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Victor Oladokun: Why African Languages Matter

Recently, the Union African Union adopted Swahili as one of the official languages alongside French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic. I could not have been more glad.

For decades, it has always struck me as odd that non a single African language is spoken in the hallowed halls of Africa’s main political institution. The decision by the AU in February 2022 was long overdue and should be applauded by all and sundry regardless of nationality.

Why is this important? Simply because Africa has a language crisis.

As a 10-year-old newly arrived in Lagos from England, I recall listening intently to how the Yoruba language  – my father’s language – was spoken. I would constantly repeat in my head or verbally repeat what I thought I had heard. I was not always successful. Many times, what would come out of my mouth would throw my friends into fits of laughter.

Yoruba is a tonal language. Some three-letter words pronounced wrongly or with the accent on the wrong syllable can get you into a whole lot of trouble.

I am indebted to the Canadian Catholic boarding School I attended in Ondo – St. Joseph’s College. At the time, the high school was well known for academic rigor and discipline. But one thing I’ve come to appreciate over the years was the mandatory learning of the Yoruba language in the first two years of a five-year study. In addition, while Mass was in Latin and English, the music also had a generous sprinkling of uplifting Yoruba hymns backed by traditional drums.

As I look back, I owe my love of the Yoruba language to this linguistic and cultural exposure.

Which is one of the reasons why I never cease to be amazed by the linguistic snobbery of many upwardly mobile and not-too-upwardly mobile Nigerian and African elite, when it comes to transferring knowledge of indigenous languages to their children.

In the case of my fellow Yoruba, it is not unusual to be regaled with pride about how their children only speak English.

With an affected Yoruba-English accent denoting social class, this is how the commentary tends to goes – “Ehhh … so mo pe awon omo aiye isiyin, won o gbo Yoruba mo. Oyinbo nikan ni won gbo.”  Meaning “You must realise that today’s generation no longer speaks or comprehend Yoruba. They only speak English.”

The comment by the way is supposed to be a badge of honor.

Languages become endangered for many reasons.

While focusing on Nigeria, the same applies to almost all African countries.

1.  Unprecedented urban mobility and migration, in which children grow up in places where the language of their parents is either not generally spoken or where it is no longer taught in the community.

2. Inter-ethnic marriages and relationships and recourse to the official language of English or the more widely spoken Pidgin English.

3. A tech-driven world that is dominated by less than a dozen global languages. Consequently, social media, TV and digital content, children’s programs, computer games, mobile apps, and news content, do not favor indigenous African languages.

4. Dislocation of populations due to terrorism and ethnic conflicts.

5. Economic migration that ends up leaving the older and elderly speakers of a language behind in rural communities.   Languages cannot live without children speakers. As such, as elderly rural speakers die out, the survival of some languages is simply impossible.

This is the dilemma that has befallen the Yoruba language and countless other indigenous Nigerian and African languages.

Every African language is a repository of history, culture, and values

Language is all-encompassing. It is not just a means of communicating. It is also a repository of values, customs, culture, and history. In short, language is the embodiment of who a people are.

Therefore, the loss or extinction of a language is simply not an inability to speak in a way and manner that is generally understood. It is the loss of identity – linguistically, culturally, psychologically, and historically.

I’m delighted to see indigenous Nigerian languages woven into the fabric of many recent Nollywood blockbuster movies. It’s a step in the right direction.

According to the Atlas of Languages in Danger of Disappearing published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and (UNESCO), today, there are an estimated 7,000 languages spoken worldwide. Half of the world’s total population speaks only eight of the most common. Also, more than 3,000 languages are said to be spoken by fewer than 10,000 people each.

So what can we do about linguistic genocide?

Fold our arms? Bemoan our fate? Accept the seemingly unstoppable collision of languages with the forces of ‘modernization’ and globalization? Or do we take stock, recognize what is at stake, turn adversity into opportunity, and innovatively add value to the tremendous linguistic resources that we own?

We have no choice.

Following are 7 suggestions:

1. Policymakers should go back to the drawing boards and once again make the teaching and learning of indigenous languages compulsory from kindergarten through high school.

2. Public advocacy and campaigns should be developed to encourage family members and local communities to pass on the treasure of language to the younger generation. One of Africa’s dilemmas today is that many young and older adults are linguistically challenged. As such, they need tutoring and learning themselves. This is an entrepreneurial opportunity for developers of language apps or creative radio and TV programs.

3. Debates in indigenous languages: Growing up in Lagos, one of my favorite TV programs was the live broadcast of the National High School Debates. I can still hear the opening music ringing in my ears. Here lies another opportunity for Nigeria and African countries for whom either English, French, Portuguese or Spanish, is the official language. Policymakers, content producers, advertisers, and the private and public sector, could team up to create regionally televised elementary and high school debates in indigenous languages.

To motivate the younger generation, generous and not token awards could include academic scholarships, regional and national media mentions, and opportunities to meet with and be honored by leading public and private sector leaders.

4. Business Incubation Hubs: Tech-savvy entrepreneurs have an unprecedented opportunity to create innovative indigenous language content, apps, and platforms. Opportunities abound for policymakers and the private sector to support and give out annual awards for the best digital content in indigenous languages including children’s animation programs, computer games, TV programs, vlogs, or podcasts.

5. Language Schools: France, the UK, Switzerland, and Germany have an abundance of schools that offer short or long-term language programs. The French language school Alliance Française has a presence in almost every African country. African nations must do the same especially in the Diaspora. Or at least, digitally or virtually online. This is an entrepreneurial opportunity to provide Africans at home and in the Diaspora with learning platforms and tools to enhance indigenous langauge capacities.

6. Policymakers can help create environments that promote learning and drive demand for content and information in indigenous languages. We certainly can learn from countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, that use indigenous languages in their respective parliaments and other official business.

Why should proficiency in multiple indigenous or other African languages not be a desirable employment skill set? Why should important national messages not be simulcast in their entirety in key languages, to reach the largest possible audience? Why in so many African countries is there a complete reliance on English, French, Spanish or Portuguese in public communication?  It’s a question to ponder and a challenge to overcome.

7. Becoming Linguistic Ambassadors: Finally, each one of us can brush up on our language skills and do so with exceptional pride. For too long, we have bought into the false narrative that ‘local’ is bad and ‘Western’ is sexy. We diminish our languages and refer to them derisively as ‘vernacular.’

Instead, collectively, we have a legacy responsibility to speak our languages with pride and transfer the same to the next generation.

If you are not as proficient as you would like to be, listen intently to how your language is spoken. Each week, set a goal of learning new vocabulary words. Over time, you’ll be amazed at the progress you would have made.

Every African language is a repository of history, culture, and values. When a language dies, so too does history, culture, values, and the intuitive sense of who a people are, where they are from and where they are going.

There is still time to save our languages and prevent cultural genocide.

It starts with each one of us!

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Nigerian, Ghanaian Women Are Highest Consumers Of Skin-whitening Creams In Africa — CNN

Nigeria’s women have been ranked as the highest consumers of skin-whitening creams in Africa.

The data drawn by CNN ranked Nigeria as the top consumer of creams.

The data explained that 75 percent of women in Nigeria patronize whitening products.

This is followed closely by Senegal at 60 percent, Mali at 50 percent, and Ghana at 30 per cent.

Whitening creams are cosmetic products that reduce the melanin or pigment in the skin to make it appear lighter.

The skin-whitening industry predominantly caters to women worldwide and people of colour in every region.

These creams contain ingredients that work to decrease the body’s production of melanin.

Melanin is responsible for the pigment in the skin made by cells called melanocytes.

But many of these creams have been found to have dangerous side effects and are unapproved for use.

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Africa

Who/What did we say Goodbye to in Africa in 2021? By Dr. Y

2021 was no doubt a tough year the world over, with a continued global pandemic, stressed economies, and much more. What a year! Africa said goodbye to quite a few people, events, and more. Below are a selection of 10 events of 2021. I am sure that I have left quite a few out…

  1. John Magufuli_2
    President John Magufuli of Tanzania

    In March, President John Magufuli of Tanzania changed dimensions. It was heartbreaking to see someone who had done so much for his country go away so suddenly. Nicknamed the “bulldozer” he had a reputation to be incorruptible [So Long to President John Magufuli of Tanzania: The Bulldozer], and under his leadership Tanzania saw growth and development. Magufuli was focused on Tanzania’s economic success and sought to implement ambitious projects that would lift more of his people out of povertyUnder his reign, he expanded free education, and rural electrificationTanzania was one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, thanks to his hard work [President John Magufuli in His Own Words].

  2. SA_Goodwill Zwelithini
    King Goodwill Zwelithini (Source: sahistory.org.za)

    In March, King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulu people of South Africa passed away. He had been king of the Zulu for over 50 years, since 1968 when he had succeeded his father, King Cyprian Bhekuzulu. Over these 50 years, he saw his country change from the apartheid regime to the Rainbow nation. At the time of his passing, the King’s Great Wife, Queen Mantfombi Dlamini was appointed as interim leader of the Zulu Nation under the title of queen regent from March 2021 to April 2021, when she passed away suddenly. King Goodwill Zwelithini was succeeded by his son King Misuzulu Zulu.

  3. In June, the very popular Nigerian pastor T.B. Joshua departed from this planet. He was a legendary charismatic pastor who was visited by presidents, and people from around the world; it is said that his church was Nigeria’s biggest tourist attraction.
  4. Kenneth Kaunda
    Kenneth Kaunda

    In June also, Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, first president of Zambia joined his ancestors. At 97 years old, he was one of Africa’s last surviving liberation leaders. To a generation of Africans, he epitomized the Africa struggle for independence. Affectionately known as Mzee, Kaunda worked tirelessly towards the freedom of the whole of Southern Africa from white rule; he supported the fight of other countries against repressive, racist regimes in South Africa, Malawi, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique and Southern Rhodesia (Why the name: Zimbabwe?). It took several years, but his support never faltered.

  5. In September, Sultan Ibrahim Mbombo Njoya of the Bamun people of Cameroon perished at the hands of the virus which has paralyzed the planet. He was the 19th reigning monarch of the Bamun Kingdom in the Western province of Cameroon. He had succeeded to his father, the sultan Seidou Njimoluh Njoya in 1992. He has been succeeded by his son Nabil Mbombo Njoya. At 28, Nabil Njoya is now the 20th in the Nchare Yen dynasty of the Bamun people.
  6. In November, F.W. De Klerk, former president of South Africa, and last president of the Apartheid era, passed away. He is known for releasing Nelson Mandela from prison, after 27 years, disassembling the apartheid system, and sharing the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela.
  7. Ethiopia_flag
    Flag of Ethiopia

    Ethiopia’s Tigray crisis started bringing tears to our hearts… Not sure how to explain the Nobel Peace prize given to Ethiopia’s prime minister Ahmed Abiy in 2019, when I see him choosing the war path instead of peace now. He is presiding over a protracted civil war that by many accounts bears the hallmarks of genocide. This leads to skepticism towards these “prizes” handed over by the “international” community. It has been over a year now that Abiy ordered a military offensive in the northern Tigray region with the promise to have it resolved quickly. Thousands are now dead, 2 million people displaced, and much more.

  8. Mozambique_Flag
    Flag of Mozambique

    Loss of peace in Mozambique. Last year, I told you about this amazing oil fields and precious minerals found in Mozambique, and all of sudden the presence of Islamic insurgencies [seriously?… Islamic insurgencies… I think these people probably take us for idiots] starting there right after Total signed one of the biggest contracts ever for over $14 Billions, and the united nations of thieves [seriously check it out, banks for Japan, EU, France, India, US, etc…] descended on the country [Who/What did we say goodbye to in Africa in 2020?].

  9. King Kêfa Sagbadjou Glèlè, monarch of the once-powerful Dahomey kingdom, in the country of Benin, has joined his ancestors. Bear in mind that King Kêfa descended from the Agoli-Agbo line, the one installed (not the rightful bearers of the traditions) by the French after King Behanzin was deported to Martinique and then Algeria.
  10. South Africa_Desmond Tutu_1
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Source: The Namibian)

    Just the day after Christmas, we learned that Desmond Tutu, the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner and iconic anti-apartheid fighter was deceased on December 26. As the tributes pour in from around the world, Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta said, Tutu had “inspired a generation of African leaders who embraced his non-violent approaches in the liberation struggle.” At 90, Archbishop Tutu had lived a long fruitful life, battle-tested by life under apartheid. The plans include two days of lying in state before an official state funeral on 1 January in Cape Town.

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Africa’s youth renew commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals

Young people in Africa have pledged to work harder and ensure that the continent achieves its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

In a virtual discussion organized by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) under the theme “Africa’s Youth in The Decade of Action: Actors or Bystanders” on December 20, youth from across the continent agreed that they have a role to play in ensuring that Africa achieves the SDGs.

In her keynote address, climate and environmental activist, Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti, commended her peers across Africa who are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the SDGs are attained by 2030. She said, “as a climate activist, I have not been sitting back and feeling helpless…I started growing trees at the tender age of seven.”

Ms Wathuti noted, however, that Africa’s youth need to be taken more seriously and that their voices and interests should be an integral part of decision-making processes.

“Youth engagement doesn’t mean inviting young people onto panels. Serious engagement means internalizing the fact that young people and future generations have the biggest stake in decisions made today.”

United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake, said Africa is blessed to have the world’s youngest population, with a median age of just 19.7 years.  She expressed confidence in the youths’ ability to steer the continent’s trajectory in the twenty-first century, cautioning that “their success or failure will also be that of the continent as a whole.”

Vera Songwe, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and ECA Executive Secretary, said despite the negative effects, COVID-19 has presented huge opportunities in the areas of innovation and tourism, showing that Africa has the potential to grow and create jobs for its youth.

Serious engagement means internalizing the fact that young people and future generations have the biggest stake in decisions made today

She urged young people to use such opportunities to “create their own jobs and become the employers and entrepreneurs for a prosperous Africa by 2030.”

Ms Songwe cited an ECA youth programme called African Girls Can Code – which links girls across Africa, enabling them to learn the internet of things, artificial intelligence, and gaming – as an initiative that also creates jobs for young girls in Africa.

Ms Songwe said with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Africa can begin to manufacture on the continent and do value addition across the different sectors of our economy.

She pointed out that young people are those most affected by the SDGs, stating “ they stand to gain the most from high-quality education, decent work, gender equality and a healthy planet – or to lose the most if the world fails to reach those goals. Their energy, ideals and initiatives are crucial for achieving the Goals.”

Emma Theofelus, Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Information, Communications and Technology, said making data accessible to youth will go a long way to enhance Africa’s growth, adding “We need young people in decision-making positions. They should be at the tables where Africa’s future is being discussed

Adji Bousso Dieng, Founder of The Africa I Know, noted that what is missing is investment in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). “We don’t have the skills and infrastructure in place that can transform raw material into final products for export. This denies the youth the employment opportunity on the continent.”

The need for increased collaboration to enhance growth in Africa was underscored by Thobo Khathola, Managing Director of Lion Tutoring, who expressed hope that “the AfCFTA will enable us collaborate even more.”

The issue of unemployment, poverty and lack of education was raised by Achalake Christian Leke, Executive Director of LOYOC Cameroon, who noted “this is a big problem for Africa” and needs to be tackled immediately. “This needs to be addressed if we want to see any progress on the continent.”

The event served as a platform for young people to engage with leaders to renew their commitment to the 2030 Agenda and to advocate for urgency, ambition, and action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals; provide African youth a virtual hub to mobilize, reflect on their needs and aspirations, and establish coalitions for positive change through the achievement of the Goals.

It was also an opportunity for young leaders to share best practices, experiences, and challenges in their work towards the Goals, and brainstorm concrete ideas and actions that young women and men can take in their respective communities, countries, and regions to ensure that Africa achieves the Goals by 2030.

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ECONOMY:  How to reduce unemployment and eradicate poverty in Nigeria by Adewale Adenrele

Research and reports had shown that extreme poverty statistics have always been controversial. A number of countries and experts disagree with the way it is measured in monetary terms – the World Bank’s $1.90 earnings-per-day benchmark.

But no matter what the arguments might be, at the root of poverty lies the deprivation of people’s access to basic necessities such as food, healthcare and sanitation, education, and assets. And the evidence from many countries in the western world shows that solving these issues generally lifts populations out of extreme poverty.

As global attention turns towards my country, Nigeria, here are ways that concerned stakeholders and policymakers can assist in the efforts to achieve the first of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – to end poverty.

The below are the suggestions which if considered and implemented within a time frame, the result will be dazzling and the life of citizens of Nigeria will be better.

Invest in girls’ education:   Nigeria is home to millions of out-of-school children, around half of whom are girls – and it is hardly coincidental that the country with the world’s highest number of out-of-school children is home to the highest number of people living in extreme poverty.

The most affected highly populated north-west and north-east region and the insurgency have contributed to low school attendance and years of schooling which affects their educational standard, followed by nutrition and child mortality- all issues affect women the most. However, educating girls is proven to have both economic returns and intergenerational impacts. For Nigeria to improve on this front, it must increase its investment in education.

Invest in health and wellbeing: Healthcare is linked to economic growth, and consequently to reducing poverty but lack of health care will increase health challenges which include malaria, tuberculosis, cholera, diarrhea, infant and maternal mortality, all of which have a sweeping impact on productivity. In order to end poverty, we must harness the demographic dividends through investment in health, education, and livelihoods with proper implementation and monitoring.

Economic growth approach, expand economic opportunities, and embrace technology:  Ending poverty in Nigeria is easy if we take it holistically, this entails improving the country’s economic productivity and opportunities for its citizens. This will mean investing in human capital potential and creating jobs for women and young people, increasing financial access and opportunities for these groups in rural communities, and advancing technological innovation, capacity building, research and training. Also, access to microfinance has been proven to reduce poverty.

Basic needs approach:  This encourages broad-based growth which focuses on capital formation as it relates to capital stock and human capital. This formation includes the education, health, and housing needs of labour. Also include the provision of basic needs such as food, shelter, water, sanitation, health care, basic education, transportation, which will upgrade the living standards among not only the poor class but also the youths. This is to ensure growth that focuses on poverty alleviation through the development and empowerment of youths

Rural development approach:  This is an integrated approach to rural development which aims at the provision of basic necessities of life such as food, shelter, safe drinking water, education, health care, youth employment, and income-generating opportunities to the rural dwellers in general and the women and youths in particular.

 

Poverty Eradication and Alleviation Schemes/ Programmes

Youth Empowerment Scheme:  This scheme will be focusing on capacity and skill acquisition, vocational training and mandatory attachment, productivity improvement, credit delivery, technology development, and enterprise promotion which are pivotal for developing the youth for productivity and entrepreneurship.

Rural Infrastructure Development Scheme: This scheme will motivate and encourage the youths because it is part of basic amenities that they should enjoy; provision of portable and irrigation water, transport (rural and urban), rural energy and power support. This is to encourage the youths into medium and large-scale agricultural practice to boost food production in the country.

Social Welfare Service Scheme: This will be focusing on social and welfare services like primary healthcare services, tourism establishment and maintenance of recreational centers, public awareness facilities, youth and student, hostel development, environment protection facilities like beach cleaning and environs, food security provisions, micro, and macro credit delivery, rural telecommunications facilities, provision of mass transit, and maintenance culture.

Natural Resources Development and Conservation Scheme:  This will be focusing on the harnessing of the agricultural, water, social mineral resources, conservation of land and space (beaches, reclaimed land, etc. particularly for the convenient and effective utilization by small-scale operators and the immediate community.

May Nigeria succeed!!!

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Singer AKON Meets Merck Foundation CEO, Dr. Rasha Kelej to Discuss Programs to Support Africa’s Development

AKON, who is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur was impressed to know about the work being undertaken by Merck Foundation across the African continent especially the programs that aim to support girls’ education and transform patient care in Africa.

Speaking about her meeting with the global superstar Akon, Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej emphasized, “I personally love his songs. As an African woman, I’m proud of his global achievement and status as an African artist. I am looking forward to future collaboration to further support and build capacity in our beloved continent, Africa”.

Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans in the world for 2019, 2020 & 2021. She has also been appointed by The President of The Arab Republic of Egypt as Senator at The Egyptian Senate (2020 – 2025).

During their meeting, the superstar mentioned that he is looking forward to collaborating with Merck Foundation through his Foundation.

Merck Foundation through their ‘More Than A Mother’ campaign has been empowering infertile women through access to information, health, change of mindset, and economic empowerment. More than 20 African First Ladies have been appointed as Ambassadors of “Merck Foundation More than a Mother”.

I am looking forward to future collaboration to further support and build capacity in our beloved continent, Africa

Merck Foundation has also been contributing to the future of hundreds of African girls through their ‘Educating Linda’ Program by supporting the education of many of the high performing girls by providing scholarships and grants that can cover school fees, school uniforms, and other essentials including notebooks, pens, and mathematical instruments, so they can reach their potential and pursue their dreams.

“Empowering women starts with education, to enable them to be healthier, stronger, and independent”, explains Senator, Dr. Rasha.

Moreover, Merck Foundation has been transforming Patient care in Africa. More than 1200 doctors from 44 countries are benefiting from Merck Foundation scholarships in critical and underserved fields such as Oncology, Diabetes, Preventative Cardiovascular Medicine, Endocrinology, Sexual and Reproductive Medicine, Acute Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, Embryology & Fertility specialty, Rheumatology, Clinical Psychiatry, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Critical Care, Neo-Natal Medicine, Pain Management, Urology, General & Advanced Surgical, Clinical Microbiology & Infectious diseases, Opthalmology, Internal Medicine, Trauma & Orthopedics and many more.

Please watch this video of the meeting: bit.ly/3GdX0Jy

Edited by Winnie Botha from ‘For Africa’ Media

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OPINION: Youth Perspectives, Education, Unemployment, Economic Opportunities & Justice

Every year hundreds of thousands of youth from different state graduate from Senior Secondary Schools, Trade Schools, Polytechnics, and Universities at different levels into a non-existent labour market. Year after year, more are added and the population of unemployed youth in Nigeria has swollen to an unimaginable level that should cause all right thinking leaders and fathers of Nigeria grave concern. It is an explosive situation and the tell tale signs of approaching both regional and national calamity are mirrored by the following tendencies:

Increasing involvement of post secondary school graduate in fighting introducing new levels of sophistication in planning and execution particularly in youth’s demonstration. Emergence of a deadly set of trouble makers  and assassins who are so bitter against the society to the extent that their object is not just to steal but to destroy and exact their perceived pound of flesh from a society that has abandoned them.

The youth and youngsters of the Nigeria were not born with criminal tendencies in their blood. The Nigeria is known for utmost revere for core cultural and societal values most of which hold brotherly love sacrosanct. However, today these youth have found themselves in an environment where the rich flaunt their wealth with reckless abandon, whereas they (the youth) as perceived, are denied the opportunity and access to acquire such wealth. The average youth of Nigeria today believes those ahead of them have cornered and closed up to the nation’s wealth chiefly derived from nature’s (God given) endowment of their mother land. They now see crime as one sure route to survival and access to acquire wealth.

Now is the time for organ of government entrusted with the affairs of that region to sit up and devise a credible means to tame these monstrous tendencies before it consumes all of them. As stated earlier, the solution can be found in creating as many jobs as possible in a hurry. Creating credible and sustainable youth empowerment programmes in all parts of the country, is the answer. The present ugly situation can be reversed if the Federal Ministry of youth development and leaders of our country get truly committed to job creation. One cannot overemphasis the fact that the survival of thousands of youths is dependent on the quality of education, patriotism, social and political orientation and the value system of its youths who are our future leaders.

My mission therefore, is to guide the present government of Nigeria and assist in providing a solution to the challenges faced by Nigerian youths below:

  • Unemployment
  • Low level of Vocational Skill
  • Financial Hardship
  • Lack of Social Connection
  • Negative Peer Influence.

The focuses on issues such as drug abuse, crime, violence, sexuality and poverty. In addition to these, today’s youth are afflicted by new challenges which include:

  1. An Identity Crisis: Who am I?
  2. Lack of self-confidence and low self-esteem: I am worthless
  3. A sense of hopelessness: Where am I going?
  4. Confusion and ambiguity concerning moral issues: What is right and wrong?
  5. Confusion and ambiguity concerning National economic standards as it affects the Nigeria areas of youth in relation to other regions
  6. The negative impact of the electronic media: Entertainment.

All these have resulted in youth restiveness and eventually in crime. Kidnapping in the area have currently assumed the status of a giant monster. I recognize that Nigerian government have a serious challenge on their hands to ensure that today’s children (tomorrow’s adults) would have a better life and an assured future. They should all work towards this objective and not wait for a crisis to occur and then react, let them be prepared.

Every student in the Nigeria deserves the chance to go to college.

Most Nigerian high school students want to attend college. They recognize that higher education is the most direct path to success in their future careers. College also provides opportunities to explore talents and develop leadership skills they can use to participate more fully in adult life—at home, at work, and in their communities.

Millions of students can’t afford the tuition.

It’s estimated that between 2007 and 2017, nearly 2.2 million students won’t pursue college degrees because their families can’t afford the high costs of higher education.

Low-income students are particularly hard hit.

Only one in 10 low-income students can expect to graduate from college. This is not due to a lack of talent but instead to the high costs of tuition and to the fact that many graduate high school without the skills they need to succeed in college. They also lack guidance on how to choose a school, apply for admission, and fill out financial aid forms.

Thousands of low-income, minority students are highly motivated and ready for college every year. We’re working to help them get there through scholarship programs. We’re also creating programs in lower performing schools designed to help low-income students get ready to enter—and then succeed in—college.

I believe in educating future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

Youth’s encourage leadership and public service in the Nigeria and abroad. Government of Nigeria most provide ideas for graduate student in fields that benefit local and global communities.

 

 

 

Amb Abdullahi Bindawa DSC ,UN Security Expert ,Nigerian educator, Humanitarian worker and was the most widely recognized young leader in Africa continent.

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