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Project Title: FOSTERING LEGISLATIVE ACCOUNTABILITY AND INCLUSIVE REPRESENTATION IN OGONILAND, RIVERS STATE, NIGERIA

Grantee-Partner: Citizens Trust Advocacy and Development Center (CITADEC)

By Sambari Lemene and Dimkpa Vivian, Kiisi Trust Communications & Research Interns

One problem most developing countries face is lack of proper accountability of elected officials. Accountability is an elusive concept, but understanding where it originates can help citizens find ways to hold their governments accountable. Kiisi Trust, a donor-advised-fund managed by TrustAfrica, uses an all-inclusive participatory method when funding projects that seek to give voice to marginalized citizens. Through its Governance, Voice and Accountability thematic funding area, the Trust supports citizens and communities, particularly people from vulnerable or excluded groups, to become empowered to make choices about their own development – and to act on these choices. The Trust engages with communities, governments, businesses and other critical players to foster a culture of active citizenship.

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On Thursday, June 20, 2019, the Ambassador of South Africa to Senegal and The Gambia, His Excellency Lenin Shope and the Counsellor-Political, Ms Clara Kiesewetter paid a courtesy call to TrustAfrica.

In his welcoming remarks, the Executive Director, Dr Ebrima Sall, gave a brief presentation about TrustAfrica as a pan-African foundation which seeks to strengthen African initiatives that address some of the most difficult challenges confronting the continent. He pointed out that TrustAfrica has carried out various activities and continues to support various initiatives in South Africa. He called for continued collaboration between TrustAfrica and South African academic institutions and civil society organizations in the concerted effort to advance the development of the African continent.

The meeting was also a brainstorming session on key developments and transformations occurring in the continent.

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L-R: Professor Fakae (Trust Board Member), Emmanuel Sorle Yowika (scholarship beneficiary), and Hon. Uche Onyeagucha (Chairman of the Board, Kiisi Trust)

L-R: Professor Fakae (Trust Board Member), Emmanuel Sorle Yowika (scholarship beneficiary), and Hon. Uche Onyeagucha (Chairman of the Board, Kiisi Trust)

By Cyril Lemene

On Thursday 23rd May 2019, Kiisi Trust, in partnership with Optimum Resources Management, hosted her first award ceremony of the Ogoni Scholarship Fund, which aims to support final-year Ogoni students in tertiary institutions across Nigeria with the passion for education to improve their lives and the societies in which they find themselves. A total of N2,700,000 was given to 18 final-year students at N150,000 each to support their final year research projects. 

The event which welcomed partners, grantee-partners, the Trust’s Advisory Council members and Board members, as well as stakeholders from Ogoniland, was a remarkable one as issues regarding the growth of Ogoniland were discussed alongside the presentation of certificates to the beneficiaries. The Chairman of the Kiisi Trust Board of Trustees, Honourable Uche Onyeagucha, encouraged the Trust to continue what they have started even as they hope to increase the number of beneficiaries in the coming years. He also stressed to the students to preach the good news to others about their scholarships, as well as encouraging them to apply to benefit from the program in other areas.

In early 2018, the Board of Trustees put in motion the need to roll-out the Ogoni Scholarship Fund for Ogoni final-year students in tertiary institutions throughout Nigeria. The Fund kicked off in June 2018 with a lengthy application period from September – December 2018. Joy and happiness from the beneficiaries and their parents filled the atmosphere as they all received their award certificates. Emmanuel Sorle Yorwika, one of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of the students, thanked the Trust for the wonderful work and encouraged them to continue the good work they have started. “We will take the good news everywhere we go,” he said.

Professor Barineme Fakae, a Trustee of Kiisi Trust who was the keynote speaker, spoke on the importance of education and the need for the sustainability of the project. “The role of education in national development cannot be overstated. Education is a vital investment for human and economic development. It is the true driving force for national development and economic growth. Education gives the skills needed by the society to opt out of poverty into prosperity. Being one of the thematic areas for Kiisi Trust, the Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees figured that the best way to address this area is through award of scholarships to scholars. This explains why the selection of beneficiaries is based purely on merit. Kiisi Trust seeks students who have clear academic records that have come to the final year to whom one time subvention may be made towards the writing up of their final year projects. Through due diligence and background checks made on applicants, would be beneficiaries in their penultimate year to graduation, with a CGPA not lower than 3.50 are considered. This method of selection was adopted by the Trust because it believes that those who have exemplified themselves through academic studies stand a better chance of making huge contributions to Ogoniland.” He said.

Education, as all parents and guardians admit, is a long-term investment with an equally long gestation period, but it is one of the best legacies to bequeath to individuals, groups, and society. For rural and poor families in Ogoniland who understand the importance of education but who struggle daily to pay school tuition and other fees, the Ogoni Scholarship Fund by Kiisi Trust is one attempt to ease their struggle by focusing on the last-mile of education (final year of tertiary education institutions) by supporting the final year research projects of Ogoni students to enable them to graduate and perhaps proceed on to further their education career.

Below is the list of 2018 Ogoni Scholarship Fund beneficiaries:

S/N 

NAME 

PROJECT TITLE 

NAME OF INSTITUTION 

Barry Ambison 

Analyzing sickness absence, disability, and withdrawal from the labour market: The need for causal inference 

Niger Delta University 

Baribor Henry Adda-Kobani 

 

An exploration into Cult Rivalry in Bodo-City: A case study of Degbam and Dewell. 

University of Port Harcourt 

Bariduula Uporo 

 

Oil Induced Pollution and Livelihood a study of Gokana, Rivers State 

Federal University Otuoke, Ogbia Bayelsa 

 

Ledimbari Noel Mbari 

 

Internal marketing and marketing performance of deposits money banks in Rivers State. 

Rivers State University 

Bariela Kpoonanyie 

Design and Fabrication of Electric Car Jack with Indicator. 

Rivers State University 

 

Emmanuel Sorle Yowika 

Teacher's subject mastery and Students Performance in Selected Secondary Schools in Port-Harcourt. 

Rivers State University 

Barinaasanen Opbe 

 

Exploring Biomorphic and Geometric Forms as Symbol of Robust Economic Viability in Gokana LGA. 

University of Port Harcourt 

Eerebari Precious Solomon 

Effect of Financial Leverage on the Profitability of Quoted Deposit Money Bank in Nigeria. 

Rivers State University 

 

Miracle Barididum Bodo-Saga 

 

The effects of political misfortunes on teaching and learning in Gokana local Government area of Rivers State 

Ignatius Ajuru University of Edu. 

10 

Shiva Deegbenedum Gab-Deedam 

 

Phenolic and Antioxidant activity of Ethanol extract of Unripe Citrus reticulata peels. 

University of Benin 

 

11 

Bariyereba Silas Baridam 

 

Graphics communication: Poster for Sensitization and Advocacy Against Youth Violence. 

Niger Delta University 

12 

Legbosi Barisua Deeyah 

Determination of CD4 Level and Differential White Blood Cells Count in HIV positive patients on some highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in Port Harcourt 

Rivers State University 

 

13 

Bieye Baridapdoone Prince 

Accessing the effect of Energy Crises on Small Medium Enterprises in Tanke Area of Kwara State. 

University of Ilorin 

14 

Blessing Kemsi

Microbial Examination of Spoilt Onions in some markets in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria. 

Rivers State University 

15 

Yaabari nkpegamee Ada 

Bioremediation Potential of Bacterial isolate from Ogoni Oil Spill site 

Niger Delta University 

16 

Mdooyaabari Joy Christopher 

Diversity and distribution of low molecular weight hydrocarbon degrading bacterial in a farm land. 

Niger Delta University 

17 

Sinebari Nwilegbara 

 

Knowledge and Prevalence of Hypertension Among School Teachers in Calabar 

University of Calabar 

18 

Hope Tomdibabari Leekaaga 

The impact of violent tv programme on the Nigerian youth an evaluation of Gokana youth. 

Rivers State University 

  

 

 

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The State of African Philanthropy: Setting the Agenda
The African Centre on Philanthropy and Social Investment (ACPSI), TrustAfrica, African Philanthropy Forum and Harvard Center for African studies are organizing a two-day African Philanthropy Conference at Wits Business School, Donald Gordon auditorium, on 16 and 17 May 2019.
The aim of this conference is to bring together philanthropists (African and non-African), Non-Governmental organizations that work in this area, policy-makers, private sector organisations, and academic researchers to explore how to formulate a coherent framework for African philanthropy.

Download the programme here.

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May 10th 2019
Arusha, Tanzania   
Small Scale Farmers (SSFs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the East African region are organizing the 4th EAC Agriculture Budget Summit on Friday, 10 May 2019 in Arusha, Tanzania with the support of Trust Africa, Oxfam Novib, ActionAid and other development partners. 

The purpose of the Agriculture Budget Summit is to catalyse participation and inclusion in public financing and policy making for agriculture at the East African Community (EAC) level and enhance mutual accountability to benefit smallholder farmers, including women in the East African region. Prior to the Summit, a one-day pre-summit consultation meeting is scheduled on Thursday, 9 May 2019 and will bring together all invited delegates from the six EAC Partner States. 

After a series of policy engagement and advocacy dialogues by SSFs and CSOs with support from TrustAfrica and other development actors, the EAC agriculture budget summit was institutionalised as an annual dialogue framework between farmers, non-state actors, Governments, Agriculture Parliamentary Committee and the EALA’s ATNR during EALA seating in Tanzania Zanzibar on 20th October 2016. 

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Venue: The Golden Tulip Canaan Hotel, Kampala
Date: 6 – 10 May 2019

 

TrustAfrica, in partnership with the Netherlands Embassy in Uganda, and in collaboration with the International Criminal Court Field Offices in Uganda is hosting a 5-day training (6-10 May 2019) on international criminal justice for media practitioners and social media influencers. The training is aimed at building the capacity of a select number of media practitioners and social media influencers from South Sudan and Uganda to effectively report on and generate constructive public debates on transitional justice developments and international criminal justice at the local, national, regional and international levels.

The specific objectives of the training are to:

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