Monthly Archives: February 2012

Everyone hates TINAPA! 10 take aways from the Cross River Governorship Debate


by Emmanuel Osanedum

Y! was Media Partner for the country’s first youth-focused gubernatorial debate hosted by EnoughisEnough Nigeria in partnership with the Cross River-based Aftershool Peer Mentorship Project.

The immediate past governor Liyel Imoke (People’s Democratic Party) declined to attend and the candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party cancelled attendance following the ex-governor’s absence. However, Pastor Usani Usani of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Dr. Theo Onyuku of the Hope Democratic Party and Mrs. Nsa Adegoke of the Labour Party were present at the Cultural Centre Complex venue in Calabar.

Unfortunately, as the non-PDP candidates had predicted, the Cross River Broadcasting Service, which had been paid for a live broadcast, suddenly refused to cover the event – either live or recorded. It was instead streamed live over the internet and had an audience of hundreds of young people.

 Our reporter shares some of the striking highlights from the trip.

Cross-section of audience at debate

1. Young people don’t trust the political process

Yes, they came out for the debate, but there could have been more of them (there were thousands at the PDP rally a day earlier). And speaking to the young people in the state, there is a strong sense that the entire political process is viewed as already hi-jacked by the “powers that be”, whether they be the Presidency, the Independent National Electoral Commission or the ruling party.

2. Election turnout will be low

No doubt about that. It might not be as bad as what happened when President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP conquered Bayelsa two weeks ago, but there is a preponderance of anecdotal evidence from our interviews that citizens will vote with their arm-chairs on Saturday. This election, as far as many are concerned, has already been won and lost.

3. The PDP will likely win

Two of the questions at the debate spoke directly to the lack of rigorous opposition campaigning, in terms of funding, mobilisation and reach, and while the candidates opposed this assumption, it is one that seems supported by the facts of PDP’s well-developed and state wide machinery. We won’t certainly be surprised if Imoke carries the day when results are announced Sunday – and carries it big.

4. Everyone hates Tinapa

It’s amazing the scorn and disgust with which the much-talked-about resort launched by the charismatic Donald Duke (who remains largely popular) is viewed. Now distinctly defined by inactivity, the resort (and its attendant debt profile) is widely regarded, even within government, as a significant altar to government waste.

Calabar Cultural Centre

5. The Devil’s Carnival?

We heard it first from one of the young people – who claimed that the general lax atmosphere and free money from the carnival has led many young people astray. We thought it was a fringe view, until one of the candidates actually linked the Calabar Carnival to “moral decadence” as well as increase in HIV/AIDS. Don’t ask us, we’re still in shock.

Candidates getting ready to be called up

6. None of the other candidates are ready

It’s sad, but it’s also true. The debate showed passionate, perhaps borderline competent candidates, but beyond the usual rhetoric and Dr. Onyuku’s compelling bombast, there was no stand-out performance that stood in sharp contrast to the PDP option in the state. The candidates also couldn’t, after all said and done, show how exactly they have cleared their paths to victory.

The stage with Imoke’s podium – he never came

7. Imoke is working (sometimes)

You’d think with the apathy, the now-familiar animosity towards the PDP and everything else, there’d be a uniform dislike of Liyel Imoke, right? Wrong. Interestingly, young people in the state have a clear sense of what he’s done right and what he’s done wrong. He has been impressive with education infrastructure, rural electrification and other things for instance, they will tell you.

Pastor Usani Usani (ACN)

8. Freedom of speech? Check the neighbouring state

Candidates routinely complain of media space manipulation by ruling parties – but in Cross River State it is no exaggeration. There is no free media in the state and that is a fact. Opposition candidates are unable to place advertising in the state’s only radio and TV stations. And ultimately, the General Manager of the Cross River Broadcasting Service flat-out refused to air the debate.

Nsa Adegoke

9. We like Nsa Adegoke

Ok, this is most likely what Nigerians call ‘out of point’, but can we just say we absolutely heart the Labour Party candidate? She said nothing out of this world, that much we’d admit, but there’s just something about her debate performance and her carriage that’s regal and dignified. When she speaks, you just want to sit at her feet and listen. Bless her heart.

Calabar Cultural Centre

10. #InCaseYouMissedIt: There’s no more oil!

A small detail for people who mightn’t know – Cross River is really no longer an oil producing state; which is why it gets the least allocation of all the South-South states from the federal purse. For one, General (all puns intended) Olusegun Obasanjo ceded all that oil to Bakassi many years ago, and then in the first term of Liyel Imoke, the courts have ordered almost all of the remaining oil fields to neighbouring Akwa-Ibom. Sad, we know. Well at least, they have palm-oil!

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Call for Applications:Dag Hammarskjöld Fellowship Program for Journalists

The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists is now accepting applications from professional journalists from developing countries for its 2012 fellowship program. The application deadline is Wednesday, March 30, 2012.

The fellowships are available to radio, television, print and web journalists, age 25 to 35, from developing countries who are interested in coming to New York to report on international affairs during the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The fellowships will begin in early September and extend to late November and will include the cost of travel and accommodations in New York, as well as a per diem allowance.

The fellowship program is open to journalists who are native to one of the developing countries in Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, and are currently working full-time for a bona fide media organization in a developing nation. Applicants must demonstrate an interest in and commitment to international affairs and to conveying a better understanding of the United Nations to their readers and audiences. They must also have approval from their media organizations to spend up to two months in New York to report from the United Nations.

In an effort to rotate recipient countries, the Fund will not consider journalist applications for 2012 from nations selected in 2011: China, Ethiopia, India and Nigeria. Journalists from these countries may apply in 2013.

Four journalists are selected each year after a review of all applications. The journalists who are awarded fellowships are given the incomparable opportunity to observe international diplomatic deliberations at the United Nations, to make professional contacts that will serve them for years to come, to interact with seasoned journalists from around the world, and to gain a broader perspective and understanding of matters of global concern. Many past fellows have risen to prominence in their professional and countries. The program is not intended to provide basic skills training to journalists, as all participants are media professionals.

Questions about the program, eligibility and application process can be directed

Click here for full eligibility criteria and documentation requirements and the fellowship application form.

Apply: Google Science fair for 13- 18 year olds

BellaNaija is constantly on the lookout for exciting opportunities that can empower our BN readers. We recently featured an entrepreneurial competition and we were surprised when several commenters complained that the maximum age for entry was too low (24 Years Old).

This time, we have a global science competition from Google. We sincerely hope that a young African scientist is on the winner’s list this year!

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to all students aged 13 to 18 from around the world.


Why is Google hosting an online science competition?
Google believes that universal access to technology and information can make the world a better place and that the need for access to useful information crosses all borders. The Google Science Fair was designed to support these goals by championing young scientific talent and giving students around the world the opportunity to participate and showcase their ideas.

What exactly is a ‘science project’?
A science project is an in-depth investigation of a scientific question that involves forming a hypothesis, testing your hypothesis with an experiment, making your observations, drawing conclusions and presenting the findings.

Like many science fair competitions, the Google Science Fair asks students to approach their science projects using the steps of the scientific method: a useful framework that helps structure scientific inquiry by breaking down the process into manageable steps.

Make sure to read the Official Rules carefully, because some types of projects may not be allowed. For clarification of the rules on what you can and can’t do, see Experiment Guidelines.

Can I choose any topic?
Yes, as long as it fits into one of the following categories:

  • Computer Science & Mathematics
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Flora & Fauna
  • Energy & Space
  • Inventions & Innovation
  • Physics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Food Science
  • Electricity and Electronics

Are there any restrictions about experimenting on animals, human subjects or using hazardous materials?
Yes, there are restrictions around using human subjects, animals, biological agents and hazardous materials. Please refer to the Official Rules for more details. For clarification of the rules on what you can and can’t do, see Experiment Guidelines.

Can anyone help me with my project?
All work must be completed by an individual or a team of up to 3. Depending on your project you may need some adult support, e.g. to find materials, to stay safe and use unfamiliar equipment or techniques. This is fine as long as you acknowledge the support received on the acknowledgements page of your online project submission.

Entry and Registration:
How do I enter the Google Science Fair?
Students can sign up to enter the competition from 12 January 2012 by visiting clicking the blue “Start your project” button at the top of the screen. For more details about entering, visit the How to Enter page.

Do I need a Google account in order to enter?
Yes, you will need a Google Account in order to register and to create your Science Fair project site. If you do not have a Google Account you can create one now by clicking on this link.

My school uses Google Apps, can I enter using my Google Apps account?
Yes you can but there are a few things you need to check first as some schools may restrict access to Google Sites:

Do you have access to Google Sites with your Google Apps Account?
Can you share a Google Site outside your school from your Google Apps Account?
If you are unable to access Google Sites or share a Google Site outside your school then we would recommend you use your Google account. If you do not have a Google account you can create one here.

Is there a registration fee?
No. The Google Science Fair is completely free to enter.

Who can enter?
The competition is open to all full-time students and home schooled students aged 13 to 18 (14-18 in Spain and South Korea, 16-18 in the Netherlands), from around the world. Students may enter as individuals or as teams of up to three. See Official Rules for additional restrictions regarding eligibility for entry.

Can Students from outside the United States enter?
This is a global competition and students from all over the world can enter. However, the Competition is not open to residents of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar/Burma, Syria, Zimbabwe and any other U.S. sanctioned country and is void where prohibited by law. The competition is also void in Brazil.

Is the competition divided into different age categories?
Yes, there are three:

13 to 14 year olds
15 to 16 year olds
17 to 18 year olds

We are 14 and 15 and we want to enter together. Will we be placed in the 13 to 14 or the 15 to 16 category?
You will be placed in a category based on the age of the oldest member of your team. In this case you would be judged in the 15 to 16 category.

Can I enter as a team with a friend from another school or do we need to be in the same school?
You do not have to be in the same school or even the same country. The great thing about the Google Science Fair being online is that you can work on your project collaboratively using some of the great tools we have highlighted on our site.

How old do I have to be to enter?
The Google Science Fair 2012 is open to young people aged 13 to 18*. You need to have been born:

on or after 2 April 1993
on or before 12 January 1999
*If you are from the Netherlands, you need to have been born:

on or after 2 April 1993
on or before 12 January 1996
*If you are from Spain or South Korea, you need to have been born:

on or after 2 April 1993
on or before 12 January 1998

Can a student enter more than once?
No, Google are only accepting one submission per person, either as an individual or as part of a team.

I signed up to enter a project in the Biology category but I have now decided to enter a Chemistry project. Do I need to register again?
No, there is no need to register again, you can change your project category when you submit your project.

How will I know when my parent or guardian has consented?
Log in to the My Project section of to check the status of consent and send a reminder request if you haven’t yet received it. You can still continue to work on your project in the meantime!


Life-changing prizes
Well, a world-class science fair calls for world-class prizes. They include once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a scientific trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions, unique scholarships and real-life work opportunities in iconic science centers of excellence like CERN in Switzerland.

NEW Science in Action prize
This year there will also be a special Science in Action prize sponsored by Scientific American which will be awarded to a project that addresses a social, environmental, ethical, health or welfare issue to make a practical difference to the lives of a group or community.

So why not get started?

The categories
There will be 90 regional finalists who will each receive a Google Chromebook*. 15 finalists, selected from these regional finalists, will be flown to Mountain View California for a chance to compete to become a finalist winner in their age category:

13-14 15-16 17-18
One of the 3 finalists winners will be selected as the Grand Prize winner.

The Grand Prize
A National Geographic Expedition

The grand prize winner along with one parent or guardian will have the chance to visit the Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin’s living laboratory, and the home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, this rare wilderness provides opportunities to walk among colonies of animals and snorkel amid shimmering fish. The winner, along with one parent or guardian will travel aboard the National Geographic Endeavour and will have the opportunity to experience up close encounters with unique species such as flightless cormorants, blue footed boobies, and domed giant tortoises. This ten day excursion is filled with pristine National Geographic experiences that range from kayaking among secluded coves where sea lions frolic in the shallows, to skimming the water in a nimble Zodiac to spot the unusual mola mola fish.

Google will cover the cost of flights for the winner plus one parent or guardian to the Galapagos. This prize is valid for one year from winning the prize.

The Grand Prize winner will also receive:
A scholarship from Google
The Google scholarship is worth $50,000 and is intended to be used towards the Grand Prize winner’s further education costs. If the Grand Prize is won by a team, the value of the scholarship will be split equally between team members.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience
The Grand Prize winner will have first choice of a hands-on experience at one of the following partner organizations: LEGO | CERN | GOOGLE

A personalised LEGO prize
A personal LEGO colour mosaic (one for each team member, to build her/himself) and 1 set of LEGO MINDSTORMS signed by the design team of LEGO MINDSTORMS, the CEO and the owner of LEGO.

Digital Access to Scientific American archives for your School
The winner’s school will enjoy digital access for one year, commencing in July 2012.

Finalist Winner Prizes
A Scholarship from Google
A scholarship worth $25,000, intended to be used towards each finalist’s further education costs. To be split equally between team members should a team win.

A once-in-a-lifetime experience
The Finalists will have second and third choice by random selection of one of the remaining experiences at one of the following partner organizations: LEGO | CERN | GOOGLE

A personalized LEGO Prize
A personal LEGO colour mosaic (one for each team member, to build her/himself) and 1 personal, exclusive LEGO box – specially made for the occasion.

Google Chromebooks for your classroom
Google will donate 1 Chromebook classroom kit to the winner’s school. Each kit includes:

30 Chromebooks
1 Chromebook Charging Cart
1 Google Cloud Print Printer

Digital access to Scientific American archives for winner’s school
The finalists’ schools will enjoy digital access for one year, commencing in July 2012.

NEW Science in Action Prize
Scientific American will be providing $50,000 USD in funding and a year’s mentoring to the winner of the special Science in Action prize. This is to assist the winner to further their research and possibly to develop the project. The winner, along with one parent or guardian will also join the 15 finalists in Mountain View, California to present their project to the judges and receive the award.

All 15 Finalists will also receive:
A LEGO Goodie Bag including:

2 LEGO TECHNIC sets (the 2 largest sets in the 2012 portfolio)
A Google Goodie Bag including an Android phone

A subscription to Scientific American magazine for 12 months

Prize experiences
All prize experiences include return airfare and accommodation for up to 2 nights, depending on the experience.

LEGO will offer the Grand Prize or Finalist winner(s) (plus a guardian if necessary) a 2 day trip to the LEGO HQ in Billund, Denmark. The trip will include a behind the scenes tour of the LEGO factory where the winner(s) will have the opportunity to see how LEGO bricks are produced and to spend time with the LEGO Mindstorm design team to understand how LEGO Mindstorms are developed. There will also be a visit to LEGOland Denmark and a sightseeing tour of the surroundings of Billund. This experience is valid for one year from winning the prize.

CERN, working with Fermilab, will offer the Grand Prize or Finalist winner(s) (plus guardian if necessary) the opportunity to spend up to a week living the life of a particle physicist working at the high-energy frontier, taking in two of the world’s leading particle physics research centres. The experience will begin at Fermilab, where the winner(s) will meet a scientist mentor working on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. While at Fermilab, they will have the opportunity to run shifts in Fermilab’s remote operations centre for the CMS experiment at CERN. The winners will then transfer to CERN, accompanied by their mentor, where they will play an active role in the experiment’s control room. This experience is valid for one year from winning the prize.

Google will offer the Grand Prize or Finalist winner(s) (plus a guardian if necessary) the opportunity to spend three days at the Google research site in Zurich where they will be able to take part in a tour, workshops and get involved in some hands-on work. This experience is valid for one year from winning the prize.

*If Google is unable to ship Chromebooks to your country of residence, Google reserves the right the provide a prize of similar average retail value.


Call for Entries:British Council Nigeria CULTURE SHIFT Project

The British Council invites applications from interested technology developers, designers, arts and culture festival managers / directors , branding and marketing professionals, and business analysts for participation in its Culture Shift project, themed ‘ICT for Festivals Development.’

About the project

  • Culture Shift is a partnership-led, British Council-managed competitive innovation fund.
  • It will provide an opportunity for emerging creatives to bypass what are often the most inhibiting factors in the progression of good ideas – access to seed funding and expert mentorship.
  • Selected festival managers will work in collaboration with technology developers and designers, and business experts to create web and mobile solutions for use in festivals, and then compete for seed finance to realise the projects.
  • Winning idea will receive Naira Equivalent of £5,000 and two others £1,500 each.


For whom:

  • Software developers, designers (graphic, web and user-experience), festival managers / directors, branding and marketing professionals, and business analysts.




The project will take place in three phases:

1.   Stage 1: 15th – 19th March 2012

a. 2 day Festivals Management workshop: 15th and 16th March (festival managers / directors only)

b. 3-day ‘Hackathon’: 17th, 18th and 19th March

2.   Pitching for seed funding: 19th March 2012

3.   Mentoring and Fruition: April – September 2012



15th and 16th March – British Council,20 Thompson Avenue, Ikoyi,Lagos (Festival Managers / Directors only)

17th – 19th March – Co-Creation Hub (CCHub), 6th Floor,294 Herbert Macaulay Way, Sabo, Yaba,Lagos




Software Developers | Graphic Designers | Business Analysts | Branding and Marketing professionals


Interested persons should download application forms from and email completed forms to on or before Monday 05 March 2012


Applicants must:

1. Have a history of and familiarity with technology tools development

2. Be willing to commit a few hours a week to the Culture Shift project, expected to last between 8 – 12 months. Applicants selected to receive the seed fund will be required to develop the final product from prototype stage.


Festival Managers / Directors


1. Applicants will be required to send a statement of intent, as well as detailed information about the festival they represent, to, on or before Monday 05 March 2012.

2. Applicants must work part time or full time in a management capacity in an existing *festival in the arts and culture industry inNigeria.

2. Festivals represented by applicants must have taken place at least twice in the between 2007 and 2011, and be scheduled to take place again before the end of 2013.

For enquiries, call +234 1 461 5600 – 2 | Ext 4000 or email

PARTICIPATE:Cross River State Gubernatorial Debate,2012!

Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE) in collaboration with Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project is organizing Cross River’s 1st Youth Focused Gubernatorial Debate. With the objectives of providing an effective platform for young people in Cross River State to interact with the candidates of the frontline political parties in the state; the debate will allow young Cross Riverians engage the gubernatorial aspirants on issues surrounding Education, Health, Poverty, Job & Wealth Creation, Security, Environment (Oil Spills), Infrastructure.

Invitations to the debate has been extended to the top 5 most visible campaigns in the state: Confirmed candidates so far are:

  1. Senator Liyel Imoke  (PDP)-Tentative Confirmation
  2. Barr (Mrs) Nsa Adegoke (LP) – Confirmed
  3. Mr Patrick Okomison (ANPP) – Confirmed
  4. Pastor Usani Usani (ACN) – Confirmed

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, February,  22nd 2012

Time: 4.00pm prompt

Venue: Main Bowl, Cultural Centre, Calabar

Participation in the event is FREE!!! But you have to book a seat to attend, interested? Send YES and your name via an SMS to 07065075070

The event will be aired live on Cross River Broadcasting Corporation (CRBC), and will be streamed online via www.

For live updates of the event: Follow @AfterschoolPMP, @EiEnigeria , @Ynaija on Twitter

For more information: Please call Nsa on 08072024882 or send an e-mail to


The debate will last for 120 minutes and the candidates will be standing for the duration of the debate. The debate will have 4 phases with 4 3-minute breaks.

  1. Phase 1: Welcome and Opening Statements (8 minutes)
    Moderator opens the event.
    Each candidate gives a 1-minute opening statement.
  2. Phase 2: Debate  (75 minutes)
    • Questions will be formed around the proposed topics put in context with brief background information.
    • Questions will touch upon on five of the six priority areas, devoting 15 minutes to each topic including questions from the moderator.
    • There will be no official limit.
    • Moderator will interject with follow up questions to address important points made, go deeper in detail, and guide conversation.
    • Candidates will be allowed to address each other’s points, ask questions, and offer rebuttals.
    • The moderator will also ensure a fair balance of time is allocated to each candidate’s point of view.
  3. Phase 3: Ask the Candidate (15 minutes)
    The final stage of the debate will feature questions posed directly at the candidates from young Cross Riverians in the audience.
    • Candidates will be allotted one minute each to respond.
    • No rebuttals will be permitted.
    • Audience questions will be selected randomly. Selected participants and their questions will have been pre-screened.
  4. Phase 4: Closing Remarks & Closing Statements (8 minutes)
    Each candidate gives a 1-minute opening statement.
    Moderator closes the event.

Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE) is a coalition of individuals and youth-led organizations committed to instituting a culture of good governance and public accountability in Nigeria through advocacy, activism and the mobilization of the youth population as responsible citizens.We are non-partisan, neither are we a platform for the actualization of any individual’s political ambitions. In March 2011, EiE hosted Nigeria’s First Youth-Focused Presidential Debate in partnership with Vote or Quench; Sleeves Up and Stand Up Naija.



Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project seeks to inspire and engage intending graduates and out- of -school youths on pre/post-graduation goal setting, career guidance and opportunity facilitation. We assist young people prepare to graduate and walk them through the achievements of their life goals.


Apply:Women Deliver 2013 Conference Youth Scholarships


Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action on maternal, sexual and reproductive health. We work globally to generate political commitment and resource investments to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health.

If you will be aged 30-years-old or older (as of May 2013), you will be offered a separate application that will be available on March 26th, 2012.

Deadline for all scholarships to be received is April 15, 2012 (12pm EST), with no exceptions.

The groundbreaking Women Deliver conferences in 2007 and 2010 were the largest of the decade to focus on the health and empowerment of girls and women. In 2010, we convened more than 3,400 people from 146 countries in Washington, DC, including 75 parliamentarians and government ministers, five UN agency heads, the UN Secretary-General and more than 250 global media outlets. Our third global conference will be even bigger and better, with more than 5,000 public and private sector participants expected from around the world.

Our goal is to mobilize action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women everywhere. In order to maximize participation from those traditionally under-represented, namely young people and those from the Global South, we will be offering full conference support to a select number of participants. This support includes conference registration, round-trip economy class airfare, hotel accommodations, and a fixed stipend for visa fees and other incidentals.

Scholarship winners must: –

-Attend the conference in its entirety

-able to communicate in English, both orally and in writing. We will have translation available at plenary sessions, but this will not be – possible for all breakout sessions.

-Have regular access to email, as that will be our way of communicating with you about deadlines, registration, hotel and travel arrangements.

-Possess an interest in global development issues. – Conduct themselves in a professional manner.

Please note: – Your participation will require you to respond to our emails in a timely way. Failure to do so will result in your space being forfeit.

– We are only able to offer economy-class airfare from your point of origin to Kuala Lumpur and returning from Kuala Lumpur to your point of origin, and hotel accommodations during the length of the conference only. Any modifications or extensions will be at your own expense.

For information on visa requirements, please click HERE


Apply: Google Student Ambassador Program for Africa

Are you thrilled by new technology? Do you love Google products? Do you want to bring new opportunities to your school and peers? Do your friends say you’re a natural leader? If so, the Google Student Ambassador Program may be perfect for you!

Through the Student Ambassador Program, you become a liaison between Google and your University. Ambassadors plan and host several events during the school year, introduce students to new Google products and features and act as a campus contact for Google teams.

Google Student Ambassadors may:

  • Work closely with local Google teams
  • Host and organize events to bring awareness to Google’s products and brand
  • Spread the word about competitions, training opportunities, scholarships and other events
  • Attend Google events as a Google representative
  • Help Google to better understand their campus’ culture
  • Build relationships on campus with faculty and student groups
  • Test products and features
  • Promote product use and new product launches to students
  • Be a source of knowledge for your university about Google products

What are the qualifications?
This opportunity is open to university students at level 2 or above and postgraduate students. Google Student Ambassadors must be:

  • Currently enrolled in a college or university in Europe, Middle East or Africa
  • Pursuing a BA/BS or MS degree
  • Passionate about technology
  • Able to plan events and manage a budget
  • Actively involved in student life on campus

What is the time commitment?

  • One academic school year
  • Approximately ten hours per month
  • Four or more events per year

As a Google Student Ambassador, you will:

  • Receive regular updates about exciting new Google products / features, programs and announcements
  • Enhance your professional development, leadership, technical and communication skills
  • Be eligible to participate in special Google events, product training and be considered for local internships
  • Exchange best practices with Ambassadors from other schools and disciplines
  • Add the Google Student Ambassador Program experience to your resume
  • Get your own Google SWAG

Sounds great, how do I apply?

To apply, you should:

1. Write 2 Essays as specified in the application form.

2. Submit your application online at by Thursday, 1st March 2012 (for students in Sub-Saharan Africa). Shortlisted students will be contacted by the end of March 2012.

In Sub-Saharan Africa, eligible countries are Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cote d’Ivoire.




Call for Entries:2012 Zeitgeist ‘Young Minds’ Competition!

The 2012 edition of the Zeitgeist ‘Young Minds’, a competition to find 10 pioneers, change-makers and leaders of tomorrow aged 18 – 24, across Europe, Middle East and Africa* is now open. The winners will take their place alongside the greatest visionaries of today at Google Zeitgeist 2012 near London on May 20th – 22nd 2012.


From January 25th until March 19th 2012, the search will be on to find 10 exceptional, motivated and inspiring 18-24 year-olds from across EMEA*, who are making a positive impact in the world through science, the arts, education, innovation or inspiration.

The lucky winners will be invited to participate in Google’s annual Zeitgeist event, where previous speakers have included Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, Google CEO Larry Pageand Chairman Eric Schmidt. They will also win a brand new Google tech gadget and get the chance to take to the stage and have their voice heard.

Last year saw the first ever ‘Young Minds’ competition in both the UK and America. The lucky finalists won an experience of a lifetime, from meeting Chelsea Clinton and Will I Am, to taking part in panel discussions with Jon Snow and Martha Lane Fox (Co-founder

Orli Setton was a winner from 2011 and described attending Zeitgeist as “magical, fantastic and powerful! What I enjoyed most was the innovative, energetic and creative atmosphere.

Matt Brittin, Vice President of Northern & Central Europe, Google commented, “Google has always championed innovation and is proud to help young people showcase their ideas and achievements. Zeitgeist Young Minds is an incredible opportunity for future world-changers to meet some of the most powerful and inspiring people on the planet today.

The winners will take part in a series of bespoke master classes with the aim of inspiring as well as giving them mentoring to help further their project and get their hands on the latest Google gadget. But what’s even more exciting is that a select few will also get the opportunity to take to the stage and have their voice heard. Here are the highlights from last year’s panel discussion with Martha Lane fox, Jon Snow and our Young Minds winners

To be in with a chance of winning a place at Zeitgeist 2012, all entrants have to do is simply upload a video no longer than a minute telling us how they are making a difference to the world

The competition is open to entrants from the following countries within EMEA:
South Africa, Algeria, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, Egypt, Spain, France, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Uganda, Holland, Poland, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Russia , Sweden , Tunisia & Yemen.


Call for Applications:Cranfield MBA 2012 Scholarships for Africa

Cranfield is delighted to announce the launch of the 2012 Scholarships. To celebrate the international spirit of the upcoming Olympics and ensure this can continue to be reflected within our own campus we have created 20 x £12K brand new international scholarships. These will be offered to 20 talented students from all of the world’s 5 continents.

The 2012 Scholarships are made possible thanks to the philanthropic support that the School of Management’s Annual Fund has received over the past year from our alumni.

If you would like to be considered for one of our scholarships, please indicate so in the application form, stating why you think you should receive an award.

2012 Scholarships – Africa

These awards are open to self-funded South African, Moroccan, Egyptian and Nigerian applicants.

Course: Full-time MBA

Value: £12,000 towards the tuition fees

Number of awards
: 4

Scholarship details
: These awards are open to self-funded South African, Moroccan, Egyptian and Nigerian applicants.

Deadline for Application
: 15 April 2012

The selection criteria for the scholarships will be based on both:

  • Strength of the application: an applicant’s achievements, academic credentials and professional track record.
  • The interviewer’s report:  an assessment of the applicant’s communication and interpersonal skills, leadership and/or entrepreneurial potential as well as the candidate’s likely contribution to the professional and cultural make-up of the cohort and overall experience of the MBA class.

If you would like to be considered for one of our scholarships, please indicate so in the application form, stating why you think you should receive the award.



VACANCY ALERT:Program Officer Position at Ford Foundation,Lagos

Position: Program Officer,Advancing Public Service Media

Summary Description

In the context of the foundation’s primary work in advancing effective institutions and building transparent governance, the Program Officer will develop and manage a portfolio of grants and related activities focused on advancing public service media in West Africa.

The initiative will:

1). Promote fair practice and strengthen public service media both within and outside of the sub-region’s currently existing media platforms;

2) Support grantees to better engage with media to attain visibility, scale and impact, particularly with regard to good governance, anti-corruption and transparency work (funded through the office’s Promoting Transparent, Effective and Accountable Government initiative) and sexuality and reproductive health and rights education/information dissemination (through the office’s Youth Sexuality, Reproductive Health, and Rights initiative);

3). Innovatively stimulate the creation and wide dissemination of high-quality, independent, diverse, appropriate and targeted content that supports and deepens the impact of these two initiatives; and 4). Build strategic communications and investigative journalism skills, tools and practices of development stakeholders.

The principle focus of the grant making is to encourage the development of content and institutions that contribute to the effective engagement and impact of the field office strategy. This could include support for long and short film production, radio programming, (citizen) journalism, and the use of mobile phones and web-based media as essential tools in the office’s social change strategies, or the development of distribution platforms and print or online destinations to serve as hubs of social justice content. The goal is to increase awareness, foster public debate and dialogue, promote learning, enhance public access and contribution to targeted campaigns, and assist in the emergence of an independent, journalistic and storytelling community committed to social justice content.

Working as part of the West Africa Program Team, the Program Officer is expected to identify potential grantees (governmental and non-governmental), solicit, review and respond to proposals, recommend and monitor grants and evaluate programming; and offer support and guidance as needed to actual and potential grantees. S/he should develop and maintain close working relationships with existing and potential grantees and with leaders in governments, the media, research institutions, civil society and other funding agencies. The Program Officer’s work will contribute to the office’s wider goals and as such s/he will work collaboratively and in tandem with other Lagos-based Program Officers. S/he will also collaborate with colleagues in New York and other Foundation officers to support regional and global networks and initiatives.


Substantive knowledge of the media field in West Africa and its potential in driving social change at scale. A good understanding of the role, power, and likely impact of digital innovation and social media in the emerging new media landscape, particularly in emerging markets such as Nigeria/West Africa. Appropriate educational background, including an advanced degree in journalism, media and development, the social sciences and/or public policy. Significant professional experience working to advance development/social change through diverse platforms in the media, public or non-governmental sectors. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluency in French an added advantage. Ability to conceptualize program ideas and strategies and translate them into practice. Demonstrated analytical and organizational skills. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with colleagues of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.



is based on experience and on the Foundation’s commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is provided.

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