Our RISE Through The Years
Rise Networks connotes the very idea which its name suggests: a deliberate rousing from inactivity to activity; the conscious replacement of a former state with the new; and the golden promise of life, rebirth, and renewed energy. It is upon this concept that we are founded, the very reason we are Nigeria’s leading social enterprise whose fires burn with passion for youth and education development in Africa, and for whom innovation and technology serve as kindle. Seeing how the greatest resources of a nation are measured in terms of her gems, our strategic focus is on human capital development and its unfailing link to sustainable economic growth, democracies that are built on the foundation of social justice, and improved quality of life for the general mass.
Our operational framework embodies four inter-related delivery channels which include Youth and Education Development hinged on Innovation and Technology; Capacity Building on Youth Inclusion, Job Access and Thought Leadership, Product Based Research, Content Creation, Sharing and Management; as well as Project Management and Consulting Responsibilities along the lines of our core areas of expertise.
Note that these competencies around which Rise Networks revolves were not built overnight as if by magic. Instead, it started as a seed that was sown as dreams in the fertile mind of an ambitious 300 Level Law student who started a youth magazine in the most inauspicious of environments – the dorm room of a second generation university in the Nigerian city of Jos, incomparable in size and clout to a city such as Lagos with her important educational institutions of higher learning. But barring these obvious facts and after just six editions of the magazine in print, the aphorism that nothing can stop an idea whose time has arrived was proven true. Not only was the response overwhelming, it struck a chord in the deep recesses of its target audience’ hearts, and lo! a movement was born.
The publisher, convinced that a few thousand copies that managed to soar on wings against the winds of odds were not enough to alter the lifestyle of the youths and empower them in terms of intellectual, professional and capacity building, sought to cast the net farther afield. Cast it she did! Hence, RISE became Rise Networks and went on to host a very successful first session of the RISE NATIONAL YOUTH FORUM in 2007; a session that left attendees with indelible memories, unvarnished sense of truth, a clearer purpose and will that even though youth may mean a lot of things, it must never be equated with a state of limitation.
Ever since, our programmes and initiatives have enjoyed incredible support from the public and private sectors, stakeholders, with our Rise National Youth Forum easily becoming the longest standing countrywide most anticipated and most attended youth seminar in Nigeria.
Our hearts never fail to be gladdened when we hear reports and testimonies that keep pouring in from young people home and abroad. Till date, about 50,000 youths from diverse communities and backgrounds have encountered the Rise effect. This is the unrelenting drive to change the worldview of the African youths, one loving brushstroke at a time in much the same way a painting comes to life with unceasing labours of love. The Rise Effect tries to galvanize the energies of the youth towards hard work, leadership and community. And even more importantly, it hopes to see their resplendent effect shine through like light which cannot be hidden.
In conclusion, we earnestly believe that in our small space, we truly can be the change we wish to see in the world as we continually work to build an enduring legacy for our generation by encouraging youth to think, learn and work hard to create an environment that abounds with free flowing applicable and laudable ideas. This tenet we hold on to with as high a fidelity as the assurance that night will follow day, that the natural laws that govern our universe shall remain immutable, and that these words shall continue true for us, with the continued beat of our hearts.