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May 2015

UPDATED: #PINternetFreedom Chat With ‘Gbenga Sesan (@GbengaSesan)

By | #PINternetFreedom

It’s another #PINternetFreedom Thursday. Join us as we discuss the Policy expectations for the new government with PIN Executive Director, ‘Gbenga Sesan.

‘Gbenga talked about What Buhari must do for the Nigerian ICT industry  in article on The ScoopNG. Join us at 2pm as he discusses the expectations of the ICT industry with us on #PINternetFreedom chat today.

In case you missed the chat, check out the recap below;



‘Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). Originally trained as an Electronic & Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, ‘Gbenga completed Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University and United Nations agencies, among others, in over 30 countries. A Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2014) and former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT, he is a CyberStewards Fellow, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow and Cordes Fellow. ‘Gbenga served as a member of the Presidential committees on Harmonization of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors (2006) and Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision (2013), and was listed by CNN as one of the Top 10 African Tech Voices on Twitter and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. ‘Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, PhD, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.


PIN hosts the 3rd edition of the Dare to be B.I.G. in Owerri, Imo State


Dare to be B.I.G (“BIG” is acronym for “Brightest ICT Guy/Girl”), is a project that brings learning opportunities, positive peer pressure and excitement to Nigerian youth in Secondary Schools. It features an exciting ICT quiz competition bringing early unique opportunities, positive peer pressure and showcasing Africa’s budding ICT talents from Secondary Schools. Our team visit schools, organizing training in their school halls and introducing them to the benefits of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the advantages of starting early ahead of the quiz competition. The ICT quiz competition and training is at no cost to the students or schools.

In October 2013, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria organised the first edition of the Dare to be B.I.G. competition amongst Private Secondary Schools in Lagos State. In October 2014, 20 secondary schools participated in the training and quiz competition in Ondo State where the Federal University Technology Staff Secondary School, Akure emerged the winner.

Dare to be B.I.G. is coming to Owerri, Imo State from June 2nd to June 5th, 2015, with 30 secondary schools registered to participate. This edition will feature three-day ICT workshop, followed by the quiz competition where 3 schools are expected to emerge winners. In addition, students that represent the winning schools will be presented with relevant personal tools; useful for improving their ICT skills and aiding their education.

Dare to be BIG Owerri 1B

Participating schools in the Owerri edition of the Dare to be B.I.G. are Claret Academy Sec. Sch. Owerri, Government College Owerri, Ikenegbu Girls’ Secondary school, Emmanuel College Owerri, Federal Govt. Girls’ College, Obazu Girls Secondary School, Sec. Tech. School Umueze, Community Sec. Schl Anara, Amaraku Sec. Schl Isiala Mbano, St. Salas Science Umunakara, Community Secondary School, Mgbidi, Chosen Secondary school. Mgbidi, St. Kizito Sec. Sch Umuchima, New Laetera Sec. Sch Akwakuma, Bishop Lasbery Sec. Sch. Irete, St. Carol Ulakwo, CRM Int’l Sec. Sch Mgbidichi, Akwakuma Girls’ Sec. Sch, Boys sec. Schl Nkwerre, Owerri Nkwoji Sec. Schl, Dick Tiger Memorial Sec schl, Living word Academy Nkwerre, St. Catherine Girls Sec Schl, Okwudor Sec. Tech. Sch Okwudor, Amucha Sec. Sch Umuamucha, Comp Sec Sch. Eziama Obire, Urban development Sec sch. Umuna Orlu, Rochas Foundation Sec School Ogboko, Comp Sec Sch. Umuna Orlu and Orlu Girls Sec Schl Orlu.

#PINternetFreedom Chat with Online Identity Issues with Haruna Gana (@DJ_Gana)

By | #PINternetFreedom

Online identity (also called OID), or internet persona is a social identity that an Internet user establishes in online communities and websites. It can also be considered as an actively constructed presentation of oneself. Although some people prefer to use their real names online, some Internet users prefer to be anonymous, identifying themselves by means of pseudonyms, which reveal varying amounts of personally identifiable information. An online identity may even be determined by a user’s relationship to a certain social group they are a part of online. Common issues related with online identity includes: Online identity theft; Security issues and; Cybercrime. Join us at 2pm tomorrow , Thursday 21st Thursday, 2015 as  we discuss ‘Online Identity Issues’ with Haruna Gana


Mr Haruna Gana is a Chief Technology Officer in the Information Communication and Technology department of Federal Radio Corporation Of Nigeria. Member of a team that transformed the Corporation Analog Studio to a Digital one. A member of Council for the Regulation of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN) as well as Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). A volunteer team member of PIN Internet freedom advocacy group.


Twitter Handle: @DJ_Gana

A Night’s Journey To Online Work

By | DigitalJobs


Night journeys in Nigeria are typically dreary and unsafe, with gory stories of armed robbery and major accidents on the rise. Still, on a certain cold night in Aba, South-East Nigeria; a young man took his journey from his home-state to Lagos, the commercial nerve center of Nigeria, the consummate land of opportunities. He had heard about ‘Digital Jobs’ through an awareness campaign undertaken by Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN), informing high potential but disadvantaged Nigerian youth about online work. PIN also provides training to help youth access online jobs. So Ike took his 9-hour journey, standing the entire length of the journey; without enough money to buy himself a seat, food or get an accommodation for his few days stay in Lagos. None of these was enough to deter a very determined Ike however.

“I knew deep within it was an opportunity that I could not afford to miss. I knew I had to do something,” Ike says in retrospect. “I borrowed N6 000 ($30) from a friend, but this was not even enough to cover my transportation and feeding expenses, much less accommodation. But I knew that coming across this opportunity on PIN website meant that this could be my future so I pursued it.”

Ike arrived Lagos in the wee hours of the morning and wandered a little around town trying to find his way. Finally, he arrived PIN HQ in Lagos as the first to arrive for the training, drowsy and bone-tired. “Still I tried not to sleep off at the reception just waiting,” he said. “I had to meet and befriend nearly everyone who walked in. I desperately needed an emergency friend to pass the night with. But this proved very difficult. Lagos people can be friendly but not very trusting. I even asked if there were any parties that night. I thought of hanging around such place till dawn. But I was told many parties do not grant free entry and the ones that do are not safe.”

After much persuasion and begging, a kind hearted young man who was also a part of training finally took Ike in for the night. The following day, Ike came back refreshed and threw himself completely into the training. “The high point for me through the training was when I realized that such simple skills as being able to use Microsoft-Word or Facebook were marketable skills. That people need some of the everyday skills that we take for granted and are willing to pay for them gave me the courage to become a successful online worker.” Ike and his ‘emergency friend’ Tony, remain best friends till today.

Ike’s trainer was Femi Bayode, a very successful online worker in Nigeria. Femi introduced Ike and the rest of the class to the E-lance platform and taught them things like how to write a winning proposal, paying attention to details (in terms of what a particular client requires of freelancers), and how to quote for payment as a beginners on the platform.

Armed with these skills, Ike travelled back to Aba following his training. He had no internet enabled device to work with, so he started by working from a nearby cyber café. Following a Skype interview with a potential client, he landed his first job barley two weeks after his training; managing advert placements on Craigslist. 21 people applied for this job but Ike was hired at the rate of $4 per hour as a beginner. Ike has since purchased a laptop and internet modem for his online work, and has paid back the $30 loan he took at the beginning of his journey to financial freedom.

Today, Ike is financially independent and able to support his siblings. His story reflects that of many Nigerian youth; unemployed and broke but who out of a basic need to survive and the curiosity common to youth, break the barriers of very limiting circumstances in order to seize the opportunity of online work. “I saw the light, and I took advantage of it,” says Ike. “Thanks to Rockefeller Foundation and PIN, now I am far better off than how I used to be.”

UPDATED: #PINternetFreedom Chat with Mohammed Agbali (@mdagbali)

By | #PINternetFreedom, ICT Policy

Big Data is a concept that raises a number of issues for data protection and data security. The fear over a major breach of big data datasets is also looming. Another issue with big data processing is that it is often unclear what use data will be put to in the future, so big data seeks to retain datasets for as long as possible. By its very nature, big data requires careful handling for security reasons. Our guest for the week is Mr. M. Agbali of the National Information Technology Development Agency(NITDA).

Mohammed Agbali (Principal Research Officer) and pioneer staff of the Corporate Strategy and Research, NITDA. Agbali is a certified Information Systems Assessor and an experienced Project Management Professional with a wealth of experience in strategic planning, system analysis, design and implementation. He posseses a unique mix of Information Technology (IT) based research methodology and innovative solutions with proven techniques and interpretation of research results. Sound in evaluating problems and communicating possible solutions.

Agbali has an MSc. Information Technology, University of Derby, United Kingdom (UK) with various professional certificates. He is a member of Computer Professional Registration Council of Nigeria (CPN) and Nigerian Computer Society (NCS).He has participated at and facilitated conferences/workshops but locally and internationally.

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