Namibia News: Young woman trains women in making wigs

BY JOHN MUYAMBA

RUNDU – Maria Thomas (25) from Herstyle Fashion Academy specialising in beauty products, make up and wigs is going around the country to give other youths training on how to make wigs.

Wigs have become the in-thing as more women prefer using them then sitting long hours at hair salons. Some see wigs as a faster way to look good.

With this training, Thomas aims to create immediate employment for unemployed youths who are good with their hands. “As a graduate with no employment I know how it feels to have certificates, diplomas, degrees that you can’t use to receive a monthly income or any income. So I decided to employ myself and make an income and now, through my beauty shop, I’m empowering other ladies with beauty training that takes about 1-4 days and they can start their own business upon completion,” Thomas says.

Her next training is this Saturday in Rundu. She also offers support to those wanting to start a make-up or beauty related business, guiding them through business, image consultancy and marketing skills from the experience that she have gained from operating her business and life in general. “We are proud to have trained 20 students that are already operating their businesses in Windhoek, Walvis Bay, Rundu and Oranjemund since the launch of this training last August,” she says.

“Being in the hair trading industry was the driving force to begin with. Clients would request for wigs and I was not happy with the [quality] of imported ones and it was not worth my clients’ money. So I decided to learn on my own. I started making my own custom-made wigs creations and potential clients, friends and family requested if there was any way of sharing these new found skills with them. And it has always been a dream of owning a successful salon one day,” she notes.

Thomas obtained her bachelors degree in Office Management & Technology at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). Currently she is doing her Honours Degree in Business Management which she hopes to obtain next year. “With today’s economy, we can’t depend on the government to fund our every move as students, get out there and do something that works for you. My studies was not funded this year, and I had to do something to continue studying. For example, if you can’t find a job as an accountant, start your own accounting firm at home,” Thomas encourages.

Source: New Era

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Nigeria News: Firm pledges to unlock latent talents of youths

By Adaku Onyenucheya

The Business Development Manager, Vskit, Jared Guo has said his team would continue to provide Nigerians with platforms that would unleash millions of young talents, help them achieve their potentials and goals.
He stressed that virtually all young people have talents, which do not see the light of day because there was no platform to showcase it, adding that with Vskit, Africa’s largest creative short video community, Nigerians can showcase their talents and get connected to the world.

Jared stated this during Viskit’s first talent conference for content creators held in Lagos, where over 100 youths from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Lagos State University (LASU) and Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) were brought together to network and develop their talents.

Explaining the benefits of the platform, the Manager said the mobile app, developed by joint venture of Transsion groups, parent company of Tecno, Itel and infinix, allows anyone to create, share and watch awesome short videos and meet more interesting new friends around the world.He noted that within the space of seven months launched in Nigeria, there have been over five million young content developers and talents developed, which is part of the over 320 million users in the African region, which is its main focus.

“As you can see Vskit is trying to build that can help grow million of talents and it is fast growing, so we believe that in the future there will be more people coming into the community and getting their ideas, talents and beautiful moments out to the world.

“This may broaden the vision of the youths towards the world and change their views towards the world and by supporting those quality content creators we are hoping that Vskit can start a revolution on video-consuming here in Africa, which is happening in other parts of the world and we believe it’s where the future stands,” he said.

Also speaking, the Talent Development Manager and Specialist, Vskit, Uzoigwe Michael explained that with thousands of youths engaged in social vices, the platform seeks to engage them to make good use of their talents.

He added that through the platform, people have been linked with top notch in the entertainment industry as well as boost their careers, adding that the aim of the conference for the content creators was to, “help them network, get new ideas, know what talent and passion means, help them know about creativity and how they can become stars in the nearest future.”

Jared said there are incentives for content creators on the platform, while assuring Nigerians of plans to invest about five million dollars in getting more quality contents in the coming two years, while it also creates more opportunities for 20 million users in 2019.

Source: Guardian

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U.S. to provide Nigerian youths access to technology

By Grace Udensi

The United States (U.S.) has pledged support to programmes that provide Nigeria youths with access to quality technological learning opportunities.

Its Consulate-General in Nigeria made the pledge in Lagos during the grand finale of a week-long robotics workshop organised for 303 teachers and 187 students in the country.

The forum was organised with Consulate General in collaboration with RoboRave International, a U.S.-based tech academy.

Speaking at the workshop held at the Zone Tech Park in Gbagada, Lagos, U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Mr. Russell Brooks, said the workshop was designed to stimulate the interest of the participating students in math and science, as well as careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

Mr. Brooks discussed the importance of STEM education to Nigeria’s future prosperity and economic competitiveness.

According to him, developing robotics skills can place students on a track to future careers in computer science and artificial intelligence.

“The U.S. Mission in Nigeria is committed to supporting programmes that provide youth with access to quality technological learning opportunities.

Source: The Nation

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Press Statement of the General Authority for Youth and Sports, Government of National Accord Libya

Regarding: The Statement of the Libyan Shooting Federation

The General Authority For Youth And Sports of the Government of National Accord in Libya condemns the Libyan Shooting Federation decision regarding not participating in the Arab shooting championship in Qatar and affirms that sport is to bring people and nations together and its goal to promote cooperation and love between the youth around the world.

In accordance with the principles of the Olympic Charter, and stressing that sports are not related to any political issues.

But what is happening is a personal behavior that shows a lack of familiarity with the principles of sports, and in this context, and after the communication and coordination with the Libyan Olympic Committee, the participation of a high-level delegation in the championship is confirmed and that the General Authority will support and encourage any Arab gathering that will support and strengthen the bonds of cooperation between sports Youth in the Regional, Continental and International forums.

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Youth min: Egypt, China to sign cooperation protocol in youth field early 2019

By MENA

Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said a youth cooperation protocol will be signed between Egypt and China early 2019.

In statements to Xinhua on the fringe of his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) on Sunday, Sobhi said Egypt is seeking to draw on China’s expertise in preparing for the Olympic Games.

He said China has many useful youth programs of interest to the Egyptian side, noting that such programs include poverty combat, development of business projects, honing youth skills and business leadership.

The minister also underlined the importance of political relations binding Egypt and China at the highest levels.

The minister met late Saturday with a Chinese youth delegation who are participating at the WYF and discussed with them means of activating cooperation between the two sides in the various fields of interest to youths.

Source: Egypt Today

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Youth min: Egypt, China to sign cooperation protocol in youth field early 2019

By MENA

Youth and Sports Minister Ashraf Sobhi said a youth cooperation protocol will be signed between Egypt and China early 2019.

In statements to Xinhua on the fringe of his participation in the second edition of the World Youth Forum (WYF) on Sunday, Sobhi said Egypt is seeking to draw on China’s expertise in preparing for the Olympic Games.

He said China has many useful youth programs of interest to the Egyptian side, noting that such programs include poverty combat, development of business projects, honing youth skills and business leadership.

The minister also underlined the importance of political relations binding Egypt and China at the highest levels.

The minister met late Saturday with a Chinese youth delegation who are participating at the WYF and discussed with them means of activating cooperation between the two sides in the various fields of interest to youths.

Source: Egypt Today

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Nigeria: Arewa youths to Atiku: Don’t be distracted

By Aanu Adegun

Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) urged PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar to remain focused

The forum urged him not be distracted by agents of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)

It said that all those within the ruling APC who are attacking Atiku are trying to divert attention from the dismal performance of the APC

As preparations for the 2019 presidential elections draw nearer, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has urged candidate Atiku Abubakar to remain focused and not be distracted by agents of the ruling APC.

National President of the AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, who gave the admonition while speaking to newsmen at the weekend in Kaduna said the Wazirin Adamawa has “demonstrated that he is a formidable candidate as he has already been making intelligent contributions in the search for solution to the nation’s present level of unprecedented hardship”.

Alhaji Shettima also noted that all those within the ruling APC who are attacking Atiku are trying to divert attention from the dismal performance of the APC at the Federal, State and even Local Government levels, where stagnation has taken over the dividends of democracy”.

Turning to the recent reports about Atiku’s plan to cut down on the price of petroleum products, the AYCF chieftain said “we support any effort to reduce the cost of living for Nigerians and we will pray for him to succeed on this too”.

Alhaji Yerima Shettima also assured the former VP and Wazirin Adamawa that he would massively mobilize support for the PDP presidential candidate in the North “in order to ensure that victory is Atiku’s as our President -to-be, inshaa Allahu” in the 2019 presidential elections.

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Nigeria: NAFOWA to empower unemployed women, youths in Abuja

By Jerrywright Ukwu

NAFOWA is set to empower another batch of 220 unemployed women and youths

The association commenced the 10th edition of its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in Abuja

The 10-week programme will provide participants with needed knowledge and practical skills in vocational areas

The Nigerian Air Force Officers’ Wives Association (NAFOWA) has commenced the 10th edition of its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in Abuja.

The 10-week programme, which commenced on Saturday, November 3, at the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Base Abuja will provide participants with needed knowledge and practical skills in vocational areas such as tailoring, catering, hairdressing and barbing, makeup artistry, computer appreciation as well as photography and videography.

Other areas are satellite cable installation, event decoration, interior decoration and soft furnishing, soap and disinfectant production, leather shoes and bags production as well as aluminum works fabrication.

Legit.ng gathered that 220 unemployed women and youths will benefit from the skills acquisition programme which is in tandem with the association’s resolve to complement the efforts of the Federal Government in curbing youth restiveness through the provision of employment opportunities.

Speaking during the flag off ceremony, the NAFOWA national president, Hajiya Hafsat Sadique Abubakar, reiterated the commitment of the association to contribute to the socio-economic wellbeing of women and children in the society.

According to her, the commencement of the 10th edition of the programme in Abuja was a testimony to the readiness of the association to discourage any form of idleness and social vices among youths.

Her words: “We have come to commence the biggest training so far, we are ready to add another group of two hundred and twenty aspiring youths, women and widows into our skill acquisition hall of fame.

“It has long been in our plan to bring this initiative to Abuja knowing fully well that despite being a cosmopolitan city, Abuja is not spared from the problem of unemployment and the NAF Base Abuja despite being an accommodating base still has the same demographics which has always attracted NAFOWA, that is women, youths and widows.

“We know many people in this environment are in need of this empowerment intervention as the problem of unemployment, idleness and underemployment is really not selective of its location.

“Hence, the participants of this 10th edition have been carefully selected from all the Bases in Abuja that house Nigerian Air Force Personnel and their surrounding communities.

“We have identified women, youths and widows who are in need of our support through a program like this and who are willing and ready to change their stories.

“We have not only paid attention to the dependants of NAF personnel but we have also included our host communities who have been graciously accommodating us all these years as we all know the Nigerian Air Force and also NAFOWA pays special attention to a good civil military relationship.”

Earlier in her welcome address, the NAFOWA coordinator, Abuja chapter, Hajiya Rabiat Yusuf, revealed that the participants of the 10th edition of the programme were carefully selected from all the NAF Bases in Abuja and their host communities.

She also thanked the association for its continuous drive towards empowering the vulnerable in the society.

NAFOWA has graduated over 2,000 women and youths from its skills acquisition and vocational training programme in just over 2 years.

Meanwhile, in continuation of efforts at empowering dependants of personnel in productive ventures, the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), recently flagged off the new farming season at 107 Air Maritime Group (107 AMG), Benin.

The farming scheme is part of the BYETA initiated in 2016 by the Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, as part of efforts at empowering barracks youths in all NAF bases across the country, by training them in different aspects of agriculture towards positively engaging them in productive ventures.

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Morocco’s army service will serve interests of youth

By Jean AbiNader

To many, Morocco’s proposed law on national conscription is less about enabling young people and more about protecting the country’s power structure.

Morocco has a large, well-trained army that is expensive to maintain. Having thousands of young people rotating in and out on an annual basis may not be the most efficient use of its capabilities. Some warn that giving weapons training to those not committed to a military career may create a security risk, especially if there are few economic prospects for those people when they complete their year of service.

Youth development models in other countries often feature integration between military service and the acquisition of skills that equips young people for securing jobs. There is an array of choices to satisfy the desire to inculcate values and enable post-training employment. It may be in Morocco’s economic, political and security interests to recast the military service programme as a national service one that promotes patriotism and citizenship and teaches participants to learn respect for their fellow citizens, develop marketable skills, acquire team-building and leadership experience that will add meaning to their lives, their families and their communities.

What are Morocco’s options if it wants to develop patriots who are employable citizens? First, the programme must have meaning and relevance. To have good citizens, they must be motivated beyond a simple military salary by sharing a vision of how they can contribute to the advancement of the country.

Start with a well-thought-out strategy with several streams that can be managed effectively by a public-partnership partnership, including NGOs. It requires a vision that is communicated effectively to all Moroccans — young men and women, marginalised teens and school dropouts, unemployed university graduates and civil society.

Assuming that participation is mandatory, the vetting should begin in secondary school or with 18-year-olds who have not finished high school. Morocco has had enough experience with testing trainees to determine their likely assets and how to develop them.

After placement results are measured, students would be encouraged to choose among military service in select specialties, studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics leading to an associate degree or skills training tied to internship programmes. Other aspects could include promoting collaboration between urban and rural constituencies, encouraging participation of young women and blending the talents of university graduates with younger Moroccans.

Participants could be channelled into 1- or 2-year incentivised programmes such as those of the High Atlas Foundation, the Book Caravan or CorpsAfrica that can be extended into other areas utilising the developing talents of youth.

School dropouts can be handled in the same way: testing for skills that do not rely on literacy alone, interviews to determine placement priorities and subsidies in the form of military salaries or work-study grants. There may be many talented young people in the informal sector who could make important benefits to the country if given training and opportunities.

The larger question is leadership development. The first year should be spent training cadres of military and non-military staff participants in leadership, team building, metrics and evaluation, human-resources management, talent retention and promotion and administrative skills — all of which are essential to developing the next generation of Morocco’s leaders.

Moroccan King Mohammed VI said: “We cannot let our education system continue to produce unemployed people, especially in certain branches of study, in which graduates — as everyone knows — find it extremely hard to access the job market.”

The need is far beyond well-designed and -equipped programmes. The critical development of teachers, trainers, managers and specialists at all levels is the key to the success of an integrated national youth service model.

In discussions about this concept, Moroccans are quick to point out that the needs of the military should not be minimised. The military faces a challenge in recruiting, training and retaining young people with critical IT skills such as interpreting satellite imagery and reconnaissance to cybersecurity. These skills do not require a university education but rather a comprehensive programme to develop skills that youth seem to manage with greater ease than others.

This is all doable, practical, sustainable and relevant to the present and future of Morocco. If the government is ready to fund an ill-defined military experience for young people, wouldn’t it be more efficient and effective to take a year to develop a strategy for promoting a future of employable patriots?

If the government is committed to empowering youth with values and skills to become more able and productive citizens, then a comprehensive strategy for youth development that integrates military service, national service and educational reform should be a priority.

It is time to seize the future for Morocco and its youth.

Source: The Arab Weekly

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