Free trainings starting this Summer!

Hello fam!

Before you run off to the business of today’s post, kindly weigh in on our discussion in the spirit of the International Youth Day coming up next week on August 12. It is celebrated to bring youth issues to the attention of the international community and celebrate the potential of youth as partners in today’s global society. This year, the theme will be “Youth and Mental Health” under the slogan ‘Mental Health Matters.’ However, what we really want to know is what matters most to you as a youth in Nigeria? Kindly drop us a comment describing what changes affecting youth you would like to see in Nigeria.


We found us a whole bunch of free trainings across Nigeria you may be interested in. Be sure to check them out below.


1. Take a free online course with the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Network here.

Find out more about the YALI Network here.


2. The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA) has a mandate to facilitate access to and dissemination of information in the fields of agriculture and rural development in 78 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Supporting the adoption of Web 2.0 applications represents a great opportunity for meeting it.

The Bowen University in collaboration with CTA will host a 5-day Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity on 22-26 September 2014. Participants will be introduced to selected web 2.0 applications and will learn how to use them hands-on.The Learning Opportunity will cover advanced online searching, getting information served via alerts and RSS, collaborating remotely using Google Drive, Dropbox, VoIP, online mapping and social media. Participants will get a chance to see what others have done, get hands-on experience on how to use innovative applications, and assess how they could adopt these innovations within the context of their work and organisation. This Learning Opportunity forms part of CTA initiatives that support development partners in networking, accessing and disseminating information more effectively.

Programme of the Learning Opportunity

  • Web 2.0 and Social Media: concepts and principles;
  • Selective access to information via (i) advanced multilingual search options; (ii) RSS and (iii) automated alerts;
  • Content curation: Tagging and Social Bookmarking;
  • Photos for the web;
  • Remote collaboration (e.g. GoogleDrive, Dropbox);
  • Online conversations (Skype, Google Hangouts, Viber, Whatsapp);
  • Online mapping (New Google Maps);
  • Blogging (Blogger or WordPress);
  • Micro-blogging (Twitter);
  • Social networking (LinkedIn and Facebook), risks and mitigation measures;
  • Online Communities of Practice;
  • Web 2.0 and Social Media for Agri-business and marketing.

Participants – Eligibility and responsibilities

Participation in the Learning Opportunity is free of charge, but subject to acceptance by the organisers. 25 participants will be accepted for the event.

Eligibility criteria

  • be computer literate and conversant with browsing the Internet;
  • have regular access to a computer ( ownership of a computer is an advantage);
  • be competent in  the use of the English language;
  • have an active e-mail account;
  • be actively engaged in agriculture and rural development / natural resource management / biodiversity conservation in the domains of ICT for development (ICT4D), policies, markets; publishing, communication and media;
  • be in a position to take along a WIFI-enabled laptop to the training;
  • be a resident of Nigeria.


Accepted participants will be responsible for all costs related to their travel to and from the venue at the Bowen University, their accommodation, breakfast and supper, their daily subsistence allowances, and for bringing their own WIFI-enabled laptop to the event.


During each event, the organisers will provide lunch and refreshments and distribute copies of CTA publications and instructional material.


The organisers will inform successful applicants about the status of their application two weeks before the commencement of each course. Successful applicants will receive confirmation letters; others will be duly informed about the outcome of their application.


1st September, 2014

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3. The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) in collaboration with the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria invites entries from Nigerian professional journalists from the print, broadcast and photography specialties to the Girls and Women Investigative Reporting Training holding at Ekiti state, Rivers state, and Abuja.
Report Women! is a collaborative project between the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) and the Royal Netherlands Embassy (RNE) designed to focus on major issues of access and abuse, ranging from education, to health care, to violence, and early marriage among others on girls and women. It seeks to advance the partners’ commitment to the respect for the girl child and the woman’s rights as human rights. It will use the tool of investigative journalism to focus on these issues. Investigative Reporting of girls and women training is aimed at building the media’s capacity to strategically report girls and women issues as well as mainstream girls and women into media reportage generally. Participants who are shortlisted for the training will also have the opportunity to pitch for small grants to carry out investigation and report girls and women issues based on lessons garnered from the training experience.Note:

Applicants without relevant works but with demonstrated commitment and promise may be considered.

Female journalists are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.



Ekiti State: 20th – 21st August, 2014

Rivers State: 2nd – 3rd September, 2014

Abuja: 17th – 18th September, 2014

Deadline is Auguust 14, 2014.

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Hello fam!

Here are some opportunities you may be interested in:

Looking to be a Virtual Assistant? Resourcedat Nigeria is hiring Resource Trainees who can work from anywhere doing online research work. Contact them for more information.

Superheads International Limited (a people services company specializing in recruitment and selection, and immigration services) and Wizer Resource + Advisory Limited (a professional services company, specializing in financial advisory, training and outsourcing services) are organizing a series of free 4-day Microsoft Office courses in 2014. Read more here.

Remember you can submit an opportunity across Nigeria and advertise with us!

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International volunteer oppportunity

Founded in London in 1921, PEN International – PEN’s Secretariat – connects an international community of writers. It is a forum where writers meet freely to discuss their work; it is also a voice speaking out for writers silenced in their own countries. Through Centres in over 100 countries, PEN operates on five continents. PEN International is a non-political organisation which holds Special Consultative Status at the UN and Associate Status at UNESCO. International PEN is a registered charity in England and Wales with registration number 1117088

Opening for International Programmes Volunteer

Salary: Expenses only (travel and daily lunch stipend)

Volunteer Hours:  Three days per week (10.30 am– 5.30pm)
Location: PEN International office in Brownlow House, 50/51 High Holborn, London WC1V 6ER UK
Start date: 22 May 2014
End date: 22 August 2014

PEN International is looking for an outgoing, enthusiastic and committed individual to support its International Programmes work. The role will involve:

  • Supporting our programme work in the field of civil society and education in particular. Helping to develop and implement a learning and monitoring system for our programmes in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America & Caribbean regions.
  • Communicating the programme results creatively through various channels including social media, electronic newsletter and the PEN International website.
  • Help in preparing, collecting and filing programme documents, including programme proposals and reports (both narrative and financial). Collecting and analysing programme data, feeding programme information into relevant policy areas.

1. Experience in volunteering for a leading international arts and human rights charitable organisation
2. Improved administrative and office skills
3. A fuller understanding and direct experience of how programme work supports and contributes to policy and literary work and human rights campaigns
4. Experience in programme monitoring and evaluation
5. Developed written, editorial and proofing skills
6. Developed web content management skills
7. Experience in project management
8. Experience in working with programmes and grassroots organisations in the Global South.

Deadline for application: 12 May 2014

Volunteers are selected after a brief interview. A trial period of one month will be required after which either side can reconsider the decision to continue. The International Programmes volunteer will report to the International Programmes Officer and the International Programmes Director and work closely with other members of the PEN team. This is an unpaid volunteer post. PEN International will cover travel costs within reason, as well as contribute to lunches.


To apply please send your CV and a letter outlining your reasons for applying and skills you can bring to the post to:

Emese Kovacs,

International Programmes Officer,

PEN International,

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7405 0338

Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7405 0339,




Thanks to Daniel for sending this in. You can send in opportunities too. Check here.

Research openings: Ramat Institute, Murtala Muhammed Foundation

The Ramat Institute, the research arm of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, is seeking researchers for a security montoring project which involves data mining and collection on social issues in Nigeria. They are starting off with work on security events in the North East. Aspects of it include the production of a security report as well as consistent desk monitoring and reporting of data on the security situation (among other things). The information is to be provided to the public and also to be used to support humanitarian interventions by relief organisations. Researchers are also required to gather information on topical current affairs issues for dissemination to the public via their website and for use in infographics.

Hours of work – Flexible (to start with)
Qualifications – Interest in Political/Current Affairs. Ability to write and use the internet and social media is essential.
Remuneration – A negotiable, monthly stipend is available.
About the Ramat Institute

The Ramat institute was established to improve the generation and dissemination of data, research and information about government and its management of the public sector and the use of this information to influence policy formulation. The Ramat Institute implements its mission through systematic research; data collection, mining and collation; consistent dissemination and the conduct of public opinion research. Programme areas include: Social Cohesion, Security and Justice, Economic Access and Inclusive Government. The Ramat Institute is intended to be a thorough and rigorous research institution well-rooted in the country context and a nuanced understanding of the socio-political issues.



Step 1: Register at  if you have not done so.

Step 2: Leave a comment just below this post indicating your interest

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My name is Gethrude Charles. Recently, I learnt about the opening to participate as a volunteer in the World Wide Web Foundation’s Alliance For Affordable Internet (A4AI) forum at Abuja through Volunteer in Nigeria’s blog. I immediately jumped at the opportunity to have a better perspective of the ICT industry in Nigeria and to network so I registered my interest on the page. When I was contacted by Volunteer in Nigeria that I have been selected along with Shadrach to participate, I waited for Tuesday-11th March-with great anticipation. I have always been interested and have been actively involved in ICT, how it can be improved in Nigeria, its use in our daily lives and how it can be used to boost productivity in different aspects of our lives.
Although Shadrach and I were there as volunteers and our responsibilities were the basics like registering the participants, the friendliness of the organisers from Web Foundation-Miss Emilie Yam and Miss Sonia-made our presence very comfortable as we were treated with respect and were given full access to the entirety of the event.
Participating in the A4AI gave me the opportunity to network and interact with professionals in the sector, many of whom I am still in contact with. The event which was graced with the honorable presence of the Minister of Communications Technology Ms. Omobola Johnson, Mrs Esther Agbarakwe of Devnovate, Ms. Blossom Nnodim- a social media enthusiast, Dr Eugene Juwah-Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Mr Abdullahi Maikano-secretary USPF and so many others was experiential and inspiring. It was amazing to see so many women speak with such authority and audacity that is infectiously inspiring. It brought hope to my spirit as to whether the Nigerian youth can take his place in the society and lead and as to whether the Nigerian females could dare dream to be leaders in their careers without fear.
In a particular segment of the event, participants were subdivided to groups each with a different topic and problem to discuss and resolve, this gave me insight into the vision of ICT in Nigeria and Nigerians as problems faced by the common man in relation to access to good affordable and quality internet were highlighted and possible solutions discussed.
Altogether, the event was enlightening and inspiring to say the least, from its very beginning to the closing statement and I am glad I was given the opportunity to be a part of it.

Out and about: March 2, 2014


Late last month, we received an invitation to the Consul General’s residence at Ikoyi, Lagos, on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the 2013 Carrington Youth Fellowship programme. Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) is a dynamic youth-based initiative launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General, Lagos. CYFI brings together Nigerian youth of exceptional vision, skills and experience to design and implement projects that have a positive impact on Nigerian society. But that is not the juice.

Last year, we managed volunteer recruitment for the Promenade Youth Initiative, one of the CYFI projects. Their ambitious goal was to empower 1000 youth in 5 public secondary schools in Lagos with the capacity to start up their own businesses and function effectively as leaders within their communities between May and December 2013. We are delighted to disclose that Promenade Youth Initiative won the Best Team Award for the year.

Promenade Youth training

Some of the Promenade volunteers and their tutors after their training


Co-founders Hezekiah and Akin receiving the award from US Counsellor Ambassador Tom Shannon and the Consul-General Jeffrey Hawkins


A big congratulations to everyone who gave his/her time to this great work!

2014 MILEAD Fellowship: Don’t miss the closing date!

Hello fam!

In the spirit of the International Women’s Day and as the closing date (March 14) draws close, we encourage you again to ensure every young woman learns about the 2014 Moremi Leadership Empowerment and Development (MILEAD) Fellows Program.

The program aims to identify, promote and develop young African female change makers (19-25 years) to address issues facing women and girls across Africa.

Get all the details right from the horse’s mouth here:

Remember to tell us about your progress!

Join our fast growing network of thousands of exceptional youths taking action here:

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