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31 Jul
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How AFRYDEF facilitated the establishment of ISOPADEC in 2000

THE USAID – OTI/AFRYDEF/CAJ PEACE PROJECT IN IMO STATE IN 2000

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USAID/OTI Regional Coordinator, Lady Judith Ashby making her speech at the workshop facilitated by AFRYDEF and CAJ

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Peaceful protest by youths of oil producing communities in Imo State facilitated by AFRYDEF

In recent times, the Nigerian society has witnessed a lot of tensions and agitations to serious communal unrests in which so many lives and properties worth over billons of naira have been lost carelessly.

Some of the remote causes of these unrest have been serious political demands for a “true federalism”, sovereign national conference or confederation as a result of the perceived marginalization of some sections of the country. In the oil production areas, the major causes of these communal unrest is the political control of the enormous oil resource and the inability of the government to provide, improve and sustain amenities necessary for a civilized and decent existence in the region. These unwelcoming situation coupled with the transition to civil rule prompted the establishment of the arm of the United States Agency for International Development known as the Office of Transition Initiatives (USAID/OTI) in Nigeria in 1995.

Conflict Management and Good Governance being topmost priorities of USAID/OTI in Nigeria, different conflict mitigation training programs were organized for youths of these restive communities, especially the oil producing communities in the Niger Delta region. To effectively translate its objectives of relaxed atmosphere for a democratic government and economic development in Nigeria, the USAID/OTI entered into partnerships with recognized NGO(s) and civil society organizations in these target regions.

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Late Nze Obi of Egbema seated with USAID/OTI Regional Coordinator, Judith Ashby

On 4th October 2000, a coalition of two Imo State-based NGOs: African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF) and Committee for Advancement of Justice (CAJ) was formed by USAID/OTI to adequately extend this peace crusade to the major oil producing communities of Imo State. This coalition is known and addressed as the MOVEMENT TO SAVE OHAJI/EGBEMA/OGUTA YOUTHS.

These two organizations, AFRYDEF and CAJ, in partnership with the USAID-Office of Transition Initiatives organized a three day Conflict Mitigation and Good Governance workshop to ensure the economic well-being of youths of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, the major oil producing communities of the state.

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Remy Chukwunyere, AFRYDEF’s boss making a presentation when the USAID/OTI Regional Coordinator, Lady Ashby visited AFRYDEF

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Chief Uwakwe, Ohaji/Egbema Council boss receiving USAID/OTI and AFRYDEF Team

The Workshop held at the Executive Gardens Hotel, Owerri, Imo state from December 18 – 20, 2000 provided the 50 participants drawn from the various communities a rare opportunity for group discussions and intensive interactive exercises on the ways forward for peaceful and problem – solving approaches to conflict situations, especially in the oil producing communities of Imo state and the Niger Delta region.

At the end of the workshop, the following resolutions were solemnly taken by the participants;

1.)  That the MOVEMENT TO SAVE OHAJI/EGBEMA/OGUTA YOUTHS, a coalition of the African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF) and Committee for Advancement of Justice (CAJ) brought together by USAID/OTI shall hereafter be empowered to mediate in the resolutions of all conflicts emanating from oil exploration activities in the  two LGAs be considered.

2.)  That for the sustenance of the impact created in this workshop, a CONFLICT RESOLUTION AND ADVOCACY NETWORK comprising all the participants shall be set up to address conflict situations in these areas hereafter.

3.) That the government at all levels and at all times should be more transparent and accessible to the people under their constituencies.

4.) That the government at all levels should embark on more meaningful programs and projects which will benefit the youths socio-economically and politically such as:

  • the establishment of skill training and youth resources centers:
  • the provision of qualitative educational services at the rural areas, especially in the oil producing communities.
  • the incorporation of youth leaders into all the policy making and decision taking bodies, especially at the community levels.

5.) On the issues of Adapalm (Nig.) Ltd; Obitti Rubber Estate; Ohaji Forest Reserve; College of Agriculture, Umuagwo; Oguta Lake Motels and Oguta  Golf Course,  all in Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas of Imo State raised by the participants, it was resolved as follows:

  • that adequate compensations should be made by the state  government to the host communities,
  • that qualified  sons and daughters of the host communities of these establishments should be appointed into top management positions of these establishments.

6.) That the Imo State House of Assembly, Owerri should as a matter of urgency enact comprehensive laws empowering and integrating youth leaders in the effective governance of their communities and equally assign specific roles to the Traditional Rulers who have been taking laws into their hands these days.

7.) On matters arising on the 13% oil derivation formula and disbursements, it was resolved as follows:

  • that the State Government should formally present to the general public, especially the people of Ohaji/Egbema and Oguta  Local Government Areas the formula for the disbursements of the fund from the Federal Government meant for the development of oil producing communities or face legal actions; and
  • that a Committee comprising youth leaders, community leaders, women group leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders and government officials should be set up by the State Government immediately to manage the 13% oil derivation fund allocated to these oil producing communities monthly.

8.) That such important issues as Community Development, Education, Good Governance, Civic Education and Gender Equality should be incorporated into the primary and secondary school curricular if sound foundation on national rebirth is to be laid effectively.

9.) Lastly, the Government, corporate bodies and international agencies like USAID-Office of Transition Initiatives should promote, encourage and support the activities of African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF), Committee for Advancement of Justice (CAJ) and other similar NGOs to cost-effectively translate their numerous people- and community- oriented objectives in Imo state, Nigeria into realities.

SIGNED:

UCHE WISDOM DURUEKE, Esq                                REMY CHIDI CHUKWUNYERE

Project Director (MSOEOY)                                              Project Coordinator (MSOEOY)         and National President, CAJ                                              and Executive Director, AFRYDEF

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12 Jul
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WHY MUST YOU WORK FOR MONEY?

–         By Hon. Remy Chukwunyere, CEO, AFRYDEF, www.inspireyouths.org

A paper presented at the Kingdom High Fliers Conference organized by Soulwinners International Churches Inc., in partnership with African Youth Development Foundation (AFRYDEF) at Plot C4/C5 Works Lay Out, Owerri, Imo State.

Dates: July 10 – 14, 2013. Theme: Discovering Your Purpose!

why work for money 1   Preamble

First, I would like to inform all of you here this evening that the issues we are going to discuss are for high fliers and those who want to learn how to fly. I am saying this because, the issues we will be discussing may sound so foolish to some people, while making sense to those who are ready to fly with me.

There is no better time to discuss these issues than now! I thank my Bishop, Dr. Nelson Nnannah for providing the youths this rare

opportunity and for engaging me to share with you this evening. This Kingdom High Fliers Conference was aptly designed for you to “Rediscover your Purpose in Life”. Were you born with less potential? Did God create you to become poor? Did God create you to become a beggar or jobless?  So, why are you limiting yourself when our Lord Jesus came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly?

Introduction

Permit me to share this amazing story with you…..

Once upon a time, there was this village that had no source of water except when it rained. In order to solve this water problem, the elders of this small community awarded contracts to two contractors to supply them water from a lake in a nearby community on a daily basis. For convenience sake, let us call the contractors: James and John.

James quickly bought two buckets and started fetching water for the community from this nearby lake. He immediately began making money as he labored morning to dusk hauling water from the lake with his two buckets. It was hard work but he enjoyed it because he was making money.

On the other hand, John disappeared for a while and James was happy because he had no competition. While away, John wrote a business plan, incorporated his business, found investors and employed a General Manager to do the work for him. After six months, he appeared and constructed a stainless pipeline linking the village to the lake.

At the commissioning ceremony of the project, John announced that his system would supply cleaner water on a daily basis, including weekends because John could only supply water on weekdays. He also announced a 75% reduction in his price compared to what James was charging.

Therefore, in order to compete with John, James had to equally reduce his price by 75% and employed more people to work for him and eventually had union problems with them. They demanded for higher wages and better benefits as well as wanted their members to haul only one bucket at a time.

Realizing that other villages which also had water problems would need the same system, John again wrote business plans and sold his ideas to other such small villages around the world. He therefore began delivering billions of buckets of water to billions of people all over the world and regardless if he works or not, billions of people consumed billions of buckets of water daily, and all the money was pouring into his bank account.

John successfully developed a pipeline to deliver money to himself as well as water to the villages. He lived happily ever after while James worked hard for the rest of his life and had financial problems ever after.

That is the end of the story….

Do you still want to fly with me?

Now, may I ask you again, why must you work for money when money can work for you? Do you know that over 90% of Nigerians work for money all their lives? I thank God that most of you here are students and so you still have time to adapt yourselves to the issues I am going to raise here this evening.

As children of God, all things have been given to us freely to enjoy. That is actually the will of God for us as His children, which is also evident in His word, when He said “I wish above all things that you may prosper….” It now behooves on us to follow the right principles and in accordance with the word of God engage in profitable ventures in order to prosper.

You know, in the past, the church used to be a gathering of poor people, because of lack of knowledge that existed in that era. It is no more the same today and you should know that anointing without money is annoyance. Without money, the word of God cannot be propagated and we cannot meet the needs of the less privileged in our society.

In Nigeria and across the world, the issue of job creation is now at the front burner of the development discourse. Recently President Jonathan and the Finance Minister declared that they are faced with the task of creating jobs for our youths.

So, what type of job do you want? What type of life do you want to live? What would you like to be known for? Do you want to be known across the world or within your immediate communities? Your answers to these questions are very important if you want to become a high flier in the Kingdom of God.  

That is why I have come this evening to open our eyes to two concepts that are gradually taking over and turning around the economies of families and nations that have embraced them.

These two concepts are not new but were not at the center stage until now. They are called Entrepreneurship and Investments. What is entrepreneurship? What do we mean by investments? Entrepreneurship is all about you building and running a business while investing means, you putting your money in real estate or in a business in form of shares, stocks, bond, etc.

As a business owner or an investor, instead of working for money, people and money will work for you and you have time to do other important things in life, like having time for your family, supporting charities, investing in other businesses, etc. Permit me to inform all of us that you can never attain financial freedom when you depend solely on your salary.

Who do you work for?

So now, for those who are currently employed in organizations, government agencies, banks, etc, who do you work for? It might surprise you to know that you are all working for money.

You are working for money if you must get up every morning to go to work. You are working for money if you would lose that your job whenever you stay away from your job without permission from your boss.

The good news I have come with is that instead of working for money all your life, money is waiting to start working for you.

Do you know why people enjoy working for money? They are very much concerned about steady paychecks, benefits, and job security because they are afraid of economic uncertainties. Instead of seeking financial freedom, they prefer job security and end up moving from one job to another all through their productive years and die leaving nothing behind for their children.

That is why, when the fear of losing money and failing hits them, they choose security. They are afraid to fail as well as cannot afford to be without money. They dread the future, which is why they choose security instead of freedom. When you hear people say, “I need a job, no matter how much they pay me as salary, it is better than none”. It is because they are afraid of tomorrow and that leads them into accepting any kind of employment.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

That takes us to this popular question, “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I believe you have been asked this question before? Can you tell me what your answer to this question was when you were a child? If you are sincere to yourself, you would agree with me that your answer was “I want to be a Doctor or a Lawyer or a Nurse or an Engineer, etc.” I hope this is true.

Now, do you know why you chose that as your answer, then? It is because, our schools and the society up till today are configured to train us for such traditional professions as Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Nurses, Engineers, etc. That was also why, our parents equally advised us to “go to school, study hard so that you can pass well and get a good job when you graduate”.

Was this the kind of advice you received from your parents, relations and teachers when you started school? They want you to become Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers so that you can get a good job and have job security. Ignorantly, they did not know that if you seek job security, you would be enslaving yourself, and work for money all your life!

Anyway, that was the order of the day in the Industrial Age when people earned higher by working hard. Today, we are in the Information Age and people earn higher for working smart and not by working hard.

In the information age, you become rich by critical thinking and bringing up innovative ideas that will solve people’s problems.

In this age, do you know that many people make millions just by talking? Some, even by dancing and singing….

I have come to reveal to you that the richest men and women in the world today do not work for money, instead, people and money work for them. These are the people that enjoy financial freedom because while people and money are working for them, they have time to do things that are more important to them such as, having time to be with their families, donating to charities as well as investing in other businesses.

Your qualification does not matter

Truly, your qualification does not matter. Let me borrow the biblical phrase, “it is not by power, it is not by might….” You do not become rich by power or by what you studied in school. If it is so, Professors would have been the richest men and women on earth but they are not because, you cannot learn how to make money in your classrooms.

I am not by any means discouraging schooling but I want you to know that you are at an advantage to make more money than the richest men and women we have today who dropped out of school while growing up. This is possible because, like the bible tells us, there are principles you must obey if you want to prosper as a child of God.

Financial prosperity has laid down principles and they work for whoever obeys them, whether educated or illiterate, black or white.

So, where do you learn how to make money?

That brings us to what we call school smarts and street smarts as well as the big difference between schooling and education.

Generally, it has been observed and proven that people who are very smart in school, the “A” students do not do very well in the world of business. Street smarts on the other hand, are people that do not do well in school, the “C” students but perform very well in the world of business.

That is because you learn how to make money on the streets. Your teacher in school is not rich himself, so what does he know about making money?

While Schooling is formal training received from an educational institution, Education or otherwise known as Informal training tends towards Personal development and it has been described as the most effective form of training. That is why most times, you see “A” students working for “C” students. Achieving financial freedom has nothing to do with what you learned in school.

Many successful people today such as Thomas Edison of General Electric, Henry Ford of Ford Motors, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Ted Turner of CNN, Steve Jobs of Apple Computers, etc. never had college degrees.

A college degree may be important for traditional professions like Medicine, Law, Engineering, etc but not for how these people got great wealth.

Do you know it does not take money to make money?

For so many people, they cannot afford to stay without money. For some others, they are afraid of losing money. That is why they crave for job security. The word security is a word often used in response to the emotion of fear. When it comes to money and jobs, so many people hate the feeling of fear that comes with economic uncertainty. For them, the idea of security is often more important than money.

That is the quest for security which beclouds the creative power within them. This fear keeps enslaving them in paid employments, where they work for money all their lives.

For others, challenges, hardships and hunger bring out the best in them. They use their creative minds to develop businesses that will change their lives forever.

Attaining financial freedom takes a dream, a lot of determination, a willingness to learn quickly, and the ability to use your God-given potentials properly to succeed in life.

Have you heard that “ideas rule the world?”  Yes, it is not money that rules the world, it is your idea. According to Henry Ford, CEO of Ford Motors, “thinking is the hardest work ever and that is why many people do not engage in it”.

What is on your mind?

From the Bible, we learned that “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he”. You are what you think. The tendency to become rich is more of who we are – our core values, strengths, weaknesses and interests. Some people like working under others and cannot stay on their own. Some like establishing companies but do not want to run them while others like owning companies and also like to run them. Certain people love investing, while others only see risks associated with investments.

Again, some people strongly believe that the love of money is evil and that to make excessive profit is greed. They also believe that money is not important to their lives and often say: I am not interested in making so much money; I don’t want to be so rich; It’s risky to invest money in a business; Money is not everything, etc.

According to Bishop David Oyedepo, “until you change the way you think, you cannot change the way you live”. He further said that “the number one cause of poverty is to possess a poor man’s mentality”. That is true because, to become a millionaire, you must start thinking like a millionaire!

Where do you want to make money from?

At this juncture, I want to introduce to you what we call the “Cash Flow Quadrants”.

Cash flow quadrants simply represent the different methods by which we make our money. There are four quadrants, identified simply as E, S, B and I.

i.) E – Quadrant: This is the quadrant for Employees. People in this quadrant earn their income by working for an organization, company or government.

It is not what they do or how much they earn that makes them employees but the fact that they are working for others and earning salaries and benefits. The people here work for money and pay more in taxes.

ii.) S – Quadrant: This is the quadrant for Self-employed Individuals, who earn their income working for themselves.

These are do-it-yourself types of people and they are their own bosses. Here, you find professionals who spent years in school studying for traditional professions, such as Medical Doctors, Lawyers, Architects, etc. This category also includes small business owners.

One major characteristic they have is that they are perfectionists and most times, are hesitant to train other people for fear that their trainees may end up becoming their competitors.

iii.) B – Quadrant: This is the quadrant for Business Owners, who earn income from their business empires. Unlike the perfectionists in the S-quadrant, people in the B-quadrant like to delegate work and you hear them often say: “Why must I do it myself when I can hire someone better to do it for me?” They are not afraid of empowering their staff with new skills because they want better results.

How do you know a true business owner? A true business owner is one who can leave his or her business for over one year and return to find the business more profitable than he left it. That is not usually the case with people in the S-quadrant. When those in the S-quadrant leave their businesses for over a year, chances are that there will be no business to return to.

Those operating in the B – quadrant use other people’s money and time and they understand the concept of leverage.

iv.) I – Quadrant: People in this quadrant are called Investors and they earn income from their investments.Investing is not a get-rich-quick drama. Investing is a plan, often a dull and almost mechanical process of getting rich. It is usually the playground of the rich because it is here that money is converted to wealth.

Regardless of which quadrant people make their money from, if they want to be truly wealthy, they must move to the I-quadrant.

What is wealth? Wealth is measured in terms of time, not money. It is the number of days you can survive without physically working and still maintain your standard of living. Investors do not have to work because their money is working for them.

Do you want money to work for you?

If you want money to work for you, there are things you must learn to do.

At this juncture, I would like to remind you that the main purpose of this discussion is to prepare you to become Business owners and Investors, where you would own systems and have people or your money work for you.

There are two approaches to this, you can develop the business system yourself or you can buy into an existing business. I want you to see building a business as building a bridge in order to cross over from seeking job security to finding financial freedom. I wish to recommend that you build a business first but if you have plenty of money and time, you can go straight to the I-quadrant and become an Investor.

On the other hand, if you do not have money and time, it is better you build a business first because investing is capital and knowledge intensive. Many successful investors have lost money several times before succeeding.

Successful people like those we mentioned above know that success is not a good teacher. You learn from making mistakes, and in the I-quadrant, mistakes cost a lot of money. If you lack both knowledge and capital, it is financial suicide therefore to try to become an investor.

What do you have in your hands?

Like God asked Moses in the Bible, “What do you have in your hand?”  Like Moses, what you have in your hand must not be money. It must not be your qualification; it could be just your passion and talent. I am pleased to inform you that it is only passion that builds successful businesses and not fear.

So, now may we change the advice given to us by our parents as follows: “Go to school, study hard to pass well, so that you can build a business and provide services that you are passionate about and become an investor”. Here comes another important question, how do you know what you are passionate about? You can do that by carrying out a personal audit, assessing yourself to discover your talents, those things you do easily without stress as well as derive joy from doing them whether you are paid or not.

Most successful people built their business empires around their passions and interests. For instance, Oprah Winfrey, the richest Black woman in America became successful just by talking. The likes of Myles Munroe, Anthony Robbins, John Maxwell, etc are billionaires today just by coaching others on leadership, entrepreneurship and how to live better lives.

One thing I will not fail to point out here is that the more popular you become, the more money you make. If you distinguish yourself in any career of your choice, people will come looking for you. For example, if people know you are a good mechanic, you will never have space in your mechanic workshop and people are ready to pay for your services no matter how expensive you are.

That explains why people so much like to listen to leadership coaches like Myles Munroe, John Maxwell, Anthony Robbins, etc. You can imagine what it will cost to bring John Maxwell to come and speak in a conference in Nigeria. For just one hour, he might be charging close to one million naira, aside his flight tickets and accommodation. Why is this so? It is simply because; he has distinguished himself in that area and has become very popular providing such services to people.

As small as I am in this conference speaking business, I was paid fifty thousand naira just to speak in a roundtable conference for just one hour, sometime in August, 2010 in Concorde Hotel, Owerri, Imo State. No wonder, it is said that in the Information Age, what we need is the ability to work smart and not work hard.

Therefore, if you love teaching, build a business around teaching, if you are passionate about talking, build a business around talking, if you love singing and dancing, build a business around them, if you love plaiting hair, build a business around it.

In fact there are so many things you can build businesses on, whether you are a student, unemployed graduate or an illiterate.

To build your own business, there are three kinds of business systems to choose from:

a.)        Part II-type of companies (sole proprietorship, partnerships, Ltd, etc);

b.)        Franchises; and

c.)        Network marketing (aka personal franchises).

We shall discus more on these business systems in our Entrepreneurship Academy coming up soon. If you are interested, see me after this talk.

Each of these systems has its own weaknesses and strengths but if operated properly, each system will provide a steady stream of income without much physical effort on the part of the owner once it is up and running.

Conclusion

In conclusion, I want to inform you that this is just the beginning of the story. There are so many things you need to learn if you must attain financial freedom, where your income would far exceed your expenditures and you have time to enjoy your wealth and do things that are important to you. I still maintain that you can only have financial freedom by building businesses and becoming an investor where, people and money will work for you.

The good news is that even if you are already an employee or self-employed, you can also become an investor and a business owner as well. All you need is just change of your mindsets and training in the new sectors.

To know more about these concepts and other entrepreneurship and leadership development issues, you can contact us at African Youth Development Foundation on 0803 870 2075 or visit our website at www.inspireyouths.org

Thank you and God bless you all!

HON. REMY CHUKWUNYERE

CEO, African Youth Development Foundation

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06 Jul
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Mr. Joe Okiri receiving treatment at FMC, Owerri

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06 Jul
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AFRYDEF resuscitates Mr. Joe Okiri

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27 May
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Today is Children’s Day!

These are the children of the world... they need peace and security in their communities!

These are the children of the world… they need peace and security in their communities!

We in AFRYDEF celebrate with the children all over the world. Yes, you are the future generation, we love you all!

In line with the theme of this year’s celebration, we call on the Governments all over the world to create atmospheres that will guarantee peace and security of children in their countries.
They should shun all forms of child slavery, child abuse and use of children as soldiers in war situations. In them lie the greatness of tomorrow, we should therefore preserve them as well as prepare them to take over from us when we retire.

We love our children! We love children all over the world!!

Happy Children’s Day!!!

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23 May
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Welcome Speech presented by AFRYDEF’s Executive Director, Hon. Remy Chukwunyere at the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial.

IMG_20130519_171620_0 IMG_20130518_154618_0 IMG_20130519_161556_0 IMG_20130519_163650_0 IMG_20130519_163719_0The Special Guest of Honour, our Special Guests, the Chairman of the occasion, Members of the high table, our Sponsors and our Distinguished students, on behalf of AFRYDEF, it is my pleasure to welcome you all to this great international event.

As we have gathered here this evening, we are joining other communities in over 150 countries of the world in the observance of this year’s International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, which is the world’s largest grassroots movement against HIV/AIDS. It is a worldwide campaign championed by the Global Health Council, an international network of organizations, government agencies, researchers and individuals committed in this collective fight against HIV/AIDS.

As an organization working to promote sustainable youth and rural development initiatives in Africa, we joined this international network in 2003 with the following convictions: that a healthy nation is a wealthy nation; and that the level of wealth a nation enjoys is determined by the health of its youth population.

In 2003, we observed the first Candlelight Memorial in Umuokanne in Ohaji/Egbema LGA of Imo State and has ever since then organized this annual event, where we remember those that we lost to the epidemic as well as renew our commitments to show love, care and support to those already affected by the disease. We also use the opportunity to call on the government and other stakeholders on the need to do more to stop the further spread of the virus in the State.

The theme of this 30th anniversary celebration is “In Solidarityand we wish to call on all stakeholders and the government to do more to reduce the stigma suffered by people affected by AIDS, ensure their continued access to drugs, increase resources for their support and promote multi-stakeholder involvement in this struggle for a healthier society.

May we take it further once again by bringing our Government’s attention to the roles the traditional birth attendants play in delivering rural women of their babies and how these unskilled women can become very useful in this fight to stop AIDS. These women can be trained by the Government to become HIV counselors and referral agents in the Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).

We would also like to bring to the fore, the dangers associated with the use of unsterilized needles and clippers on women and men in salons.

How much does it cost to acquire your own needles and clippers? That is one of the big questions in this meeting…

The truth is that HIV is not only transmitted via unprotected sex as it is now believed. Our denial or refusal to understand that the virus is also being transmitted through sharing of unsterilized sharp objects is the challenge we must conquer in this struggle.

May we also use this opportunity to stress that HIV/AIDS is like every other disease, such as malaria, diabetes, typhoid fever, pneumonia, etc. People living with AIDS can live normal lives, be happy with their families and pursue their careers successfully. We need to increase awareness on this fact that these other diseases are now deadlier than HIV/AIDS in order to break the silence and stigma surrounding the disease. We hereby once more encourage everyone to know their HIV statuses because early detection is very important in HIV treatment, control and management.

My brothers and sisters, these are some important truths that we must tell ourselves, especially the youths. I know there are so many other truths that you all would be revealing to us this evening.

On this note, I wish to step down and I believe I have provoked someone into thinking aloud this evening.

God bless you for listening to me!

In solidarity,

 

Hon. Remy Chukwunyere,

Executive Director, AFRYDEF

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05 May
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Chimuanya needs your donation for a total hip replacement surgery

TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT

This is Sophia Chimuanya… the young lady that needs to undergo a surgery for total hip replacement. At the Teaching Hospital, Enugu, it was confirmed that her pelvic joint is damaged.

According to the Doctors, the surgery will cost about seven hundred and fifty thousand naira (N750,000) ONLY.

Having come from a poor background, we, in AFRYDEF are therefore raising funds to assist her undergo this important surgery.

How can you help? Call 08038702075 or email us at afrydef@yahoo.com to make your donations.

You can also call Sophia Chimuanya directly on 0706 518 2171.

God bless you in advance!

AFRYDEF Team

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13 Apr
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The latest about Mr. Joe Okiri Amaechi…..

Mr. Joe Okiri receiving treatment at FMC, Owerri, Imo State

We want to appreciate all of you that assisted us in taking care of Mr. Joe Okiri Amaechi while he was at the point of death in that uncompleted building at Akwakuma in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

Prior to his admission into the Federal Medical Center, Owerri, Imo State, all the people in his neigbourhood, members of his church and even some Govt. agencies were afraid of intervening in his case when we first reported it. Their fear according to them was that his case was so critical and they felt he would give up in their hands.

For us, as an organization with a passion to save lives and put smiles on peoples’ faces, we saw his case as one of those trying times for us, in which we needed to prove our worth and mission.

Despite discouragements from several quarters, we took the bull by the horn and started providing food for him and got him ready for admission into the hospital. Our organization made the initial donations that sustained him and our volunteers bathed him for the first time after several months in that condition.

By the grace of God, we successfully saw him through his days at the hospital and got him treated of pneumonia, partial stroke, diabetes, partial blindness, etc.

Today, Mr. Joe is better and can see, talk and walk about to the glory of God! As we speak, the Imo Foundation is making arrangement to move him into the Imo State Old Peoples’ Home, after rennovating the home by May, 2013.

May we use this opportunity to thank those that supported us… Women Advancement and Development Initiative, Imo Foundation, and Soteria Ministries.

May the Lord continue to use us to put smiles on the faces of the downtrodden in Jesus’ name!

More information about us is available at our website, www.inspireyouths.org

AFRYDEF Team

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26 Mar
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THE ROAD TO FINANCIAL FREEDOM – By Hon. Remy Chukwunyere, Executive Director, AFRYDEF

Preamble:

In this paper, we would be discussing the road to financial freedom. The road to becoming super rich as originally planned by God before the fall of Adam in the garden of Eden. You may have heard some of the concepts I am going to introduce today or you will be hearing them for the very first time. I will appreciate if you would cooperate with me as I will try to make the presentation more participatory so that all of us can discuss the issues I am going to raise.

Basically, I have come to open your eyes to the current trends in the Information Age as opposed to what we used to know in both the old Agrarian and Industrial Ages. In this new age, the idea of hard work does not mean the same thing as it meant in those Ages. In the Information Age, people who work physically the hardest will be paid the least. To be successful in this Age, you must work “smart” instead of working hard.

Again, I will not fail to let you know that our schools are still in the Industrial Age and still prepares students to work hard and seek job security.

So that brings us to this popular question…

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Well, most times the typical answers to this question are usually: I want to be a Doctor, a Lawyer, a Nurse, an Engineer, etc. Do you know why it is usually so? Like I said earlier, our schools are configured to train us for those traditional professions. That is also why, our parents usually advice us to “go to school, study hard, get good grades so that you can get a good, safe and secure job”.

Have you ever received this kind of advice before? They want you to become Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers so that you can get a good job and have job security, where you work for money all your life!

In this discussion, I am going to show you that the richest men and women in the world today do not work for money, instead, people and money work for them. These are the people that enjoy financial freedom because while people and money are working for them, they have time to do things that are important to them such as, having time to be with their families, donating to charities as well as investing in other businesses.

Let me also shock you a little with these revelations. Do you know that it does not take money to make money? Do you also know that it does not take a formal education to make money?

Achieving financial freedom has nothing to do with what you learnt in school. Like I said before, many successful people today such as Thomas Edison of General Electric, Henry Ford of Ford Motors, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Ted Turner of CNN, Steve Jobs of Apple Computers, etc. never had college degrees.

A college degree may be important for traditional professions like Medicine, Law, Engineering, etc but not for how these people got great wealth.

It takes a dream, a lot of determination, a willingness to learn quickly, and the ability to use your God-given potentials properly and to know which sector of the economy you want to earn your income from.

The Cash Flow Quadrant

This simply represents the different methods by which we generate our income or money. There are four quadrants, identified simply as E, S, B and I.

  • E – Quadrant: This is the quadrant for Employees. People in this quadrant earn their income by working for an organization, company or government.

People in the E quadrant dread economic uncertainty and have a strong need for security. They often say, “I’m not that interested in money.” What this really means is that they are not interested in making the life-transforming changes necessary to leave the E-quadrant nest. For them, job security, which may be just an illusion, is often more important than money.

  • S – Quadrant: This is the quadrant for Self-employed Individuals, who earn income working for themselves.

This group includes professionals who spent years in school, such as Doctors, Lawyers, Architects, etc. It also includes small business owners, such as retail shopkeepers, restaurant owners, consultants, therapists, travel agents, car mechanics, plumbers, and hair stylists as well as direct-commission salespeople, such as real estate agents.

Most times, they are hesitant to train other people out of fear that their trainees will end up becoming their competitors some day.

  • B – Quadrant: This is the quadrant for Business Owners, who earn income from their business empires.

Unlike the perfectionists in the S-quadrant, people in the B-quadrant love to delegate work. You can always hear them say: “Why do it myself when I can hire someone better to do it for me?”

A true business owner can leave his or her business for over a year and return to find it more profitable than before. That is not usually the case with someone in the S-quadrant. When people in the S-quadrant leave their businesses for over a year, chances are there will be no business to return to.

  • I – Quadrant: People here are called Investors and they earn income from their investments, which means their money generates money for them.

The I-quadrant is the playground of the rich. Regardless of which quadrant people make their money from, if they hope someday to be truly wealthy, they must ultimately move to the I-quadrant, for it is here that money is converted to wealth.

People in this quadrant do not have to work because their money is working for them.

Our Mindsets and Different Thoughts about Money

Most of us have the potentials to generate income from all the four quadrants described above. The quadrant we choose to earn our income from is not too much what we learned in school. It is more of who we are at the core – our core values, strengths, weaknesses and interests. Some people love being employees, while others hate it. Some love owning companies but do not want to run them. Others love owning companies and also love to run them. Certain people love investing, while others only see the risks of losing money from investments.

According to Bishop David Oyedepo in his book, Winning the War against Poverty, “until you change the way you think, you cannot change the way you live. The cause of poverty is more of the mind than it is of the hand. It is more of mentality than it is of activity. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he. The number one cause of poverty is possessing a poor man’s mentality”.

On Investments, Oyedepo said, “those who observe the cloud will not sow, those who study the wind will not reap. Circumstances will not always be favourable but your commitment will subdue circumstances”.

Some people strongly believe that the love of money is evil and that to make excessive profit is greed. They also believe that money is not important to their lives and often say: I’m not that interested in money; I’ll never be rich; I can’t afford it; It is risky to invest money in a business; Money is not everything, etc.

Others believe that it is foolishness to spend your life working for money and to pretend that money was not important. They believe that life is more important than money but that money is important to support life. They have money and people work for them so that they can be free to do the things that are important to them, such as: having lots of time to raise their kids; having money to donate to charities; having time and money to take care of their health; being able to travel around the world with their families, etc.

All these take money and that is why money is important to them but they do not spend their lives working for money.

Financial Freedom: What is God’s Opinion?

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth and all that is in it. He created Adam and gave him charge over the fullness of the earth, including all the resources of the earth, be it crude oil, gold, silver, the fishes of the sea, in fact everything that make people rich today.

It is the will of God for us to command great wealth for various reasons. That is why he said in 3 John 2, I wish above all things that you may prosper…. It means that financial freedom is topmost in his line of priorities for us. Again, according to Deut. 8: 18, God is the one that gives us power to create wealth…

Do you know that in the parable of the talent as recorded in Mathew 25: 14 – 29, Jesus was teaching his disciples about investment? The talent being referred there is physical money and not talent as in gifts such as singing, dancing, etc. It is physical money and according to the parable, their master gave them loans to enable them invest in businesses so that in his return he would make profits.

Jesus used this parable to teach us how important the I-quadrant is if you want to live in divine wealth, which is what we have chosen to call financial freedom.

From that parable, Jesus reveals to us that God recognizes wise investors who compound their interests and profits, and therefore increases the responsibilities He gives to them in the Kingdom.

Again, when God said in Deut. 14: 29, “I will bless the works of your hands”, do you know the people he is referring to? The business owners, off course! This is because, if you are an employee in a bank or any company, the bank or company is not the works of your hands because it does not belong to you. You are only an employee working for somebody or some people up there. Those that will benefit from this blessing are those in the S- and B- quadrants, who have their own businesses.

What people in the E-quadrant receive are only wages as recorded in 1 Timothy 5: 18……. “a labourer deserves his wages”. Have you forgotten that statement? Are you satisfied with only your wages? If you are not, you have to do something NOW!

Surprisingly, an E, S can become a B and I altogether. What I am saying here is that you can become a Business owner or an Investor even while working in that company. Even though, it is very difficult, with change of mindsets and adequate training, you can become a successful B or I.

My Recommendations:

Remember that the goal of this workshop is to prepare you to become Business owners and Investors, where you would own systems and have people or your money work for you. You can develop the business system yourself or you can look for a system to purchase.

I want you to see building a business as building a bridge in order to cross over from job security to financial freedom.

I recommend building a business first but if you have plenty of money and time, you can go straight to the I-quadrant and become an Investor. If you do not have money and time, it is better you build a business first because of the following reasons:

  • Experience and Education: If you first succeed in business, you will have a better chance of developing into a powerful Investor, since “Investors invest in Businesses”. If you develop a successful business sense, you can become a better investor. True investors invest in successful businesses with stable business systems.
  • Cash Flow: If you have a business that is up and running, you will then have the time and cash flow to support the ups and downs of the I-quadrant. Investing is capital and knowledge intensive. Many successful investors have lost money several times before succeeding. Successful people know that success is a poor teacher. Learning comes from making mistakes, and in the I-quadrant, mistakes cost money. If you lack both knowledge and capital, it is financial suicide to try to become an investor.

Again, I will not fail to inform you that passion builds businesses and not fear. You should build a business or provide services that you are passionate about. How do you know you are passionate about a thing? You can do that by assessing yourself to discover your talents, those things you do easily without stress as well as derive joy from doing them whether paid or not.

If you love teaching, build a business around teaching, if you are passionate about talking, build a business around talking, if you love singing and dancing, build a business around them, if you love plaiting hair, build a business around it.

In fact there are so many things you can build businesses on, whether you are a student, unemployed graduate or an illiterate.

Therefore, to build your own business, there are three kinds of business systems to choose from. They include:

  • Part C-type of corporations, where you have to develop your own system;
  • Franchises, where you buy an already existing system, and
  • Network Marketing, where you buy into and become part of an existing system.

If operated properly, each system will provide a steady income stream without much physical effect on the part of the owner, once it is up and running.

Conclusion.

I really thank God for taking us this far. May I use this opportunity to inform you that we are available for further training in these Information Age concepts in our Entrepreneurship Academy. We provide training in Job Placement and Advancement Skills, Leadership and Mentoring, Entrepreneurship and Business Development, etc.

May I also use this opportunity to announce the award of 3 full scholarships and 10 partial scholarships to youths of this Assembly for a 3-months computer course at Zenith Computer Technologies, 9 Mbari St, Ikenegbu, Owerri.

I will appreciate if the Senior Pastor will forward the names of the beneficiaries before the end of the week so that your classes can begin in earnest.

Now, may I conclude this discussion with this story…..

Once upon a time, there was one village that had no source of water except when it rained. In order to solve this water problem, the elders of this small community awarded contracts to two contractors, A and B to supply them water from a lake in a nearby community on a daily basis.

Contractor A quickly bought two buckets and started fetching water for the community from this nearby lake. He immediately began making money as he labored morning to dusk hauling water from the lake with his two buckets. It was hard work but he enjoyed it because he was making money.

On the other hand, Contractor B disappeared for a while and Contractor A was happy because he had no competition. While away, Contractor B wrote a business plan, incorporated his business, found investors and employed a General Manager to do the work for him. After six months, he appeared and constructed a stainless pipeline linking the village to the lake. At the opening ceremony of the project, contractor B announced that his system would supply cleaner water on a daily basis, including weekends because contractor A could only supply water on weekdays. He also announced a 75% reduction in his price compared to what Contractor A was charging.

Therefore, in order to compete with Contractor B, Contractor A equally reduced his price by 75% and employed more people to work for him and eventually had union problems with them. They demanded for higher wages and better benefits as well as wanted their members to haul only one bucket at a time.

Realizing that other villages which also had water problems would need the same system, Contractor B again wrote business plans and sold his ideas to other small villages around the world. Contractor B therefore began delivering billions of buckets of water to billions of people all over the world and regardless if he works or not, billions of people consumed billions of buckets of water daily, and all the money were pouring into his bank account.

Contractor B developed a pipeline to deliver money to himself as well as water to the villages. He lived happily ever after while Contractor A worked hard for the rest of his life and had financial problems ever after.

This is the end of the story and the end of my lecture.

Thank you and God bless you all!

HON. REMY CHUKWUNYERE,

Mobile: +234 (0) 803 870 2075,

email: afrydef@yahoo.com

 

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23 Dec
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Remember the less privileged at Christmas!

Christmas is the season for GIVING bcos God gave us His son, our Lord Jesus Christ who came and died for our sins….

In appreciation of this show of love to mankind by God Almighty, YOU should give to d less privileged around you. It pays to give to others bcos…. surely it shall be given unto u, good measured, pressed down and shaken together shall God cause men and women to give back to you!

To make an online donation to support our charitable works, please, visit: http://www.facebook.com/afrydef1/app_11539044547?ref=ts

God bless you in advance!

– AFRYDEF Team

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