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!

#IVD2013 Campaign

The International Volunteer Day for Social and Economic Development(IVD), established by the UN General Assembly to be commemorated on 5th December every year, is about telling the world what volunteers and volunteer-involving organizations achieve for rounded development.

Volunteering that works cannot be taken for granted. It needs to be recognized, facilitated, networked and promoted. Organisations that understand the value of volunteering celebrate IVD by establishing volunteering programmes for social impact.

Working with extra hands can help organisations:

-grow effectively thereby contributing to national development

-plan projects and events without disrupting course of work at the office

-make cheaper and wiser recruitment decisions by getting to know the working habits of the volunteers who they can hire

Moreover, volunteering can help the volunteer make important networking contacts, learn or develop skills, impart skills, enhance résumé, gain work experience, build self-esteem and self-confidence, improve health, meet new people, feel needed and valued, express gratitude for help received in the past from an organization, communicate to others that you are ambitious, enthusiastic and care about the community, make a difference in someone’s life. Volunteering improves the likelihood that children will volunteer as adults and helps groom responsible generations for our nation.


Sure enough, our great team went out and about in a number of states to ensure our radio outreach to spread the message of youth volunteerism and engaging volunteers was a huge success. In some states, the plan fell through but we made the effort-sowed seeds for next time. Big big appreciation to Adebayo and Osato! It was amazing to see virtually all the fruitful contacting and scheduling happen within a space of 3 days. And Moyo is a super woman! Many thanks to our trainer and coordinator-at-large, Chioma Okereke!!!


Ebuka and Abdul discussed with Sophie at Cool FM Kano state and even received some phone calls of commendation.

IVD 2013 Cool FM Kano 2

Do Daniels always take the city? Indeed! Daniel was on MITV Ibadan, Oyo state. He was also on radio- Star FM and possibly some other platforms I do not yet know.

IVD 2013 MITV Ibadan Oyo state

Daniel again...

IVD 2013 Star FM Ibadan Oyo

Uju and Moyo took the reins in the Centre of Excellence on Top radio 90.9FM Lagos. They had an engaging discussion with Wyse. Thank you Wyse!

 IVD 2013 Top Radio Lagos

Oh my! Joel was too helpful. Orange FM Akure, Ondo state got a piece of the action.

IVD Orange FM Akure

Do not let this picture deceive you. Innocent received

at least 7 calls of enquiry after leaving the Rhythm FM Port

Harcourt studio at Rivers state! He even robed in

Zubby, the very helpful On-Air Personality, who

said he would be interested in volunteering.

IVD2013 Rhythm 93.7 PH 

Special thanks to Bankole the Bvibes blogger and EDK.

We were live on Vibes FM Benin, Edo state.

 IVD2013 Vibes FM Benin 

Finally, Margaret was on OGBC radio, Ogun state.

THANK YOU Margaret!

IVD 2013 OGBC 

So went the great day! By the way, the pictures were not taken with professional cameras. Remember there is always something you can do to make our country and the world a far better place.