The major highlight of the past week was delivering a radio outreach in commemoration of the International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development (IVD). IVD, established by the United Nations General Assembly to be commemorated on 5th December annually, is about telling the world what volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations achieve for development.
The Volunteer in Nigeria media outreach project on International Volunteer Day spreads the message of volunteerism, meeting the critical need to advance the passion of volunteerism (using every medium possible). It was important to appeal to and inspire people (particularly the bulging youth population) and share more stories of local volunteering through the media. To these ends, 13 electronic media channels across the nation were used and this was the schedule:
Vibes FM Benin, Edo state. Between 12 and 2pm
104.1FM Vision Africa FM, Umuahia, Abia ‘I go yarn’ 8:30am
Odenigbo99.1 FM Anambra 7.30am
Radio One103.5FM Lagos: This Morning 9am
Cool TV Good Morning Nigeria Show
96.9 Cool FM 96.9 Abuja: Good Morning Nigeria Show 9am
Orange FM, Akure, Ondo state 9am
Search FM Minna, Niger state 9:30am
Raypower 93.5FM Ibadan, Oyo state. 12 noon
Liberty 91.7 FM Kaduna 9am
Grace FM Lokoja, Kogi state 11am
Cool FM Port Harcourt, Rivers state. 8:30am
Nigeria Info 99.3FM Lagos ‘Morning Crossfire’ 8:30am
The aims of the outreach were to spread the message of volunteerism, it’s dire importance to a developing nation with a critical unemployment and security situation, the double-edged benefits of volunteering (for development and to the volunteer), the necessity of the volunteering attitude in a region most in need of excellent leadership, and challenging the perception that sees ‘volunteer’ as the one who is not going to earn anything for all his hard work not as a productively purposeful action.
Promoting and supporting the culture of volunteerism in African countries like Nigeria is critical for many reasons. Volunteering impacts society for economic and social development. So, volunteers can work to deliver programmes and project that significantly affect the development situation of their country. There is much of such work and many unengaged young hands in need of something interesting to do. Moreover, the ideals of the volunteering disposition embody attitudes that are far too important for nation building.
If we must build communities of forward thinking Africans with keen interest in the region, volunteering cannot be perceived as a thing for those in development work or practice alone. We must consciously lead a generation of people who not only passionately pursue their careers (in any sphere of life) but take the time to volunteer their skills and time for the benefit of society.
Having young people talk about what they can do for their country and not just what their country can do for them was such a delight!
A BIG THANK YOU to all of our friends at the stations, Azuka, Bimbo Adebanjo, Johnnie Ugochukwu, Uju Chukwu, Collins Ajibola, Dare Oduale, Samuel, Ebenezer Avazi, Olufisola Agboola, Ukay Amele, Olamide, Samuel Ehikhuemen, Daniel Odekunle, Adebayo Omodepiver and Mayowa Salu!
SPECIAL APPRECIATION to Okunade Lukman and coordinator-at-large, Chioma Tanwa!
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