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01 Sep
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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: info@thefundingspace.com

This is an opportunity upcoming entrepreneurs and social innovators cannot afford to miss. Visit https://web.facebook.com/thefundingspace for more information.

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

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25 Dec
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Message from our CEO

On behalf of the Trustees and management of the African Youth Development Foundation, I want to thank all our partners, sponsors and volunteers for being there for us, all through the year 2018.

This year, AFRYDEF achieved a lot through partnership opportunities it entered into with a number of other organizations, both local and international.

From our work with PIND Foundation, DFID MADE, Bank of Industry, The Funding Space, Hultz Prize International, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Women in Technology, Imo Startups Weekend, Stavis Business Academy to the ongoing training in collaboration with NDE for the CBN managed AGSMEIS fund, we have continued to provide economic empowerment opportunities for Nigerian youths and women.

In 2018, we have also witnessed an increase in the number of young people from across Africa, who have expressed interest to establish chapters of AFRYDEF in their countries and cities. In line with our global vision, this is a welcome development as we shall establish presence in countries, such as Tanzania, Somali and South Africa in 2019.

As our influence on international policy issues, which affect young people directly, especially leadership development and job creation continues to rise, so also shall our responsibilities multiply.

May we therefore use this opportunity to call on all our partners, sponsors and volunteers to do more as we step into year 2019. We shall not rest until we get more youths and women off the streets of Africa. By the grace of God, this is one of the tall objectives that we have set out to achieve in the coming years…

Once again, thank you for making 2018 a year of success for all of us at AFRYDEF.

For enquiries on how we can collaborate with your company or organization, please, email us at afrydef@yahoo.com or call 08038702075.

To make a quick donation, simply CLICK HERE

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance!

I am still the #JobCreationAddict,

Remy Chukwunyere,

Founder/President, #AFRYDEF

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14 Dec
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AFRYDEF celebrates the #GEW2018 in Owerri

The Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of Innovators and Job Creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human values.

Since 2014 AFRYDEF joined the Global Entrepreneurship Council, we have continued to organize this event in Imo State to encourage enterprise development among Imo youths.

For this year’s event, we collaborated with Stavis Business Academy and our focus centered on showcasing “Access to Finance Opportunities” available for young entrepreneurs in Imo State.

The event featured a keynote paper presented by our President, Remy Chukwunyere; Paper presentations and Panel sessions which featured both successful and upcoming young entrepreneurs in the State.

Officials from our partners: Bank of Industry (BOI) and National Directorate for Employment (NDE) were present to showcase access to finance opportunities available in their agencies and the newly launched AGSMEIS managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria.

The first panel session featured Mrs Ngozi Nwanebo, Special Assistant to the Governor of Imo State on Public Private Partnerships, Mr. Iyke Chukwure, Dr. Hassan Richmen, Emeka Nobis, Avis Charles, who are business experts, tech consultants and brand strategists.

The second panel for startups featured Miss Precious Damien (a baker running her businesses in two cities), Mr. C. J Benjamin (a tech consultant whose company has created over 50 tech products for companies in Nigeria and India), Mr. Mundus Uwakwe (a digital Marketer, whose company has executed digital services for companies in and beyond Owerri and has trained over 5000 youths on digital skills), Mr. Udochukwu Chukwu (a serial entrepreneur who runs several enterprises and is famous for his company, Master Fix Services)

Panelists from both sessions used the opportunity to share with the audience “how they started, how they raised their initial capitals, their success stories, the challenges they faced along the line and their scaling up plans”.

We appreciate the support of Bank of Industry and the Imo State Government of Nigeria for this project.

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14 Dec
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AFRYDEF partners NDE to increase awareness about the AGSMEIS fund

As part of its efforts to support startups and SMEs with Access to Finance opportunities, AFRYDEF has entered into partnership with the National Directorate for Employment, Imo State office.

As an accredited Enterprise Development Institute, NDE is providing owners of businesses in Nigeria with entrepreneurship training and certification for pre-qualification to participate in the Agribusiness, Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

As an organization with positive credentials in youth development and mobilization, AFRYDEF’s role in this partnership is to mobilize young entrepreneurs for participation in this funding program.

AFRYDEF is expected to mobilize at least 5,000 Imo indigenes to benefit from this loan program.

If you are in Imo State and you want to be apply for the CBN managed AGSMEIS, please, call 0803 870 2075 or email us at afrydef@yahoo.com

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06 Mar
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Working with PIND to improve palm oil production in Imo State

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01 Mar
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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: www.pindfoundation.org

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09 Sep
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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, www.facebook.com/afrydef or send it to us at afrydef@yahoo.com.

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
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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 afrydef@yahoo.com.

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14 Aug
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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 www.youthscare.org

Many thanks for your time and good night!

I remain #youthscarely yours,

REMY CHUKWUNYERE,

The #JobCreationAddict

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12 Aug
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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!

Signed:

Linda Chukwunyere,

Executive Director

 

 

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