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Echoes From LIFE: Kayode Aina

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KAYODE AINA

After my secondary school education, I was idle as I had nothing to do. Once in awhile, I assisted my father with his carpentry work. But it was clear I had no interest in it

A friend of mine, Faruq Abdulrahman (2015D class), who attended the AjegunleLIFE training, told me about it. I realised how he had changed, he was not the same person after his training. He followed his passion which is fashion designing. I wanted to be like him, so I convinced my father to buy me the application form.Kayode Aina (1)

Before the program, I would visit my neighbour to learn a few things about computer but he wouldn’t have much time for me. Attending the AjegunleLIFE program has been a life-changing event in my life. I have always wanted to be a graphic designer and now I can design anything and I have also learnt how to write a business plan.

The ICT class gave me the necessary skills for my dream work and the entrepreneurship class taught me how to start a business and write a business plan. The life skill class helped me improve my communication skill and I’ve being able to work on my attitude.

Presently, I am seeking a graphic design/printing house where I can learn more about graphic designing.

Echoes From LIFE: Ekong Vivian

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I worked as a fashion designer before my AjegunleLIFE training. I was also preparing to take the JAMB UTME. My sister, Nancy Ekong (2016A class) told me about the program and all the benefits it presented.

I used the computer before my training, but not really for productive activities, while I was in secondary school; it used to be a game console for me as I had not realized other uses of the computer. I am naturally a reserved individual and also a shy person, but this training cracked my shell and I was able to develop good communications and interrelation skills with other students.

The LIFE skills classes and entrepreneurship development classes have improved my mindset with a positivist and business oriented one; as I now see life from a brighter perspective that I can make the best of my life irrespective of the community I live in, I realized that I could go out or in fact make it within the community no matter what.Ekonj Vivian (3)

Now that I have concluded my training, I am going to continue my fashion designing job as I await my tertiary entrance examination. I also want to revisit snail rearing business as I earlier opted out of due to my unserious attitude. Now, I want to take it more seriously and integrate my new entrepreneurial and financial readiness skills into it and see where it goes. Even when I gain admission, I still want to have my chains of businesses. I am really inspired to be the best I can, thank you Paradigm Initiative!!

Echoes From LIFE: Ademeso Josiah

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I concluded my secondary school education in 2014 after which I had been at home; I started teaching at a primary school nearby until I was capable of starting a coaching centre of my own. Bolarinwa Adams, a friend of mine and also an alumnus (2016B class) told me about the #LIFE program and I decided to try it out.

I had computer appreciation skills before the program; as I normally visited cybercafés to surf the net, watch videos and play online games but I have learnt new skills over this past ten (10) weeks. I learnt about Microsoft Office packages, Graphics designing (Adobe Photoshop), Web Designing (HTML, CSS, and JAVA). All these were not on my to-do or to-learn list before the program but I am glad I am now more proficient in computer usage.

The ICT aspect of the training improved and made me more technologically aware, the entrepreneurship classes have helped me develop a business mindset and possibilities of making it within the business environment. The LIFE skills classes helped a lot in my interpersonal relations and expression.

Ademeso Josiah (2)

I had an exciting experience recently when I had the opportunity to teach one of my friends who studied computer science in school how to design a proper website, as he said he only knew the theoretical aspect but needed to learn the practical aspect. I am so happy to have this new knowledge flowing through me; I almost feel I can do anything.

I plan to volunteer in the technical department of my church after the training while I wait to gain admission into a higher institution of learning. I will also like to work with an IT firm so that I can have more professional experience. I look forward to volunteering in training younger ones on computer usage and adaptability. Thanks to Paradigm Initiative for adding more value to my life.

Echoes From LIFE: Ebie Ezekiel Adegheji

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I am fascinated with anything that has to do with Technology/the Internet, but I never had the opportunity to explore because there was no access to a computer due to affordability. Ajegunle LIFE program has brought about development in my community and a lot of youth including myself have benefitted from the digital inclusion initiative.

Though I had a little background on the use of a computer this cannot be compared to the exposure I had during my training at the AjegunleLIFE Centre. I didn’t want to attend the training because I believed there was nothing new to learn, but my parent made me understand that there is always more to everything and also hearing a family friend’s testimony motivated me to aspire for more.EBIE EZEKIEL (3)

The Training Centre is a conducive learning environment; with the stat of the art infrastructures and equipment, dedicated facilitators, and highly intuitive students. We were encouraged to carry out research works, which has been very helpful till date.

Being connected has really made a difference in my life because it has given me the opportunity to reach out to an audience beyond my immediate community. The skill I have acquired has really helped me in many ways, most especially the Life skills- “Self-awareness and Time Management”. Learning about these has really been an added advantage in my day to day activities.

I currently work as a “Computer Operator” at Ajegunle Diagnostic Centre, managing the laboratory’s databaseEBIE EZEKIEL (2) and sorting out (printing, typing, editing) of scan and test results. I am also improving on my ICT skill by learning Programming related courses online and also building myself to becoming a “Media Strategist/Publicist”.

The AjegunLIFE program has really instilled in me, a self and continuous development mindset. The training really inspired me a lot and I want to especially appreciate Mr Odunsi Oluwaseyi Gabreal and Mr Taiwo Olalekan for their relentless efforts in making me a better person. Thank you Paradigm Initiative for connecting us to the world that seemed beyond.

 

  • EBIE EZEKIEL ADEGHEJI – 2016D CLASS

 

Echoes From LIFE: Victoria Ajaka

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I am currently a student at the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education. I have employed most of the skills I picked up at the #AjegunleLIFE centre. The research skills have really helped me in delivering quality assignments and general class performance.

I am generally considered tech savvy by my peers and lecturers because of my swift reaction to academic works that have to do with the use of technology, like; email, word processing packages, Excel, etc.Victoria Ajaka (3)

I have trained couple of persons on how to use the computer for different purposes, I taught my aunt to use Microsoft word, excel and powerpoint, I also taught my friends who wrote the computer based UTME how to use the computer.

Thanks to Paradigm Initiative for making me stand out among my peers.

 

Victoria Ajaka (6)Victoria Ajaka 2016C

Echoes From LIFE: Jackson Ubong Kingsley

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I came to the AjegunleLIFE center as a street boy and I wasn’t expecting much from myself or life. I didn’t want to attend because I thought it was going to be too strict for me to handle. It is a totally different story today; I can say that I got my sense of direction from the training.

I never had any serious ambiton or the intention of going to school, but I am now a final year student at the Olabisi Onabanjo University where I am studying laboratory technology.

I never had access to a computer before the training, the program gave me the opportunity. The program changed my life.

I encourage the current beneficiaries to strive beyond self or societal constraints limiting them from maximising their full potentials. They should try to create milestones and stop at nothing to pass them. Thank you to Paradigm Initiative for shaping my destiny.

  • Jackson Ubong Kingsley, 2014B AjegunleLIFE

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Echoes From LIFE: Oghmeochuko Paul

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Oghmeochuko Paul  (4)

My name is Oghmeochuko Paul, I was a student in the 2013B class at the Ajegunle LIFE center. Before attending the training program, I worked with Frededo Prints for 3 years. I heard about the LIFE training from my younger sister who attended the training before me. During her training days, she came home daily with news of the activities at the center. More important is the fact that I noticed that she was beginning to change – the improvements I noticed were remarkable and I craved them too, so I decided to apply for the program.

Oghmeochuko Paul  (1)

The ICT classes were very practical. I found the Graphics Design classes very interesting. For a fact, it was the foundation of my choice of course (Fine Art) at Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. This skill has also provided me with financial opportunities – as I get paid for the designs I do for people. The Life Skills classes helped build my communication skills and confidence. My entrepreneurship skills are now top notch, coupled with all I later learnt from Wave Academy after my program. I am now a Pastry Chef at The WheatBaker, Lagos. I intend combining my Graphic Designs and Pastry Skills in a business after school.

Oghmeochuko Paul  (5)

 

Echoes From LIFE: Mukhtar Usman

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Mukhtar Usman (4)

Mukhtar Usman is an alumnus of the 2016C Dakata LIFE class. He heard about the program from a friend who was part of the 2016B class who encouraged him to attend because Mukhtar had informed him he was looking for a place to pick up and develop computer skills. In Mukhtar’s own words, “My life has changed. Paradigm Initiative taught me how to live a productive life and what is expected of me in furtherance of development in my community”.

Mukhtar Usman (3)

After the 8 weeks of training, Mukhtar decided to take on a new responsibility at Government Girls’ Secondary School, Kawaji, where he volunteered to teach Islamic studies. He did this at no cost just as he got his training from our DakataLIFE center. Paradigm Initiative changed my perspective about jobs. My mentality changed from being a job seeker to being a job creator”.

Mukhtar Usman (5)

Mukhtar now deals in sales of cellphone accessories, charging of mobile devices, mp3 and mobile software downloads and distribution. He has obviously tapped into his entrepreneurial knowledge and digital readiness skills to set up something he can call his own. Mukhtar specially appreciates Umar Amir Abdullahi (Program Assistant, Dakata Life) for his hard work, and also every other member of the LIFE team. He appreciates Paradigm Initiative for giving this opportunity without tribalism, sectionalism or religious skepticism.

Mukhtar Usman (2)

 

Echoes From LIFE: Chinwedu Eze

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Chiwendu Eze (1)

I have been able to do certain things myself after concluding my training at the LIFE program. I visit the cyber cafe regularly to practice my new knowledge of productivity tools and I have been making use of my vocational skills in order not to render them obsolete as I make plans to continue with my studies.

Chiwendu Eze (2)

All aspects of the LIFE training was advantageous to me — the ICT classes, entrepreneurship classes and Life Skills classes. Growing up in the Ajegunle community, and with my family background, was not really an enabler in terms of digital readiness, so I had never had the opportunity to operate a computer until I was offered an opportunity for digital inclusion on a platter of gold through the LIFE program. With the training, I have assisted some of my friends with no prior ICT knowledge to set up their media presence, especially eMail accounts.

  Chiwendu Eze (5) 

I am presently in a Fashion School, training to become a fashion designer because I am more dedicated than ever now to make my entrepreneurship goals a reality. I also integrate my digital sophistication into my fashion work to complement the new knowledge I am acquiring.

Chiwendu Eze

Echoes From LIFE: Sylvester Jeremiah

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Jeremiah Sylvester (8)

I had nothing serious to do because I felt there was no opportunity for a secondary school leaver like me. I however made myself useful in helping my mother to sell food in a school and I was also doing some house chores after sales. A friend of mine told me about the program. He was part of the program as a member of the Class of 2015D. I noticed a lot of changes in him after his training. He was confident, tech-savvy and also got an employment opportunity after the training. “I want to be like Luckson,” I said to myself.

Jeremiah Sylvester (7)

I had little knowledge of ICT and entrepreneurship. Though I visited cybercafes a lot, there was little I could do with the computer. Ajegunle LIFE training has helped me in several ways and I can describe my experience during the training as wonderful. I learnt more from the ICT and Life Skills classes — which improved my confidence greatly. Now that I am through with the training, my main aim is becoming a notable and high valued Graphics Designer.

Jeremiah Sylvester (1)

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