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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Lagos training opportunities

Here are some free training opportunities we got news on.  SHARE with everyone you know in Lagos. No harm in adding skills!

Immersion with Microsoft

Are you a developer, a student or someone interested in learning how to code? Do you want to be an expert in building top notch web and mobile applications using Microsoft Technologies? Then Immersion with Microsoft is the right place to begin.

Immersion with Microsoft is a combined training and mentorship program where participants get to learn how to build mobile and web applications using Microsoft technologies. In a three-month training program, no less than 20 shortlisted students and early stage developers will be trained by 6 seasoned developers and Microsoft experts.

Starting on the 24th of March 2014, Immersion with Microsoft will have:

  • 2 sessions a week for 3 months with Microsoft trained facilitators
  • 1 week Windows Phone and Windows 8 bootcamp with Microsoft experts from Microsoft Redmond Campus
  • 1 week Windows Azure bootcamp with Microsoft experts from Microsoft Redmond Campus
  • Team formation and app building exercise
  • Final project show and tell
  • Promotion opportunities across Africa for outstanding solutions

The training will involve teaching the basics of programming language paradigm and Microsoft development environment for various technologies including:

  • Windows Application
  • Windows Phone Application
  • ASP.NET (MVC & Web Form)
  • Cloud Technology (Azure Services i.e. PAAS)

Register via this short form HERE.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted with specific details about the program. All the best! For more information, call 234.1.2950555.


Fashion designing training scholarship

Owambe Clothings (Lagos) wishes to give 20 people 100% scholarship into Owambe fashion institute to learn full options of fashion designing either for a year or six months. According to the CEO, Ola-Abraham Emmanuel, the scholarship is to celebrate a year of the faithfulness of God. Admission form is FREE. Go to No 43 Oremeta street, Ojodu Berger, Lagos, to pick the form free.

The street is in front of Diamond bank at Ojodu Berger bus stop. Offer ends March 22. Call 08165314466.

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FREE eNGO workshop

Digital Empowerment Foundation India is  organising eNGO Workshop for 100 Nigerian grassroots development organizations (NGOs) in ICT capacity building with free website & training.

Programos Foundation, Nigeria in partnership with The International Association of African Non Governmental Organizations (IAAN) co-ordinate the maiden edition in Nigeria.

There are currently over a million NGOs and Self Help Groups in Nigeria and the majority of them do not have a proper webpage. Most of the NGOs working at the grassroots level thus remain unknown and do not earn the appreciation and benefit coming from sources that can provide tremendous energy to them. This situation might have been caused for reasons like lack of finance, expertise and foresight. Besides, all such NGOs have tremendous amount of information which is not exposed to outside their geography, policy makers, or potential granters.

FREE Registration of 100 NGOs in Nigeria (final round) for the workshop is ongoing here.


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FREE HR Trainers’ training

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Here is more juice for you!


TOM ASSOCIATES Annual Trainers Clinic for 2014 holds on Thursday, January 16. It will explore the challenge of managing generational divide plaguing the workplace now, with special focus on the “GENERATION Y.” It will be great and it is FREE for you if you hold a position in HR, Training or L&D in your organization. Programme Leader is Titi Akisanya, formerly of Phillips Consulting, Accenture, and Group HR Director for Coca-Cola International, Sub-Sahara Africa Group. Secure your seat now, by email to


Venue: Tom Associates Management Development centre at 7 Alade Lawal Street, Anthony Village, Lagos Mainland, Lagos state, Nigeria

Enquiries: 08033019120


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FREE crash course

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More freebies that may interest you!  Add skills! Spread the word!


Have you ever struggled to get the media or public to understand complicated issues / campaigns that your organisation is driving? Have you ever wished you could create your own infographics, graphics, or illustrations for your campaigns?
Well, you’ll have an opportunity this weekend to learn to create infographics & charts in minutes … and win cash prizes in the process.
The Lagos chapter of the global Hacks/Hackers network is hosting a free crash-course at the Co-Creation Hub on Saturday, January 11.The meetup will start at 11am sharp, and will offer hands-on + one-on-one training using to create news graphics that will help you simplify complex stories for your audiences. DataWrapper is a simple visualisation tool specially created for newsrooms, and used by everyone from Twitter and the UK Guardian, to various African media.

The training is free-of-charge, and will be led by a team of experts from The best infographics or data-driven visualisations created at the workshop will win prizes totalling $250.

Hacks/Hackers is a global network of journalists and technologists and social justice activists interested in using the power of new technologies (such as mobile phones, open data, and social media) to improve the way that media engages with the public. Local chapters like the Lagos one host monthly meetings, where members get free training, hear international speakers, or work as teams with developers to build news apps, news tools, and news websites.

The DataWrapper training is the 1st meetup for 2014. There are limited seats, so register ASAP on this Google Form:


Co-Creation Hub is located at the 6th Floor, 294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos.

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Free Forex Training

Hello fam!

Here is what we found:

ForexTime Nigeria Presents Forex Traders Empowerment Conference in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Nigeria.

A 2-Days Training & Workshop Program

Date: 24th and 25th January 2014
Time: 10am Daily
Venue: Claridon Hotels and Resorts
273/274 Aba Road, Port Harcourt.

Attendance is absolutely FREE!

To register send SMS “FXTM PH” to 08151517141

Another chance to improve your skill set! Not interested in Foreign Exchange?  Someone else might be. SHARE!