Finally, it’s a dream come true reaching out to RISE Networks after years of being a follower. I am extremely delighted for this rare privilege to share with you the latest dividends of your passion, interest and investment in youth and education; by increasing their capacity to think, innovative and create world class solutions that proffer solutions to real life issues in Nigeria.

I am a 22 years old graduate of Biochemistry from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso Oyo State, currently awaiting mobilization for my National Youth Service. I currently serve as the Team Leader of Aid For Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi) – a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization which started few months ago with the vision to improve the quality and access to education available to disadvantaged children in rural communities across Africa. I also have a proven track record of humanitarianism and community development engagements centred on children, youth, education and environmental sustainability.

I have followed closely the activities of RISE Networks for quite a while and I really applaud the organisation’s commitment to the transformation of young people in Nigeria into true nation builders through various innovative programs, many of which I have benefited from with the latest being the Nigerian commemoration of the United Nations International Youth Day in Lagos, Nigeria. In actual fact, my attendance at two previous editions of the RISE National Forum contributed to my burning passion for community development which lead to the establishment of AREAi, with the aim of replicating your selfless sacrificial service.

As a product of RISE Networks passion and commitment for human capital development, it is my joy that I write to inform you all that I was recently presented an exciting International Leadership Training opportunity to represent Nigeria and my organization/initiative, AREAi, at the International Forum on Good Governance (IFGG) in Mauritius from December 1st to December 7th, 2015. I hope you find it interesting to know that the mention of RISE Networks during the skype interview granted to me by the organizers after selection, landed me an opportunity as I will be making a presentation on the topic: “The Transition of Democratic Governance in Nigeria; Past, Present and Future to other 49 Emerging Leaders from across the World.”

However, this represents an awesome platform for me to amplify the remarkable exploits of RISE Networks and an opportunity to be a strong voice for Nigerian Youths and harness professional and personal experience that will be channeled into building resilient structures that can impact policies and projects in the society upon return. Upon my return, I intend to organize workshops/symposiums for young people across the 6 Geo-political zones of Nigeria under the platform of RISE Networks, to offer tools and understanding of good governance in the areas of civic leadership and public management, which is necessary for the developmental transition of Nigeria, the African continent and the world as a whole.

Keep impacting lives Mrs Toyosi Akerele- Ogunsiji, you are celebrated.

Warmest regards,

Olanrewaju Gideon O.,

Social Innovator|Executive Director, Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative, AREAi.
Twitter: @lanrewaju07


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