Media4DD: Groups train youths to tell better stories

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Hacey Health Initiative and Alarinka has trained about 50 young media practitioners how to use media to accelerate the impact of Demographic Dividend in the just concluded one week boot camp tagged “The Demographic Dividend Media Storytelling Bootcamp”

The bootcamp which was held between 21st and 27th of July, 2019 at Ijede had several young people in media such as journalists, photographers, script writers, film makers, content developers, among others in attendance. Several media professionals also graced the bootcamp to facilitate one or two sessions to impact the delegates.

At the opening ceremony of the bootcamp, Dr Amaka Haruna from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in her lecture titled Demographic Dividend 101 explained what demographic dividend is all about. “In simplest term, demographic dividend means good result you will get in the future when you invest in a certain group of people, Dr Amaka said.”

Mr Isaiah Owolabi, the Project Manager, Hacey Health Initiative while delivering his lecture titled communicating the demographic dividend highlighted some key barriers of demographic dividend which include; concept not cause, owned by academics, nobody wants to watch or wait for impact, working together is difficult. Isaiah also explained the purpose of the project to the delegates. He said; “The purpose of this project is to work in partnership with young people in media to co-create a communications and advocacy content that can help increase multi – sectoral actions taken to achieve the demographic dividend.”

The Chairman of Ijede Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Fatai Saliu who was represented by Dr. Adebayo admonished the delegates to make use of the opportunity given to them judiciously saying not all youths have this type of opportunity.

Ambassador Stephen Oguntoyinbo, the CEO of Alarinka in his lecture titled “Change the world: Tell your story” gave the delegates some tips on effective storytelling. According to Stephen, to tell story effectively, you need to know your audience, keep your story brief (stick to the highlight), motivate the hope and practice in pairs.

At the end of the opening ceremony, delegates were grouped into 4 to work on the 4 major pillars of demographic dividend, which are: Health and well being (Group 1), Education and skills (Group 2), Entrepreneurship and employment (Group 3), Youth participation and governance (Group 4). Afterwards, the delegates as well as the facilitators went to Ijede community to interact with the residents and to shoot short documentaries on each of the demographic dividend pillars.

Some of the delegates who expressed their views after the bootcamp have these to say:

“Coming back to the pictures, I feel like crying for real (being emotional) remembering all the beautiful moments I had with this Talented, Energetic, Passionate, Inspiring, Motivating, Pushing, Sensible, Determined, Moving, Focus, ever ready, Lovely people. From the morning exercise to taking our shower, to break fast to business of the day, lectures, to lunch, back to the hall for project review, to dinner, to the night pool, sleep around 12am, 1am, 2am wake up by 6am for morning exercise to continue the day in the same routine, how I wish I could continue with this lifestyle my God. The 1 week experience with you guys has really opened my eyes, brain, heart and mind to things I’ve never come across with in my life, you guys are just too amazing,I’m really gonna miss you all.

A big thanks to GOD, the organizers and all those that have assisted and worked hard to make this eye opening event one of a success.

May God be with you and bless you all abundantly far than you ever could imagine. Let’s spread our wings and fly high with confidence, Folajimi, a photographer said.”

“It was a week of learning, fun and gaining experience. When I met you all a week ago, I did not know most of you but now, I can put the name with the faces. I appreciate meeting you all and enjoyed myself immensely. I know we would meet more and have more collaborations and interactions together. I love you all and I am gonna miss you all, especially my room buddies and also my group members (Group 1), I am going to miss you all also. Could not ask for a better experience, Justina a journalist with The Nation Newspaper asserted.”

A journalist also said:
“Dear Media DD Family, one way to love yourself and take charge of your life is through the practice of gratitude. Practicing gratitude increases self-awareness.

Glory is to God and praise is to Him, by the multitude of His creation, by His Pleasure, by the weight of His Throne, and by the extent of His Words.

My sincere appreciation goes to the organizer of the media training Haycey Health Initiative and Alarinka for giving youths the privilege to use media to tell stories that will change peoples live positively.

Yoruba adage says “a tree cannot make a forest”, I extend my greetings to my table paddy FOODIE EXTRA and my amazing group members, the TRANSFORMATION TEAM for the love and support through out the camp. Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty, anyone who keeps learning stays young.

I will use this opportunity to appeal to the organizers that we are ready to learn more from the wealth of their knowledge. I believe we are one family and we will continue to use the media to tell stories that will change the lives of people.

Thank you for the memories, it was amazing to be with you all. Hassan Abdulsalam loves you all.”

Highlight of the bootcamp include: visit to community leaders in Ijede, visit to the LCDA, morning drills, football matches, swimming, haka dance and presentation of certificate of participation to the delegates

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