Friday, August 16, 2013

Up, side or down? Let love lead!!

I'm tempted to ask the guy in the taxi who the frame is for ;-) But my hausa language skill never reach that level. Na so o! #Love is a beautiful universal language!! Let love lead!

Love? It is a verb.

Just in! Youth volunteer opportunity!

Just in! Youth volunteer opportunity!

VSO ICS is a youth centred community development programme, conducted in partnership between International Citizen Service (ICS), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) and our implementing partners.

The three-month programme brings together young people (aged 18-25) from the UK and Nigeria. Each team will typically consist of 20 young people, with equal numbers coming from the UK and the host country. In carefully selected communities, volunteers work in placements fully supported by our implementing partner organisations and two full time VSO ICS programme supervisors. Together, in cross-cultural counterpart pairs, volunteers live with host families and work in the host communities. The type of work varies depending upon the needs of the community, but can include service delivery, advocacy work, and peer-to-peer education programmes. Through a programme of structured personal development and learning, ICS aims to create a cadre of young people who will make lifelong contributions as advocates for international development and as agents of social change within their own communities.

Completed forms should be returned to the VSO-ICS Team at

No 14B, Banjul Street, Off Monrovia Street, Wuse 2, Abuja

Or by email

The deadline for submission is 20th of August 2013 by 4:30pm

Only short listed candidates will be invited for the interview.

Interviews will be conducted in two Locations: Ilorin and Abuja

We do not ask for any specific skills or experience in our volunteers.  We do however look for people who show the potential to learn and to become active Global Citizens.  Click the link below to read more and download the form!!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Three Questions Worth Asking in #Nigeria

Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living? - President Obama, in his State of the Union address.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Through PMTCT, we can protect future generations from HIV, says expert in #Nasarawa State

As part of HealthNewsNG's special focus on HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health issues,Jennifer Ehidiamen spoke to Nurse Egga, an expert in Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) and Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) who works in a general hospital in Nasarawa state, northern Nigeria. 
Her bubbling attitude and high-pitched voice resonate with her passion for the fight to ensure women living with HIV/AIDS lead healthy lives that are void of stigmatization and related challenges.
She says she is not alone in the quest. 
Nasarawa is one of the states with very high HIV prevalence in Nigeria. According to data released by the Nasarawa State AIDS Control Agency (NASACA), HIV prevalence rate in the state as at 2010 was 7.5%, with about 80,000 people currently living with HIV. 
Despite the high rate of infection, the state government in partnership with Institute of Human Virology Nigeria, are taking the lead in ensuring people living with HIV have access to treatment. A major focus has been the creation of Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) centres in some hospitals. So far, there are about two hundred and fifty eight (258) PMTCT sites in Nasarawa. 
In Nurse Egga’s opinion, when you prevent a mother from transmitting HIV virus to her unborn child, you are preventing the next generation from being infected. So when you are talking about Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT), it is a serious matter. 
Nurse Egga represents the optimism many medical experts and stakeholders have in response to ending AIDS. She believes that it is possible to have a HIV-free generation. But there are still some challenges that need to be tackled. 
Click the link to read the full interview:

Saturday, August 03, 2013

Journal-ising +234...

Howdy! Happy New Month!! :-)

A lot of exciting, challenging and beautiful things have happened since my last personal note. And in all of these things and for all of these things, I'm giving God all the thanks! I'm grateful to my family and friends for their prayers and love.

Early this year I went on a post-university/college  paramilitary service called NYSC. It is a one-year volunteer service to Nigeria :-) Oh well, so that was how I landed in Nasarawa. Ask me for more details later.

For work, I have been dreaming up some Big Audacious Next-level Goals (BANG!). I'm so ultra-excited! Like you know, I have been reporting on the business of health in Nigeria. For more info checkout The experience has taken me deeper into issues affecting people living on this side of the world. It has also taken me to a new dimension in journalism- I mean, I never imagined one day I'll be depending on an interpreter while working on a story in Nigeria. But these voices must be heard. Language differences should not be a barrier!

So expect more grassroots reporting for a global audience! Talking about global, have you heard that Global Press Institute has officially launched Global Press Journal? Yes! That is one of the coolest news wire to source for the latest development news report told by local journalists. Here is the link to the site:

Africa coverage:

News from Nigeria:

Enjoy reading!

Sending you some cool greetings from (north) central Nigeria! And yes, it feels like winter out here these days. Thank God for raining season! :-) Stay warm and keep your fire burning!

May God preserve our saltiness.