Rwandan youth have potential to shine but need to rise to the occasion

By The New Times

The potential is there but young people need to stand up to the plate and make the most of these opportunities.

Rwandan youth have over the years been afforded many life-changing opportunities, ranging from education and entrepreneurship to business and sporting and entertainment areas.

Indeed few of them have grabbed some of these opportunities with both hands and have been able to change their lives and impact their communities.

But many have remained in their comfort zones and failed to take advantage of the various initiatives across the different sectors.

One such latest opportunity has come in the form of basketball. United States’ National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have just announced a plan to launch a professional basketball league for Africa and Rwanda is one of the countries that will be participating.

The Basketball Africa League, slated to get underway in January 2020, will comprise of 12 teams drawn from several countries including Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia and Rwanda.

The development presents a great opportunity to young Rwandans seeing as this country has proven that it has untapped potential in the sport.

In addition to the growing competitiveness of country’s elite basketball league, many youngsters have continuously expressed interest in the sport, with some impressing under the Giants of Africa basketball programme launched in Rwanda in partnership with basketball legend Masai Ujiri and NBA’s Toronto Raptors.

Young Rwandans benefiting from such initiatives should take these opportunities seriously by consistently investing their energy, talent, passion and time if they are to succeed.

Above all, they need to be patient and disciplined.

The potential is there but young people need to stand up to the plate and make the most of these opportunities.

Source The New Times

These Are The 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For In African Youths

By Andrew Christian

According to the World Bank, youths account for 60 percent of the jobless in Africa. In North Africa, the unemployment rate is at 25 percent, with even larger numbers in countries such as the DRC, Senegal, South Africa, and Nigeria. There are about 200 million people between 15 and 24 in the continent, making it the largest population of young people in the world. In most African countries, youth unemployment occurs at steam twice stronger than that for adults, according to the AfDB, with young women feeling the sting of joblessness more than the male lot.

But African leaders are doing all they can to battle unemployment. In Senegal, 200,000 people join the labour market each year, which is the outcome of the program launched by President Macky Sall in February 2013 to create 30,000 jobs within a year and possibly, 300,000 by 2017. With financing from the African Development Bank, self-employment programs for youth and women are also ongoing in Senegal.

Africa’s unemployment statistics don’t include those in vulnerable employment and those who are underemployed in informal regards. Truth be told, most young Africans land jobs, but not in places that pay them well, help them develop their skills or provide a measure of job security – hence, underemployed. According to the Washington-based think tank Brookings Institution, under-employment isn’t a problem serious enough to warrant greater attention, since it masks the reality in countries that post low unemployment rates. In the DRC, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Uganda, Senegal, Mali, Malawi, and Ethiopia, more than 70 percent of the youths are either self-employed or contributing to family work.

The figures can be scary, and governments can be blamed for the situation. But what part do African youths have to play in landing the dream job? Of course, it’s more than just sitting at home and waiting for your president to sign agreements with international employers so you would have a six-figure salary. While there are many untapped opportunities in Africa, the professional social network.

LinkedIn has compiled a list of skills that have the most job-landing potential in 2019. Who better does it than the base of experts itself? Rather than stressing different problems – which as of now looks futile – we need to recognise that tech companies such as Facebook, Google, IBM, Apple, and others are on the lookout for SKILLS. If they weren’t, then they wouldn’t ask job seekers to not bank on their college degrees. Yes, to get a job in most of these companies today, you don’t need to have a degree. You need to have skill.

The guys at LinkedIn discovered that employers nowadays are on the lookout for workers with both soft and hard technical skills, and went on to match them with free LinkedIn Learning courses for potential candidates. So, they have taken it as a point of duty to help out in evening by getting to know the skills that make you a job magnet.

Five Most In-Demand Soft Skills Of 2019

1.Time Management

There’s a popular African cliche which says that time is money and that it waits for no man. Or is it African? Well, one thing’s for sure, employers want to hire people that know how well to manage their time, especially in their job areas. There is a cornucopia of books out there that teach you how to be effective with time. Meanwhile, here are free courses that LinkedIn want you to take.

2. Adaptability

Take it from me, employers don’t want to have to put up with persons who would complain about a new job months after they get hired. All job roles are not the same, and that pretty much tells you that you need to discipline your mind and body to adapt to the dream job situation you find yourself in. Nagging doesn’t help – at least not often. To get into a job environment in one thing; to fit into it is another.

3. Collaboration

It could be a wrong guess, but there is hardly any CV today that doesn’t have a section which says that the candidate is a team player. While this has become rather too monotonous, the moral lesson is that job seekers need to learn how to collaborate. Most employers don’t want you being a lone wolf or solitary worker who doesn’t give a heck what other employees think. In most work environments, it is all about teamwork.

4. Persuasion

This is not some Mother Confessor type of persuasion, neither does it have jack to do with hypnosis. The power of persuasion is truly a skill, one with which you convince who to do what at then and so. There are startups out there who have the best ideas but don’t have the ability to persuade investors to fund those ideas. Not only is this a critical job skill, but a must-have if you are ever going to make people see reasons with you in other life aspects.

5. Creativity

This isn’t meant to scare the barnacles out of you, but, very soon, robots will start doing your job. But in as much as these metal mashups can perform certain tasks better than humans, they cannot be as creative as. Take a look at all the great ideas making money all over the world. Aren’t they all from the stables of creative thinkers? Employers would rather hire creative talent than have to pay someone who would just follow directions.

Five Most In-Demand Hard Skills In 2019

1. UX Design

With websites launching from every nook and cranny, people are going to need UX designers to help create quality, spellbinding content that will put smiles on their customers’ faces. User Experience is not cakewalk nowadays, but thanks to the establishment of tech hubs and computer centres, these skills can be learned for free.

2. People Management

There are different kinds of people in this world, and when dealing with customers, employers would rather have a people person by their side. Why else did Bobby Axelrod hire a shrink for his stock trading company? By the way, that’s from the movie series Billions. People, when managed effectively, turn not just customers, but assets to a company. That’s why companies need people managers.

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information. It involves deductive reasoning with no specialised knowledge, such as: comprehending the basic structure of a set of relationships; recognizing logically equivalent statements; and inferring what could be true or must be true from given facts and rules.

4. Artificial Intelligence

Need we say much? AI is unsurprisingly the number two on this list. If you have a knack for advanced science and skills to match your drive, then you are the hot cake companies are jousting in the arena for. Take a look at 27-year-old Silas Adekunle from Nigeria who is using his knowledge in robotics to land deals with Amazon and Apple, while selling his products MekaMon in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the UAE.

5. Cloud Computing

The most in-demand skill of 2019, cloud computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. Knowledge of the way this works will most likely snag you a six-figure dollar monthly salary.

Source weetracker

BBNaija Star, Bisola Celebrate Her 33rd Birthday

Bisola Aiyeola, a former Big Brother Naija housemate, has turned a year older today 21 January, 2019.
Born on 21 January, 1986, Bisola is now 33 years old.

To celebrate her big day, Bisola posted some really cute photos of herself dressed in a flowing blue dress on her Instagram page. She followed them up with some cute words.

She captioned one of the photos thus: “Queen B Day. I am Grateful for my friends and my family.
“I am Grateful for the gift God has given me.
“I am Grateful for life.”

For the other photo, she wrote: “This time 33years ago “Luchia Luchia” was still in Labour cos my big Head was dancing Zanku.”


Life After School: The Nigerian Perspective

By Edikan Udoibuot

What are your plans after school? Almost every finalist has been asked this question in one way or the other. But unfortunately, only a few have a concrete answer to such questions. The transition from being an undergraduate to becoming a graduate is kinder funny and scary to most students. The thought of being independent, no more frequent pocket money from Daddy and Mummy, Uncles and Aunts, Brothers and Sisters… is something we all have to deal with. It is a period when every decision you make counts and are very vital to your future because everybody now looks up to you.

After spending four, five to six years in school studying one course or the other, the question is what did you gain? What did you achieve? To some, those years were years of reformation, to others, they were years of purpose discovery, while some see the years as wasted years borne out of frustration or disappointments, no thanks to the education system of the country. Particularly in Nigeria and Africa at large, we have poor orientation of career choice, most students choose courses either because of the name or because they were forced by parents to study such courses (living another man’s dream). Also, some study because they want to work in big firms. For instance, back in our secondary school days, the three major courses most recurring among the science student were “medicine, engineering and pharmacy” while those in the commercial and arts are more concerned with “law, mass communication and accountancy”. These are nice courses per se but there are many other great courses to study which students don’t know about or neglect thinking that such courses won’t be of relevance to them.

Back to our question “what next after graduation?” the truth is that many students don’t have plans for life after school because they were either carried away by activities of their studies or didn’t just bother to plan ahead thinking that every plans made initially will fall in place. Most students’ mindset is to graduate, go for NYSC, get a good and safe job and life a happy life, but there is more to life. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in a country where the economy is dwindling; there is no job security, and many other challenging things happening in the country. To survive in an economy like Nigeria’s, one has to be independent, not waiting or depending on the government to feed you, it is only one without skill that cries out “no job”. To this effect, some questions pops up, what skills do you have? What’s your passion? What do you have to offer? If you have concrete answers to these questions, then you are good to go.

John F. Kennedy the 35th President of the United States of America once said, “ask not of what your country can do for you ask of what you can do for your country”. After graduation it would be time to give out what you’ve learned so far. Think of something to do; be different, be innovative, be creative, be industrious, and be versatile, surely you will be able to sail through the stormy sea outside school.

Perhaps you never had concrete plans while in school, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) should be seen as a blessing in disguise because it should be a period where you can sit down and plan your life for the future within a year. It fully transits you from life as a student to life as a graduate. The government on their part should help matters by making the environment conducive while it is our duty to create opportunities. But if the government is doing nothing about it, that shouldn’t warrant us to sit idle and keep blaming the government.

God created every man in a unique way, lying inside of you are great potentials yet to be unleashed which by discipline, doggedness, and determination you can make a difference. We should bear in mind that the era of civil service is over. Before as a civil servant, you are entitled to a car and house but that is not the case in our own generation. That is why one has to be versatile. If you were not able to learn one or two skills aside your chosen discipline, there is still an opportunity to do so during the one year of NYSC. In our generation three things will push you to the top, they are your talents, your skills and your discipline.

Always remember, your network apparently determines your net-worth. You can study medicine in the university and become a stylist later in life; that doesn’t mean you wasted your time in school. Rather, your being educated exposed you to many things and also changed your way of thinking. Your packaging will be totally different from the normal stylist because you’ll think in a more modified way.

Finally, you were born to win, to dominate and to explore nature. Key into nature and life will be easy for you. Remember education is the key! It is not just about the certificate; there is more to it.

Take a bold step!

Make a wise decision and stand out of the crowd!!

God bless your efforts.

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Nigeria: Apostle Awode very passionate about youth education — Son

Former District Head of the Cherubim and Seraphim Church (Ayo Ni O), Ikorodu, late Special Apostle Adekunle Awode has been eulogised for his passion and selfless commitment towards the education and endowments for youths and children. Late Awode’s son, Special Apostle Emmanuel Awode, at a press conference held at the Ikorodu District to unveil a week-long burial ceremony for his father said: “Through RA Foundation, he had endowed 50 people with N10 million. Besides the scholarship, many less privileged youths are also beneficiaries of his scholarship scheme.

According to the burial programme, on Friday, January 25, there will be night of hymns and praises at Divine Blessing Cathedral, AIT Road, Agbado, Lagos and on Sunday, January 27, a special vigil will be held by National Council of Prophets at Victory District Headquarters at 50, Ajose Street, Owutu, Ikorodu.

Christian wake and lying-in-state will hold at Lagos Government Park, Beside Dangote Industries, Ebute-Ikorodu on January 31. The remains of late Special Apostle Awode will be interred at Ikoyi Vaults and Gardens on February 1, after a funeral service at Victory District Headquarters, Ajose Street, Owutu, Ikorodu, Lagos, while entertainment of guests will take place at Yard 158 Event Centre, Kudirat Abiola Way, Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.

Source Vanguard Nigeria

Nigeria: NPFL and LA LIGA coaching clinic to hold in Abuja


The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and La Liga are set to hold their annual coaching clinic again in Abuja.

The content of the clinic will, as usual, be framed within a level 3 (professional) syllabus.

As part of their vision to spread their league across the world, La Liga partnered with NPFL and together they have engaged in a series of initiatives including the coaching clinic.

As a follow-up to the success recorded in its first two editions, the third edition of the NPFL-La Liga annual coaching clinic will hold from Monday, January 21 to Friday, 25.

The coaching clinic which is expected to have about 100 youth coaches in attendance will take place at the National Stadium, Abuja.

The annual coaching clinic is designed to train youth coaches on how to properly develop young talents using La Liga methodology.

The content of the clinic will, as usual, be framed within a level 3 (professional) syllabus where coaches will learn more complex and technical aspects of La Liga’s methodology as a continuation of levels 1 (beginner) and 2 (intermediate) training from the first and second editions.

“The first two editions of the clinic were highly successful and we are once again thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the La Liga’s methodology across Nigeria and Africa with the third edition of the clinic,” La Liga Sports Project Coordinator, Juan Zapata said.

“We are committed to each of our projects across Africa, and sending LaLiga coaching instructors to again train the youth coaches in Nigeria aims to further show our commitment to the development of football in the country.”

Source Pulse Nigeria

Nigeria: More youth should be involved in reducing drug abuse

By Risikat Ramoni

To reduce the menace of drug and substance abuse in Nigeria, the need for youth involvement has been described as essential, a champion of this cause, Dr Martin Agwogie said.

Speaking in Lagos during the opening ceremony of National Training of Trainers on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) for Substance Use Disorders, Dr Agwogie insisted there was a need for advocacy in drug demand reduction at all schools, from the primary, to secondary and the higher institutions.

Youth between the ages of 12 and 25 were described as the most vulnerable groups in substance abuse and in most cases the major victims in Nigeria.

The Founder/Executive Director Global initiative on substance abuse (GISA) said, “The drug abuse situation today, particularly in Nigeria is becoming more complex and worrisome. Therefore, the “thinking faculty” of every nation, which is the academia (universities) cannot be left out.”

He described drug and substance abuse as a threat that could be reduced soon with the universal prevention curriculum training, a presidential committee on addressing the problems of substance abuse in Nigeria and the creation of Nigerian Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP Nigeria).

He further said the 10 day training which commenced on Tuesday had participants from all parts of the country including National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Source Daily Trust


More than two million young Africans across 37 countries were engaged with digital and coding skills at the Africa Code Week (ACW) 2018. This exceeded all expectations when compared to 1.3 million youth that participated in the previous edition.

From an initial focus of introducing coding skills to African youth and raising awareness of the importance of digital education, ACW key partners focused and augmented efforts in 2018 to sustain the impact of the programme through capacity-building with governments, schools and NPOs. As a result, close to 23,000 teachers were trained on the ACW digital learning curriculum in the run-up to October 2018 events.

The resounding success of Africa Code Week is an unveiling of what the young generation actually needs and rightfully expects, Cathy Smith, Managing Director of SAP Africa said, adding that “young people in Africa don’t just need opportunities: they need to know how to take the first steps to get there. They need role models and guidance.”

Morocco, which has been leveraging Africa Code Week to accelerate nationwide ICT capacity building since its inception, stood out at the latest edition with a record of 5,208 teachers trained throughout the year 2018. It is followed by Tunisia and Nigeria, with 2,800 and 2,553 teachers respectively.

Africa is way behind in terms of advanced technology, having missed the opportunities of previous industrial revolutions. To bridge this gap with the rest of the world, among other things, there is a need to empower the young generation with necessary digital skills. The continent cannot afford to miss the possibilities of the fourth industrial revolution largely characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical and digital spheres.

“There is only one way to bring the promises of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to the young generation: through a reference point, and that reference point is the teacher,” says Davide Storti, YouthMobile Initiative Coordinator at UNESCO’s Knowledge Societies Division. “We look forward to furthering dialogue with governments, so we can translate the powerful partnerships and networking built by and around Africa Code Week into long-term programmes that sustain the excitement around 21st-century learning.”

According to Alexandra van der Ploeg, Head of Global Corporate Social Responsibility at SAP, fostering powerful partnerships with a sharp focus on capacity building is one of Africa Code Week’s strengths.“This fourth edition saw unprecedented collaboration from our public and private sector stakeholders, as well as from NGOs, to train more teachers and reach more young people than ever before,” she said.

Africa Code Week is an initiative that involves hundreds of schools, teachers, governments, and nonprofits getting together to bridge the digital and gender skills gap in Africa. The goal of Africa Code Week is to empower the young generation by teaching the coding skills they need in order to thrive in the 21st century.

Launched in 2015 by SAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility EMEA department, ACW is an award-winning initiative taking place every year in the month of October. It is now actively supported by key partners UNESCO YouthMobile, Google, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Cape Town Science Centre, the Camden Education Trust, 28 African governments, over 130 implementing partners and 120 ambassadors across the continent.


Nigeria: Why we must tackle youth unemployment – Atiku

PEOPLE’S Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar yesterday warned that jobs must be created for youths, “if not, we will get mobbed one day by the unemployed youths”.

He said job creation plays an integral role in economy’s growth.

Atiku stated this during a business summit in Lagos with stakeholders in the business sector to discuss the state of the economy and how to get Nigeria working again.

The engagement is part of his policy document to get Nigeria working again.

Noting that the harsh economic realities were responsible for the present wave of unemployment, Atiku, in the company of his running mate Peter Obi, said it was very heartbreaking to see unemployed youths begging for alms.

He said: “We must create jobs, if not we will get mobbed one day by the unemployed youths. They are like a time bomb… When businesses are folding up , shops are closing , industries are falling, foreign direct investments are not attracted; poverty is embarrassingly becoming our trademark, the rating of our hardwork businessmen by international rating agencies is becoming decimal; when we have a government that has remained insensitive to all these, I feel it is the time not only to offer myself for service to salvage the situation, but also to reiterate my aim to create a strong, resilient and prosperous economy that creates jobs and opportunities for all of us.”

Obi, who cited China economy, said one of the ways Nigeria can tackle the issue of unemployment is to invest in Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

“We should be willing to work with people that can learn from nations. The only way to tackle unemployment aggressively is to look at other nations you can compare us with and see how they have been able to address that. The best nation we can learn from is China. How did China solve the problem of unemployment? They achieved that by using the MSMES. Sixty per cent of employment in China today comes from that sector. That percentage is responsible for the industrial output and GDP increase. They supported MSMEs. We need to do same here.”

Atiku also reiterated his plan to privatise the petroleum and electricity sector while clearly stating that he has no plans to assume the role of Minister of Petroleum, if elected. He also promised that his cabinet would constitute 30% of women and 40% of youths as well giving education a key role in his administration.

On tackling corruption, Atiku said technology will be a right approach.

“We are more educated than the UAE and one of the ways they have been able to ensure that there is minimal corruption is to introduce technology-driven governance. They tried to eliminate personal contact between members of the faculty with government officials. We can finally eliminate corruption because it is being played virtually in the public sector. Don’t think we cannot do it, we can do it. I am just too impatient to see in my lifetime when poverty becomes redundant.”

Source The Nation

Nigeria: Youth Group optimistic President Buhari will be re-elected

The Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS), an NGO, has expressed optimism that President Muhammadu Buhari would be re-elected on Feb. 16.

The Chairman, CYMS Board of Trustees, Mr Festus Uchenna, expressed this view when the committee issued Certificate of Recognition to Sen. Abubakar Sodangi, as the CYMS Patron, Nasarawa State Chapter, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Uchenna said that he believed that Nigerian youths would re-elect Buhari for his personal qualities, which include integrity and his administration’s policies that were in favour of the future generation of the country.

He advised all Nigerian youths to support the re-election of Buhari, saying they should cast their vote for Buhari to enable him to consolidate on his achievements.

“In leadership we shouldn’t be thinking of money all the time. We need to change the narrative.

“Do not vote for money, because after elections there will still be life.

“Buhari is a man of integrity, a man that wants to serve and a man with the mind set of the People.

“Before now, people were moving around begging for money, but now people are beginning to build fish ponds, going into farming, they are beginning to be serious and change their mindset because there is no more illegal money to be shared,” he said.

The Director-General, CYMS, Mr Obinna Nwaka, said that following the anti-corruption crusade of Buhari, transparency has become the watchword of Nigerians.

Nwaka urged the Nasarawa chapter of the committee not to relent in mobilising support in the state for the re-election of Buhari

“Do not think that you can go and relax because Nasarawa state is being controlled by the ruling party. You need to put in all the required strategies.

“Go to the grassroots, to the wards, local governments and every part of the state to seek support of the people for Buhari.”

He said that nomination of Sodangi was approved by the Committee’s National Executive Council, based on his history and his antecedents.

Sodangi, former Senator for the Nasarawa West constituency, commended the committee for counting him worthy to be the Nasarawa State chapter’s grand patron.

He pledged to mobilise Nasarawa youths to work for re-election of Buhari.

“In Nasarawa many youths have keyed into the call by the President to go back to farm.

“We have the land, the water and the dam. In Nasarawa we have where rice is being cultivated.

“We have seen it this year that youths have become very rich, not idle, because they are committed to the policies of President Buhari.”

He noted that with Buhari policies, untapped resources in the state would be soon harnessed.

He added that Buhari has achieved three key programmes, fight against corruption, security and and economic development.

Mr Kelechi Ugwumba, CYMS’ Director, Contact and Mobilisation expressed confidence in the ability of Sodangi to mobilise Nasarawa youths.

Source Pulse NG