What is leadership?

“A large chair does not make a king” – Sudanese Proverb
This proverb rightly defines leadership.

The position is not what defines a leader but his/her actions. Leadership is the ability to inspire or influence others towards achieving a specific goal.

Take Timi for example, Timi was in a Private Secondary School in Lagos Island and was a member of Junior Achievement Nigeria in his school.

During the summer holiday, when Timi was 14 years old, he volunteered at a Youth Centre in a part of Ajegunle known as Dustbin Estate, where children and their parents lived on refuse dumps.

When Timi got back to school, he spoke to the president of his club about starting a book drive for the Centre in Dustbin Estate.

Timi was made the head of the book drive and together with his teammates, they collected used books, which were sent to the Centre.

In the above example, Timi became the head of the book drive after he observed a problem and wanted to provide a solution. He used his leadership position to achieve his goal.
Leadership has nothing to do with age, race, gender or background. It is simply the ability to influence people, which can be used in a positive way to serve others or in a negative way that shows no consideration for others.

Therefore, a good leader is someone who uses his/her abilities to influence others to achieve positive results.

To find out more about what leadership is, read the Wikipedia article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leadership.

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My KIR Foundation story: The Resource Centre

According to the article published by AllAfrica.com “No fewer than one million students seeking admission through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), every year have failed to get slots in tertiary institutions in Nigeria as the system cannot admit more than 600,000 in any given year.” Because of this, most students write JAMB multiple times.

I was no exception; my name is Cornerstone Wisdom and I wrote JAMB last year (2018) scoring 207 hoping to get admission into River State University of Science and Technology but did not get in and decided to try again this year.

I started preparations for my JAMB but I did not have the materials needed to study effectively for the exams.
I discovered Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation in February 2019 and began using the resources (CBT (Computer Based Test) simulators, Past Questions and Textbooks) provided by its Resource Room to help prepare me for my upcoming exams. I sat for my exams and scored 237 in JAMB.
The cut-off mark to study Electrical Engineering at Rivers State University of Science and Technology was 180. I was glad because I passed their cutoff mark and qualified to write their Post Utme. I sat for my post Utme, met the Cutoff mark of the University, and recently got admission to study and get my Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering.
In September, I joined the Games Club; there I learnt how to play Scrabble. I learnt new words when playing scrabble and it has helped in building my vocabulary.
KIR Foundation has inspired change through learning in my life by giving me access to books, games and educational materials that have helped me to further my education and improve my creative and critical thinking ability.
Thank you very much for giving me and other youths out there learning opportunities.

News and Opportunities

Application Deadline: 31st of December 2019.
Are you a Nigerian student studying French and would like to become an English Language Assistant in France for 7 months? The recruitment campaign for English language assistants in France for the 2020-2021 school year.
This program is designed to give Nigerian students the opportunity to discover a new region and culture by working alongside an English teacher in a French school environment.
This program is open to students of all disciplines who can demonstrate competence in French, and who are seeking to increase their linguistic and cultural proficiency.

• Candidates must be NIGERIAN citizens. Permanent residents are not eligible.
• Candidates must be between 20 and 35 years of age at the time of taking up their positions
• Candidates must have completed their secondary education in NIGERIA.
• Candidates must be enrolled at a NIGERIAN university at the time of application.
• Candidates must have completed at least two years of university studies.
• A minimum Level B1 in French is required
• Candidates must be native English speakers.
• Candidates should preferably be single, as the salary of an assistant is not adequate to support dependents.
The application form (in French) must be filled in electronically.
For more information, visit Institut francais 

Application Deadline: Varying by Location
AdCamp, open to all current or recently graduated university students from across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) gives participants the chance to get a 360-degree look behind the scenes at Google, develop a professional network, gain new skills, experience our culture, and learn more about career opportunities in a fun and inclusive environment.
Up to 50 current university students will be selected to participate in an all-expense-paid AdCamp experience at one of Google’s offices. Participants will get the opportunity to gain new skills, compete in a case competition, develop a professional network, get an inside look into helping small and medium businesses thrive, and learn more about career opportunities within their Global Business Organisation in a fun and inclusive environment.

To apply, students must be:
Interested and have experience in sales, customer support, account management, marketing, or consulting
Experienced and have proven ability in managing and customizing the experience to a customer base
A proven multi-tasker and able to manage multiple projects at a time while paying strict attention to detail
Proactive, independent worker with the demonstrated capacity to lead, motivate, and work well with others
Fluent in English, as all AdCamp activities will be conducted in English
Be currently enrolled in a final year of BA/BS or master’s program, in any major, at a university in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa, or have graduated within the last 12 months

If a student is selected, Google will cover transport (most reasonable mode) to the programs and hotel rooms if needed for the duration of the program.
To express interest, please head to this form.
For More Information, visit the Google AdCamp

Application Deadline:14 January 2020
The annual contests recognize and celebrate the best visual journalism produced over the last year. An independent jury selects the prize-winning photographs and productions, which are later assembled into our annual exhibition and yearbook. Our annual Photo Contest and Digital Storytelling Contest is now open for entries. Both contests are free to enter and open to professional visual journalists.

It is free to enter
Open to all professionals around the world
There are different categories to highlight diverse stories
Independently judged by leaders in visual storytelling
Your chance to win €10,000 and to showcase your work to a global audience

Photo Contest
The World Press Photo Contest rewards photographers for the best single exposure pictures contributing to the past year of visual journalism. Whether entered as singles or stories, these pictures are judged in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights about our world.

Digital Storytelling Contest
The Digital Storytelling Contest, open to short documentary film and interactive productions, recognizes and rewards forms of visual storytelling enabled by digital technologies

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News and Opportunities


The GTB Internship Programme offers OND graduates the opportunity to gain industry experience and on-the-job training in banking operations by supporting the day-to-day activities of our Transaction Services team whilst learning best-in-class banking processes and procedures. The internship program is a great way to start a career in banking and develop workplace skills for the future.
Job Type:   OND Internship
Location: Our unique branches nationwide
Duration: 12 months
One-year industrial attachment letter from a polytechnic
WAEC/NECO certificate
Birth certificate
School Identity card
For More Information, visit GTB Internship Programme


Seplat Internship is a carefully monitored work or service experience in which a student has intentional learning goals and reflects actively on what he/she is learning throughout the experience.
Applicant must be:
A university undergraduate at the time of application
Must present a letter of internship from school
Must have a CGPA of 3.0 and above for OND and 3.2 and above for BSC
Must be available in Nigeria to commence the internship
Able to fulfil tasks set out by the supervisor
Organized and competent to perform clerical duties as will be assigned
Gain valuable work experience
Explore a career path
Develop and refine skills
Gain confidence
Network with professionals in the field
Receive financial compensation
For More Information, visit Seplat Internship Programme


Application Deadline: January 31, 2020
The State will invite 1.000 African entrepreneurs to come to Bordeaux to present their solutions at The City of Solutions, a show dedicated to projects and solutions for sustainable cities and territories to be held during the 28th edition of the Africa-France Summit. June 4, 5 and 6, 2020.
To apply to the Challenge of 1,000:
You have to be an African entrepreneur, having an activity related to one of the 7 districts of The City of Solutions
Your organization needs a real legal existence (legal statute)
Your organization should have an increasing revenue
Your organization should beared a viable product or solution, innovative or duplicable at a lower cost, to make French and African cities more sustainable from an environmental and social point of view.
CAREFUL CONSIDERATION will be given by the jury to:
Gender Parity, female candidates are encouraged to apply!
Geographical balance of origin of Contractors
Balance of themes on the 7 districts.


Application Deadline: December 6 2019
The Africa Digital Rights Fund (ADRF) offers flexible and rapid response grants to select initiatives in Africa to implement activities that advance digital rights, including advocacy, litigation, research, policy analysis, digital literacy and digital security skills building.
Eligible Activities
The activities that are eligible for funding are those that protect and advance digital rights. These may include but are not limited to research, advocacy, policy analysis, litigation, digital literacy and digital security skills building, and participating in digital rights legal and legislative processes.
The grant funding shall be for a period not exceeding 10 months.
Eligibility Requirements
The Fund is open to organizations and coalitions working to advance digital rights in Africa. This includes but is not limited to human rights defenders, media, activists, think tanks, legal aid groups, and tech hubs. Entities working on women’s rights or with youths, sexual minorities, refugees, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
The initiatives to be funded will preferably have formal registration in an African country, but in some circumstances, organizations and coalitions that do not have formal registration may be considered. Such organizations need to show evidence that they are operational in a particular African country or countries.
The activities to be funded must be in/on an African country or countries.
For more information, visit Africa Digital Rights Fund

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News and Opportunities


Application Deadline: 27 November 2019
World Nomad is looking for an aspiring, passionate photographer to send on a trip to Mongolia to be mentored by Canon Master Richard I'Anson. During this 10-day scholarship opportunity, you'll capture the unique celebration of nomadic culture at the Naadam Festival.

Free flights
A 10-day trip in Mongolia
Professional mentorship
Camera bag and accessories
Purifier bottle
Travel insurance

One application per individual
The scholarship is not open to professional photographers of any kind.
Your photo story should:
Feature an original subject and your original perspective
Convey a compelling and cohesive story
Display your excellent technique and creative composition
Be supported by complementary, thoughtful captions
To win, all you need to do is apply with your best 5 images that tell a story from a place you've visited.
For more information visit World Nomads 


Application Deadline: 1 February 2020
The Africa Scholarship Programme (ASP) has been initiated by Wageningen University & Research to allow talented and motivated students from Africa to study in Wageningen.
With this programme, Wageningen wants to support capacity building in Africa by attracting excellent students for a 2-years master’s programme.
Eligibility for the scholarship: Excellent students with a GPA of 80 per cent or higher in a bachelor degree, and admitted to a Wageningen University MSc Programme.
Components of the scholarship:
Travel to and from Wageningen
Living allowance for 2 years
Tuition fee
Visa costs and costs for health insurance
Budget to visit one seminar/conference in Europe
Participation in the ‘Reach your full potential’ programme


The Sterling Bank Graduate Trainee Program is a starting point for an exciting career at Sterling Bank. It is a unique opportunity for talents who are ready to live out their passion and demonstrate leadership potential. At Sterling Bank, you will explore a world of opportunities and see how the Graduate Trainee Program can enhance your career and position you for impact.

Here is what they look for:
• Passion
• Adaptability
• Team-spirit
• Innovativeness
• Digital savvy
• Responsibility and Ownership
• Integrity

• Second Class Upper Graduates from a recognized University
• Applicants must have completed NYSC
• Applicants must not be older than 26 years of age
• We value diversity in our workplace and encourage qualified men and women with diverse professional, academic, and cultural backgrounds to apply.
For more information visit the Sterling Bank GraduateTrainee Program


Application Deadline: 21 November 2019 at 5 pm (GMT)
The International Tech Hub Network is launching Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020. The programme will bring 15 of the continent’s most ambitious development-focused women entrepreneurs to the UK in January. If you are based in Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa, you could gain access to excellent mentoring, 1:1 time with UK investors and expert training to help scale your company. 

1. Female founder leading a company within any tech sub-sector
2. Can demonstrate a clear business model
3. MVP product or prototype (i.e. must be fully operating in the market)
4. Can demonstrate clear social impact potential
5. Can demonstrate a commitment to strengthen the local ecosystem by passing on learnings to other startups
6. Ambition to expand internationally in the future
The programme will be delivered alongside Africa Investment Summit, taking place in London on 20 January. We expect winners to be able to attend the Summit.
For more information, visit the Africa-UK: Female TechFounders 2020 Programme 

My KIR Foundation story: Changing the narrative.

Change is never easy, especially for a teenager from a sheltered life in a Private school to the challenges of being in a Public school. In May 2015, I was in Grade 9 (Junior Secondary School 3), and had just transferred from Prudence Educational Centre a Private school, to State Secondary School Amadi-Ama a public one. 

I was beginning to get used to the public school setting as I had never attended one. Classes seemed to be longer and the noise was terrible but I was determined to make it work. I didn’t have or make a lot of friends save for some students that attended the same church as I did. It wasn’t so bad and I could laze away as much as I could. That is, until that day.

Where are my manners? I’m Prince Emmanuel Macdonald and this is #MyKIRFoundationStory.

On the 18th of May 2015, my third week of being in a government school, my form teacher, Mr. Lenner was having a word with the Grade 9A class. He talked to us about various career choices and asked what each of us would like to be. I watched and listened as hands shot up followed by dreams of being doctors, engineers, lawyers, accountants and the rest of the supposed ‘high-paying’ jobs. Finally, it was my turn, I told my teacher I wanted to be a Computer Technologist. I didn’t know they were called Computer Technicians.
There was a long pause, followed by murmurings. My form teacher said nothing and asked me to have my seat.

During recess, I started wondering how I was going to become a Computer Technologist, I wasn't even tech-savvy! A classmate met me as I was lost in my thoughts and asked if I had any knowledge of ICT. I admitted I was illiterate when it came to ICT.
He told me about a Foundation that wasn't far from our school and asked me to come along.

That was how I discovered Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation. 
On my first visit, I was amazed by the number of books I saw in the KIR Foundation Resource Room. I read as many storybooks as I could!
The Front Desk Officer observed that I kept requesting for storybooks and advised me to focus more on my academic books. I took her advice and studied hard for my Junior WAEC examinations. I was so excited when I made 8 A's and 4 C's in the exams! I most probably would not have passed my exams if not for the timely advice of the Front Desk Officer.

Subsequently, I enrolled for the Vocational skills projects in the Centre; the Teenage Easter Empowerment Project (TEEP) and the Holiday Empowerment Project (HEP) during the Easter and summer holidays. I learnt various skills like; Web design, Blogging and Sign Language. Furthermore, I became a member of the Thank God It's Inspiration Friday (TGIIF) Youth Hub where I learnt how to express myself confidently in public and to code. 

In 2018 February, I decided to give back to the Foundation by becoming a volunteer Coding teacher. I managed the Coding Club and taught teenagers from public schools; Basic HTML and CSS web development, Construct gaming and Android App Development.

KIR Foundation has changed my life drastically, from the shy introverted teenager to a Life-long learner who is now driven to use to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth in the Niger Delta. Indeed, the Organization has given me opportunities to own my future which would not have been possible with a normal classroom experience.

It's been 4 years since I first came to KIR Foundation and I really want to appreciate every KIR Foundation donor that has invested in the lives of young persons like me by keeping the doors of the Foundation open. Young people like myself who have various dreams, aspirations and visions in life need a place like KIR Foundation, to express and truly discover themselves. And that's what your donations have been doing.

Thank you for changing the narrative of youth in our society and inspiring change through learning!

News and Opportunities

Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards.

Deadline 30th November 2019.
The Journalism Awards target business journalists from Anglophone and Francophone countries in Africa and aims to recognize and acknowledge the good work of media on the continent.
Submission can be either a published article (print or online)or a broadcasted radio/television clip in English or French. The review period is the 12 months leading up to the submission deadline date. Entrants have to be based in an African country. Only 1 article can be entered for each category.

Award Categories

Submission can be either a published article or (print or online), a broadcasted radio/television clip in English or French. The review period is the 12 months leading up to the submission deadline date. Entrants have to be based in an African country.
The categories in the 2020 awards are:
  1. Best Re/Insurance Print Article [English]
  2. Best Re/Insurance Broadcast (TV/Radio) Article [English]
  3. Best Re/Insurance Online Article [English]
  4. Best Re/Insurance French article [Print, Broadcast or Online]
For More Information visit Pan African Re/Insurance Journalism Awards 

Yale Young African Scholars Program 2020 for African secondary school Students

Application Deadline: 12 February 2020.
Yale Young African Scholars (YYAS) is an intensive academic and enrichment program designed for African secondary school students planning to pursue tertiary education and who wish to make a meaningful impact as young leaders on the continent.
Participants will enhance their academic skills, receive university admission and financial aid application guidance, and join a network of young leaders from across Africa. Following the eight-day program, students will be paired with mentors who will help advise them throughout the university application process. There are no tuition, meal, or lodging costs for students to participate in YYAS.
  • Age: You must be at least 14 years old by the application deadline (12 February 2020) to be considered. Please note that a typical YYAS student is between the ages of 15 and 18
  • English: You must be able to participate in a rigorous academic curriculum conducted in English.
  • Citizenship: You must be a citizen or permanent resident of an African country. YYAS will also accept applications from refugees living in an African country.
  • School location: You must currently attend school in an African country.
  • Graduation date: If you attend school in the Northern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by the earliest May/June 2021. If you attend school in the Southern Hemisphere, you must be graduating secondary school by earliest November/December 2020. Students who will graduate secondary school before August 2020 are NOT eligible to apply.
For more information visit the Yale Young African Scholars Program 2020

NLNG 2020 SIWES Industrial Attachment Programme for young Nigerians

Application Deadline: November 13th 2019
The application is fully open to all undergraduates seeking to undergo 6 months or 1 year Industrial Training from any field related to Oil and Gas.
The SIWES application portal is now open and interested candidates can apply for placement.
  • For best experience and performance, applicants are encouraged to use a desktop or laptop with internet explorer 11 and above or google chrome
  • Click on Guidelines to read on how to register and apply.
  • Click on Register Here to register your new account on the portal.
    • Use a valid email address
    • Use an easy-to-remember USERNAME and Password 
  • The application form comes up after successful registration 
  • Fill out the application form and submit
  • A confirmation email will be sent to you upon successful submission.

Injini EdTech incubator programme 2019/2020 for EdTech entrepreneurs in Africa (Fully Funded to Cape Town, South Africa)

Application Deadline: 10 December 2019.
Do you have a technology-driven or technology-enabled innovation that could improve educational outcomes in Africa? Are you looking to take your early-stage startup to the next level?
Injini is the first educational technology (EdTech) incubator or accelerator on the African continent. Based in South Africa, Injini invests in promising African EdTech startups and works closely with them to ultimately achieve their goal of positively impacting educational outcomes on the continent.
The Cohort 4 Incubation Programme will be made up of three phases.

  • Your EdTech startup is based in Africa and focused on improving educational outcomes somewhere on the continent.
  • Your solution is aiming to address a key problem related to education in Africa.
  • Your solution is evidence-based — meaning, you can point to research that backs up your methods or hypothesis.
  • Your company is registered and a certificate of incorporation can be shared with the Injini team upon request.
  • Your startup has (at least) a minimum viable product or prototype.
  • Your startup has (at least) one full-time founder.
  • One or more decision-making members of your startup’s founding team can travel to Cape Town during Phases 1 and 3 of the incubation programme.
  • Participating founders from outside of South Africa must have a valid passport and eligibility to apply for a South African visa.
  • Participating founders must be fluent in English.
For more information visit the Injini EdTech incubator programme