Dear Amina J. Mohammed,
My name is Arthur Amadi and I'm a Nigerian youth living in the Diaspora. Just like you, I'm the eldest sibling so I have a lot on my shoulders to perform and execute in order to set a positive example for my younger siblings. I've lived in Canada for more than half of my life. I was born in Nigeria and went to school there for the earlier years of my life but eventually, I moved to Canada. However, I came back to boarding school in Nigeria and studied at Atlantic Hall for 3 years. That's where I met Mariyam Uwais' son, Al-Amin Uwais who happens to be a very good friend of mine till today. Earlier this year, while I was in London, I had the privilege of meeting some of Al-Amin's friends. We hung out and discussed some of the ongoing issues in Nigeria. That's where I met your nephew, Ibrahim Tukur and we've been in contact since then.
After I got back from London I also went to Nigeria briefly for a week and then returned to Canada. Upon my return, I had lost a lot of hope in Nigeria, the people in the positions of leadership and her future. However, the little hope I did have eventually paid off. I was watching Channels Television videos on youtube and I had seen the Not Too Young To Run Bill was passed. I did a bit of research on the bill and the movement. It got me excited because a lot of youth are coming together to going against the current system we have. After doing all my research the general consensus was that the youths are going to be the ones to affect positive change in our country. So as a patriotic citizen I decided to do what I think anyone in my position should have done. I made a decision that I would also be part of this positive change despite the current situation of our great nation.
I started a movement called "Youth in Diaspora." Initially, the goal was just to spread awareness among the Nigerian youths in the Diaspora so they would get more involved with what was going on back home. However, over the past few months, I've had ideas that we've executed on. One of them being the Feed 1000 Initiative which we will be doing this year. Feeding 1000 less privileged families with youth. UNESCO defines a youth as someone from 15-24 so that is the age range we will be targeting. The reason I have asked to get in contact with you is that while I was speaking to Al-Amin about another idea I had; having a Profession/Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship Seminar leading up to the charity, he brought up your name. I've watched your TED talk on "Choosing a path of service" and your talk on Leadership at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and I'm convinced that you would be a perfect fit for our event.
You made comments that really align with the mission and vision we have for our movement. We don't believe the narrative that even with our corrupt leaders we can't do anything. We also don't believe that it's God's will to be poor. Hence the decision to have the charity this Christmas. People matter and we should care for them, because why not? We also agree with you when you say that there are going to be a lot of challenges within the next 5-10 years. Nigeria is a great nation and she could be doing a lot better. We believe that we have the potential to be the greatest nation in the world. However, we are not nieve to what lies ahead of us. But, with the movement, this is how we're getting involved. Like you said, "nothing is too small." Below I've included our Vision, Mission, Goal and Events. We're sure you'll like what you see and be interested in of being included in the beginning of something great for Nigeria and her future! Thank You!
"Thousands of Nigerian youths in Diaspora have given up on Nigeria's socio-economic and political development.
Help us galvanize them to get involved in the future of Nigeria's development."
1. To speak truth to power for the benefit of Nigerian youth who are leaders of today and tomorrow.
2. To talk the talk and provoke the thoughts through the application of constructive disobedience to bad leadership and governance in Nigeria.
3. To produce God-fearing, patriotic and nationalistic young men and women for the Nigeria of tomorrow as envisaged by our founding fathers namely Chief Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Alhaji Tafawa Balewa and Chief Obafemi Awolowo
4. To consolidate the 5 pillars of NYID.
-Professional and Leadership capacity development
-Youth empowerment and inclusion in governance
-Equity, Justice, and Unity
-Economic and Political development
-Undiluted patriotism with unity in diversity as our fulcrum
5. To ultimately empower the youths to achieve their maximum potential in order to positively influence the society at large while giving back to the less privileged youths.
To engage, empower and galvanize Nigerian youths who have experienced the way of life in the Diaspora. With an objective to identify, develop and produce great leaders who will lead us to see a better Nigeria! We are convinced that the Nigerian youths that have experienced the way of life in the Diaspora are extremely valuable to the development of our great nation! With their knowledge, exposure, experience, and expertise they will be able to collaborate with youths living in Nigeria to ultimately build a future of a more secure Nigeria.
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With the help of fundraising and our board members, we plan to go around the G7 nations at schools and places of worship. These are places where a lot of Nigerians reside. Here we will host talks to encourage and foster conversation around our part to play in the future development of Nigeria. We also plan to create a platform where Nigerian youths in Diaspora can create a profile, network and communicate with one another while discussing solutions on how to move the country forward.
For the next seven years, we have a goal to go around the G7 nations. Speaking at schools and places of worship, talking the talk and provoking the thoughts of the Nigerian youths in the Diaspora in order to gather a following and supporters. We also intend to continue to do what we’ve done this year and reach 250,000 more youths in the diaspora to get them involved in the future and socio-economic and political development of Nigeria. We aim to acquire donations from these 250,000+ youth toward the Feed 1000 Initiative. The goal in the next seven years is to be able to feed 1000 youth in each of the 36 states in Nigeria during Christmas.
By December 2025 this will be a reality! (Vision 2025)
With the power of social media and networking, we have a goal of 1,000,000 users by 2030 at the end of the 12 years. Though aid is good and charities are great, as we rise in membership we would love to start using the contributions from the youths in the diaspora to start building “Youth In Diaspora” schools and hospitals which will bring qualified teachers and health practitioners back into the country. It will also bring back those with culinary expertise to help with meals within the schools. Being able to provide jobs for youth from the diaspora and also better the health and education of the citizens of Nigeria.
We will be having our inaugural Christmas gifts from youths in Diaspora this year. This event involves donating 1000 food boxes, clothes and other donations to less fortunate families with youth all around Nigeria.
This year we are reaching out to industry giants just like yourself to speak and be a part of the inaugural youth in Diaspora Leadership and Entrepreneurship seminar on Friday, December 21st 2018!