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October 2015

PIN Trains 479 Students From 30 Schools at #DareToBeBIG In Kano


Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) trained 476 students at her 4th Edition of the Dare to be Brightest ICT Guy/Girl (B.I.G.) training and quiz competition for secondary schools. In conjunction with the Kano State Ministry of Education, the training and quiz competition took place from October 20th -22nd, 2015.

PIN impacted students with the knowledge of ICT productivity tools ranging from basic computer skills, using ICT tools to improve academic performances, basic functions of the keyboard, and different functions of Microsoft office package and how to use social media to enhance their studies. Through the interactive session, students were made to bare their minds about their future career interests, further demonstrating their knowledge using Microsoft Productivity tools in a practical session.


The 30 Participating schools at the ICT training were Governor’s College, GGSS Shekara, GGC Dala, GSS R/Gado, GSS Gwarzo, Hajara Buhari Islamic College, GGSS Kabo, GSS Tarauni, GGC Airport Road, Kano Kapital Girls, GSS Gwale, GGSS Dukawiya, GGSS Madobi, Kano Capital School Boys, GGC Gezawa, GGSS Kiru, GSS Kawaji, GGSS Mainagge, Day Science College, Government College Kano, Rumfa College Kano, GGSS Turaki Hashim, GGSS Jogama, GSS Rano, GSS Sharada, Army Day Secondary School, GSS D/Kudu, GSS Panshekara, GSS Dawanau and GSS Bachirawa.

29 schools participated in the Quiz competition on the final day of the Dare to be BIG event which had 3 rounds.  At the end of the final round, 3 schools emerged tops with Government Secondary School Kawaji taking the 1st position. Government Girls Secondary School Shekara and Government Girls Secondary School Dukawiya took the 2nd and 3rd position respectively.


The top 3 schools were presented with Trophies for their schools while each of the quiz representatives were given Etisalat Cliqlite tabs as prizes for the first position, Tecno M3 phones for second position and Smartphones as the third position. Quiz representatives of the schools that took 4th to 8th positions were also given branded shirts from Etisalat and more exciting gifts were given to students who answered bonus questions at the quiz competition. All participating schools were also given educational materials courtesy Etisalat Nigeria.


PIN appreciates the Ministry of Education for the high level of co-ordination at the 4th edition of the Dare to be BIG ICT training and quiz competition in Kano State. Moreover, the support of our pioneer partners Etisalat Nigeria and Dufil Foods, makers of Indomie Noodles is highly commendable, as our student participants were well catered for. PIN looks forward to reaching out to many more secondary schools across Nigeria and equally welcome more partners to work with us on our Dare to be BIG project.


PIN Writes CBN, Calls For Suspension of Bank Verification Number (BVN) Exercise

By | Uncategorized


Paradigm Initiative Nigeria wrote a letter to Central Bank of Nigeria on Wednesday 29th October, 2015 asking the apex bank to suspend the Bank Verification Number (BVN) exercise until there is a legal frameworks in place to safeguard the data collection. See letter below:

October 28, 2015

The Governor,

Central Bank of Nigeria,

Central Business District,

Abuja, Federal Capital Territory,



Dear Sir,


Call for Suspension of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) Exercise

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) wishes to call for the suspension of the Bank Verification Number (BVN) mandated by the Central Bank of Nigeria for bank customers in Nigeria. The call for suspension is necessary based on the need to first enact a viable legislation to properly cater for data of private citizens as requested by the Apex Bank’s policy and moreover, we agree with President Buhari on the need for data collection agencies to work together.

The Bank Verification Number (BVN) upon perusal seeks to expose confidential information of private citizens and is also riddled with severe implications since there are no legal frameworks in place to safeguard the data collection exercise. The implementation of Bank Verification Number (BVN) now, in the absence of a legal framework is like putting the cart before the horse; there has to be a law regulating the use of data of private citizens before such an important exercise.

It is in view of this that PIN is calling for the suspension of the BVN exercise until the proper laws are put in place. However, should the Central Bank of Nigeria go ahead with its administrative policy in respect of this exercise, the Organisation will be left with no other choice than to toe the line of legal redress to re-establish the proper order of events.

In case the Bank require any more information regarding this letter, please, do contact us on phone, at 092916301 or by email at,,

Best Regards,

‘Boye Adegoke

Program Manager(ICT Policy)

The CBN also acknowledged receipt of the letter on the same day. You can find CBN’s acknowledged copy here

#DataPrivacy: PIN sends Freedom of Information (FOI) Request to NCC

By | #PINternetFreedom, Internet Freedom


Following a major revelation into the activities of the Nigeria Communication Commission in which it released call data of private citizens to the Nigerian security agencies based on suspicion. Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) has written a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to demand Information from the Commission on its self-confessed monitoring and handling of private citizens data to security agencies. The NCC Vice Chairman, Prof. Umar Garba  Danbatta  was quoted by ThisDay Newspaper on October 16, 2015 to have said at an International Trade Fair in Abuja  that the commission in collaboration with telecommunication operators monitor call data of SUSPECTED (emphasis mine) kidnappers and insurgents and forward same to appropriate security operatives, as soon as they are available…”  The FOI request sought to understand the processes, judicial oversight involved in handing over call data of private citizens to security agencies.

The NCC has never hidden its intention to monitor citizens and violate privacy rights of citizens as could be seen in its controversial draft Lawful Interception of Communication Regulation which it seeks to use to legalize the already ongoing violation of constitutionally guaranteed rights to privacy of  citizens. PIN already challenged the legality of using administrative procedures to limit constitutionally guaranteed rights of citizens through regulations by the NCC. It is to this end that we wrote the NCC on identified red flags and subsequently made a submission at NCC’s public inquiry into its draft Lawful Interception of Communication Regulation. Our Policy Brief no. 6 addressed this with greater details.

The initial FOI request which was sent on October 19 was acknowledged, PIN got a response from NCC on Oct 23, 2015, in which NCC sought further details of our request. We have responded and provided all the details requested by NCC  as at Monday October 26, 2015 and now hope to get an official response from the NCC within seven(7) days as stipulated by the FOI act.

#DigitalJobsAt1: PIN celebrates first anniversary of her digital jobs project

By | DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria marked the first year anniversary of her Digital Jobs project in Nigeria October 2nd, 2015. The event was focused on showcasing the milestones achieved by the project in the last one year of its existence, obtaining feedback from relevant stakeholders, and planning the next steps.

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In attendance was a representative from Rockefeller Foundation, supportive organizations like Andela, Technology for Development and present, volunteer trainers, student beneficiaries and other stakeholders.

Ugo Nwosu, Rockefeller Foundation’s Stakeholder representative for Nigeria and Ghana in his remarks commended PIN for having delivered beyond expectation on the project in the last one year.

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Various beneficiaries of the project told their stories on how they had been trained by PIN and connected on online work. Gbenga Adebiyi, a beneficiary of the project, not only successfully carved a niche for himself in digital jobs, he now volunteers with PIN to train others on how to set up their online work profile.

Elijah Otor testified to having completed his first 7 online jobs on his mobile phone while another beneficiary, Segun Adebayo, who holds a Masters degree from UNILAG and had still been jobless found solace in online work, earning handsome income while putting his skills to work online.


The Digital Jobs platform allows skilled persons to complete jobs for clients and earn legitimate money online. Jobs completed online include but are not limited to research work, writing business plans, social media marketing, IT and web development, project management as well as marketing and sales.

The day ended with suggestions coming from stakeholders about how to improve the awareness of young people concerning this laudable project which connects them to online work and has huge potential to drastically reduce the number of unemployed persons in Nigeria.

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#WomensRightsOnline Chat With Nana Nwachukwu (@Purehaire)

By | ICT Policy

Topic: Online Violence Against Women

The Internet holds the potential to be an important platform for marginalized groups such as the women folks. It provides an opportunity to make the voice of women heard in cultures where women have been relegated to the background over the years. It is however baffling that gender issues such as online violence against Women are not satisfactorily articulated in Nigeria ICT Policies. A Woman’s inability to feel safe online should be a thing of concern to relevant stakeholders. Online violence against Women is a continuation of existing or already established culture of violence against Women in daily lives in many countries across Africa and this remain a significant barrier to women’s and girls’ ability to take advantage of the opportunities that the online space or ICTs generally provide for the full realization of women’s human rights and development.

According to Jac sm Kee, “Online violence against women is an overt expression of the gender discrimination and inequality that exists offline. Online, it becomes amplified” gender norms; stereotypes and inequality that exist offline are easily replicated online. In conversations that seeks to address human rights issues online, it is important to take into consideration that Women face different forms of online harassment and abuses than men including a disproportionate number of threats of physical violence, name-calling, reputation assasination, death threats, sexual assault threats and rape threats. Sexual exploitation, misogyny, pornography, cyberstalking, blackmail, and more.

There is an urgent need to address issues of online violence against women in Nigeria. Policies must be formulated to ensure the women folks are protected so that Nigerian women and girls may fully and maximally benefit from opportunities and potentials in the online space and as well as become equal actors with the men folks in the online space.


Nana Nwachukwu (@PUREHAIRE) is an IP/IT Lawyer with an interest in emerging technologies, she is the current African Representative of ItechLaw Association. A world organisation of Technology/Communication/IP lawyers. Nana does a lot of things in her spare time.

#WomensRightsOnline Chat With Chioma Agwuegbo (@ChiomaChuka)

By | #PINternetFreedom, Advocacy

Topic:  Addressing Gender Gap In Ict In Nigeria

As a result of gender roles assigned by the Nigerian culture, many women have been brought up to see technology and its use as reserved for on the male gender. It is estimated that 25% fewer women than men use the Web in developing countries, with this gap widening to 45% in sub-Saharan Africa.

There is an urgent need to bridge this identified gap through a deliberate set of policies and actions by policy makers and relevant stakeholders in the ICT sectors. The government must provide enabling environment through policy formulation and implementation and  must be willing to partner with civil society organizations who are able to reach out to the grassroots to implement any and all of their initiatives for women and girls towards bridging identified digital gaps in ICT in Nigeria.

Chioma Chuka #WomensRightsOnline

Chioma Agwuegbo is a social media strategist and a journalist with experience spanning radio and radio drama production for the BBC Media Action in Nigeria, and Aso Radio and Television Services.

With a Master’s Degree in social media, Chioma has consulted and provided social media strategies for MTV Staying Alive Foundation on Shuga, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), National Broadcasting Commission, Centre for Communication Programmes, Nigeria, USAID funded Chemonics International, dRPC, amongst others. She is a GlobalShaper, and a member of the British Red Cross.

Join Our Special #WomensRightsOnline Chat With Chioma (@ChiomaChuka) and Nana (@Purehaire)

By | #PINternetFreedom, ICT Policy

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria is currently involved in a project using research and advocacy to promote women’s access to web-enabled ICTs. The project is concerning with closing the gender gap in access to and use of web-powered ICTs for the empowerment of women and girls.

As part of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria’s advocacy efforts and towards the launch of a country report (which analyzes primary data collected from household surveys with indicators on women’s use and access as well as the intersection between ICTs and realizing women’s rights); we are organizing a series of twitter chats in the month of October to focus on various aspects of Women’s Rights Online.



Join the conversation  on Thursday 15th and 22nd October as we discuss issues around ‘Women’s Rights Online’ with Chioma Agwuegbo and Nana Nwachukwu

#UpdatesFromPIN: PIN Issues Letters Of Completion to 106 L.I.F.E. Graduates

By | Newsletter

#AjegunleLIFE and #AbaLIFE 2015C training program continued with the Entrepreneurship, Financial readiness and Life-skills training. The training came to an end on Friday 18th September, 2015. 106 (40 #AjegunleLIFE, 66 #AbaLIFE) students were issued letters of completion on graduating from the program. Aside from the Microsoft Productivity tools, Entrepreneurship, Financial Readiness and Life-Skills trainings, the L.I.F.E. 2015C students also received trainings on #DigitalJobs and Social Media.

Ajegunle Innovation Centre (A.J.I.C.) hosted the Quarterly Workshop for #AjegunleLIFE Alumni and students. The speaker at the workshop was Mr. Bukki Dosumu who spoke about “Living Your Purpose”. The annual #AjegunleLIFE Townhall meeting held on  Wednesday 23rd September, 2015. The meeting was attended by Parents, stakeholders, volunteers, partners, community leaders and #AjegunleLIFE alumni and students. AbaLIFE also hosted the quarterly Alumni meeting for the 2015C set.
PIN joined international human rights and transparency groups all around the world to write in opposition to Twitter’s recent decision to revoke the ability of the tool Politwoops and similar tools to utilize Twitter’s Application Programming Interface, or API. We believe Twitter’s decision holds grave consequences for free expression and transparency around the world. To justify its decision, Twitter explained that, “No one user is more deserving of that ability [to delete a tweet] than another. Indeed, deleting a tweet is an expression of one’s voice.”  Our position is that in the process of building the culture of accountability in Public service in Nigeria, public officials should never be given that privilege. Basically we agree that the rule mustn’t be the same for private citizens and public officials who offered self for election/appointments and live on tax payer’s money.

‘Boye Adegoke, Program Manager ICT Policy officer participated in a convening of civil society organizations and other agencies working on Internet freedom issues. The meeting  held on Tuesday September 22, 2015 from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Ford Foundation office in Banana Island,  Lagos,  with the objective of gaining perspectives on emerging trends, opportunities and challenges regarding internet public policies in Nigeria.

PIN’s weekly #PINternetFreedom chat in the month of October will focus on ‘Women’s Rights Online’. Please join the conversation every (2pm GMT+1) every Thursday. #WomensRightsOnline is the official hashtag.
PIN DigitalJobs Training

In the month of September, the Digital Jobs team  delivered Upwork training to 33 students who had signed up to be trained by PIN via, as well as 26 students from our Ajegungle LIFE 2015C class at PIN HQ. Gbenga Adebiyi, an online worker who was trained by PIN in the month of July facilitated the trainings. The exposure to upwork was also extended to #AbaLIFE students on the 28th of September and was facilitated by Ikechukwu Nwakpu who also passed through Digital Jobs trainings at PIN.

The Digital Jobs team  also introduced specialised skill training classes. At the first edition, ‘Gbenga Sesan, PIN’s Executive Director, trained a class of 17 participants at the Digital Security Master Class. The one-day training took place on the 15th of September, 2015 at PIN HQ.  The#DigitalJobs September  give-away has been extended  to October.
TENT@OAU students will embark on a 6-month internship program as part of the compulsory Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) in  the fourth year of learning. This is to commence November 2015. 99 students  signed up for TENT@School in the first year, but only 13 have qualified for this level, where PIN facilitates the placements of students in reputable technology companies for further training.

Dare to be BIG  is going to Kano! The plan is to bring early expose to ICTs to students from 30 secondary schools in Kano State from 20th -22nd October 2015. In addition to the training, the schools will also participate in a quiz competition. . The top 3 schools will be presented with trophies,  while the students who represent the schools in the quiz competition will be presented with tools that will enhance further knowledge of ICTs.