Voices of Youth Inspire! "Consider Agribusiness!”

Publicado 13 de diciembre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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I remember reading a little about Lawrence Afere and thinking how useful it will be to share his story to inspire young people to explore agriculture like they have done technology. After many weeks of trying to make contact and waiting, I finally have brought you these insightful words. Your name: Afere Alaba Lawrence Your age: 31 Where are you originally from and where do you currently live? I am from Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria, and I currently live there....


What is volunteering worth?

Publicado 6 de diciembre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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The major highlight of my week was planning a radio outreach with Volunteer in Nigeria for 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 radio outreach project on International Volunteer Day spreads the message of volun...


Let’s protect the vulnerable!

Publicado 29 de noviembre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Somebody sent me a really disturbing video showing a grown woman severely abusing a toddler. The video was already trending online and the lady had been tagged ‘the monster nanny.’ To say the least, the video was horrible and leaves much to be desired. It sparked many angry reactions over the internet in Uganda and beyond. According to online news stories, the video was filmed by a hidden camera and showed a 22 year old nanny and an 18 month old child. The father of th...


My wish for children in 25 years time is...

Publicado 21 de noviembre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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I have had the most interestingly fascinating encounters with children this year alone. In the process, I have learnt quite a lot about them. Children are mostly not trying to hide their feelings. They are as easy to read as their books. Perhaps the only things not as easy are their questions. They ask you things you think you know in the most ambiguous and complicated way. So you probably understand the silence and listlessness that ensued after I got the question: "Aunty, wh...


The New Yam Festival!

Publicado 8 de noviembre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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The New Yam festival of the Igbos of South-Eastern Nigeria is a truly significant part of our culture. It is widely recognised as a symbol of new beginnings, joy and brotherliness amongst Igbos. Also known as Iwa ji, Iri ji, Ili ji or Ike ji (depending on the dialect), it is celebrated around August every year in the largely agrarian rural Igbo land and is much like the Thanksgiving celebration in the United States. The Ike ji festival is a time to celebrate the end of a planting...


My mixed feelings...

Publicado 1 de noviembre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Recently, I got to know about a non-profit called Teach a man to fish. That’s a distinct name right? It reminds me about what perspective I believe development work, programmes and policies should take. I think development and social impact programmes and projects that seek to empower should be designed in such a way that the individuals and families affected can stand on their own or become self-sufficient afterwards. I mean it should be about teaching people to fish not just gi...


Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion

Publicado 25 de octubre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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If you are up for a classic that analyses critical issues in development policy and economics, you should read The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier. What stands out for me in the book are the relevance of some issues broached for the present, the elaborate development instruments-including aid, conflict prevention and resolution, trade, international laws and charters-prescribed; his acknowledgement that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for the different economies trapped i...


Horn Free Day in Lagos!

Publicado 17 de octubre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Have you ever imagined a Horn-free Day in your city? Now imagine a horn-free day in a bustling mega-city of at least 20 million people, with frequently traffic congested roads. Imagine a horn-free day in Lagos, Nigeria! October 15 was symbolic not just because it was the International Day of Rural Women, but because the Lagos state government marked a horn free day for all motorists in the metropolis-and the compliance was great. If there is one thing Lagosians do not miss t...


Do this one thing for the girl child: volunteer!

Publicado 11 de octubre de 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Happy International Day of the Girl VOY fam! I look forward to a world where every youth consciously stands up for the girl child in some way. It is important to know that development impact can easily be multiplied by improving the livelihood of the girls and women in our communities. This is because girls and women have the ability to stimulate positive multiplier effects and have shown great potential to affect even more women and children. There is at least one thing you...


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