Sunday, December 11, 2011

One Young World, Nigeria Novelty Match

One Young World Nigeria (OYWON) is a movement that was birthed from the One Young World global youth summit held in London on February 8 to 10, 2010. The summit, conceived in 2009, brought together young people from over 100 countries around the world to engage in discussions with fore-runners from all walks of life such as Kofi Annan, Bob Geldof, Muhammad Yunus, and Desmond Tutu etc on issues confronted by present and future generations. As an outcome, a consciousness was raised amongst delegates that attended the summit to play active roles in addressing pressing issues faced globally and within their respective countries.
According to a statement issued by the group’s coordinator, Kaidi Eddie-Obiakor, OYWON is a joint initiative of the Nigerian delegates that attended the summit and other young, intelligent and forward thinking individuals passionate about social justice and development. It is a platform that seeks to promote change through projects that integrate principles of creativity, resourcefulness, measurable impact and sustainability at its core.
He said “the group seeks to create an avenue where everyone - young and old - can be involved in the process of positive change for Nigeria by sharing ideas of projects that are targeted towards improving lives and livelihood. These ideas are built upon and dissected into simple, practical and actionable activities that are easy to carry out in collaboration with OYWON volunteers, organizations with common goals and the general public”.  OYWON seeks to engender and promote the culture of “less talk, more action”. “We all know the issues so let us join efforts to confront and overcome; even if one step at a time”, he said.
 In line with its focus and Supported by the Development Information Centre (DIC) One Young World Nigeria is promoting its current project “Adopt a Library” through a novelty match. The aim of this project is to facilitate refurbishment and creation of libraries in public secondary schools. This is informed by the recognition of the malaise in the Nigerian education system. By liaising with the general public, volunteers and alliance partners, One Young World Nigeria seeks to organise collection of reference books, textbooks, storybooks and all forms of literary works to be donated for use in these school libraries.  The novelty match aims to raise awareness for the Adopt a Library project in Ilado high school, Ikoyi, Lagos as well as fundraise for the project. It will be held on the 17th of December 2011 at Astroturf, Ikoyi, Lagos, 10:00 am.

To get involved in current and future OYWON projects, share your ideas or find out more, you can contact us via,, on twitter @OYWON or through the following numbers:  +234 80 3186 1692, +234 80 6007 8028, +23480 5600 4586


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