Praises for a local hero: Benjamin Adekunle

Posted September 27, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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As the world celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21, I found myself thinking about soldiers and the dangerously volatile conditions they work in. With the spate of attacks in different parts of the world, they have to confront this as a normal working environment, uncertain of the outcome. What’s more? Troops are now being deployed to fight deadly Ebola. As I began to feel deep appreciation for soldiers, I sought to find out about Brig.-Gen Benjamin Ad...


Addressing the Youth Unemployment Challenge in Africa

Posted September 20, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Africa is the second most populous and 'youngest' continent on earth, having the highest concentration of youth. Up to 70 per cent of Africa’s people are under the age of 30. According to Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist for the World Bank’s Africa region, the current youth of Africa are not only important for Africa but also for the world. However, young people in the continent face grave unemployment challenges. At her current level of development, one would doubt...


Youth inclusion in governance: #30PercentOrNothing vs. #30PercentForWetin

Posted September 13, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Many Nigerians have, in recent months, decried the low level of participation of the youth in governance. The issue has become a trending topic both online and offline but this did not just happen in an instant. During a national conference earlier this year, a coalition of youths brought the issue to the fore. They affirmed that the estimated population of Nigerian youths, which constitute about 70 percent of the population, is twice the population of Ghana and more than the p...


“Who will care for us?” and more in the news this week

Posted September 7, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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The first work week of September has been enriching. I got to know about a number of eye-opening publications released this month. Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict - a network of international non-governmental organizations, striving to protect children in war zones - released one of such reports. According to their website, Watchlist was formed in 2001 by a group of leading human rights and humanitarian organizations in response to the need for improved monitoring and re...


My Conclusion-What matters most to youth?

Posted August 30, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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If you are wondering what I am concluding, kindly check the first two posts here and here. It is great to know that our youth know what changes to expect and demand from our leaders for the benefit of society and national prosperity. After listening and interacting with many young people like myself, I have come up with some wrap-up points-or words of wisdom, like the older people say it here. I hope many youths find invaluable advice in these words. 1. Education is not...


What matters most to youth? Part 2

Posted August 23, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Have you had an experience that upended your views or enlightened your view concerning certain issues? You need to read my first post in this series. On August 12, the International Youth Day, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Global Citizen launched a #showyourselfie global social media campaign to urge world leaders to make the needs and rights of young people a priority in the post-2015 development agenda. Young people were encouraged to take a selfie and...


What matters most to youth? Part 1

Posted August 16, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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When I sent out the question, “What matters most to the youth in Nigeria?” I thought I already knew what the response of most young people would be. The International Youth Day (IYD) was coming up and though the theme was concerned with mental health, I considered it important to have the people affected weigh in on what really mattered to them. Moreover, I had read about the European Parliament’s IYD priority here: The article, in commemoration of IYD, highli...


Nigerian youth multiplying impact

Posted August 9, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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A developing country has at least three dire needs - development, national transformation and youth employment. These are dire needs of Nigeria. Development: because an economy that has experienced some years of stable economic growth requires this growth to be inclusive and accompanied by economic development. National transformation: because the need for leaders who lead by serving and have the necessary skills is critical to transforming societies. Youth employment: be...


Voices of Youth Inspire! “Failures are the best eye openers.”

Posted August 3, 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Your name: Salu Oluwamayowa Adepeju Your age: 28 years Where are you originally from and where do you currently live? I am from Igbogbo, Lagos State, Nigeria, but I grew up in Bariga and I still live in Bariga, Lagos State. According to your business card – what is your job title? I am founder and Executive Director of Iba (Malaria) Eradication Foundation. How does your current job compare with what you wanted to do when you were much younger...


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