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Living in a place ranked as one of the most cyber fraudulent countries in the world, in my early twenties I ended up hanging out with the wrong group of guys my own age. I was trying to fit in with the cool gang, wear the right clothes, smell and look good. Little did I know that the price of friendship required using the Internet to commit fraud and deceive people while taking their money. Cyber Crime, it’s also called. With time I figured this wasn’t my purpose in life, I could be cool while serving society well.

As Martin Luther King Jr. once said: ‘If a man has not found something worth dying for, he is not fit to live’. Today I empower young people in Nigeria who like myself, have been engaged in cyber crime with rather integrity- based and value- based leadership and New Media technology training. So far I have gotten funding from Facebook & The Internet Society. I dream that my impact will reach beyond Nigeria, into all of Africa & the entire world.

Felix Iziomoh,
Founder of ICLDN, Nigeria

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Back in 2006 with one year left at University, I read an article stating that more than 30 million young Nigerians were unemployed. By the year 2020, Nigeria, my dear country, would have raised twenty million highly skilled criminals. Not highly skilled teachers, doctors, or lawyers; but highly skilled criminals! At this point my mindset shifted from looking for a job, to start dreaming of something that would have a positiv impact on not only myself, but many other young people in my community. With a few donations, I was given seven plots of farmland to start something that really mattered. We started growing plantain and sold it at the local market as a way of providing unemployed youth with a meaningful and responsible job. Little by little we moved forward and today Springboard is a platform for young people with innovative ideas and a passion for their country. The mindset that we adopt is ‘this change starts with me, everything I do impact and affect my community’.

In 2014 I was awarded “A Young African Leader” in an initiative by President Obama and earlier this year we became an Ashoka Fellow among other honors internationally. I believe that there are resources in Nigeria and there are opportunities in our communities. All you have to do is look around you. Become creative and become innovative!

Lawrence Afere,
Founder of Springboard, Nigeria

My primary U.N. Development Goals
My primary U.N. Development Goals

My Story

I come from a place of civil war, military coups and crimes against humanity. I have lived through this in rural Africa, in a place called Sierra Leone. Living in a vicious cycle of poverty, I lost many friends to extreme hunger and sickness. We were lacking basic socio-economic facilities, there was never anything such as social support. Unlike many of my friends, I was lucky enough to survive and receive an education. With my knowledge, I knew I had to lead the way in helping less fortunate people in Sierra Leone.

Today I run Koindu Enterprise Solution (KESS), an organisation that creates opportunities for the young and disabled in my country that have suffered physically and emotionally from decades of violence, trauma and poverty. We give them new hope.

Sahr Yillia,
Founder of KESS, Sierra Leone

My Story

At the age of three I was affected by glaucoma. Doctors around Zimbabwe tried to cure me, but a year later I eventually lost my sight completely. Being a blind child, my parents were still determined to enroll me in school and learn Braille as well as daily living skills. Most of my academic life, I however depended on my sighted classmates as braille textbooks were a scarce resource.

At University I was demanded to submit soft copies of my work just like anyone else, and I started to feel the need of independently guide my own life without the constant support of others. With the help of a screen reader, the computer revolutionised my life. I started challenging myself in mobility; memorising streets, sounds and smells which allowed me to be an independent person in a country lacking the basic assistance for people like myself. Through my organisation ‘Gateway to Elation’ I challenge the mindset of blind people in Zimbabwe. We focus our efforts on computer training, mobility and team sports/adventures to encourage them to guide their own lives and future.

Robert Malunda,
Founder of Gateway to Elation, Zimbabwe

My primary U.N. Development Goals