7 years ago, millions of viewers were glued to their television sets to view the inaugural Big Brother Nigeria Reality TV show for 91 days, wherein 12 contestants competed for One hundred thousand dollars. Katung emerged as winner of this collaboration between the Nigerian and South African Production teams, aired by DSTV.
Ben, as he’s called by close associates, is an adept researcher and concept developer. He has a unique passion for marketing for companies such as Santa Celeb Event, My Customer And I and The Reunion Show international, with transactions that cut across West Africa and other African countries.
Any contact with Ibe Christogonus Chidiebere will definitely leave you with a positive impression following his perspective on socio-economic issues. The confidence he exudes on issues bothering on leadership and crime prevention tells us he knows his onion. A few days ago he was Vanguard Youthful Vibes and he tells about this unique passion. Excerpts:
Hilary Ogbuagu known by many with the name El Levite, is a young man of many parts. He is a talented songwriter, recording artiste with a unique flair for Gospel Reggae, music director and a dancehall artiste. El Levite had his primary and secondary school education at Central school Ibenda, Obollo Eke and Obollo High school, Obollo-Eke respectively, both in Udenu LGA of Enugu State. He is a graduate of History and International Relations of Lagos State University. He tells Youthful Vibes about his growing interest and love for gospel music, and how it has inspired so many youth to make a difference. Excerpts:
Life’s challenges can propel one to settle into a profession that seems like the real calling. Prince Oyeniran Adebayo,27, a.k.a. Tush, is a confirmation of the foregoing.This gentleman, a native of Agurodo village, Ejigbo, Osun State who has a degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University is now an events planner, Publisher of a magazine and CEO of TDA Multimedia. He is the organizer of Tush Awards which started in Ogbomosho,2009. In this interview, Adebayo shares his trials and victories. Excerpts.
This weekend we bring you the story of Danjuma from the Northern part of Nigeria. Danjuma is a one- time winner of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, National Essay Competition. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics 2004, from Kogi State University, Nigeria, a Proficiency Certificate in Management from the Prestigious Nigerian Institute of Management, 2006. He is also a member of the Institute. What is most remarkable about him is his interest in Youth empowerment and activism in spite of his academic background as an economist/ a financial analyst.
A glimpse of Dickxin gives you an impression he is in his 30s but you will be shocked to find out that this gentle man with a rich content is only 25 years old. Dickxin hawked several food items including pepper, mango and smoked fish in order to pay up his school fees and settle some family debts.
Ambassador Inalegwu Frank Uji is a winner of the prestigious LEAP Africa award. He was born without a silver spoon and had to do several menial jobs to secure what he calls his ‘glorious destiny’. Over the years he has garnered experience in Project Management including programme design, planning, implementation, mobilization,monitoring and evaluation using participatory rural gender, sensitive and multi-cultural approaches. Please read on…
Some persons are referred to as jack of all trades and master of none. This is different for the 31 years old, Abraham Chukwuemeka Esua, a.k.a. Amy, who is a bundle of talents. He can be considered a jack of all trades and master of all. Amy was originally with the Duo (KC Presh) before they came to limelight but opted out of their musical group for some personal reasons.
Music is undoubtedly pleasant to the soul especially if it is good. That’s to say there is bad music and there is good music. You can even tell the difference when you hear a good music or a bad music. Nowadays, many young people are daily keying into the music career industry whether they have a voice to sing or not so long as the industry remains lucrative.
Being young is considered by some people as being problematic. However, Unyime thinks differently even as a youth development advocate that being young is a gift and it should be put into appropriate use in making the society a better place. No wonder he believes that societal ills are only a reminder to young people to take action. This week will bring to you the story of Unyime from the Niger Delta Region on efforts and initiative in bringing about a better world.
It is not an overstatement to say it would require some level of creativity or professional competence to turn an interior space into an effective setting for the range of human activities that are to take place there. Gloria at 25, CEO of Smiley Signature Shopping, an interior Real Home decoration enterprise is making a difference in her community.
Kunle is one young Nigerian who started volunteer work quite early and he has since turned his passion into creating opportunities for other young people who want to become entrepreneurs. He quitted his banking job to follow his passion —Entertainment Media. Recently, he had a chat with Youthful Vibes Vanguard. Excerpts:
Your first encounter with Jennifer leaves you with a strong impression that she is cut out for a career in journalism. Jennifer who is only 28 years old has travelled far and wide using her pen to inspire positive change around the world.
Daniel Chinedu Nwodi, is another young Nigerian who is taking the message of change from Nigeria to Republic of Benin where he recently organized the World Youth Summit under the platform of Students without Borders that he established.
Victor Okoro is one of the many young people born without a silver spoon in Amukoko (Lagos), a ghetto as perceived by many in Lagos. Growing up for him was expectedly unpleasant, but he learnt to see the gold buried in this slum.
Olumide’s story is associated with a student network (Aiesec) that has been in existence in Nigeria for over 50 years. This 25 years old graduate of Statistics from the University of Abuja is occupying several leadership positions and he is making a difference in Nigeria and overseas.
Being youthful is unquestionably an asset and Nigeria has over 60 percent of its populace blessed with youths. Francis Anyaegbu (27) has over the years been selflessly impacting his generation. He is not stopping and do not intend to relent any time soon in his efforts in delivering a New Nigeria.
Agbarha-Otor is a nation doubly blessed by rich cultural heritage and history. By one recent reckoning, the passage of His Royal Majesty John Amrohworiemure Okorefe Ebelle 11, erstwhile Ovie (King) of the Kingdom, constituted of 26 autonomous communities and five other kingdoms which have their ancestral home in Agbarha-Otor, namely Oghara, Mosogar, Jesse, Agbarha Warri (Agbassa) and Oruarivie in Abraka, have the good fortune to reside under the genial supervision of His Royal Majesty (HRM), Richard Oghenevwogaga Ebelle , Okorefe 1 of Agbarha-Otor Kingdom.
Christopher Okoh, is a native of Issele-uku, Aniocha-North LGA in Delta State advocating for development as a young change agent. He has his first degree in Physics from Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO). His advocacy for development has been with him over the years but this became very visible when he went for the one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme in 2010 where he volunteered to be a Development Knowledge Facilitator (DKF) with the MDGs, there he rendered selfless and humanitarian service to actualize his endeavors of touching lives.
This weekend, Youthful Vibes brings to us the story of a dynamic Nigerian identical twins, Chidi and Chika Nwaogu (22 years old), Co-founders of Africa’s Largest Social Networking Website, Ladies And Gentlemen book, popularly known as LAGbook, with over 280,000 registered members from over 200 countries. Chidi leads us in this chat. Excerpts:
AbayomiAyoola (29) is another young Nigerian living in the diaspora. His love for information & telecommunication technology, entrepreneurship and youth education & development among many others dates back to his academic pursuit at the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, where he studied Business Administration & Management. He later bagged a B.Eng in internet technologies from the Turku University of Applied Sciences, Turku, Finland. He gives us an account of how his journey began. Excerpts:
Volunteerism is regarded by several people as a natural endowment as not many people would do things they are not asked to do. 30 years old Philip Ogenero Daferiogho believes strongly in the destiny of Nigeria and the corporate future of Africa through selfless service.
“Man is by nature a political animal.”- Aristotle
Politics is often considered by several people as a dirty game. Hence the popular belief that many young people are disinterested in Politics. Another school of thought thinks it is because of their deliberate non-inclusion in national politics as they are seen as not matured enough by older politicians.
Very many desire financial freedom but not too many people are armed with the knowledge to thrive while others simply survive. Akachi at 22, believes passionately that knowledge is the New Money and that most of our society’s financial problems are as a result of financial ignorance. Hence, he has made financial education his number one priority.
Ifeanyi, a Nigerian born residing in New York is flying the Nigerian flag against all odds. At 26, he leads a viable network of young leaders that is causing a wave of change both in Nigeria and in the city of New York USA. He had a chat with Saturday Vanguard over the weekend. Excerpt
A few years ago, the Jet club programme was aired on network television which showcased several creations or inventions from several young people, but its sudden disappearance still remains a surprise to its numerous viewers when other countries are encouraging young people to discover careers in science and technology.
If you are one of those persons who is famous for snapping pictures at events or who enjoys capturing various shades of life through a lens, and or you want to earn a living using your creative side,then Tosin’s story is a must read . Tosin, in what is largely considered male dominated field is carving a niche for herself in photography against all odds.
Dumebi is another interesting person who couldn’t graduate from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, after spending five years studying Metallurgical& Materials Engineering due to some outstanding courses. In 2006, he took what he expressed as the best decision of his life amidst peer pressure or ridicule he faced amongst friends to start University all over again. This led him to study in Singapore and Malaysia, and today, he has to his credit an internet radio station with over 25,000 connections . He had a chat with Saturday Youthful Vibes on this adventurous journey. Excerpts: