Sequel to my participation at the 2nd GYAC Forum in Nairobi Kenya, April 2011 where we were all urged to apply for the first ever British Council Grant for young corruption fighters tagged the World Bank Institute-Community Action Project (WBI-CAP GRANT). The project grant application which was opened immediately after the Nairobi Forum between the 1st -15th May 2011 for all participants to inculcate the use of ICT and mass media to combat corruption at grass root level in our various countries as we were thought at the Forum.
The grant application process which was in form of open competition where several applications were received and my project “Rural Youths Against Corruption” (RYAC) was chosen among four others across the globe as the Winning project for the grant sum of 3,000 USD. The result was published at www.global-changemakers.net on the 10th of June 2011.
The project which is a purely practical and realistic approach to combating corruption will be executed with my Nigerian counterpart Maxwell Ogaga and other members of Nigeria GYAC. The broad summary of the project vision is “To raise a new cadre of African leaders, a generation of corrupt-free entrepreneurs by equipping, inspiring and empowering youths, women and rural communities on ethical entrepreneurship and business development. Providing the leverage for them to reach out to the world and be heard even from their rural communities via their mobile phones”
Below are the names and countries of the 5 winners as published on the global changemakers web.
1. Babafemi Oyediran - Nigeria
2. Frederick Fussi - Tanzania
3. Abdullah - Bangladesh
4. Jacel Censoro - Phillippines
5. Shrikar Gullapi - India