Earn N1000 For Every 5 People You Sign Up On Elance via

By | DigitalJobs, ICTs

#DigitalJobs is any freelance work that one can do from any location via a computer (or a smartphone) with internet connection.

PIN is giving out N1000 each for every 5 persons you sign up on Elance via  To take part in this campaign, please note the following:

  1. You are required to pick up copies of the sign up card from PIN HQ, 2nd floor, 385 Herbert Macaulay Way, Yaba, Lagos
  2. If you are not based in Lagos, you can sign up as many people as possible and send their registration details (Name, eMail, Phone number and Elance ID/profile) to with eMail title ‘ N1000 GIVEAWAY’
  3. Please do note that only registrations  done via will be validated for payment
  4. Do also note that payment will be made for ONLY multiples of 5 (10,15,20 etc)sign ups.1000 collage
  5. Upon confirmation that the registration details sent to us are valid, winners will be invited to PIN HQ on Friday,21st   2015  to redeem the total amount due
  6. Remember, you can win as many thousands as you want just by signing new people to work online via
  7. Campaign offer valid till Wednesday 15th August, 2015.

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.”

Win $350 In The ‪#‎GetSomeMoney‬ Video Script Contest

By | DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) recently released a theme song #GetSomeMoney for their #DigitalJobs project which features three top African Hip-Hop artistes- Ice Prince, Phyno and Olamide. #DigitalJobs is also called online work and can be done using any internet enabled device with internet connectivity.

This is a call to every young person waiting for the next available job on the employment queue. The good news is that you need not wait anymore in the name of doing white collar jobs.

Online work promotes skills rather than certification. #DigitalJobs are flexible, allows time for different categories of people, can be done from anywhere using any internet enabled device-Smartphone or Computers. Therefore, any individual with skills can engage in online work. This is a call to every young Nigerian with Skill, Electronic Device and Time.

Get Some Money video script

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria invites all young Nigerians to participate in the #GetSomeMoney contest. Kindly follow the steps below

  • Step 1:  Download and listen to #GetSomeMoney via ly/gsmsong
  • Step 2: Log on to ly/elancedja to register your full details and indicate what skills you wish to be hired for
  • Step 2: Check your email for a verification email from eLance. This is required to confirm your registration.
  • Step 3: Log in back to ly/elancedja and complete your professional profile.
  • Step 4: Search for #GetSomeMoney or click ly/gsmscript and read through the job requirement to increase your chances of getting selected
  • Step 5: Submit your proposal for the music video script and how you plan to execute the task
  • If you are an existing user who is interested in submitting a music proposal, just go to ly/gsmscript to submit the proposal.
  • Application closes 4pm on Friday 10th, April 2015

NB: Please note that the winner will be paid in the naira equivalent of $350 and contest is only applicable to Elance users in Nigeria

For more information on the #DigitalJobs campaign, visit and follow @PINigeria on twitter

Win Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Blackberry Z 10 and Mobile Portable Power banks in the #DigitalJobs giveaway

By | DigitalJobs

Win Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, Blackberry Z10 and mobile portable power banks in the #DigitalJobs giveaway!

How to Participate?

1. Sign up on the Digital Jobs platform via
2. Sign up on
3. Like our Facebook page via
4. Participants should answer the following questions:
a. Can Digital jobs reduce unemployment problem? Yes/No
b. How?


Answers can be:

a) Video of not more than 3 minutes, uploaded to YouTube
b) Not more than 4 tweets (tweets must mention @pinigeria and #DigitalJobs)
c) Blogpost of not more than 100 words

Competition starts Thursday, 2nd October and ends 10th October, 2014. Winners will be announced at 4pm on Monday, 13th October, 2014.

The official Hashtag is #DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and The Rockefeller Foundation To Launch Online Work Campaign In Nigeria

By | DigitalJobs

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) and The Rockefeller Foundation, will launch a new #DigitalJobs project at PIN’s new headquarters on October 2, 2014. The project, which is part of Rockefeller’s efforts to impact 1 million lives in 6 African countries, will involve a campaign to introduce the benefits of online jobs and training opportunity for youth who sign up through PIN.

PIN, the Rockefeller Foundation and other partners in Nigeria and other African countries have embarked on this new project to help tackle unemployment amongst young Nigerians. This will be achieved by introducing online job opportunities that will allow unemployed youth use their unique skills to meet the needs of those who require them, from all corners of the world. For this, they will be able to earn a decent income while also improving their lives and the socio-economic conditions of their families.



The #DigitalJobs campaign will encourage young people to combat the effect of unemployment with their existing skills by leveraging the opportunities presented by online work. Online work training opportunities and associated long term benefits, will encourage young Nigerians to develop relevant 21st century skills or sharpen existing skills that can increase their earning potential. “Every young Nigerian should be able to take full advantage of the new opportunities that online jobs provide” said Adebola Agbaje, PIN’s Program Manager for the project.

During the launch event, on the 2nd of October, from 4pm, PIN will provide first-hand information about the online work project, and online work opportunities, at the organisation’s new headquarters located in Yaba, Lagos. The launch event will be attended by project partners, digital jobs/online work experts, and potential online workers. “At the launch event, we will unveil the online destination that will connect young Nigerians with digital jobs, exciting monthly contests and training opportunities at the PIN HQ,” stated Mrs Tope Ogundipe, PIN’s Chief Operating Officer.


About Paradigm Initiative Nigeria

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) is a social enterprise that connects underserved Nigerian youth with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) opportunities; with specific concern about the ill effects of unemployment and cybercrime, among other vices that limit the potential contribution of young Nigerians to the nation’s economy. Having worked with government, civil society, private institutions and international organizations including the United Nations agencies, PIN has worked in ICT education, telecenter support, ICT applications in rural areas, etc. PIN’s projects include; Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (ISSPIN) and Techie.Entrepreneurial.Nigerian.Talented (TENT). PIN opened an ICT Policy Office in the Nigerian capital city of Abuja, in April 2013, to focus on Internet Freedom and other ICT Policy-related issues. Over the next year, PIN’s Ajegunle L.I.F.E. program will be extended to locations in North East and South East Nigeria.


About The Rockefeller Foundation

For more than 100 years, The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, The Rockefeller Foundation pursues this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand, and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. To achieve these goals, The Rockefeller Foundation works at the intersection of four focus areas – advance health, revalue ecosystems, secure livelihoods, and transform cities – to address the root causes of emerging challenges and create systemic change. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyse and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot – or will not. For more information, please visit


For more information please contact:

‘Debola Agbaje, + 234 1 342 62 45,

Achieng’ Otieno, Communications Officer, the Rockefeller Foundation Africa Regional Office , +254 704848792

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