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Register! Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project 2014 “Prep2Grad” Symposium

Prep2Grad Corrected FlyerThe Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project is pleased to announce the 2014 edition of its flagship programme, “Prep2Grad Symposium”. Being the third in the series, the 2014 edition is scheduled to hold on Friday, March 21st 2014 at the Centre for Continuing Education (CES Auditorium), University of Calabar, Calabar.

The “Prep2Grad” Symposiums seeks to inspire and equip young people, engaging them to plan for their graduation from school. The Symposium provides a sounding board for young Nigerians who are at the verge of graduating from Secondary Schools and Universities to learn from their peers who have accomplished successes in their chosen fields of business and their careers.

The theme for the 2014 edition is: “Learning the Ropes” and will be facilitated by:

• Lizzy Ekpenyong- Fabian, CEO, Lizzy’s Beauty Touch
• Ukemeobong Umoh, CEO, UK Sally Resources
• Aniekan Ekah, Blogger/CEO,
• Last Prophet, CEO, Laffhouse Entertainment

This is a pre-registered event, to register for the event: Text your NAME & Prep2Grad2014 to 07038478577

About Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project: The Afterschool Peer Mentoring Project is a capacity development organization that is committed to inspiring, investing, engaging and facilitating growth opportunities for young persons in transitional stages of their lives. We ignite young people to set career goals and walk them through the achievement of such goals enabling them transit seamlessly from school to work.

For more information, please contact Nsa on 08072024882, e-mail or visit

Call for Applications:International Citizen Service (ICS) in Nigeria

ICS logoInternational Citizen Service (ICS) is a programme that brings young people from the UK and from Nigeria to live and work together as volunteers so they can share their learning with their host community.  ICS seeks to support the advancement of a global perspective among young people and create a group of young people, both in the UK and in developing countries, who make a lifelong contribution as advocates for international development and as agents of social change within their own communities. The Calabar programme is a partnership between Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI).

The Calabar ICS programme will have a team of up to 20 young people (aged 18-25), with equal numbers coming from Nigeria and the UK. The teams are formed, to reflect diversity in terms of geography, ethnicity, ability, education and gender. Together, in cross-cultural counterpart pairs, they live with host families and work on community development projects in the community for 3 months.

We are inviting applications from individuals interested in participating in the ICS project due to commence in January 2013.  Interested applicants must have the following:

  • A positive and realistic commitment to the programme
  • A genuine commitment to learning
  • Ability to solve problems
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Self confidence
  • Ability to work with others in a team
  • Sensitivity to the needs of others

In addition they must be able to:

  • Treat everyone equally and with respect, regardless of any difference
  • Abide by and respect all the laws, both of Nigeria and the UK
  • Abide by all the rules and regulations established by the Programme to protect their health and safety
  • Always stay within host communities unless they have prior agreement from their Project  Supervisor
  • Respect the customs and cultures of host communities and specifically their host families
  • Take part in all the activities and phases of the Programme, including introductory training course, pre-departure preparation and returned volunteers events

Participants (volunteers) must be sure that they can cope with the above standards of behavior before they apply for the program.

Completed forms should be returned to GPI either via email to or can be delivered or posted to the following address: Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI), Anyamurua Estate, Atimbo Road, P.O. Box 3663, UNICAL Post Office, Calabar. Completed forms must be received by Friday 11th January.


Those candidates short listed for the programme will be contacted from the 14th of January and will be invited for interview within one week of notification.

Download the  International Citizen Service Application Form

Vacancy Alert- Development Communications Associate in Calabar

Terms of Reference for Development Communications Associate.

 Job Location: Calabar, Cross River State

The Specialist on Development Communications will work as the official responsible for managing internal and external communications programs and projects for a state-wide Development Communications project. This will mainly entail managing, documenting and coordinating a team of professionals on strategies, challenges and implementing solutions across a clearly-marked region and population. He/she will also be required to also work with a Faculty of Research & Development, Projects, Strategy & External Relations Consultants.

In this role, he/she will also be expected to identify challenges and hitches in communication flow, initiate client solutions, suggests collaborations where applicable and relevant, and also develop strategies for new target prospects for the client and her subsidiaries.

Overall Responsibilities

The DCS shall work under the direct supervision of the Lead Consultant/CEO to carry out all functions specified in this ToR. He/she shall work closely with the other members of staff especially the Projects Consultant (PC).

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Double as Media Liaison or Public Affairs and Communications Officer;
  2. Maintain the project work plan and calendar whilst providing accurate and updated information on all media platforms, targets and stakeholders etc;
  3. Plan, write, prepare and/or review press releases, reports and articles to be used in project publications;
  4. Supervise research, interview, writing, editing and proof-reading of all content for distribution and for electronic and print communication;
  5. Develop story plans and maintain repository of press releases and articles;
  6. Prepare and maintain a stakeholder directory as well as conduct periodic information gathering and feedback/liaison activities;
  7. Provide regular progress reports to Lead Consultant/CEO;
  8. Carry out such other assignments as required by the company.

Educational and Work Requirements

  1. A post-graduate degree in Social Sciences, International Relations and/or Communications or preferably with a media or communications background and/or experience
  2. Consideration will be given to those with a first Degree in Media and communication or social science disciplines
  3. At least 3 years’ professional work experience in a viable consultancy or thriving business entity
  4. Should have at least executed/managed one major development communications project from the inception through execution and completion.
  5. Past experience in business development and project management and communications is an advantage.
  6. Strong analytical skills and a proven track record of leadership and coordinating teams.
  7.  Should have good:
  8. Knowledge and experience in project management, strategy/business development and corporate communications
  9. Computer appreciation skills
  10. Numeracy and accuracy skills
  11. Ability to communicate effectively
  12. Strong ability to organize and prioritize workloads, meet deadlines and targets
  13. Additionally, the following attributes are essential:
  14. Strong interpersonal and negotiating ability
  15. Ability to work as a team member
  16. Ability to work with little or no supervision

Core Competencies

  1. Impeccable oral and written communication skills
  2. Inter-personal skills
  3. Critical thinking & problem solving
  4. Planning and Organizing
  5. Performance Focus
  6. Managing Change
  7. Teamwork
  8. Communication Skills
  9. Leadership
  10. Delegation
  11. Negotiation
  12. Conflict & Risk Management
  13. Commercial Orientation

Application should include:

1. An application letter indicating clearly the post applied for

2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) clearly indicating requirements referred to above

3. Three recommendations from non-family related referees

4. Copies of:

a.            Academic transcripts

b.            Reference of work experience

Please send all applications to on or before September 15, 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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