TrustAfrica, through its Agriculture Advocacy Programme and together with its partners is organizing a policy dialogue convening themed: “Agency and Accountability : Securing Citizens’ Voices and Participation in Africa’s Agriculture Development” from the 2 to 3 April 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The convening brings together partners and like-minded institutions to strengthen civic engagement in the agriculture, environment and natural resource policy making space. The convening will profile TrustAfrica’s on-going agriculture advocacy work and impact, as well as advance proposals for harnessing opportunities and initiatives to better support civil society in addressing the pressing challenges in the African agricultural sector. It is a timely platform to strengthen conversations and deepen debates on how to sustain the agenda for a more inclusive and sustained citizen’s voice, amongst a broad base network of non-state actors and, with government actors on emerging and pressing challenges on Africa’s development.
The round table discussion on Ayisha Osori’s Book, “Love Does Not Win Elections”, organized byTrustAfrica, Africans Rising, OSIWA, and Sylv Saki had a very good turnout. Civil society members, intellectuals, students and media personalities met at TrustAfrica’s premises to discuss around Ayisha's beautifully written memoir. In her Book, the Executive Director of OSSIWA writes about her unbelievable journey contesting for elections as a woman in Nigeria. Osori gives a much-needed first-hand account of Nigerian politics, from an unapologetically feminist perspective.
The event was well covered by regional media outlets. Ouest TV did a great report on the event:
International Women's Day is an opportunity to recognize the great contributions of African women to the advancement of our continent. As part of our celebration this year, TrustAfrica, Africans Rising, OSIWA, and Sylv Saki (“Un Mois, Un Livre”) are excited to welcome Ayisha Osori for a round table discussion of her book, Love Does Not Win Elections. Ayisha's beautifully written memoir pulls the reader in from the first sentence, as she takes us on her often unbelievable journey contesting for elections as a woman in Nigeria. Osori gives a much-needed first-hand account of Nigerian politics, from an unapologetically feminist perspective. A must-read for anyone interested in the mire that is Nigerian politics and, beyond Nigeria, in what women have to go through, almost everywhere, to "get a seat at the table".
TrustAfrica has organized a two-day meeting in Dakar, Senegal centred on the challenges posed by illicit financial flows from Africa, with particular focus on the West African region. It was a great opportunity for civil society to discuss the subject and to work together with other critical stakeholders for viable options to mitigate the dangers illicit financial flows pose to economic development in the region.
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By Lemene Cyril Sambari and Vivian Dimkpa
TrustAfrica is pleased to inform you that in one year, the Kiisi Trust Fund (KTF) has created partnership with 27 organisations to implement programs across Ogoniland in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. Projects have been implemented in 48 Ogoni communities. 8, 717 beneficiaries have been reached in this area which is remarkable for immense environmental degradation. Grants awarded till-date have been $296,518.00.
Queen-bess Mubenwafor is from Alode community in Eleme LGA in Rivers State and will be serving as one of the Grants, Monitoring and Evaluation interns at the Trust. She volunteers her time and promotes social development at the Women Empowerment Project Scheme Synergy and the Adolescent Project. In addition, Queen-bess is a financial consultant and served as the state financial secretary for the Nigeria Christian Coppers Fellowship (NCCF), Cross River State Chapter from 2017 – 2018 where she was responsible for the preparation, auditing, presentation of the quarterly financial documents. Queen-bess has a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Nwinaka Esaen is from Baen town in Khana LGA of Rivers State. He holds a BSc degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management and a master’s degree in Tourism and Wildlife management. He has great flair and passion for research and committed to any positive cause geared towards the development and progress of his community and society at large.
Prior to his engagement as Grants, Monitoring and Evaluation intern with the Trust, he worked as a field officer for African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) from 2016-2018.
Vivian Dimkpa is from Bodo City in Gokana LGA of Rivers State. She graduated from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Education and Management. Vivian holds a certificate in Peacebuilding from the Rivers State Ministry of Youth Development and she’s passionate about the girl-child education and community development. At the Trust, Vivian will be one of the communications and research interns.
Lemene Cyril Sambari-epie is from Kpite community in Tai LGA in Rivers State. He joins the Trust as one of the communications and research interns. Cyril has 4 years of working experience as a research analyst and report writer. In 2014, he worked with the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), a top leading town planning firm in Nigeria, where he assisted in research analysis and report writing.
Cyril is passionate about helping people maximize their potentials to become productive members of society. He is a writer, speaker and peace advocate in Rivers state. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
The month of March is dedicated to women. To celebrate the resilience and important contributions of women in Africa to social, cultural and economic development on the continent, Ms. Coumba Touré, Chair of the Board of TrustAfrica and Coordinator of the Africans Rising Movement for Peace, Justice and Dignity was the main guest of Kinkeliba of Radiodiffusion Television Senegalese (RTS).
During the show, she spoke about the mission and vision of TrustAfrica as a pan-African organisation. She also highlighted the work of TrustAfrica as it relates to empowering women in Africa.