Changing the Narrative for the Nigerian Youth
Friday, 4 December 2020
Country Office in Nigeria
iRead to Live Initiative
10:00 - 11:30
According to the National Youth Policy of 2009, youths in Nigeria are described as persons between ages 18-35 years old. These categories of young persons are ambitious, enthusiastic, resourceful and promising.
With a population strength of 43.69 %, Nigerian youths are known to have common characteristics which embrace and transcend through regions, ethnicity and competence. This event seeks to set a pace for discussions on how we as young people can propose a new way of doing things that will not threaten the people that could help us achieve desired results and change needed in Nigeria.
The overall focus of this event was to examine key issues on the rule of law in Nigeria with specific focus on the youths, issues on gender, cybercrime and the role of Education for Justice in empowering young Nigerians.
Panel 1: Gender and the Rule of Law in Nigeria
This panel session will focus on:
- How much equitable gender representation do we have as youths in leading advocacies towards changing the narrative for the Nigerian Youths?
- What barriers do young people (male and female) face(s) in building a new generation they truly deserve and wish to see for themselves?
- Are there legal frameworks that make provisions for gender equality? How best can we leverage these legal frameworks to address the gender-gap?
- The COVID-19 Pandemic exacerbated gender-based violence in some communities in Nigeria, so many women were targeted and exposed to daily harassment and sexual violence, let alone in places of worship. How do we make our cities safe for our girls, women and everyone?
- From protests to dialogue. What are the lessons learnt during the protests, the impacts on changing youth participation in nation building and the way forward.
- What can the government, political parties and civil society do to create an enabling environment for young people to thrive in their demand for a new Nigeria?
Panel 2: The Menace of Cybercrime and its Impact on the Nigeria youth
This session looks at:
- How issues of cybercrime have affected the image of the country and what can be done to help curb the menace.
- Upcoming initiatives by youths to change the narrative of cybercrime in Nigeria.
- The role of education in ensuring youths become part of the solution and are better equipped to deal with the challenges themselves.
- The impact of COVID-19 on cybercrime and the way forward.
- Creative solutions to cybercrime by youths.
Chief Executive, iRead To Live Initiative
Jacob O. Sule, Executive Director iRead To Live Initiative (Nigeria) ,a non profit organization promoting quality education and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. He is the convener of the Human Rights Cafe - a virtual collaborative conversation set up to enlighten new generations of leaders to know and promote the advocacy of citizens’ rights and dignity of all persons. He was named as a 2019 Literacy champion by International Literacy Association, USA, Global Competence Trainer for Inspire Citizens, Beijing China. Jacob specializes in Law, Education & Policy, and Human rights issues. He is currently serving as a HundrED Ambassador, Resident expert on the SDGs, and TeachSDGs Ambassador. Jacob holds two bachelor degrees in Law and Public Administration.
Juliet Yop Pwajok
Lecturer; University of Jos
Dr. Pwajok is an expert in peace and conflict management, and a drug addiction prevention (UNPLUGGED) master trainer with UNODC. She does a lot of research on gender-based violence and other gender-related issues
YIAGA (Not Too Young To Run)
Ibrahim Faruk is an active Nigerian citizen. He holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree (Second Class Upper) in Political Science from the University of Jos (2008) and a Master’s of Science (M.Sc.) in Conflict Management and Peace Studies from the University of Jos.
Ibrahim has over 10 years experience in democracy and good governance and cross-cutting fields and is currently the Program Manager for the Governance and Development Program at Yiaga Africa. As the National Coordinator of the Not Too Young To Run Movement, which successfully amended the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, his work has contributed to increasing the political participation of youth in Nigeria’s political system.
Commissioner of Youths and Sports, Oyo State
Seun Fakorede is the Commissioner of Youths and Sports in Oyo State. An engineer by profession, entrepreneur, consultant and author.
As a proactive, seasoned and dedicated professional with 7+ years of experience providing comprehensive administrative, operational and managerial support to various organisations — Seun's expertise lies in coordinating and leading administrative and operational functions for senior-level personnel’s and executives.
Advocate for Gender equality and youths inclusion in politics
Rinsola Abiola is a public relations specialist with work experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors. She is an advocate for gender equity and youth inclusion in governance.
Project Lead, Internet4Good (I4G) Africa – Moderator
Oyindamola is a social impact strategist who works at the intersection of communications, social policy and youth development. With five years experience that cuts across both private and nonprofit sectors, her professional competencies encompass strategic and development communication, consultancy, project design and management, writing and (qualitative) research. She is currently the Project Lead for Internet4Good, a project funded by Robert Bosch Stiftung which seeks to challenge negative stereotypes about how young Africans use the Internet.
Oyindamola is also an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree Scholar (2017-2019) in Education Policies for Global Development at the Universities of Oslo, Amsterdam, Malta, and Barcelona (Autonomous). Consequently, she has garnered work and study experiences in 5 countries across Africa and Europe. In 2018, she became a Founding member and Country Representative (Nigeria) for the Common Futures Conversations, a Chatham House project that connects African and European youth to senior policymakers through digital engagements. She is a 2019 Ban Ki-Moon Global Citizen Scholar at the European Forum Alpbach and is most passionate about education, nonprofit sustainability, gender and ICT for Development.
Cybersecurity Expert and Director ICLDNG
Felix Iziomoh is a cyber-security awareness trainer and a passionate Cybercrime prevention campaigner, with over 7 years’ experience in the Civil Society Sector on Cybercrime Awareness Prevention. As the SID Nigeria representative, he is the convener of Safer Internet Day (SID) in Nigeria, and organizes annual events on Safer Internet Day and National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) in partnership with the U.S. Embassy Nigeria and other stakeholders.
As a member of the internet Society, he participated in the Cyber security Leadership Summit in Berlin in 2018 and the Safer Internet Forum in Brussels in 2017 and 2019. He is currently involved in increasing cyber security awareness in Nigeria via collaboration and partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations. He is committed to creating opportunities for under-served youth in Nigeria to tap their potential and bring sustainable change to their communities.
Law Student University of Lagos Nigeria, Winner Internet4Good Story Contest
Yadera Ukaigwe is currently a 200 level Law student at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus.In the course of the lockdown, she has participated in virtual law internships to boost her knowledge of the law. Amidst the union strike affecting public universities, she engages in freelance work for various organisations and currently runs a temporary online clothing store. Based on her inspiring story of using the internet positively, she emerged winner of the Internet4Good Video Story Contest, funded by the Bosch Alumni Network. She is currently using the internet to develop her skills in graphic design and photography. In the future, she aspires to become a TV host and own a successful hair care company.
Senior STEM Instructor, Sphinx IQ Developers
Vivian James has over 7 years experience teaching Mathematics for high schools and colleges with an emphasis on Calculus, Algebra, Statistics, Elementary Differential Equations and Elementary Coding for Beginners. She graduated in the top 1% of her class in my Bachelors and Master's Degree in Computer Science. She also has over 2 years experience promoting STEM in Nigeria and is passionate about championing Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence - especially for women, girls and minorities in Nigeria and beyond.
Given her extensive experience, she delivers both in online and offline tutoring with a 99.6% Success Rate. She is particularly interested in helping struggling and/or disadvantaged students to reach their academic peak and her students have gone on to win awards such as: MTNF Science and Technology Awards and HiTech Program Literacy Awards. She is a committed volunteer who serves as a Tech Mentor to underprivileged girls. Her tech expertise encompasses: Game Development and App Development and Integrating Coding Contents into Mathematics Learning.
Mass Communication Lecturer at the University of Lagos
Sam Ejiwunmi is a Nigerian creative with expertise in strategic communications and content development. He was the best graduating Student at the prestigious Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos, where he bagged his first degree in 2013. An avid lover of knowledge and creativity, Sam Ejiwunmi is the co-founder of Petite Grande Unique Concept, a media solutions company that he began as an undergraduate, he is also a partner at Media Trybe.
Sam works with the Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos as an Assistant Lecturer and is currently pursuing his Ph.D examining the impact of fake news on political elections in sub Saharan Africa. He recently co-founded Coronavirus Fact-check, a nonprofit organization primed to tackle the fake news Infodemic. He is a recipient of various grants and awards which includes, The Erasmus-Mundus mobility grant, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom; The Dillip Melon Foundation Awards, South Africa; and the Weatherhead Advertising Award for the Best Graduating Student in Advertising.