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July 2013 Paradigm Initiative Nigeria activates 3-week Google Web Training for community youth

By | AjegunleLIFE is an initiative of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), which connects young people with ICT enabled opportunities to create better livelihoods through its ICT, Entrepreneurship and Life skill training.

The project now reaches more young people in the community running morning and evening classes – about 40 students every cycle. The ICT classes for the 2014 C session focused on Microsoft Office Packages, design tools & the internet. An highlight of the ICT Training was the research the students had to carry out for their PowerPoint presentation class. Many of them admitted that it was the most challenging educational assignment they had ever done because they had to research, write creatively, work within a team and make presentations to their classmates, trainers and PIN staff.

The Entrepreneurship classes commenced with the Introduction to Entrepreneurship, and it was facilitated by industry experts. The students were trained on Marketing, Finance, Managing Risks, Staffing, Social Impact, Customer relations and Writing Business Plans.

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Ademola Adeoye, MD Worldclassimpact, Ronald Nzimora, MD Profit Marketing Systems Limited (PMSL), David Ekugum of SESEWA support services and Bola Akeju of Wecyclers were among the facilitators for the 2014 C session . Life skill sessions were taken by Mrs. Oluwaseyifunmi Walter and Rev. Yomi Olufiade.

“Before I came in for Capacity Building Program, I had big dreams but I was not inspired on my own,” says John-beloved Agwanzenini of his experience at the Ajegunle Innovation Centre (AJIC).

Preparations are ongoing for the 2014 Class C session which commences on the 11th August – 26th September 2014. We look forward to touching the lives of 40 more young Nigerians.

The Google Web Training at Paradigm Initiative Nigeria gives the youth of the community great advantage in the job market as Google Web Academy offers such skills and certification that are market driven. 16 out of the 36 registered participants qualified for the training. They were trained on Google products like Google search, YouTube, Google Plus, Google email, Google Docs, Spreadsheet, Presentation, Form, Chrome, Internet Safety, Google Maps ,Earth and Map Making. The training lasted three weeks; from 9th June to 27th June. At the end of the training, participants had some two weeks of practice and mapping of specific locations using Google Map maker.


By | ICT Policy, TENT

Internet Policy is an important subject, not just for policy makers or advocates, but also for civil society organizations that work around the theme of ICT for Development, those who rely heavily on the use of the Internet for their work for Human Rights and/or Freedom of Expression, and media institutions.

PIN hosted a 3-day workshop from 24th-26th June 2014 at Nike Lake Resort Centre in Enugu facilitated by a team of experts. The training also featured trainings on Nigeria’s Freedom of Information Law, Internet Freedom Advocacy in Nigeria, Internet Freedom and Social Media, communicating, organizational objectives, ICT Policy in Nigeria and Introduction to Digital Security

After the successful Internet Policy Training in Enugu, the PIN team moved to Abia where they hosted over 750 students from over 10 schools to a 2-Day workshop tagged ‘TENT Workshop’  in conjunction with  National Association of Computer Science Students (NACOSS) at the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba on 27th -28th June,2014. Some of the schools represented include Abia State Polytechnic, Michael Okpara University, Enugu State University, Institute of Management and Technology, University of Nigeria amongst others.

The big vision for TENT Workshop is to help jump start the culture of innovation and enterprise in the mould of global tech brands among students in Nigeria tertiary institution.


Day one of the TENT Workshop focused on encouraging students to come up with innovative tech ideas so they can graduate with businesses and not just CVs. PIN COO, Tope Ogundipe also took time out to introduce the students to Microsoft online job and career portal In her own words, In her own words “You need skills to be able to launch to lead and grow a business and the important thing is to know what you want to do and not just praying”.

During his session, PIN ED, ‘Gbenga sesan talked about the 4 stages on how student can graduate with a tech business plan not just a CV. He stated the four stages as:  Ideation, Action, Focus and  Consolidate

Day 2 of the Workshop hosted  50 students with tech ideas in a closed facilitated session with  PIN ED, ‘Gbenga Sesan , the students who were divided into groups such as Software Solutions, Online and Social Networking, System security, Gaming and Entertainment, Hardware Solutions, Desktops and Mobile applications on Day one gave presentation and demo of their ideas


In his final words, ‘Gbenga Sesan said to the students “Don’t let anyone deceive you, don’t let anyone turn you into a failure before you even try”.

Registration is now opened for the North-Central Edition of Internet Policy Training  on