• African Youth Day Conference 2011

    Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth)

    The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

    The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

    OAYouth, in collaboration with Phelps Stokes and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is hosting the ‘African Youth Day Conference 2011 (AYDAC'11)’ on 1 November 2011 in Johannesburg.

    The youth of Africa will convene at AYDAC’11 to celebrate the African Youth Day. The conference will pave way for youth to examine workable methods to improve youth unity as well as strengthen youth economic empowerment through leadership development, entrepreneurship support and agricultural transformation.

    Conference Objectives:

    • Echo the voice of ordinary young people of Africa;
    • Share information and best practices in promoting opportunities for youth encouraging youth to start new entrepreneurship initiatives;
    • Establish suitable structures for meeting the unique needs for youth business start-ups in developing economies in Africa;
    • Build lasting relationships between youth and business institutions;
    • Infuse a gender perspective and rights-based approach to policies and programs for youth;
    • Cultivate in the youth the spirit of accountability, transparency and integrity (ATI).
    Only young people of between 15 and 35 who are of nationality of any African State will qualify to apply.

    Cost: R2 430 per delegate.

    For sponsorships, exhibitions and applications, write to:

    Enquiries: Tel: +27 73 445 4355.

    For more about The Organisation of African Youth, refer to

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    Ingwenya Country Escape, Lanseria, Johannesburg
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    Soyinka also urged Nigerians to disregard politicians and political parties involved in killing, asking rhetorically that, “what is the essence of killing ourselves in order to serve ourselves?”

    To read the article titled, “Soyinka, Utomi condemn rising violence,” click here.
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    To read the article titled, “Jos displaced need shelter,” click here

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    To read the article titled, “CSOs reject unconstitutional take-over,” click here.
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    "We have about N36 million for NGOs to carry out HIV related activities and only 12 NGOs will be eligible for the funding," explains Osuyali. 

    To read the article titled, “12 NGOs to receive N36 million grant to fight HIV in Delta,” click here.
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    Odetola further says hat the programme will soon train some youths in a workshop, adding that four trainees will be selected from each state of the federation to empower them on leadership and self employment skills.

    To read the article titled, “NGO to educate children on electoral process,” click here.
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    "As there is no policy that guarantees the survival of ex-convicts, coupled with the stigmatization they face, we are disarming the crime in inmates and ex-convicts as the society is less caring," he explains.

    To read the article titled, “NGO plans rehabilitation centre for ex-inmates,” click here.
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