Lessons from Rio 2016 – Quality Education will bring out the excellence in Africa

For the past 10 days, the flames of excitement have been consistently fanned by enthusiasm, energy and panache in the midst of the most colourful city in South America: Rio de Janeiro, where more than 11,000 athletes have assembled to engage in the world’s biggest sporting event – Olympics.

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A lucid representation of excellence is perceptible with a quick glance at the medals table.

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Perhaps, there is a correlation between the strongest economies of the world and the nations that jumped to the top five positions on the medals table. Maybe, they are just popular names we hear everyday.

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Michael Phelps: Passion – Humility – Education – Love – Practice – Success.

The top five nations on the medals table in ascending order are: Germany, Russia, China, Great Britain and United States. According to an economic report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) – a ranking of the world’s largest economies which is usually updated twice annually with the latest one released in April 2016; four countries among the five at the top of the medals table occupy the top five spots in the ranking. In descending order, the world’s largest economies are: United States, China, Japan, Germany, and United Kingdom. This only portends that these countries understood the nitty-gritty of excellence; they paid the price of preparation and harnessed all the resources at their disposal to achieve their goals.
With just a couple days to the closure of the 2016 Summer Olympics, some countries are yet to win any medal and only one African nation is in the top 30 on the medals table:

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David Rudisha, the giant among the giants.
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Jemima Jelagat Sumbong, the future is brilliant. 

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Brilliant performance of the athletes can be linked to the state of development in their countries. The underdevelopment in Africa can be associated with the poor quality of education available. One of Africa’s brightest leaders, Nelson Mandela, is the author of one of the world’s most powerful quotes on education; “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Africa needs to morph into a conglomerate of developed nations. This change can only be realized when education is given top priority in decision making and financial appropriations. A change that heralds rapid development can be initiated when quality education is fully embraced.
Africa is one of the world’s richest continents in terms of natural and human resources. In the pursuit of quality education and higher standard of living, best brains from Africa have migrated to other countries. Migrations to developed nations imply that they contribute immensely to the economy of their new countries. This is one of the reasons why developed nations with favourable immigration policies will always top the chart when it comes to the rankings.
A sneak peak at the best universities in the world can give an idea of where the best of educational facilities and resources are obtainable. According to The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2015/2016, the United States serves as home to six universities that are among the top 10 in the world. China has two universities in the top 50, Japan has two universities in the top 100, Germany hosts nine universities in the top 100 and United Kingdom has three post-secondary institutions in the top 10 in the world. The depth of qualitative education in these countries may be one of the factors that have enabled them to be in control of the world’s largest economies. Perhaps, they invested heavily in education because they have a perfect understanding of the words of the Greek philosopher, Aristotle; “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.”
Quality education in Africa needs a surge aided by financial commitments from private donors and government agencies. South Africa and Egypt are two African countries that have found their spots on the world map, because they paid attention to quality education. South Africa is a home to six universities that comfortably occupy the top 800 in the world with University of Cape Town in position 120. Egypt also has three universities in the top 800 while Nigeria can only make boast of one university in the top 800 in the world.

Conclusively, Africa is a name that resonates with excellence and brilliance; a habitat for great minds that can truly change the world. For the excellence in the loins of African youths to reach the continental stage, qualitative and standardized education must be made available to all and sundry. This will strengthen our economy, prepare us for the future and birth more athletes worthy of Olympic medals in Tokyo 2020.

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Let us keep in mind that all is possible under the control of the Almighty.

Osho Samuel Adetunji

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RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD; THE BIRTHRIGHT OF EVERY CHILD by Ezekiel Adewale Fatomilola

Femi, the first child of Raymond and Dorcas(Mr and Mrs Daniels) stood in the doorway, watched his parents act drama. His eyes couldn’t leave the two faces as he observed with innocence the people he loved most tore each other apart . The last child of the Union, Anuoluwapo fell to the ground with the shock that took over the woman when she sighted her husband with machete. He rolled on the floor, cried at intervals and clutched the toy in one hand and drew the hem of the mother’s gown with the other hand. The only comfort he received was the shedding of combination of blood and tears from the mother’s battered face. Of course, he didn’t have an idea of the ongoing incident.

Many theories have been advanced to explain the poor state of our nations’ children; child care,absence of both parents, instilling of societal values and eventual output of the child on his or her generation. A factor that has been largely ignored, however, particularly among child and family policymakers, is the prevalence and devastating effects of single or no parents’ presence in children’s lives.
The sad fact is that parents in our society are not supported in the fulfillment of their parental responsibilities, and divorced parents in particular often undermined their responsibilities as parents, and this has reflected in the large numbers of “non- custodial” or “non-residential” parents and of course forcefully removed from their children’s lives, as daily caregivers.
My target of concern is how these lads can enjoy to the fullest Responsible parenthood (Their birthright)from the two people who birthed them and not caregivers .

Have you ever wondered who birthed the toddlers you see selling in holdups? Does it tear your heart apart about the sexual abuse of children of age 5,6 and above in the slum? How about those 4 years old orphans who are house maids? Who do you think made those children who are supposed to be in school learning to be on the streets hawking? No one and nothing else caused these but evasiness of responsibilities by those who birthed them.
One cannot therefore, but ask the pertinent questions: Why are these helpless children out of school, if their parents really cared about their educational development and ultimately their future? Why bring them to an increasingly complex world when they have little or nothing to care to them? Does it not amount to sheer wickedness added to folly that a grown up man would keep breeding more children than he and his wife could adequately cater to, erroneously believing that God would send manna from heaven to feed them?

I think the answer to these rhetorics is that the ever increasing number of children without Fathers and mothers today is due to nothing but the nauseating domination of boys and girls instead of men and women. They had no time to watch their wards grow; to sexually produce them is even easier than ABC.

But is there catholicon to this obnoxious state? Of course there are but before then let’s see the effect of irresponsible parenthood on these children.

Everyday families die globally, some due to infidelity, some workaholism, and others personality clashes. Unfortunately some of these things were in establishment even prior to the oath taking on the altar. While the demand for urgent intervention is high in families with this instability, there is grave concern for rescuing of courtship without focus and relationships without directions among the Unmarried because the consequences are porous if not deadly. For instance, Demo and Acock in 1991 reported that in mother-only families, children tend to experience short-term and long-term economic and psychological disadvantages; higher absentee rates at school, lower levels of education, and higher dropout rates (with boys more negatively affected than girls); and more delinquent activity, including alcohol and drug addiction. Adolescents on the other hand, are more negatively affected by parental discord prior to divorce than by living in single-parent families and actually gain in responsibility as a result of altered family routines. Children in single-mother homes are also more likely to experience health-related problems as a result of the decline in their living standard, including the lack of health insurance according to Mauldin in the year 1990. Also as these children from single-parent families become adults, they are more likely to marry early, have children early, and divorce. These of course are evident among nowadays youth. Girls are at greater risk of becoming single mothers as a result of non-marital childbearing or divorce.

All these psychological implications pose more threats in other areas of lives of the children. For instance, the child develops sense of insecurity, lack of life skills, lack of complete moral upbringing, deprivation of love, sense of mistrust and inferiority.Some wards don’t have a situation of an absent parents, while others share in disadvantages of the excessive reproduction of their parents with little or nothing to cater to them.

Then what is the panacea?
Anyone who looks for marriage must have a degree of maturity. By knowing before-hand that marriage comes with storm and understanding those things that bring marital satisfaction and family oneness. Some have gone out of their way to remain in the marriage unhappy, despite different episodes of physical abuse and yet still move on in the marriage.
There is no doubt that this awareness of some specific factors according to which people could forecast the success or failure of their marriage will help them take notice of their usefulness, in order to achieve a greater level of adjustment. It is true that no one marries with the intention of failing, but the secret of a successful marriage does not lie in luck and there are some basic consideration for each of the spouses.
Marriage, like any social system requires a variety of preparations, such as the ability of the person to be responsible so as to deliver the incredible and achieve the unachievable marital success in order to avoid birthing further handicapping situations.

After all has been said, is there really a catholicon to this scourge? Yes! And this is centered round the parents, since the choice of bringing forth a hero is from them. Below is the suggested way out:

As responsible parents, here are just few things you must know, adhere to and put in place.
1. You must bring your children up in the ways of the Lord.
2. You must give the qualitative education up to university level at least to them.
3. You must provide them all the basic human needs such as food, clothes, shelter, care, advice, money etc. Up to university level and beyond.
4. You must follow them up educationally even as they decide what career to pursue.
5. You must help them choose a career, friend and husband but must never impose any of these on them.
6. You must be their closest friend and best adviser.
7. You must be their role models. They should be proud of you as parents and tend to live their lives the way you lived yours although in an improved form.
8. You must allow them their privacy but proper supervision so that it won’t be abused.

As a parent or potential parent, you might find yourself in the trap of doing otherwise but please try and take cognizance of the above mentioned and try as much as you can to do them.

Finally ,I call on policies makers,and the stakeholders in the family and marriage institutions that devalue the importance of parents in children’s lives, and parental involvement as critical to children’s well-being. Children need both parents, and parents need the support of social institutions in regard to being there for their kids. Happy 2016 Children’s day!!! #OneAfricanChild cares

This is an inspiration from the Holy Sprit through Ezekiel Adewale Fatomilola,campaign manager at FFD Nation, an NGO concerned with helping orphans, fatherless, Motherless, IDPS become useful in the society and deliver the incredible as they simultaneously achieve the unachievable.
Ezekiel is clamouring for societal repositoning through the resurrection of the family institution. …(07066444111 / easycare77@gmail.com)

Interview with Venny Thembi Dlamini #SouthAfrica #oneafricanleader #1africanchild #Africa

Emotions grow deeper whenever South Africa comes to our mind.
Rainbow NationIn the land of the Nguni people, the Venda people, the Sotho people, the Tsonga people… was born the OneAfricanChild Representative named Venny Thembi Dlamini, a lady who was meant to dedicate her life to children.
As she opens up her soul, we discover a very sensitive person. Her words describe her more that any introduction.


What were your dreams as a child?

As a child, my dream was that of a potent gospel singer.
The soothing lyrics that bounces off my tongue extend to release the tension held within. My passion for singing still undoubtedly exists as it emanates profoundly from my soul.
Having led a Praise and Worship Team at the age of 12 in my Church in 2005, the support that l earned from my brethren fascinated me tremendously, and my love for music increased.

Could you tell something significant you happened to do for a child?
In 2013, l prepensely liberated a child from his abusive parent’s home, by taking the helpless child to social workers. All driven by my philosophy that every child is significant and deserves to be loved and cherished.

What is the first word that naturally comes to your mind when you hear “Children”?
Defenseless
•Without protection from those around them, children (rich or poor), are frail.
I recently read a case of a poignant event which occurred in Cape Town, where a certain man (father of the child) repeatedly and consciously beat up his 2 years old daughter to death.
There is no way that the little girl could have successfully defended herself from her father’s cruel conduct. Hence the first word that comes to me when I hear the word “Children” is none other than “defenseless”.

How did OneAfricanChild get into your life?

OneAfricanChild got into my life in all honesty through its founder, Miss Victoria lbiwoye. l read so much about her selfless service and started communicating with her; from I afar felt her profound zeal for OneAfricanChild and African Children.

Why do you allocate such amount of time and hope to poor children and orphans?
I do so, because firstly I grew up under dire poverty and I am an orphan too. Hence l actuate myself to try and preclude others from the sting of pain, rejection and suffering in the best way l can. l drank from the cup of poverty, abuse and rejection, l can only try and reach out the best way l can, for what they feel is what l too felt, and l can precisely relate to the vulnerable children’s lives.

How do you positively impact lives around you every day?

I take a genuine interest in people around me to show them that l care. To the broken-hearted, l share my unique story with them and encourage them. It’s funny how at times one can find my room full of people who just come to open-up and ask for advice, some crying and in need of comfort. l sometimes pause and think, “was l meant to be a therapist”? But l really enjoy uplifting others and l don’t require them to uplift me back. l just strive to make and see others happy.
I share my stories of failures as well as successes.

Venny Thembi Dlamini, the Rainbow Queen.
Venny Thembi Dlamini, the Rainbow Queen.

Why do you believe in OneAfricanChild?
I believe in OneAfricanChild because of its mission, aims and its objectives as read ~ (Ps:/1AfricanChild.WordPress.com)

There is something you can do for the future. What is that?
Learn to balance and manage my time. Understand my social obligations. Love my family and pursue passion and not fame and money.

Africa needs your country for the peace building process. Are you ready to be your country?

Absolutely. I am eager to do the best l can to build peace, eradicate poverty and rise above political, religious, and ethnic divides and take a tough choice in order to consolidate peace.

What has changed in your life since you joined OneAfricanChild?

Since l joined OneAfricanChild, nothing much has changed. However positive things from uplifting conversations that l have with the OAC leaders stimulate and challenge me to stand up and selflessly serve humanity. I am realizing how more of each other we are, as people and more, as Africans. OAC propels me to be an active community member and to regard myself as a Global citizen.

My goal in life is to be filthy rich: rich in adventure, in health, in knowledge, in laughter, in family, and in love.
Venny Thembi Dlamini

Thank you.

About OAC Call-For-Volunteers Campaign #1africanchild #Africa #volunteers

I have always dreamt of working with young innovators from across Africa.

It is such a privilege for me to see young people with different paths but one vision, get engaged in activities aimed at attaining sustainable development beyond Africa and for the world.

Victoria Ibiwoye

Dears applicants,

OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning thank you for your massive response to the Call-For-Volunteers Campaign. You have shown great passion and devotion. It is amazing how young people feel concern instead of allocating their time to their hobbies.

You have applied from several countries in Africa and abroad. All your submissions have been thoroughly studied, and the greatest attention has been paid to each detail. Despite your urgent need to know whether you have been accepted or not, we had decided to take the necessary time to collect relevant information, to ensure the effectiveness of our collaboration. Working for, and with, children demands time, patience, honesty, and availability. It demands a strong vision and a powerful purpose, hence the procedure we have to follow.

All of you have been great in your description of the vision you have for OAC and children. We feel honoured you attach such importance to our activities. We have already walked a certain distance, and our positive growth is owed to the high level of seriousness and passion of our committed members. We are from many countries, and some of us have not yet met those from other parts of the world, but the work is continuous in a safe atmosphere. To pursue with that vision, we’ve had to select some of you. That was the most difficult moment of the day.
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Sixty seven (67) applicants have been selected to start their journey in the heart of OneAfricanChild. You shall be contacted through mail, and further details will be asked. You have been chosen, because your profiles have been more than convincing, we expect the same output from zach of you. You will be introduced to the various Country Representatives, properly trained and invited to share your ideas and challenges. As a large happy Family, OAC promotes interconnection and respect. Not only what happens in somebody’s area or country matters; our concern go beyond our doors. We all unite for children, and our behaviour determines the width of their smile.

We thank you all and we greatly hope your action with OAC shall bring in Happiness to children, as we aim to make a wonderful world for them. We thank each one who took time to participate.

You are all blessed.

Miss Victoria Ibiwoye (middle)... the vision of a whole continent.
Miss Victoria Ibiwoye (middle)… the vision of a whole continent.

Victoria Ibiwoye, Founder of OneAfricanChild.

Interview with Constant Odounfa #OneAfricanChild #Benin #oneafricanleader

Constant Odounfa, promising Leader.
Constant Odounfa, promising Leader.
Thanks to the dynamism and the will of each member, OneAfricanChild Foundation has spread wings and crossed more boundaries.
Today we are in Benin with CONSTANT ODOUNFA whose simplicity touches the hearts and souls of each one who approaches him. His Passion and Love for children are the key points of his peace and happiness. His answers to the following questions, as the Representative of Benin, are the proof of unconditional commitment:
  1. How did you come to be involve with OAC?
  2. What is your personal drive?
  3. What is your vision for Benin?
  4. What is your vision for Africa?
  5. What do we need to care for young people/children?
  • I met OAC Founder at a meeting in Accra: the Tech Camp. By connecting to her Facebook profile, I saw that she was involved in an organization named One African Child. I was interested in the actions and the target-people of that non-profit initiative. Victoria Ibiwoye added me to the OAC group, and that’s how all started.
  • Become better in each aspect of my life, today than the day before. The growth of my heart and that of children keeps me going on.
  • I want my country, Benin, to become a nation that counts in the world even if we are small by area. We don’t have some particular natural resources, but we have many people who become successful intellectual leaders out of the country and don’t come back home. We then need to: i) empower people in the country and make them feel more concerned by the development of their community and ii) bring home our brains outside to work for the country. To achieve those two objectives, we have to aim at only one and same point : increase the performance of our educational system. I believe that once we developed our schools, our colleges and our universities we would more easily reach a sustainable development because the best resources any nation has is its human resources. So, I see Benin become a powerful country with a developed educational system and its children working in agriculture, health, industry, commerce, and others to make those sectors reach the top-level in the world.
  • I want to see my continent become a continent of great economic and social achievements, a powerful developed continent where children are leaving in peace. To make it happen, we need to change the whole system. Africa, today, is in jeopardy owing to corruption and bad governance. I am convinced that when Africans change their minds and start conceiving better plans and strategies with concrete objectives and defined actions, the continent will grow in a better way. I would like to work for that, and make my brothers and sisters know that our home continent needs all of us today more than ever. And we need to forget about taking rest, but rather work fully to give our best to the continent. We need to create more enterprises in every field, to develop agriculture by modernising it, to fix the energy issue that all our countries are facing now by promoting solar and wind energies, to create industries to transform our raw materials, to improve our educational system to be able to teach and train our children at home, and more. Africa needs to be built and only us, Africans, can do that.
  • We must make sure that they grow in peace, with a good education in every fields and a great self-esteem. Our children need to be looked after and empowered, in order to become leaders of the Africa of tomorrow.
The land in which we live does not belong to us, we borrow it from our children.
We are global citizens, and we work towards the achievement of wellbeing for our community.

#OneAfricanChild – Participant at the Tech Camp West Africa #TechCampWA

We are proud to announce that OneAfricanChild was a participant at the recently concluded Tech Camp organised by the U.S Embassy Ghana, in collaboration with Ghana Think which was held at Accra Ghana between February 6 – 8, 2015.

TechCamp is a U.S. Department of State-led program that connects civil society organizations across the globe with new and emerging technology resources, to solve problems in their communities. TechCamps globally are typically a one to two day conference where participants share current challenges they are facing with peers and technologists, and brainstorm how technology can play a role in addressing these challenges. This event also include experts and technologist-led hands-on training sessions IMG_0711, enabling participants to learn how to use the technological tools that can help advance their work. Please note our intention is to keep TechCamp 100% paperless.

The purpose of #TechCampWA is first, to bring together accomplished young entrepreneurs IMG_0640with government, academic, civil society and business experts to focus on three themes to strengthen and grow their businesses: Adapt, Empower and Measure. Second, to provide a meaningful platform for hands-on capacity-building. Finally, the event aims to foster collaboration as well as to build and strengthen social, private and tech entrepreneurs’ professional networks.

       OAC, duly represented by Ms. Victoria Ibiwoye Vicky herself, is a proud beneficiary of this TechCamp which hosted approximately 100 of the best and brightest private and social entrepreneurs from Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Liberia, and Togo.

Sharing her experience at the camp, Victoria had this to say –

       It felt really good to have my servant leadership recognised internationally. It was a delight to have benefited from this platform, to express the mission and goals of our Organisation to a group of changemakers, who are taking the necessary steps to make Africa more sustainable to live in.

       The camp has done well in improving my leadership skills. I have learnt a lot from the Speed Mentoring Pep Talks facilitated by experts in the field of Technology; other sessions such as the Most Valuable Process(MVP), and the Jam Sessions have equally been beneficial. They paved way for me to work in a team with other participantsTwImg-20150209-134204 IMG-20150211-WA001; building valuable relationships by so doing.

       The best part of my visit was the privilege I had to meet amazing children Vicky and kidssuch as David, Delali and Samira IMG_2958who are learning to use technology at a tender age in solving real world problem. It was a positive challenge to my organisation to implement more projects focused on teaching children about the correct application of technology in enhancing sustainable development.

       My appreciation goes out the organisers and sponsors of this programme, the participants of the Tech Camp, members and supporters of OAC. You always make my favourite quote come alive –

Ubuntu, I am because we are“.

 

OAC IBADAN MENTORSHIP PROGRAME #OAC ANNIVERSARY #MENTORSHIP #TEENAGE UNITY AND PEACE

As part of the one year anniversary celebration, One African Child Ibadan had a mentorship programme at Jumpstart Academy at Bodija. Ibadan.

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Jumpstart Academy, Bodija, Ibadan a place for all was the point of call. Jump start academy is a place that houses students from several schools in an after school hour kind of programme, skills and different trades are learnt at no cost.

Love Out Loud Africa, LOL-A

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a United States of America based organisation partnered and sponsored the event. 

_The programme featured a filmshow with a film titled THE LOST MEDALLION.

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The film portrayed the need for unity towards a common goal and to defeat the enemy. The film also helped to relate messages such as Unity and Peace, need for good leadership amongs several other important messages which they took home individually.

The children were also divided into smaller groups

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to aid One to One mentorship to ensure better communication, to make them feel free and express themselves.

Do you know there are people out there who just need you to say a word or two to them and they are fulfilled for their lifetime? What do you have that you think is too small to impact into someone else? Try to meet someone today and you’ll be shocked that your “too small” may be somebody’s excess.

Your speech, your facial expression can make or mar someone’s day.
BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE AT THE BEST PLACE POSSIBLE AT THE BEST TIME POSSIBLE, BE THE BEST ALWAYS.

_The mentorship programme had support from several people and we would love to show appreciation most especially to all our mentors who volunteered to be part of the programme, to our friends around the globe and our ever ready partner LOL-A, Love Out Lout Africa for their advise, monetary supports and encouragement. We say thank You, Gracias, Merci beaucoup  …

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Food is  also needed to function
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Supru doing what he does best

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Tosin and co. celebrating LOL-A

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Mentorship in progress

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To our One African Mummy we say more Inspiration to you as you have begun the journey of a new birth year. We love you all. We wish you a HAPPY AND fulfilling 2015

Together we all can make Africa the best place to live in. Togetherness is the bedrock of greatness.

By Author RAY NDEBI