My Voices of Youth blogging internship

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A major highlight of the year 2014 was definitely my VOY internship. I remember a friend making a resolution to blog every single day of the year-aside his fulltime job-and I just could not imagine how he would keep up. Months after, I was selected for the VOY blogging internship and had to blog weekly. Needless to say, I found a way to do it. I have taken some time to reflect over the objectives of the internship and I realise how much I have learnt in such a short time. Under...


How music has changed over time

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Sometime ago, I sat a few rows behind some much older men on a bus. They were discussing loudly and the subject was the musical trends of the day. There was an aura of disappointment around their discussion, as they all acquiesced that the music of the day has been mostly a blatant departure (from a morality perspective) from what they used to know and enjoy as good Nigerian music. They were concerned about the empty messages in the lyrics of most songs available, which brought...


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?

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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!

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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...

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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!

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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...

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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

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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...


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