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EiENigeria Weekly Newsletter – January 10, 2014

“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against.”
– Malcolm X

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EiE Nigeria Update – January 10, 2014

Nigeria’s Future

It has been two years since Occupy Nigeria, deemed one of the largest displays of civil disobedience in our country’s history. Nigeria continues to be riddled with unemployed youth, security continues to be a problem, illiteracy is still rampant and most people still live in absolute poverty. In the meantime, many of our government officials continue to embarrass themselves and the country with gross extravagances, financial mismanagement and misappropriation and a blatant disregard for the overall well being of Nigerian citizens. Many of them relax in impunity. Aren’t you tired of a few killing progress and prosperity in this country? Aren’t you tired of waking up every day and hearing about more injustice in the nation? Aren’t you tired of officials showing you they don’t care because of their lack of concern?

Many of you stood up during Occupy Nigeria and said a positive change must occur. As we embark on a new year, we urge you to continue standing and encourage others to do so as well. If we don’t stand and fight for our rights as citizens, the suffering will continue and only get worse. Be a part of positively shaping Nigeria’s future.

To get involved and promote good governance in Nigeria, Join Us!

#OurNASS: Message Your Representative Directly!

Wouldn’t you like to let your representative know your thoughts on a bill? Help EiE Nigeria get a Making All Voices Count grant, so we can help citizens like you be more civically engaged through the POPVOX model. POPVOX is designed to not only amplify citizen voices, but to provide verified, meaningful input to elected representatives. Vote for us and help us all win!

#GENVoices: #100kVoices: Next Week!

Generational Voices, also referred to as GenVoices, is a growing non partisan pan-Nigerian movement of persons aged 18 to 40 that converts online engagement into practical and sustainable change. On January 18, 2014, at least 100,000 young people will convene at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos from across Nigeria to discuss our future and proffer solutions.

T-shirts are still available!
Visit the website for more information or send an email to info@genvoices.org to get involved.

Young African Leaders Initiative: Are You Africa’s Next Leader?

The YALI Washington Fellowship invites 500 outstanding young African leaders for a six-week academic program in the United States in summer 2014. Fellows will interact with U.S. government, civic, and business leaders, including President Obama. They will also attend workshops, receive mentoring, and network with recognized leaders in their fields. Select participants will follow their program with a short internship in the United States. Upon returning home, all participants will be involved in follow-on projects, e.g., engaging African youth through networking, internships, service projects, and small grants. The application is free and open through January 27.

ONE is Hiring

ONE is a campaign and advocacy organisation committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. ONE is looking for a development professional to be the Nigeria Country Representative. This person will manage ONE’s engagement and relationships with politicians, government agencies, civil society organisations, the private sector and key individuals based in Nigeria and other West Africa countries. Application deadline is January 25.

ONE is also looking for a Senior Director, Global Digital (SDGD). The SDGD will be responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive, global online strategy and for ensuring ONE’s digital platforms enhance its overall effectiveness in the following areas: branding, communications, campaigning, and membership development. The position is based in Washington DC. .Application deadline is January 20.

Leave a Lasting Impression

People often ask what they can do to make Nigeria better. An easy way is by giving!
By giving to EiE, you help us engage more of Nigeria’s citizens to continue the fight for greater government transparency and accountability. You can give to EiE Nigeria through our website or 234give.com. Help make a better Nigeria for us all!

Tune In and Listen Live

Do you have concerns about the community or thoughts about the current state of government? Listen to Top Radio 90.9FM in Lagos to participate in our citizen engagement discussions on Mondays at 6:30-8 am.

Thank you!

Have a great week!

The EiE Nigeria Team