About Abdulahi Abayomi Abdulraheem

Abdulahi has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector. He graduated with honors in Demography and Social Statistics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Nigeria. He also received certifications in Social Sector Management (sponsored by the Africa-America Institute) and NGO Management & Administration from Enterprise Development Center, Pan-Atlantic University and the Institute for Humanitarian Studies & Social Development, respectively. He volunteered with Living Hope Care under the American Jewish World Service project where he coordinated an empowerment program for the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (NEPWHAN) Osun State. While working as an Account Officer and Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, he facilitated the training of 403 female sex workers on the consistent use of condoms and trained over 80 traditional birth attendants on universal safety precautions and prevention of HIV transmission from mother to child. He founded the Initiative for Sound Education, Relationship & Health (ISERH) and the Youth Affairs Center. Through these organizations, he has sponsored the Senior School Certificates Examination (SSCE) of 59 high school students, equipped 350 youths with books, awarded 17 vibrant teachers and reached over 15,700 youths in the areas of counseling and psychosocial supports. Under his leadership, ISERH provides oversight functions on the Npower Program of the Federal Republic of Nigeria designed to employ 500,000 unemployed graduates and 25,000 unskilled labors. He is a Fellow of YALI Regional Leadership Center (Cohort 3), Ghana (West Africa) 2016. In June 2016, Abdulahi was selected as a “Top 100 Brightest Young Minds” by BYM South Africa and Barclays Africa. He received ‘The Most Replicable Project Award’ of the Life Changers Foundation, U. K. in 2015. Abdulahi has developed strong leadership, youth education policy, strategy building and management skills. Abdulahi is very interested in good governance, civic engagements, youth education, social and health issues.

ISERH EXC. DIRECTOR MENTORS 2017 IDEATHON PARTICIPANTS OF THE GLOBAL CENTER FOR YOUTH EMPLOYMENT

ISERH Exc. Director with his mentored group

One third of the world’s 1.8 billion young people are currently neither in education nor employment. Yet, only 30% of youth employment programs are successful – according to the World Bank (here and here).  In the face of a global youth employment crisis, there is a dearth of effective solutions.

The Global Center for Youth Employment, in partnership with the Ford Foundation and 1776 hosted a 2-day Ideathon to source, co-design, and invest in innovative collective impact solutions to youth employment.  While breakthrough ideas were expected, they also valued the ability to build on existing opportunities and proven strategies. $250,000 in funding and the collective power of the Center’s members was up for grabs.

TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATIONS

Having recently served as a member of selection committee for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI), where I reviewed over 22 applications from Latin America and Caribbean, coupled with the overwhelming requests I received from young people like myself, throughout the world, who are seeking my inputs on how to get selected for fellowships, especially Atlas Corps, I deem it imperative on me to put this piece together for the purpose of reducing their worries.

MY SECOND GLL!!!

After my first Global Leadership Lab that was held in January, 2017, I got a lot of feedbacks from those closer to me as regards what other fellows thought of me. Some fellows thought I was so much attached to myself. ‘Abdulahi is not friendly and he doesn’t associate with other fellows’ – uttered by some fellows.

ISERH EXC. DIRECTOR ON A WHITE HOUSE TOUR!!!

ISERH EXC. DIRECTOR ON A WHITE HOUSE TOUR!!!

Abdulahi Abayomi Abdulraheem

ISERH Executive Director

Getting an entrance into the US/World Empire of Power, White House, is never a big deal that requires one to write a blog about. This statement is never offensive but highly expected of whoever that knows not of my story, and the start-up story of my organization (Initiative for Sound Education, Relationship & Health) that has qualified me for the tour, as it did win me the tickets to the Nigeria Senate – on the invitation of the Senate President; to the National House of Representatives – on the invitation of the House Speaker; and the Banquet Hall, State House, Abuja – on the invitation of the Minister for Budget and National Planning.

A REMINISCENCE ON HOW I BECAME A FATHER AS AN UNDERGRADUATE!

I have to sincerely plead with my wife, family, friends and relatives who never heard of this story before now. Today is really symbolic to my life, Joyce’s and the beautiful young girl’s, who clocks 8 today – by my calculation:

I-SPELLING BEE: THE HAPPIEST MOMENT MY MURDERED DREAM GOT RESURRECTED!!!

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Cross-section of the runners-up of the competition

Tears started rolling down my cheeks as I checked through the pictures that kept entering my phone via WhatsApp, sent by one of the attendants (Mr. Rasheed Olanrewaju GAJI) of the I-SPELLING BEE & WORDS SEARCH COMPETITION of the organization I founded in 2014 –Initiative for Sound Education, Relationship & Health (ISERH). An American lady sitting beside me in the ferry I boarded from St. George Ferry to Staten Island Ferry, Manhattan looked at me, unknown to her what made tears rolled down my cheeks, and said ‘be a MAN’. I looked at her with eyes filled with tears and said joyfully: ‘Thanks. I am indeed a MAN. There was no time to let her know that a reminiscence of aMURDERED DREAM that has just been RESURRECTED today Thursday, 9 March 2017, in my absence, by ever vibrant and incomparable Team of my organization brought these tears of joy.

Valentine’s Day: A Blessing or A Doom?

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Is Valentine’s Day for teenagers to make LOVE?’ or ‘Must a day be singled out to celebrate LOVE?’ – these are the questions asked every year this event comes up, by the majority of those who see atrocities being committed by Valentine’s Day’s Celebrants. Majority of people spend so lavishly on buying gifts for their girl/boyfriend, while vast majority of married Men sneaked out to shower their sugar girls with GIFTS their WIFE has never received from them. The situation has now degenerated to the extent that married women are seen doing the same for their service boys while primary schools’ pupils are not left out in the act.

NIGERIA: IF I WERE A MUSICIAN!!!

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People would rather listen to music than taking few minutes to read a piece like this in my country. In the same sense, though travelling is generally seen as a part of experience, where I come from, travelling abroad is a sign of achievement and breakthrough.

The moment one travels out of Nigeria, most people send congratulatory messages; although only few genuinely care about reasons behind his/her travel. People start sending best wishes laced with a reminder to bring back some gifts. Most times, the parents of such a person are elevated in the society while the wife and child(ren), if married, or his suitor is treated like royalty. The relative standard of living is expected to change within few months of exiting the country, or else, he is labeled a complete failure!