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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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First RYPE Youth Forum

10 Feb

Aside consolidating on the basic entrepreneurial skills, goal setting, self awareness and leadership, which is the first goal in the action plan of RYPE Initiative, the main aim of the forum was to harness maximally the potentials, passion and strength of young people towards attaining socio-economic benefits for themselves, communities etc. It was to serve as a medium where young secondary school leavers can get application forms and become part of the one year RYPE program.

The forum tagged “Positioning Myself for Success After School“, which held on the 5th of February, 2011 at the Youth Development Centre of the Shepherd’s Porch, Calabar, Cross River State, brought together over 30 young secondary school leavers. Continue reading

Issues at stake

25 Jan

Youth restiveness in Nigeria has been a prominent issue in recent times. There has been an increase in the occurrence of acts of violence and lawlessness, including things like hostage-taking for ransom of prominent citizens and expatriate oil workers, arms insurgence, cultism, etc., especially in the Niger Delta region.

According to Awogbenle & Iwuamadi (2010), the statistics from the Federal Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria has a youth population of over 80 million representing 60% of the total population of the country; 64 million are unemployed while 1.6 million are underemployed.

Most secondary school leavers and university graduates in Nigeria according to CEDR (2010) are unemployed and facts show that 71% of students who graduated from Nigerian Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in the last six years (2000-2006) are yet to find jobs.  There is also lack of entrepreneurial spirit among secondary school leavers and higher education graduates.  The implications of these are the high level of poverty, the unwholesome attitude of our youths and the trend of hostage taking for huge ransoms. As it is often said, ‘an idle man is the devil’s workshop’.

What then must we do to solve this problem?

Unemployment: A ticking Time Bomb

25 Jan

Unemployment, Jobs

Job applicants at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during their interview

Unemployment problems in Nigeria are like a ticking time bomb. However, as for me, it is not a time bomb anymore. The bomb already exploded through kidnapping and other crimes that we see in Nigeria. It is the magnitude and the consequences or fall out of all these that we are dealing with now.

On Monday, April 26, 2010, applicants who applied for employment into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staged a peaceful protest at the headquarters of the electoral body over their inability to write the exams set by the commission.

The applicants were billed to write the examination at the Women Development Centre in Abuja yesterday for employment into the vacant positions recently advertised by INEC.

Spokesman of the group who refused to give his name said they decided to trek over four kilometres from the interview centre to the INEC office to register their displeasure over the manner the interview process was handled.

“The hall provided for the event could barely contain 600 people while over 10,000 candidates were on hand for the exercise, a situation that made some of the candidates to forcefully seize some of the question papers and ran away,” he said.

Writing on the issue of run-away unemployment in Nigeria, Atty. Ralph Nwokike, Esq. from Seattle, Washington, USA. Said: “I cannot imagine a Country that turns out thousands of graduates each year from various institutions of learning, and there are no opportunities to assimilate them. The small businesses that would have helped to employ these young men and women in their factories could not operate as a result of the overhead costs due to lack of constant power supply. I used to have a friend who owned a big plastic industry in Lagos and he told me that he long closed shop because of high cost of fuel or gas, and break down of equipment as a result of epileptic power supply. The overhead costs are huge and he lay of tens of workers.  You see that these small scale industries spend so much in fuel or gas to operate their machinery due to lack of power supply and the cost of maintaining the breakdown of equipment is enormous. It forced majority to pack up”.


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