U.S. Department of States Honours RYPE Initiative Founder, Grace Ihejiamaizu from Nigeria

6 Sep

RYPE Initiative founder recognized by the US State Department as State Alumni Member of the Month for her outstanding achievements. Find below the Press Release from the US Department of States.

Press Release from US Department of States Website

U.S. Department of State Honors Grace Ihejiamaizu of Nigeria as State Alumni Member of the Month

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 4, 2012

The U.S. Department of State selected Grace Ihejiamaizu as September’s State Alumni Member of the Month in recognition of her dedication to developing Nigeria’s next generation of leaders. Ihejiamaizu participated in the 2010 Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders (SUSI) Program on the theme of Social Entrepreneurship. She has since applied these entrepreneurial concepts in Nigeria by founding an after-school youth program.

Ihejiamaizu’s SUSI experience allowed her to examine how business techniques and entrepreneurial skills can be used to address social issues. Motivated by this knowledge and following her passion to help young people, Ihejiamaizu returned to Nigeria and launched Raising Young and Productive Entrepreneurs (RYPE). This after-school youth development program offers skills trainings, internship placements, volunteer activities, and a peer mentoring club to educate, engage, and empower Nigerian youth to become leaders and entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2011, RYPE’s has reached more than 150 Nigerian youth. Continue reading


From a wheelbarrow pusher, bus conductor and tout, to the best post-UTME student at OAU – Uche Okwuoha’s Story.

21 Aug

From a wheelbarrow pusher, bus conductor and tout, to the best post-UTME student at OAU.  Uche’s story is a different one today. The RYPE vision is drawn from simiar stories like Uche’s. Uche’s intention after secondary school out of frustration and delayed admission was to get admission into any college, join a cult group and kill as many people as possible to survive. Today, his story is different. Read what PUNCH gathered from an interview with him.

Photo Credit: PUNCH

“His shelter was under the bridge. Education for him seemed far-fetched, Uche Okwuoha, now a Law student at the Obafemi Awolowo University narrates how his life began to take a meaningful shape, Motunrayo Aboderin writes

 Uche Okwuoha, an indigene of Imo State, scored the highest mark in the Obafemi Awolowo post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in the 2010/2011 academic session. He had the highest score of 320 (out of 400) and he is presently a Law student in the institution’s Faculty of Law. But Okwuoha’s journey to stardom was one filled with pain and hardship. Continue reading

Stop Thinking and Start Doing

10 Aug

By Chibueze Opata

So you have this fantastic powerful breathtaking idea that will change the world?

So many times, I stumble across all sorts of people with all sorts of different ideas even similar ones. It is no longer news that ideas are everywhere now. What matters most is who and who have implemented the ideas; and this is where the problem starts.

One of the major problems we face in implementing ideas is information. Here, information boils down to whether they have enough information about developing their product or service, their target market, and what it takes to bring their product/services to their potential customers.

Secondly, most people tend to look for others who can execute their plans for them, even when they have no money. Of course this is not wrong per say, but the fundamental problem with this approach is: You can’t get people to believe in your dream if you have not yet started the journey to your big destination. In other words, people spend so much time planning, analyzing,blueprinting and roadmapping,  but never really take the first step of the journey. Continue reading

Euro-Africa Youth Summit 2012: A Changemaker’s tale

14 Jul

Grace with Global Changemakers from Paris, Kenya, South Africa at EU Day!

Grace Ihejiamaizu, 21, is a Sociologist, Social Entrepreneur and founder of RYPE Initiative, an afterschool youth development project that is helping young people gain real skills to become leaders and entrepreneurs. She is one of the three Global Changemakers who were selected to represent Nigeria at the British Council ‘Euro-Africa Youth Summit (EAYS) 2012’ in Brussels, Belgium from 22nd-27th June 2012. Read her ‘story’ of how she got selected, the highlights of the event, incredible experiences and lessons she has learnt and want to inspire you with.

In her own words…

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Introducing Youth LEAD

3 Oct

As part of RYPE Initiative‘s objective to empower young people, we are proud to introduce Youth-LEAD 2011, the first of its kind in Calabar. Proudly supported by Young African Women Leader’s Forum, we are giving away N50,000 to aid the establishment of small lucrative business. If you know any young people (secondary school graduates) who might benefit, send them to http://youthleadcamp.wordpress.com/.

Its still the same RYPE mission of educating, inspiring, engaging and empowering young people.