MY APPEARANCE AT THE CONVENING MEETING OF NIGERIA’S YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PARADIGMS WITH HILARY PENNINGTON (VICE PRESIDENT, AFRICA OFFICE) AT FORD FOUNDATION’S LAGOS OFFICE

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With Hilary Pennington, Vice President Ford Foundation's Africa Office

Sharing a moment with Hilary Pennington, Vice President Ford Foundation’s Africa Office

The Nigerian office of FORD Foundation, (one of the World’s most prominent and impact driven Donor Organizations committed to Social Good and renowned for its support for visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide) played host to their Colleagues from New York and FF’s regional offices in Africa including FF’s Vice President – Hilary Pennington to a weeklong Africa Regional Program Meeting which took place between the 26th – 30th of October 2015.

Responding to a question asked by Hilary Pennington Vice President Ford Foundation’s Africa Office

One of the activities that took place during the weeklong exercise was a round table discussion on “Youth Development in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges” with some of Nigeria’s Youth Led Social Enterprises and Non Profits. The discussion which held on Thursday the 29th of October, 2015  at the Lagos Office of Ford Foundation was set up to learn from partners and potential Project partners within the Africa Youth space on opportunities and challenges in Youth engagement and development and to share perspectives on how to address Youth agency, youth Leadership and Learning systems that support transition and opportunities for Job Creation.

RISE Networks, Nigeria’s Leading Social Enterprise with a strategic focus on Youth and Education Development represented by Toyosi Akerele- Ogunsiji – Founder / CEO, Bobola Omotuyi – Stakeholder Relations Coordinator & Busola Ojumu – Administrator, was present at the round table discussion with other notable Youth Led NGOs namely;

  • LEAP Africa
  • The Future Project
  • West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)
  • The Lady Mechanic Initiative
  • Generation Enterprise
  • Y EN A MARRE (Senegal)
  • Afterschool Centre for Career Development
Cross section of participants at the Round table discussion

Cross section of participants at the Round table discussion

The Round-table discussion was illuminating and insightful as RISE Networks and the other participating organisations reeled out their achievements, challenges and future commitments to Youth Development in Nigeria. Below are some of the Photos from the meet.

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Participants with keen concentration during the round table discussion

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Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji presenting  gifts  to Hilary Pennington of Ford Foundation

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From Left to Right: Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji MD/CEO RISE Networks, A representative of Ford Foundation, Sandra Aguebo Founder Lady Mechanic Initiative and Hilary Pennington Ford Foundation’s Africa Office Vice President

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From Left to Right: Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji MD/CEO RISE Networks, Mrs Joy Ehinor Ezesobor Program Assistant Ford Foundation, Sandra Aguebor Founder Lady Mechanic Initiative

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Sharing a moment with Mr Innocent Chukwuma of Ford Foundation and Sandra Aguebor of Lady Mechanic Initiative

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With Misan Rewane CEO of West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)

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With Sandra Aguebo Founder of Lady Mechanic Initiative

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With Chioma Nwagboso a representative of Generation Enterprise

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A section of participants at the round table discussion listening to Misan Rewane of WAVE

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Cake presented by Rise Networks to Hilary Pennington of Ford Foundation’s Africa office

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Hilary Pennington excited about her cake

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With Hilary Pennington Vice President of Ford Foundation’s Africa office

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From Left to Right: Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji MD/CEO RISE Networks, Hilary Pennington Vice President of Ford Foundation’s Africa office Busola Ojumu Administrator at RISE Networks and Bobola Omotuyi Stakeholder Relations Coordinator at RISE Networks

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Frome Left to Right: From Left to Right: A representative of Ford Foundation, Mrs Joy Ehinor-Ezesobor Program Assistant at Ford Foundation, Mrs Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji MD/CEO RISE Networks, Hilary Pennington Vice President of Ford Foundation’s Africa office, Sandra Aguebor Founder of Lady Mechanic Initiative, Busola Ojumu Administrator at RISE Networks and Bobola Omotuyi Stakeholder Relations Coordinator at RISE Networks and a representative from Lady Mechanic Initiative

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