The worth of volunteering and #IVD2014 Highlights

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!


IVD 2014 Cool FM Abuja IVD 2014 Liberty FM Kaduna IVD 2014 Nigeria Info FM Lagos state IVD 2014 Olamide at Grace FM Kogi IVD 2014 Orange FM Akure Ondo state IVD 2014 Radio One Lagos IVD 2014 Rhythm FM PH Rivers IVD 2014 Search FM FUT Minna Niger state IVD 2014 Vibes FM Benin Edo state IVD 2014 Vision Africa FM Umuahia Abia state

Want to host us or be a part of this next time? Be sure to drop us a comment below immediately and we would be in touch. Thank you!

New job openings from partners

The Skills Outside School Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation domiciled in Nigeria with registered number RC70340. The Foundation envisions the achievement of the following:

• Entrenchment within our youth the ideology of early reflection upon and pursuit of career choices and personal and professional development towards the chosen career.
• Introduction of a widespread culture of mentoring and volunteerism amongst professionals in various industries and providing access to motivated students to international agencies, private sector organisations and Non-Governmental bodies through work placements, insight days, shadowing opportunities and internships.
• Provision of a transparent and effective route to individuals and corporate entities to sponsor financially disadvantaged bright and motivated students to provide access to the tertiary institutions through the “Sponsor a Child” Scheme.

Location: Abuja


a. Sponsorship and Partnerships Manager

Supervisor: Acting President, Executive Council
Term and Basis: Fixed Term, Contract position (flexible)
Hours: 30 hours a week (minimum)
Start Date: October 2014
Finish Date: July 2015
Salary: On Application



The role of a Sponsorship and Partnerships Manager offers a unique opportunity for an aggressive salesperson to increase the Skills Outside School Foundations’ sponsorship and strategic partnerships including the Sponsor-A-Child Scheme.

The Manager will manage the day-to-day communication with Skills Outside School Foundations’ existing partners to ensure all contractual rights are delivered, wider sponsorship benefits are secured and long term sponsorship goals are achieved and reported to the Acting President, Executive Council and the Board of Trustees.

The Manager will be responsible for developing the strategy related to the Foundations’ sponsorship programs, including identifying, cultivating, and developing leads and prospects, negotiating contracts and packages, closing deals, and providing account management.

In addition, the Sponsorship Manager will be responsible for supporting all areas of sponsorship renewals and new sales efforts, preparing sponsorship documents and all such correspondence.

Required Skills:
1. Ability to develop strategic, proactive relationships with potential sponsors and corporate partners, and other supporters of the philanthropic community.
2. Big picture strategist and outside of the box creativity.
3. Proactively take actions necessary to produce results and able to work independently/with little guidance.
4. Build trust internally and externally, and command a professional image.
5. Proactive approach to identifying opportunities, generating leads and producing sponsorship presentations.
6. Exceptionally detail-oriented and self-motivated, ensuring quality and consistent output.
7. Excellent communication including by phone with high level executives from major brands and writing skills: ability to articulate the foundations’ mission, program objectives, exposure opportunities and/or resource needs persuasively to sponsors and corporate partners.
8. Dynamic public speaking skills and ability to articulate concepts and ideas.
9. Superb networking, teamwork and negotiation skills with ability to work effectively with stakeholders to achieve a common goal particularly corporate sponsors
10. Must be very well organized with strong time management skills
Recommended Skills
11. Demonstrated knowledge of trends in corporate and foundation funding, corporate social responsibility (CSR), philanthropy, corporate giving, and good corporate citizenship, and the methods, practices and procedures for obtaining information about cause-marketing programs of corporations and foundations.
12. Proven ability to offer a first-class, professional account management service to commercial partners and to build strong business relationships at all levels
13. Experience in dealing with, and presenting to, senior-level personnel from major brands
14. Ability to initiate and negotiate high value contracts to help meet sponsors’ needs and goals

1. Proficiency in MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
2. Proficiency in cloud software applications (Skydrive, DropBox, Google Docs, Harvest.)
3. Interest in philanthropy, fundraising, charity and giving is strongly desirable.


b. Project Coordinator

Supervisor: Acting President, Executive Council
Term and Basis: Fixed Term, Contract position (flexible)
Hours: 30 hours a week (minimum)
Start Date: November 2014
Finish Date: July 2015
Salary: On Application


The Program Coordinator oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of the Skills Outside School Foundations’ ongoing Bridge Project and Professional Mentoring Program including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling the project activities. The Coordinator will primarily plan, execute, monitor and evaluate the Bridge Project and the Professional Mentoring Program. The Coordinator will also manage the liaison with the professional mentors and ensure they are kept up-to-date via newsletters sent every quarter.

The Program Manager should demonstrate competence in some or all of the following:
• Behave Ethically: Understand ethical behaviour and business practices, and ensure that own behaviour and the behaviour of others is consistent with these standards and aligns with the values of the organization
• Build Relationships: Establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization particularly with current partners and sponsors; Command a professional image.
• Communicate Effectively: Speak, listen and write in a clear, thorough and timely manner including by phone with several stakeholders; Articulate the foundations’ mission, program objectives with existing partners – organisations and schools
• Creativity/Innovation: Develop new and unique ways to improve operations of the organization and to create new opportunities.
• Foster Teamwork: Work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
• Lead: Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
• Make Decisions: Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization; Proactively take actions necessary to produce results and able to work independently/with little guidance.
• Organize: Set priorities, develop a work schedule, monitor progress towards goals, and track details, data, information and activities; Strong time management skills
• Plan: Determine strategies to move the organization forward, set goals, create and implement actions plans, and evaluate the process and results.
• Solve Problems: Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
• Strong strategic, analytical, and project management skills: demonstrated ability to take responsibility for a diverse number of projects and to complete them in a timely manner with limited supervision.

Proficiency in the use of computers for:
• Word processing
• Simple accounting
• Databases
• Spreadsheets
• E-mail
• Internet
• Google Docs, Sky Drive, DropBox


Openings for volunteer trainers would be published later in the year.



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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

APPLY here.



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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Giving and gifts

Happy happy Boxing day fam!

As the year ends, what is most fulfilling and satisfying is knowing-not that you have houses and other assets but-that you have reliable people. I have to say that THIS PROJECT HAS BROUGHT TOGETHER THE MOST AMAZING PEOPLE! Oh my! Talk about Samuel, Uju, Bimbo, Ebukaaaa, Tola, Moyo, Jire, Gbemisola, Janet, Nancy, Franca, Chibuike, Innocent, Osato, Adebayo, Ademola, Dami Rotiwa hahaa etc. Whew! I know I have got you thinking I know them all and the other hundreds unmentioned who prefer to stay behind the scenes-but let me announce to you that I do not. For many, their ‘names’ have gone before them. Like the French would say, “votre réputation vous précède.”

So on 24th December, tens of us went giving, courtesy Love project at Bariga, Lagos state. It was our first project with a non-registered organisation.

Love projecttt

Somebody selflessly baked and donated a cake. Oh, someone else gave up his salary.

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Over 600 people were touched, going home with food and clothing items.

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And there was free medical testing and counseling.

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All the high chiefs (Baales) in Bariga came around. The young man there is Odunayo, the visioneer.

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The most priceless gift we enjoyed this year was definitely NOT




Finally, as you box those gifts open today, take a moment  to read about Bishop Kodji Island as told by Tina at

Tina has initiated #toilet4kodji and #water4kodji awareness for Bishop Kodji island and we are glad to help push that. We also got thinking about what we can do for the community this season. Sharing food? What are your thoughts? Would you like to help? How? Leave us comments!


PRESS RELEASE: 2nd International Day of the Girl Child Event in Nigeria

Hey guys,

In Lagos? What are you doing tomorrow? This looks like a great programme to attend. Let’s move for the girl child!


HACEY’s Health Initiative is a registered Non-Governmental Organization
with the mission to educate and support women, children and young people to
lead healthy and sustainable lives. HACEY will be hosting the 2nd
International Day of the Girl Child in Lagos state, Nigeria on the 10th
October 2013 with the theme: Education as a Catalyst in promoting the
Health, Empowerment, and Rights of the Girl Child in Africa.

Speakers for the program include Mr Jeffery Hawkins – Current United States
Consul General in Nigeria; H.E. Mrs. Toyin Saraki – Former First Lady Kwara
state, and Founder & President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa; Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin -Recipient of US International Women of Courage Award, and president Women Arise for Change Initiative; Mrs Yemisi Ransome-Kuti – Founder NNNGO and Civil Society Advisor to the World Bank; and Mrs Detoun Ogwo – Executive Director Afterschool Graduate Centre.

*Theme: Education as a catalyst in Promoting the Health, Empowerment and
Right of the Girl Child*

*Date:    Thursday, October 10th, 2013*

*Time:   9am prompt*

*Venue: Main Auditorium, University of Lagos, AKoka, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria.*

**Participation is Free*



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VSO-ICS Youth Volunteering Programme

VSO-ICS Youth Volunteering Programme is a youth-centred community development programme, conducted in partnership between International Citizen Service (ICS), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and their implementing partners.

The three-month programme brings together young people (aged 18-25) from the UK and Nigeria. Each team will typically consist of 20 young people, with equal numbers coming from the UK and the host country. In carefully selected communities, volunteers work in placements fully supported by their implementing partner organisations and two full time VSO ICS programme supervisors. Together, in cross-cultural counterpart pairs, volunteers live with host families and work in the host communities. The type of work varies depending upon the needs of the community, but can include service delivery, advocacy work, and peer-to-peer education programmes. Through a programme of structured personal development and learning, ICS aims to create a cadre of young people who will make lifelong contributions as advocates for international development and as agents of social change within their own communities.

Completed forms should be returned to the VSO-ICS Team at

No 14B, Banjul Street, Off Monrovia Street, Wuse 2, Abuja

Or by email

The deadline for submission is TOMORROW, 20th of August 2013 by 4:30pm

Only short listed candidates will be invited for the interview.

Interviews will be conducted in two Locations: Ilorin and Abuja


Find some more information  in the application form here: VSO-ICS-Application-Form-Nigeria

If you are successful, be sure to let us know. If you have problems accessing the form, please leave a comment and I’d send it to you via e-mail.


Always rooting for you!



Openings in all states

Hello guys!

Hope we are doing well. Here is what we have planned ahead of the International Youth Day:

We’d like the whole house to get involved. Chances are that if this issue does not affect you, it affects your relative or loved one who is unemployed, at home on a boring 3 months holiday, or even thrown into idleness due to the prevailing and enduring strike action by ASUU. It would be great if we can see more and more innovative solutions around youth engagements and bring already existing, effective ones to light and acceptability!

Wouldn’t you like that there are easily accessible opportunities to work remotely from your phone/home for a project outsourcing platform or be engaged often in volunteering programmes or learn about meaningful associations and groups you can join or take up a holiday or quarter-day job or be accepted on a work shadowing programme to experience a week in the life of your role model? The possibilities are endless but these avenues to career enhancement are not exactly the norm in Nigeria. We don’t need to have to know somebody that knows somebody that is a friend or uncle to somebody that can help us get ahead in our career.

Let’s push the discussion now! On Facebook and Twitter, just make a post commenting on the issue but include #EngageNaijaYouth in your post.


-Alert your peers about this

-Begin commenting via #EngageNaijaYouth

-Help compile important conclusions post-discussion

-Savvy media person? Help get a radio feature or represent us on a radio feature

-Post the press release at on a news blog or website,

-Help with a quick research

-Be a thought collector (ask a relevant person some relevant questions) using #EngageNaijaYouth on Facebook and Twitter

-Send in suggestions


Interested? Make sure you  can access your e-mails as they enter and that you have constant internet connection because we would be contacting you immediately. Fill the Get Involved form below:


Let’s have a meaningful holiday! Season’s greetings.