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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