My aspiration is to be one of the builders of a world of equality, a world where diversity is respected and value for people's lives is paramount. A world where religion and culture are not used as weapons of dispute and destruction, where leaders serve and not steal, where everyone does not pretend to love each other but does so straight from the heart.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The Youth Bank Launch
Youth Bank is an initiative that seeks to empower the Nigeria disadvantaged youth from the street, the area boy and girls and so forth. Youth Bank launched its Nigeria branch last Friday at US Consulate, Lagos. The launching was done after they have successfully trained 8 youth that will be given loans to start off their businesses.
Victor and Clara presenting Youth Bank Model.
This initiative is unique in the sense that they just give skills to the youth but they also provide the capital which will be paid back in the long run to train other fellows. Also, they include leadership training into their programmes to ensure that they are making entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow.
The Youth Bank Fellows with YB Program Officer; Nike and Clara Chow to the left
Youth Bank, a micro business incubator for the street youth was started by a Nigeria in the Diaspora and it's just natural that Nigeria gets to benefit. Youth Bank has partnered Freedom Foundation, The Nigerian Network of NGOs and Skill Development Foundation among others.
Victor Gotvbe the Youth Bank Nigeria president believed strongly in the impact Youth Bank will make on Nigeria youth his counterpart from the State Clara Chow shared in this enthusiasm as well. At the event were change makers of notes in person of Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti, Gbenga Sesan, Ms. Mylah Osifo and myself.
Ms. Yemisi Ransome-Kuti; NNNGO board Chairperson
Mr. Gbenga Sesan; Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative
Ms. Mylah Osifo Executive Director of Freedom Foundation in lemon green outfit.