

Location: Stockholm
Date: September 1-6, 2013
Details of event: Each year the World Water Week addresses a particular theme to enable a deeper examination of a specific water-related topic. While not all events during the week relate to the overall theme, the workshops driven by the Scientific Programme Committee and many seminars and side events do focus on various aspects of the theme. 2013 theme is Water Cooperation - building partnerships.
Website: http://www.worldwaterweek.org/

12.) Conference on Trafficking of Young Women and Children

Location: Doha, Qatar
Date : 3-7 September, 2013
Details of Program : International Conference on Trafficking of young women and children is organised by the World Youth Foundation (“an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations”), in co-operation with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia, Ministry of Home Affairs Malaysia, National Commission for UNESCO Malaysia, State Government of Melaka, Nilai University and various other agencies. The International Conference is tentatively scheduled to be held on 3rd – 7th September 2013 at Melaka, Malaysia.
Website: http://humantrafficking.wyf.org.my

13.) Social Good Summit

Location: New York City, United States
Date: September 16-19, 2013
Details of event: The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. It ignites conversations between a live audience in New York City and thousands around the world participating via YouTube.
Website: http://mashable.com/sgs/

14.) One Young World Summit

Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
Date: 2-5 October 2013
Details of event: One Young World delegates are 18-30 years old and have demonstrated their leadership potential. Many have already had an impact in their home countries on a range of issues, including the role of business in society, transparency in business and government, the impact of climate change and global health and hunger relief.
Website: http://www.oneyoungworld.com

15.) 6th Middle East Youth Leadership Jam

Location: Wadi Rum, Jordan
Date: 4-11 October, 2013
Details of event: This Jam will connect 30 diverse, engaged and committed leaders from around the region, for a week of deep listening, sharing, self-discovery, systemic inquiry and community building.  It will take place from October 4-11, 2013, in the spectacular Wadi Rum desert in Jordan.
Website: http://www.yesworld.org/connect/jams/middleeastjam201/

16.) Mauritius International Youth Forum

Location: Republic of Mauritius
Date: 11-18 October, 2013
Details of event: The goal of this forum is to promote collaborative actions which will enable future leaders to cope with the challenges they may encounter in any of the scopes, and generate a change in any of them. Topics of discussion would include leadership, politics, humanities, entrepreneurship, career, unemployment, social work, volunteerism, environment, culture & tradition and others. This 8-day international forum will be a premier in Mauritius.
Website: http://www.mauritius2013.com

17.) WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education)

Location: Doha, Qatar
Date: 29-31 October, 2013
Details of event: The three-day Summit offers a unique opportunity for all the participants to find out more about the most cutting-edge practices in education, network with high-level people from all sectors and from all countries, and to actively participate in building the future of education.
Website: http://www.wise-qatar.org/wise-summit-2013

18.) Oxford International Model United Nations Conference

Location: University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Date: November 1-3, 2013
Details of event: The 11th session of the Oxford International Model United Nations conference will be held in the colleges and buildings of the University of Oxford between Friday 1st and Sunday 3rd November 2013. As always, we will bring you debate of the highest standards along with illustrious socials; all in the surroundings of a university which is over 900 years old.
Website: http://www.oximun.org/


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