The Nigerian office of FORD Foundation, (one of the World’s most prominent and impact driven Donor Organizations committed to Social Good and renowned for its support for visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide) played host to their Colleagues from New York and FF’s regional offices in Africa including FF’s Vice President – Hilary Pennington to a weeklong Africa Regional Program Meeting which took place between the 26th – 30th of October 2015.

One of the activities that took place during the weeklong exercise was a round table discussion on “Youth Development in Nigeria: Opportunities and Challenges” with some of Nigeria’s Youth Led Social Enterprises and Non Profits. The discussion which held on Thursday the 29th of October, 2015  at the Lagos Office of Ford Foundation was set up to learn from partners  and potential Project partners within the Africa Youth space on opportunities and challenges in Youth engagement and development and to share perspectives on how to address Youth agency, youth Leadership and Learning systems that support transition and opportunities for Job Creation.

RISE Networks, Nigeria’s Leading Social Enterprise with a strategic focus on Youth and Education Development represented by Toyosi Akerele- Ogunsiji – Founder / CEO, Bobola Omotuyi – Stakeholder Relations Coordinator & Busola Ojumu – Administrator, was present at the round table discussion with other notable Youth Led NGOs namely;

  • LEAP Africa
  • The Future Project
  • West Africa Vocational Education (WAVE)
  • The Lady Mechanic Initiative
  • Generation Enterprise
  • Y EN A MARRE (Senegal)
  • Afterschool Centre for Career Development

The Round-table discussion was illuminating and insightful as RISE Networks and the other participating organisations reeled out their achievements, challenges and future commitments to Youth Development in Nigeria. Below are some of the Photos from the meet.

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Vice President, Ford Foundation’s Africa Office – Hilary Pennington (Middle) with other Ford Foundation Representatives during the Round Table Discussion.

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Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks responding to a question at the Round Table Discussion on Youth Development

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Cross-Section of Participants at the Round Table Discussion

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Abdou Khadre Aidara, Artist and Member, Y EN A MARRE, from Senegal, sharing his organisation’s activities and the role Senegalese Youths played in the country’s last election

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L-R: FF African Rep; Mrs Joy Ehinor-Esezobor – Program Assistant FF; Abdou Khadre Aidara, Artist and Member, Y EN A MARRE; Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks; Vice President, Ford Foundation’s Africa Office – Hilary Pennington; Sandra Aguebor, Founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative; Ms, Busola Ojomu, Administrator, Rise Networks; Bobola Omotuyi, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator, Rise Networks and a Representative of The Lady Mechanic Initiative

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Vice President, Ford Foundation’s Africa Office – Hilary Pennington and Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks sharing a moment

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The cake presented by Rise Networks to welcome – Hilary Pennington, Vice President, Ford Foundation’s Africa Office

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Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, FF West Africa Representative and Mr. Paul Nwulu, Program Officer, FF at the Round Table Discussion

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A representative of Ford Foundation at the Round Table Discussion engaging participants

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Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks with Sandra Aguebor, Founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative

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Kokomma Williams-Udofot, Programs and Partnerships Manager, Afterschool Centre for Career Development at the Round Table Discussion

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Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks engaging other participants on issues that revolve around Youth Development

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Abdou Khadre Aidara, Artist and Member, Y EN A MARRE (Middle) sharing a moment with representatives of Ford Foundation

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Ms. Misan Rewane, Executive Director, WAVE and Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks

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Bobola Omotuyi, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator, Rise Networks discussing with an African Representative of Ford Foundation

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A representative of Ford Foundation at the Round Table Discussion engaging participants

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Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks and Vice President, Ford Foundation’s Africa Office – Hilary Pennington

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Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks and Chioma Nwagboso, Portfolio Director, Generation Enterprise

Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks; Mrs Joy Ehinor-Esezobor – Program Assistant, FF and Sandra Aguebor, Founder, Lady Mechanic Initiative

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Mr. Innocent Chukwuma, FF West Africa Representative (Middle) with Colleagues and participants

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L-R: Mrs Toyosi Akerele – Ogunsiji, Founder/C.E.O Rise Networks; Vice President, Ford Foundation’s Africa Office – Hilary Pennington; Busola Ojomu, Administrator, Rise Networks and Bobola Omotuyi, Stakeholder Relations Coordinator, Rise Networks



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