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The YouthStorySLAMS and the Imperative of the New Narrative Projects for Nigeria@61

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The Independence Day Celebrations conjure up different memories for different folks. It is a time for sober reflections on how far we have come, our shared history, our challenges, and our hope for a better and prosperous Nigeria. A time to ponder about our coexistence as a people living under one umbrella called Nigeria. We have been grappling with peaceful coexistence which pivotal to the foundation of our nationhood. This existential threat has continued to elude us. The stories festering on our digital and cyberspace are exacerbating this ugly trend.
On one end of the spectrum are those who feel entitled, exudes a false sense of patriotism and pride about their contributions to society even though their actions/ inactions portray them otherwise. On the other end of the spectrum are those who are frustrated, despondent, and have lost all hopes of a better future, and their actions/inactions are not making things even better.

Between these two extremes are those who believe in this country. They work tirelessly to be part of the solutions, and their actions are consistent with their commitments. These are a selected few who often voice their concerns in the hope of enlightening us and providing us the way forward to charting a new course for our nation. They see opportunities we can tap into, even during the chaos, and solutions to our political and economic quagmire if only we are willing and ready to consider them.
It is a tumultuous era for the nation, and we must work to be part of the solutions if we desire a real change. We must realize that Nigeria is passing through a phase defined by an era. An era when things seem to be falling apart, and our fragile peace and coexistence are hanging on a scale. We must be honest in asking the right questions and what we must do to reverse this grotesque trend. We must not succumb to parochial sentiments, ethnic jingoism, or settle for blame games. We must not expend our collective energy on mundane things that are fruitless. We must be courageous to respond and not react to issues just as we have seen in our daily lives. If our reactions are not making things better, why not devise other strategies?

Great nations emerge from the obstacles and challenges they overcome. They emerge from the great wars they fought to conquer their perceived foes. History is replete with great leaders who steered their countries out of the most trying and pivotal moments. They chart a new course for the socio-economic development and transformation of their countries. These leaders do not only wade through the murkiest of muds to come out victorious but strive even hard to position their countries strategically on Morningthe global map while making a difference in the lives of their citizens.

We need a strategic response to our current albatross. We are sick and tired of the never-ending REACTIONS from all quotas. We are tired of stories, speeches, and rhetoric that deliver little or nothing to our people. We need little talk and more action to overcome our current challenges. We need our leaders to talk less and do more for their people. So, this led to the New Narrative Projects conceived about two years ago. They aim to provide an alternative platform for talents and ideas to grow and thrive. They also aim to provide opportunities for youth, motivate and empower them to start their innovation-driven enterprises. We plan to work closely with agencies, business corporations, and academia in institutionalizing innovation across all aspects of their businesses. These projects include IdeaNexT Innovation Challenge (e.g., University Innovation Challenge/Varsity Innovo Challenge), StoryNexT Enterprise Challenge and Podcasts, and FreelanceNEXT (The Work Remotely Concept). We hope to unveil them to the public in November this year.

We hope that these projects may eventually shift our collective narrative in a quantum way especially among the youth, and inspire a new sense of hope for a better future. We plan to commence with the StoryNext Enterprise Challenge in the form of National StorySLAMS. The first episode in this series was codenamed YouthStorySLAMS. This was conceived to doused the simmering tensions and anxieties in our communities and society at large. These tensions may have spun from our actions and inactions, and from the stories we tell ourselves, and share with the world, and the constant negative and stereotypical narrative we are bombarded with on a daily basis.

We need a paradigm shift in our individual and collective narrative starting either from those who govern to those who are governed or vice-versa. This should not be an isolated sacrifice or decision but a collective one rooted in commitment and willpower to be the change we all want to see. To be part of something positive, something that transcends our individual interest, things that put our nation first. Positive somethings will inspire the current and future generations. If we cant be part of the solutions, then we shouldnt make things worse for our nation. We must break away from the shackles of bad governance and sycophancies, corruption and ineptitude; we must break away from chains of nepotism, ethnic jingoism, and profiling, and from all that is holding us back.

Our team are on a mission to collect, archive, disseminate our original stories. This mission birthed the StoryNEXT, which came from our commitment to preserving our stories for the next generation. The StoryNext Enterprise project aims to attract and empower young, talented narrators/ tellers. These individuals are willing to share their personal stories, compete with others for prizes and awards. We encourage authors, writers, journalists, students, graduates, artists, and other citizens to apply to our forthcoming YouthStorySLAMS.

We opened the portal for youth to apply for the competition on the 1st October 2021. The winner gets a Million Naira. There are consolation prizes for the finalists. You can find more details about how to apply on this link: https://apmultimedia.org/youth-story-slam/.

At APmultimedia, we believe that our words matter, our stories matter, and what we share with ourselves goes a long way to shaping how we think and act. We must educate the world about the other nuanced stories not often portrayed in the mainstream media. Join us as we chart a new course for a better and prosperous Nigeria. God bless Nigeria @61 and beyond.

Mr. Isa Ali,
info@apmultimedia.org
isaahaliu@yahoo.com
07035322904
Interests: Technology and Innovations, Business and Entrepreneurship, Future of Work

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The heat is on, the daggers are drawn

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By Adamu Aminu.

Sequel to the petition lodged in by the seven Kano, APC stakeholders led by Senator Malam Ibrahim Shekarau [Kano North] to the national headquarters to investigates the state party on what they termed as leadership failure to carry all the divergent interests along.

As contained in the 7-man undersigned petition letter sent to the national headquarter, the embattled stakeholders cried out in a foul manner of what they called empirical, underhanded, ingenuity of marginalization from all party affairs.

The stance taken by the stakeholders [breakaway members] has brewed resentments and nailed them to the cross of party outrage, to the extent of branding them with a new sobriquet as “Banza literally Bakwai” literally means as “7 inglorious bastards”

Well, this kind of political tug-of-war isn’t peculiar to the Nigerian model of politics.

A politics in Nigerian usage is publicly known not only as a game of numbers where those the majority emerges victorious, but also a game of survival, rivalry, mistrust, backstabbing, seeking for supremacy and craving for power at any cost.

This at a swords points rivalry within or among the opposition parties usually emanates as the clock commences ticking fast to the days of general elections.

The time when the incumbent power holders blindly scrambles for seamless relevance to keep one’s afloat within the fortress of power, in fear of being dumped, mired deeply under the dustbin of political irrelevancy.

While the aspiring ones will be striving to grasp the mandate at any cost – for a reason – to get a sense of bonafide citizenship within the ranks of frontline beneficiaries.

Therefore, since the party Congress is closely around the corner, the daggers are brought out of their sheath, the demarcated line is drawn.

Some questions need to be asked as follows;

a. What is the status of the embattled members who lodged in pa petition to the APC national headquarter?

b. What’s their political future if they didn’t or not allow to partake in the state party Congress?

c. What are the measures taken by the party national headquarters towards reconciliation of the breakaway members and the Kano state APC?

d. If none of the above questions was affirmative, what would be the future of APC in Kano in the forthcoming general elections?

Does it mean the two Senators and couples of the house of representatives members haves or haven’t a role to play in the bid for APC in Kano emerge successfully in the 2023 elections?

Whatever the case may be, time always came along with fair judgement.

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Muhammad Usman: The Change Maker

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My name is Muhammad Usman, I am 17 years old and lives in Kano State. I am a Child Right Advocate, Poet, Youngest Humanitarian, Researcher,Sidra Bangladesh Ambassador in Nigeria.
My passion to humanity is driven by the menaces that Almajiri children/ Orphans encounter in life such as lack of access to education, health amenities and social welfare.

I remember when I was 12years old I always used to ask my parents about almajiri children and street children who live in my community. Some of them were my age mates while some are below my age. I always think of there future and the hardship they may encounter in their life.

I have started thinking of the ways through which I will contribute to the betterment of Almajiri children/street orphans.

In 2019 I have organized an enlightenment program with the title “Almajiri Is Also A Child” the program is aim at sensitizing people about the important of helping almajiri child and ways through which we can aid in reforming the system.

In my effort to contribute and motivate young people like me I also introduce an initiative in my school which actualized through working of enlightening and inspiring students.

Moreover, i was able to impact lives especially Almajiri children through feeding projects and education programmes. My program title “Almajiri Iftar Food”
was among the huge program that impacts 500+ almajiri’s here in Kano state.

In 28/3/2020 I realized that I can’t make change along or impact the lives of less fortunate I have to partner with some young people that have the zeal to contribute to this goal. So, I form a charity organization
called “Young Developers Foundation” this is a charity foundation that aid in helping and reviving the lives of Almajiris and Street Orphans.we are eligible to lunch a lot of projects which include: Orphans Skill Acquisition Program, Recap On Your Future Skills and many more projects.

Challenges
Lack of support from some of some of my family relatives.
Misunderstanding From Close Friends: some of my classmates and close friends are misunderstanding my aim in serving humanity. most of them believe that I just want to get fame on media and be proud of.
These and many more are some challenges that I faced in humanitarian work but one thing that always inspired me is my parents support me 100%.

Achievement
Social Media Manager @ World Voice International.
Campus Ambassador @ IMUN (4weeks internship).
Certificate Of Completion On Employee Stress And Wellbeing online course by UK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT.
Certificate On Media Journalism By Reuters.
Certificate Of Appreciation By Sidra Bangladesh.
Ambassadorship From Sidra Bangladesh.
Certicate On Critical Thinking By Educlick.
Certificate Of Completion On Business Innovation From Jobber man.
Skills
Critical Thinking Skills
Leadership Skill
Presentation Skill
Being in activism field has made me sharpen and broading my knowledge in different field.
When I feel like giving up I used to tell my mind this quote ” I can do spirit” it always ginger my mind.

I praise on my efforts, i believe that what I am doing people who are 20 years older than me can’t push themselves to do. i inconvenience myself and the several “enjoyments” youths of my age should validly be embracing.
I have amazing plan’s that I think when used will accelerate a progress to the development of my nation but sometimes when I came up of those ideas I get discouraged because the authorities that are capable of implementing such stuffs did not respond to me. just recently I have this idea of creating a software which will enhance the smooth running of many business ventures in Kano state but I wasn’t giving the right opportunity to build up the idea.

In a nutshell, this how I run my life and this is level of success that I have gotten.

Protecting the right of children and humanitarian work is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

©Muhammad Usman
11/10/2021

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Roses tinted promises, hard-hitting realities

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By Adamu Aminu.

The time crept so past. What’s is done, has been done. Six years out of eight is enough for the discerning to make a fair judgement.

Those who have confidence in the leadership capabilities of the present crop of leaders have many reasons to rejoiced.

While those who felt disappointed by how the polity is moulded and shapes to the likes of a few have many justifications to cry and writhing.

To the few, running an affluent living on the power corridor have every reason to think, perhaps in a self-deceptive mode, they are the luckiest and the national resources is their patrimony.

In the polity where national resources are scoops deeply by few with Caterpillar shovel and give superficially to the malnourished populace with a teaspoon.

While the majority, the sidelined, the downtrodden and the masses wallowing in penury and tribulations, which attested that commoners were not less than subservient to the dominance of the few.

Some of the key promises made by the gap-toothed leader during the last campaign to the victory include insecurity, unemployment, economic recovery, inflation and fighting corruption from stem to stern, among others.

The question is which one among the aforementioned challenges brought down to its knees within these years?

Down to the state level, most of the pledges and promises made during electioneering campaigns, are seemingly sugar-coated and merely lips-serviced.

Despite all the proclamation of resuscitation of education and health care system, none of them patronizing public schools or hospitals within their states.

Wards enrollment in foreign universities and also going for health tourism to cure even for a mild infection is what’s all about.

Where are the promises being made to improve education and healthcare that will cater for all and sundry?

Of course, the return of President Buhari in 2015 sends jittery down the spine of political pirates, which is reminiscent of his hardline brand of governance in a short-lived 20-month of his military administration.

Which indicated the Messiah has returned to salvage the nation – as he was previously seen and thought like a Tiger, feared for his nigritude in past.

But now seen as a scarecrow – frightening from afar, but harmless at the close range, just for his timidity and indolence when it comes to stamped his hammer at the appropriate time for the misdeeds.

Despite the foregoing, President Buhari still holds the trophy for being a man with integrity and transparency, who is universally known for not upholding the tenets of thievery from the public coffers.

With all the pledges he made to fight corruption in all its ramifications, but his party has glaringly become a haven for those who are overtly ambitious to elevate their self-worth.

This happens at a time, the common man is grappling to survive in a nation sandwiched between economic depressions fuelled by a deluge of debts, currency devaluation, unemployment, hyperinflation and insecurities.

Inarguably, the pledges made to deal with the scorching waves of terrorism and other forms of insecurity were at the top of the scale of preference during the electioneering campaign.

Even though the attacks were relatively subdued, but later catapulted to armed banditry in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna states respectively.

This has turned out to be carnage In the affected states in which dozens of people are massacre, hundreds fleeing their homestead almost daily.

While in the Southeast heightening fears resulted from security breaches from militias in were treated with a pinch of laxity.

What would be the hopes of the people from the arm-bandits riddle states, with regards to the promises to safeguards their lives and properties?

At the time, when a high-profile, glitz and glamour wedding of first Son and Bichi Princess took place in Kano, without considering to make the event low-key to mourned the innocent souls massacre by bandits.

What does that portray in the minds of the surviving victims who will think that this happened under the government of their dreamt Messiah? promises to protect their lives and properties?

And apart from that, even to revamp the economy as vigorously pledged with punching-fisted in the air during the campaign is now appears to be a mirage.

People should forget and look ahead. What wasn’t achievable in six years, can’t be achieved in less than a couple of years to come.

To be truthful, the hard-hitting reality is the majority of Nigerians are in severe poverty due to a malnourished, ailing economy.

Anyway, all that’s done has been done. Thanking God for what one’s have is the viable option, and is much better than groaning for what one’s longing for.

But, People are fed up with the brim of penury.

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