Using Board Games To Teach Life’s Important Lessons!!

In 2017 August, KIR Foundation introduced Board Games like (Chess, Scrabble, The Game of Life, Monopoly etc) to enable the youth in the Centre learn 21st Century Skills like Creativity, Collaboration and Critical Thinking to empower them to become solution minded and problem solvers in practical ways. In September 2017, the KIR Foundation team, set up the Games Club. Since then, more than 100 young people have learnt how to play these Board Games in our Community Centre. The feedback we have gotten from them is that playing these games have taught them to focus, be more patient, acquire new words, increase their critical thinking skills, develop the spirit of sportsmanship, make better choices, knowing that their actions have consequences, respecting rules and ethics, planning etc.

Timothy Alexander (left)

According to Timothy Alexander, one of the Club members and the winner of the KIR Foundation Chess Competition (Senior Category); “Chess has taught me a lot of things, one of which is: Sacrifice. You have to let go of some things you want to get what you need.”

In September 2017, the young people had a lot of fun when they played a competitive game of ‘Body Chess’. However, this year, the KIR Foundation team decided to have an amateur Chess and Scrabble Competition among the members of the Club to promote collaboration and good sportsmanship. Therefore, on the 25th of July 2019, KIR Foundation organized its first-ever Chess and Scrabble Competition with 12 competitors, 8 of them played Scrabble while 4, played Chess.

The winner of the Scrabble Competition was Campbell Omuboye. He scored 134 points beating the 2nd runner-up with only a point which proved that every single letter is worth a point in scrabble and could determine who wins or loses the game! The winners of the Chess and Scrabble competitions were presented with their very own Chess and Scrabble Boards to encourage them to become more proficient players.

Okanlawon Martins

Okanlawon Martins, the winner of the Chess Competition (Junior Category) said; “Participating in the Chess and Scrabble competition pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to think strategically. I’m really glad I took part in this competition and now I have my Chessboard!”.

News and Opportunities

Union Bank Management Trainee Programme 

The Union Bank Management Trainee Program (MTP) has been designed to allow graduates to learn technical and soft skills from a world-class organisation through pieces of training and vital on-the-job experience.
Must not be above 26 years
Must have completed your NYSC
Have a minimum of Second-Class Lower University degree

For more information visit The Union Bank Management Trainee Program

YGAP Kenya Accelerator Programme for Entrepreneurs

Deadline: 15 November 2019
YGAP accelerator programs aim to back impact entrepreneurs – or as they like to call them ‘local leaders’ –who have solutions to local problems in some of the world’s toughest communities.
They support these local leaders who live there and have developed their own. Meaning their role is simply help refine and scale their solutions.

The start-ups selected will go through three stages:

Entrepreneur: We believe the best solutions to poverty are entrepreneurial, so they focus on early-stage ventures that exist to improve access to education or healthcare, create jobs or build safer homes.
Local: You’re a local of the area who intimately understands the problems that you are trying to solve.
Early Stage: You will have already launched a venture or run a pilot and have some early traction or proof of concept. You will typically have less than 10 customers or clients and have been in operation for less than two years.
Ventures that are improving lives: At the end of the day, we exist to improve the lives of people living in poverty. If you believe your venture is improving the lives of people living in poverty, we encourage you to apply.
If you’re a founder of an early-stage venture aimed at improving the lives of people living in tough conditions, we want to hear from you! If you don’t hit all of these criteria perfectly, we still encourage you to apply as you may still be considered!

For more information visit the YGAP ACCELERATOR PROGRAM

Google AI Residency Program 2020 for young graduates in STEM (12 Months residency in Google)

Application Deadline: December 19, 2019.
The Google AI Residency Program is a 12-month research training role designed to jumpstart or advance your career in machine learning research.
With machine learning fast becoming a critical area for a broad range of applications, we recognized the need to evolve our research goals and expand beyond deep learning to include a breadth of machine learning subfields. People from a wide range of disciplines are beginning to realize the importance and impact of this area of research. With growing interest in the field, there is a corresponding need for researchers with hands-on experience in machine learning techniques and methodologies.

Residents will have the opportunity to be mentored by distinguished scientists and engineers from various teams within Google AI, and work on real-world machine learning problems and applications. Also, they will also, have the opportunity to collaborate and partner closely with various research groups across Google and Alphabet.
The residency program is similar to spending a year in a Master’s or PhD program in machine learning. Residents are expected to read papers, work on research projects, and encouraged to publish in top-tier venues. By the end of the program, residents are expected to gain significant research experience in machine learning.
The ideal candidate either has a degree (BS, MS or PhD) or equivalent experience in a STEM field such as CS, Math or Statistics. Having said that, we highly encourage candidates with non-traditional backgrounds and experiences from all over the world to apply to our program.
Most importantly we are looking for individuals who are motivated to learn and have a strong interest and passion for machine learning research.

For More Information visit Google AI Residency Program 2020

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Application Deadline: 10 January 2020.
British Council #IdeasChangeLives is the global innovation challenge to find digital solutions to some of the world’s greatest problems. British Council is looking for people with a fresh, entrepreneurial spirit and a big idea that has the potential to make a positive impact in communities across the globe.
The winning pitch will get £20,000 to invest in their idea, as well as mentorship and support from the British Council for a full year.

The focus for 2019:
This year, the British Council is looking for ideas that help us to meet any or all of the targets within one of the three Global Goals for Sustainable Development below:
Goal 4: Quality education
Goal 5: Gender equality
Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

The competition is open to anyone and everyone across the world. You can choose to apply as an individual or an organisation.
British Council accepts ‘early-stage’ applications, meaning you don’t necessarily need a working prototype when you make your application.
You don’t need to be working in the digital or technology sector to apply.
To help, the British Council recommends thinking carefully about the following before you apply:
The need your idea addresses – be clear about which one of The Global Goals you are focusing on and the problem your idea could help to solve.
How people will benefit – tell us why your idea matters to the people it is designed for and how it has the potential to positively impact thousands of lives.
Why it’s compelling – we need to feel that you care about making a difference so tell us the story behind your idea.
The competition – show us you have a clear understanding and awareness of any competitors who may be working on similar products and tell us why your idea is different.
The tools and resources needed to turn it into a product – it doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked with technology before. What does matter is a clear understanding of how your idea will work in the real world.

Funding to get your idea off the ground
Support to help you succeed

For more information visit BRITISH COUNCIL


Application Deadline: November 30, 2019.
#Blog4Dev Competition: What will it take to end child marriage in your country?
 World Bank Kenya office, the Blog4Dev competition is an annual writing contest, inviting young people to weigh in on a topic critical to the country’s economic development. The competition is a way to engage Africa’s youth and provide a platform to share their views—and solutions—about development topics that are important to them.

Be a citizen of any of the 48 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa
Be between the ages of 18 and 28 years of age on November 30, 2019.
Currently, reside in a Sub-Saharan African country
Being invited to attend a dedicated program during the World Bank – IMF Spring Meetings 2020 in Washington DC
Opportunities to represent Africa’s youth at high-level events
A chance to intern at a World Bank Africa country office, or an opportunity to have your blog published on the World Bank Africa blog Youth Transforming Africa.

For more information visit WORLD BANK AFRICA


Application Deadline: November 1st 2019
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) bring prosperity and revolutionize life in many aspects. Realizing the significance of technology role in facilitating the daily life of citizens and valuing the principle of social justice, UNDP seeks to disseminate ICT tools and make them available to all segments of the society nationwide, serving poor and marginalized areas with special focus on youth, women, and persons with disabilities (PwDs) to have an inclusive Somalia Society.

Have a secondary school degree.
Be between 18 to 35 years old.
Be fluent in English as the training will be fully in English.
Be aware of the basics of the principles of computer use.
Be passion about technology and innovating for the community. — be self-learner and motivated.

Flight tickets to and from Cairo, Egypt.
Internal transportation.
Full accommodation for trainees in Cairo, Egypt
Training at the Egyptian National Academy of Communication and Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities (NAID).

For more information visit UNDP ACCELERATOR LAB


DEADLINE: October 20, 2019
GOAL Malawi and PRB will host a workshop to introduce active young advocates to the topic of population, environment, and development (PED), and teach them about evidence-based policy communication. Participants will learn how to define policy goals, identify target audiences, and craft communication objectives.

The project will pay for air tickets from their countries of residence to the training venue (Lilongwe), local transport in Lilongwe, accommodation, and food. (Successful applicants will be required to meet their visa costs.)
Participants will receive follow-up technical support to implement their activity.

Youth advocates ages 18 to 30 based in eastern, southern, and western Africa
Successful applicants will be required to meet their own visa costs. The project will pay for air tickets from their countries of residence to the training venue (Lilongwe), local transport in Lilongwe, accommodation, and food.

For more information visit GOAL MALAWI  

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OandoGAP is a unique opportunity to develop recent graduates who have the potential to become leaders, and in the medium to long term strengthen the local oil and gas talent pipeline.
It is strictly an 18-month programme, where successful applicants will participate in structured experiential learning from some of the best minds the industry has to offer; to prepare them for career opportunities within the sector.
Worth of Award
Diverse learning opportunities.
Opportunity to work with some of the best minds in the industry.

Bachelors or Master’s Degree with a minimum of Second-Class Upper Division (2.1) in any of the following areas/disciplines: Engineering, Geosciences, Economics, Business Administration and other Business-related degrees
Not older than 26 years by January 01, 2020.
Must have completed NYSC
You can only apply for one position as multiple applications will lead to disqualification.
Deadline: Application closes October 25, 2019

For more information, VISIT  


The Female Founder Accelerator is a 12-month program designed to identify, train, mentor and fund the next generation of Africa’s female entrepreneurs.  This year event will shortlist 30 female small business owners for the 12-month business support event, with 4 of the female entrepreneurs winning a grant of =N=250,000 each.

Years in operations: Up to 2 years.
Applicant’s age: 18 – 40 years old.
The business must have been registered with CAC at the point of application
Start-ups are encouraged to apply.
This year event will focus on the under listed businesses:
i. hair and beauty
ii. food, drinks & confectioneries
iii. fashion and design
iv. interior d├ęcor
v. event planning
vi. photography
Application deadline: 10th November 2019

For application VISIT 

Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation presents the Employment Pathways Project for Youth with and without disabilities. The training is 100% free.
Basic ICT Appreciation
Digital Marketing
GSM and Computer Repairs and Maintenance
Basic Coding
Address: Plot 8, Road 112, Federal Housing Estate, Amadi-Ama, Off Peter Odili Road, By Eterna Filling Station, Port Harcourt.
All Gender
Ages 16-30
Persons with and without disabilities
Application deadline: 25th October 2019
For more information, contact: 08171988475

This two-week program will give you experiences in a wide range of financial service functions including job shadowing opportunities and case study assignments. Programs held in London will be hosted by the following divisions: 
Global Investment Research
Investment Banking 

This program is suited for first-year students on a three-year course and second-year students on a four-year course.
Application Deadline Sunday 24 November 2019
For more information and application VISIT


Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCo) and its co-venture partners hereby invite applications from qualified Nigerian students for the 2019 NNPC/SNEPCo National University Scholarship Programme. The programme aims to promote academic excellence and improve the skills of young Nigerians. It provides a yearly grant to the successful applicants from their second year to the completion of their degree programme.

Applications should be submitted on or before October 23, 2019.
The examination date will be communicated to shortlisted candidates only. 
The merit-based scholarship is open to FULL-TIME undergraduates studying any of the under-listed courses in Universities within Nigeria.

Agricultural Science
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Geosciences / Geology
Instrumentation Engineering
Marine Engineering
Materials / Corrosion Engineering
Mathematics / Applied Mathematics
Mechanical Engineering
Metallurgical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering
Physics / Applied Physics
Applicants must: ·        
Be a citizen of Nigeria
Currently, be in their second year of full-time study in a Nigerian University accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC)
Have a minimum CGPA of 3.5 in a 5-grade system
Not be a beneficiary of any other scholarship (National or International)

For more information, VISIT 


Application Deadline: 25th October 2019
In line with KPMG Nigeria’s commitment to improving communities, KPMG will be contributing to the advancement of education.
Education is the foundation for growth and success in communities. In line with KPMG Nigeria’s commitment to improving communities by improving the quality and access to education; KPMG has developed a program to sponsor selected candidates through their tertiary education.

Eligibility Criteria:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
Have completed their secondary education at a state-owned Government school within the last 2 years.
A minimum of 5 Distinctions (As & Bs) from their WASSCE (including English and Mathematics).
A minimum score of 230 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Already have an admission letter or a provisional letter of admission to a federal university in Nigeria.
The deadline for application is 25th October 2019

For more Information VISIT

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Application Deadline: Thursday, 24 October 2019 by 4 pm.
The Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) invites entries from Nigerian professional journalists or team of journalists, full-time or part-time, for its 14th edition.
The centre has introduced an online application option for some categories of the award for this edition.
The award, which is an annual programme of WSCIJ, seeks to honour journalism works with a focus on public and or corporate corruption, human rights abuses, or failure of regulatory agencies, published or aired between 4th October 2018 and 3rd October 2019.
This year, applicants for the Television, Radio and Online categories of the award can put in their entries through an online application process. The other three categories requiring hard copy submission given the nature of entry processing, are the Print, Photography and Editorial cartoon.
Received entries will be collated using the award coding system and assessed by a panel of media experts and related professionals with a good understanding of investigative reporting. The judges’ board would broadly score submitted stories based on the quality of investigation, evidence, human rights elements, ethical reportage, courage, individual creativity, public interest, impact and quality of presentation.

For more information: VISIT 


Shell is looking for high-potential IT Project Managers, IT Business Analysts, Systems Engineers, and Software Engineers who will create a huge impact on the growth of our business in Nigeria.
The application deadline is 21 October 2019.

 They are keen to hear from passionate professionals who have strong problem-solving skills and attention to detail. You must have excellent communication and presentation skills to effectively translate business insights to our stakeholders. You’re someone who is innovative and thinks out-of-the-box to be able to quickly link technical solutions with business strategy. Ideally, you should have as many of the following as possible on your CV:
Bachelor’s degree in any of IT, Engineering, Computer Science, or related field, minimum 2nd class lower
Agile project delivery experience
Professional certifications related to business analysis, project or programme management, systems and software engineering
Understanding of systems engineering concepts and data/process analysis and modelling
Ability to document requirements and specifications
Experience in development platforms such as HTML5 - Microsoft .Net, Microsoft .Net (Services and Windows), Linux, Java, Mobile Development (IOS), Mobile Development (Android), HTML5 - SAP Application Development, Service - SAP Application Development, COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf Software)
Ability to develop software in Java, Ruby on Rails, C++, Python or other programming languages
Excellent knowledge of relational databases, SQL and ORM technologies (JPA2, Hibernate)
Experience developing web applications using at least one popular web framework (JSF, Wicket, GWT, Spring MVC)
Proficiency in software engineering tools
Knowledge of Oracle Database 11g/12c or the latest version, Microsoft SQL Server 2014/2016 or the latest version, and awareness of HANA Database, Sybase database, SAP Solution Manager, Linux/Windows/Scripting, and ITIL.
Please do not apply more than once for any or all of these jobs.

For more information: VISIT 


Apply for Skill Up Abia (SUPA) 2019 – a project of Clintonel Innovation Centre (CIC) Aba to train and support unemployed young people in Abia State.
At the end of the training, trainees will be supported to secure or create employment.

             Computer-Aided Design (CAD)
The use of computer software to design different products
             Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAM)
The use of computer software to control and automate manufacturing machines
             Renewable Energy
Solar Panel & Inverter construction and installation
             Professional Mobile Phone Repair

Training Duration:
November 2019 – February 2020
Application Process:
Fill and submit this online application form.
Only shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview.

Application Deadline: 18th October 2019
For more information: VISIT 


Application Deadline: November 1st 2019 08:00 PM (EDT)
The MIT-Empowering the Teachers (MIT-ETT) program at MIT strives to foster innovation in science and engineering education in tertiary academic institutions in Africa through an intense engagement with faculty members from African universities. NNPC/TOTAL is the corporate partner and sponsor of this program.
There are two main objectives of the MIT-ETT program: to provide young African professors with exposure to cutting-edge pedagogical methods in the highest-rated engineering and science departments in the U.S. and to provide American faculty who have a deep interest in connecting with those in their disciplines in emerging economies a concrete means of engagement.

During their semester at MIT, Fellows do the following:
observe instruction in their own disciplines & subjects
interact with MIT faculty teaching in their own disciplines & subjects
develop courses based on a problem-solving approach inspired by the equivalent course at MIT
discuss & explore curricular enrichment & reform through both formal and informal interaction with the MIT community
The ultimate goal is to reform their current curricular using new materials, approaches and methods that exemplify the best of MIT’s practices: problem-solving, student-centred, innovation and bringing knowledge to bear on the world’s greatest challenges.

For More Information: VISIT 


Application Deadline: 25th October 2019
The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) in conjunction with LEAP Africa is pleased to announce the NESG Bridge Fellowship. The NESG Bridge Fellowship is a merit-based fellowship jointly designed and administered by the NESG, a private sector Think-Tank and Policy Advocacy Group, and LEAP Africa, a youth-leadership development non-profit organization.
The NESG Bridge Fellowship is designed to inspire and equip a new generation of young visionary Nigerian leaders, with the skills to carry out policy-oriented research and advocacy for national transformation. Selected participants will undergo a rigorous and engaging capacity development process where they will contribute to knowledge production and policy at the national level.

Fellows will conduct their policy research and advocacy activities in-line with the Nigerian Economic Summit Group’s (NESG) 11 policy commissions, which include: Energy, science and technology, manufacturing and solid minerals development, agriculture and food security, infrastructure and logistics, human capital development, governance and institutions, trade investment and competitiveness, finance financial inclusion and financial markets, sustainability and tourism, hospitality, entertainment and creative industries policy commissions.
Selected applicants will be enrolled in an 18-month fellowship during which they will develop leadership, research and policy engagement skills and competencies; participate in policy research and advocacy work, as well as implement social impact projects. These professionals will be drawn from across the 36 states of Nigeria from academia, the private, public and development sectors through a stringent selection process.
By the end of the fellowship, fellows will
Have a deep understanding of the policy-making process.
Be confident to lend their voices to policy discourse.
Be able to represent the private sector in policy discourse.
Be part of a community of young change-makers in the policy space.

The NESG Bridge Fellowship is open to young Nigerians who meet the following criteria:
Are between the ages of 25 and 40 on or before the application deadline, although exceptional applicants ages 20-24 will be considered.
Are Nigerian citizens who are permanent residents within the country.
Are not employees or immediate family members of employees of the NESG or LEAP Africa.
Can undergo rigorous research training for 18 months.
Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
Have demonstrated a consistent interest in research and public policy, community development, social work, business and/or social entrepreneurship
The NESG and LEAP Africa reserve the right to verify all of the information provided in the application. If there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

For more information: VISIT 

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Application Deadline: 15th November 2019.
Leventis Foundation offers a variety of consultancy services and targeted short courses in several aspects agriculture e.g. Poultry production, Vegetable production, Bee-keeping, Honey Production, Fish farming, Mushroom production, Value chain mapping etc.
Leventis Foundation invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for this year training programme in Modern and Sustainable Agriculture.

The comprehensive one-year training exposes the participants to several areas of agriculture and other farm businesses.
Admission is open to both male and female candidates.
Tuition and boarding (including feeding) are provided free of charge for successful candidates throughout the course.
The objective of the training, which is FREE OF ALL COSTS to the beneficiaries is to create in Nigeria, generations of committed young practical farmers who will act as catalysts for agricultural revolution in their communities.

Admission Requirements:
Applicants should fulfil the following conditions among others:
Be physically fit
Ability to read and write in English (evidence of a minimum of Junior Secondary School may be required)
Aged between 18 and 40 years
Pass both written and oral test before final selection
Should demonstrate perceivable interest in agriculture
Proof of a farming background is an advantage

For more information: VISIT


Application Deadline: November 18, 2019
Do you have a startup, association, or research Centre is developing a digital solution that promotes the development of inclusive and sustainable cities in Africa and falls under one of the categories below? So you can apply!

Creation of quality urban services
Urban planning for the most vulnerable
Stimulation of local economic development
Improving   the relationship between the citizens and local authorities

20 000 €
International Visibility
A tailor-made support program
“Acceleration pack”

​For more information: VISIT 


Application Deadline: 31 January 2020.
Are you a promising writer living outside the UK? Would you like to have your story heard by the world? You’re invited to submit your scripts for the 27th International Radio Playwriting Competition, hosted by BBC World Service and the British Council.
It offers a unique opportunity for playwrights to have their radio play heard across the world by the BBC World Service’s millions of listeners.
Whether you’re an established or a completely new writer, the competition welcomes scripts from anyone outside of the UK. The radio dramas can be on any subject you like, as long as they are 53 minutes long.
Winners will receive a cash prize of £2,500 sterling, travel to London to attend an award ceremony, and see their plays recorded before they’re broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Entry to the International Radio Playwriting Competition 2020 is open to anyone over the age of 18 (as of 31 January 2020), who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom.
There are two categories for entry. One is for entrants who speak English as a first language, the other for entrants with English as a second language. The BBC may require proof of eligibility for the second category.
Entry is only open to anyone who is over the age of 18 as at 31 January 2020 who is not normally a resident of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Channel Islands or Isle of Man (“UK”).

For application and more information: VISIT