01 Sep

AFRYDEF partners with “The Funding Space” coalition

In recognition of our continued role in promoting enterprise development and self employment among Nigerian and African youths, ‘The Funding Space” coalition has entered into partnership with the African Youth Development Foundation.

This relationship has become imperative following the urgent need to harmonize and scale up the job creation activities of both organizations in the country.

AFRYDEF is well known for its Youth Cooperative and Enterprise Academy, which it established in 2016 to equip Nigerian youths with entrepreneurship skills as well as provide them access to the finance they need to turn their talents and ideas into profitable business ventures.

Also made popular by African Youth Development Foundation are the “Business in You Daily (now Weekly)” releases and the Business in You Talkshows it holds monthly from city to city across the country.

To seal this partnership, AFRYDEF will be participating at “The Funding Space”, an event convened by the Afrigrants Resources Ltd scheduled to hold between September 27 – 28, 2017 at the Landmark Center, Victoria Island, Lagos.

The event provides young entrepreneurs the platform to connect with and interact face-to-face with both local and international Angel and Impact Investors, Donor Organizations, Venture Capitalists and Financiers, etc who will support their startups, social enterprises and innovations.

According to the Co-Convener, Thelma Ekiyor, who is also the CEO of Afrigrants, “the main objective of The Funding Space is to inspire, challenge, support and share information on access to funding/finance with Nigerian actors to enhance the growth of locally grown innovations and enterprises that use business solutions to address social problems in the areas of health, education, energy, food security, and job creation”.

The Co-founder of African Women’s Development Fund, Erelu Bisi Adeleye Fayemi shall be the Event’s Chairperson while Ms. Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Prize Winner shall be the Special Guest of Honour.

The founder of African Youth Development Foundation, Remy Chukwunyere is one of the Guest Speakers and shall be speaking on “Supporting Youth Entrepreneurship and Job Creation in Nigeria”.

Therefore, to participate at the event, please, call Becky on 0902 331 0002 or email:

This is an opportunity upcoming entrepreneurs and social innovators cannot afford to miss. Visit for more information.

Let’s meet at “The Funding Space” In Lagos!

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06 Mar

Working with PIND to improve palm oil production in Imo State

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01 Mar

2018 IWD: AFRYDEF partners PIND Foundation

Abuja, March 1, 2018 – The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND), in collaboration with African Youth Development Foundation and Cara Development Foundation, will host over 120 rural women farmers in the Niger Delta to a townhall meeting on Tuesday March 6, 2018 to mark this year’s International Women’s Day.

In a press statement made available to reporters in Abuja on Tuesday, PIND Knowledge and Communications Manager, Chichi Nnoham-Onyejekwe said the outreach event themed ‘’Time is Now: Transforming Lives of Rural Women in Small Businesses and Agriculture’aims to showcase the contributions of these women farmers to the rural economy and draw attention to the constraints limiting them from maximizing the immense opportunities in their respective agricultural value chains.

The townhall outreach will hold in Ngor Okpala Community in Imo State where the Aladinmma Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society made up of over 200 women cassava farmers supported by PIND and partners operate. They will be joined by women farmers from Eziorsu Palm Oil Farmers Association in Oguta and Mezie Umukabia Ogodo Multi-Purpose Cooperative in Ngor Okpala. The outreach will also have the media, government representatives and agricultural service providers in attendance to engage with the women.

The statement went further to explain that during the outreach, the rural women farmers will interact with the media, government and service providers to tell their stories and speak about their needs and concerns. The forum will provide a platform for the stakeholders present to appreciate the contributions of the women farmers and to deliberate on how to improve support to the women.

‘’Rural women account for 70 percent of agricultural labour, and 80 percent of food production in Nigeria.  About 40 percent of women in the Niger Delta are in agriculture. Through this outreach awareness, PIND wants to shine the spotlight on these women and attract key stakeholders to take actions that will help to boost productivity and profits for them and grow their farming businesses’’ Nnoham-Onyejekwe said.

About PIND

The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) was established by Chevron in 2010 with a mission to build partnerships for peace and equitable economic development in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The objective of these partnerships is to reduce poverty and increase socio-economic benefits by implementing interventions that address the root causes of conflict and poverty in a localized and sustainable manner, resulting in stability and equitable increases in employment and incomes of individuals in nine target states: Rivers, Bayelsa, Delta, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Ondo, Edo, and Imo. PIND works to reduce poverty by acting as a catalyst for systemic change in the Niger Delta through four interrelated and interdependent program areas: Economic Development, Peace Building, Capacity Building and Analysis and Advocacy.

For more information on PIND, please visit:

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09 Sep

Show Your Support: Snap A Photo For Us!

We thank all who have in one way or the other supported our Back to School Program…

We are launching a campaign that will encourage other public spirited people where ever they are to give to their communities by donating books, writing materials and food items to children in the various schools around them.

To support this campaign, just show your support by posing like this person above with the same message displayed below, snap a photograph.

Upload it on our facebook page, or send it to us at

We shall showcase all our supporters on our website here as well as appreciate those with the best photos with special gifts. For further enquiries, call 08038702075.

Thank you in advance for your support to our #backtoschoolprogram

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09 Sep

Partial ICT Scholarship for Youths

In line with our objectives of equipping young people with special skills that will improve their livelihoods, we entered into partnership with an Information Technology company in Imo State known as the Zenith Computer Technologies to provide youths from selected churches the rare opportunities to acquire computer skills at 50% subsidized rates.

By this arrangement, about fifty youths from churches in Owerri, Imo State will be trained in various computer courses, including graphics designs, desktop publishing, networking, computer aided designs, website development, etc at 50% partial scholarship while AFRYDEF takes care of the rest.

This project is still ongoing and runs all year round. For more information, please, call + 234 (0) 803 870 2075 or email

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14 Aug

Corruption in the Power Sector: What should the Government do?

Good evening and welcome back to your usual insightful discussion session called “The Business in You Weekly!”

Even though, the last edition came to you few days ago, I am constrained to bring this topic up for our discussion tonight because, I will be appearing live on IBC Orient FM phone in program on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 by 3.00pm.

This is a very topical national issue and I accepted to appear alongside a few other panelists because of the negative impacts of the epileptic power supplies in the country on the industrialization policies of the government.

Everywhere I go with my campaign for youths to embrace enterprise development and self employment instead of waiting for paid employments, the issue of epileptic power supply is always a recurring decimal during our discussions.

Even though, I do not accept it as enough excuse for them to keep waiting for white collar jobs, that do not exist anywhere, any more, I still believe the government has a role to play to improve this very important infrastructure that drives both small and large enterprises.

The corruption in the sector has so much affected the system to the extent that the consumers are left with no option than to condone and cooperate with the perpetrators of the act. Worse is the arbitrary estimated billing system that must come monthly, whether there is supply or not.

What do you think the Government should do without any further delay to arrest this ugly trend? Those shall be my contributions on the live radio program coming up on IBC Orient FM on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and as usual, your opinions must count.

So, let the discussions begin….

I will endeavor to publish the call lines before the appearance on Wednesday, August 16 to enable you call in with your comments and questions.

The country belongs to all of us and we must join hands to make it better. Remember, evil thrives in any society where the upright do nothing…

Don’t forget that you can be a part of the Youth Cooperative and Enterprise Academy by calling me on 0803 870 2075 or by signing up at

Many thanks for your time and good night!

I remain #youthscarely yours,


The #JobCreationAddict

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12 Aug

2017 International Youth Day: Re-echoing the impacts of USAID activities in Imo State

In celebration of the 2017 International Youth Day, we at African Youth Development Foundation remember with excitement our long term commitment towards peace in Nigeria.

We are proud to declare that since inception in 2000, we are partners in several peace projects in the country, starting with the USAID Peace Project in the Niger Delta region implemented by the Office of Transition Initiatives.

Interestingly, the theme for this year’s celebration is “Youth Building Peace!” This theme calls to mind our efforts that led to the founding and establishment of what we called the “Movement to Save Ohaji/Egbema/Oguta Youths” in 2000 by the duo of African Youth Development Foundation and Committee for Advancement of Justice with funding from the USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives.

That project led to the training and empowerment of over 50 youth leaders who resolved to continue to maintain the peace in their communities, which are the oil producing areas of Imo State.

In the spirit of this year’s celebration, permit us to recall the communiqué released at the end of this project funded by the USAID/Office of Transition Initiatives in Imo State, which is available here….

Once again, happy 2017 International Youth Day!


Linda Chukwunyere,

Executive Director



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08 Aug

Elfreeda Foundation enters into partnership with AFRYDEF

In Nigeria today, the most trending event of the year seems to be the forthcoming official launch of Elfreeda Foundation, the CSR arm of the popular House of Freeda.

When launched on Friday, August 11, 2017 in Owerri, Imo State, Elfreeda Foundation will begin to provide a stabilizing base for homeless women and children in order to rebuild their lives as they transition back into the society. The foundation believes that every human being deserves access to the basic needs of life: food, clothing and shelter.

Prominent among their services is the Shelter project, which has 100 temporary bed facilities where the homeless women and children will be welcomed and cared for.

In preparation for the official unveiling of this special program in Imo State, the Elfreeda Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF), which is one of the NGOs empowering youths and women in the State.

As specialists in youth development and capacity building, the African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF) will complement the efforts of Elfreeda Foundation in empowering the homeless women and their teenagers with training in ICT skills, mentoring on leadership and entrepreneurship development.

AFRYDEF shall assist the homeless women, who are also jobless with job search and placement services as well as provide those with enterprise skills access to finance from the Bank of Industry for the launch of their SMEs.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Remy Chukwunyere, the Founder of AFRYDEF had this to say… “We appreciate the management of House of Freeda for initiating this program that will enable homeless women and children in the society gain access to the basic needs of life, while efforts are being made to reconcile them with their families as well as empower them for life.

We are glad to be part of this impact-making project that is targeted at the poor and less privileged in the society. By the grace of God, we promise to do our best to ensure that the project succeeds.”

My dear, we took some photos at the MOU signing ceremony for your watching pleasure… see

Meanwhile, more information about AFRYDEF is available at and to partner with us, please, call 07033496417 or 08038702075 or email us at



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06 Feb

Our Back To School Offers Program Team To Visit St. Francis Community School, Imo State

In partnership with Catherine Onwuzurike Foundation and with the support of Villa Kunterbunt Velmede Germany; Montekita Bestwig Germany and Rapido Foods Nigeria, we are giving out books, writing materials and feeding of pupils in St. Francis Community School, Dikenaofeiyi in Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo State on Monday, November 10, 2014.

We believe in the future of our children and there is no better way to secure their futures except by encouraging them to go BACK TO SCHOOL…

We also strongly believe that education is the only human rights that has the power to transform, this is our only motivation for this project.

Remember, we have a passion in putting smiles on the faces of the poor in our society…

We shall keep you updated…. just watch out for report of the event in pictures on Monday, November 10, 2014!

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19 Dec

RSVP Peace Concert coming to Owerri!

In partnership with the Enough is Enough Coalition, we’re organizing an RSVP Peace Concert in Owerri, Imo State on 31st January, 2015.

It is a play on the popular acronym stating that young Nigerians intend to be at the table to determine Nigeria’s future.

The RSVP campaign focuses on ensuring young Nigerians have an opportunity to determine Nigeria’s future during the 2015 General elections.

RSVP stands for the four letters that represent the activities young people need to complete successfully to have a positive impact in Nigeria’s governance.

R – Register
S – Select a Candidate
V – Vote
P – Protect your vote

Send a text to 0708 778 4788 to learn more. Again, please, click on RSVP now to choose the artiste you want at the concert in Owerri.

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