Are you a Serving or Past Political office holder? Are you aspiring for any political office in 2019 or beyond? Are you a Social or Political activist? Are you a young Political Party Leader/Youth leader at local government, state or national level? Are you tired of the economic & political status quo? If YES! Then you must be at the 2017 Emerging Political Leaders Summit; a platform designed to bring together emerging political leaders in Nigeria, to share experiences and critically dissect relevant issues of national concern with a view to charting a workable and innovative model for development oriented governance in Nigeria. The Emerging Political Leaders’ summit is an annual training event for Nigerian emerging political leaders on relevant issues of national concern. The vision is to inspire and nurture a just society that meets the aspirations and needs of the greatest number of its citizens. We hope to achieve this by redefining governance through an alternative platform for engagement between the emerging and current leaders.


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Applications open for training course on addressing hate speech

Applications are now open to join a course in London that builds the capacity of young people to counter hate speech and violent radicalisation.

Run by the Commonwealth Secretariat and Council of Europe, the five-day course will empower young leaders and youth workers from across the Commonwealth to develop counter narratives to hate speech and strengthen support for human rights through non-formal education and awareness-raising actions. The course starts in London at the Commonwealth’s headquarters on November 27.

The No Hate Speech Movement is a youth campaign of the Council of Europe to promote human rights online, helping to ensure that hate speech is unacceptable.  It also develops youth participation and citizenship on-line, including Internet governance processes.

The campaign is running in 44 countries since its launch in 2012.

Delegates for next month’s course will include youth leaders, youth workers, educators and government officials who work with young people on peace-building, dialogue or human rights through awareness-raising and educational activities.

For applicants: 

If you would like to be considered as an applicant, you should download the application form below. Submissions need to be return by 22 October 2017.

  • You must be passionate about addressing hate speech
  • You must be a Commonwealth citizen between 18 – 29 to apply
  • All expenses will be paid, see ‘administrative info’ note below.

Download the ‘Participants Information Form

Download the ‘Application Form

Download the ‘Traveller Information Form

Become a trainer:

If you would like to be considered as a paid trainer, you should download the application form below. Submissions need to be return by 16 October 2017.

Download the ‘Training Call Out Form

Download the ‘Application Form for Trainers

The Expression Debates Challenge 2017

Commemorating the International Anti Corruption Day 2017.

Participate and Win!

For Undergraduates in any Nigerian Tertiary Institution

Are you a passionate debater?

Do you have what it takes to win The Expression Debates Challenge 2017?

32 Teams, 64 Voices, 1 Platform, 1Mic

Star Prizes

1st prize: 500,000

2nd prize: 300,000

3rd prize: 200,000


The grand finale shall be shown on BEN TV London to global viewers!

How to participate:

  • You can register as an individual or team of 2 debaters.
  • Record and submit a 3-5 minutes video showing you debating on any topic of your choice.
  • Clearly say your debate topic, your names, school and location in the video.
  • Upload your video on your YouTube link and share the link with us for selection.
  • Audition – Lagos and Abuja – November 2017.
  • Grand Finale – Abuja, December 9th, 2017.
  • Proceed to apply on youngstarsfoundation.org/theexpressiondebates

Or call 0703 5535876 for more details.

  • Registration FREE OF CHARGE
  • Deadline – October 21st, 2017.



Powered by Youngstars Foundation, With Support from DFID.

Partners – BEN Tv London – BudgIT.

Invitation to the 4th West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy

The University of Ghana School of Law, in collaboration with the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program and Open Society Initiative for West Africa, is inviting applications from Anglophone West Africa only for its intensive 6-day 4th West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy to be held at the University of Ghana, Legon on July 24-29,
A key character of the course is its inter-disciplinary focus, both of learning and problem-solving. It is designed for high-achieving individuals who are engaged, or are interested, in policy formulation relating to drug control generally. Candidates should be people who are highly motivated, inspirational and have the capacity to effect or influence change in their communities. No prior knowledge of human rights and drug policy is required of participants, though such knowledge may be an advantage. Only participants from Anglophone West Africa who reside in the sub-region are eligible to apply.
* Deadline for submission of the Anglophone applications is June 15, 2017.
Applications should be submitted to the Admissions Committee, West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drugs Policy, School of Law, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana by email only at westafricadrugs2017@gmail.com 
accompanied by the following documents:
a. Transcript (s) bearing academic qualifications. A minimum of bachelor degree in any field from a recognised university is allowed;
b. Cover letter (1 page) – stating, inter alia, applicant’s leadership credentials, work experience, involvement in community or grassroots activities;
c. Motivation letter (1 page) – outlining the reasons for wanting to take the course and how the knowledge acquired can be taken home and applied to effect change in policy on drugs control;
d. 1-page outline of the drugs problems existing in the applicant’s country of origin;
e. Letters of reference (2) – academic or work-related.
Only selected applicants shall be notified. Notifications will be sent a week after the deadline. Women, youth and members of marginalised groups are encouraged to apply.
*A separate course shall be organised for Francophone participants later in the year.

Future Leaders Connect – The global network for emerging policy leaders


Future Leaders Connect is where exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) from around the world join a long-term network of emerging policy leaders. You will develop your policy making expertise, make valuable connections and gain the skills to have real impact. Together you will discuss major global policy issues in the Houses of Parliament, engage with inspiring leaders, visit some of the UK’s leading global institutions and collaborate to produce innovative policy recommendations. The skills, experience and connections you will make through Future Leaders Connect will support you to seize your leadership potential.

We are now accepting applications from individuals living in Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the UK.

Complete your online application by Sunday 14th May 2017, 23.59pm (GMT).

In the interests of equal access, the costs of participating in Future Leaders Connect will be covered by the British Council. We are looking for exceptional individuals with the ideas, energy and commitment to work collaboratively with all members of Future Leaders Connect and with senior global leaders. You must also be able to travel to the UK between 18th to 27th October 2017



Through Future Leaders Connect we aim to identify exceptional individuals (aged 18-35) who have the potential to be future leaders of their countries in the fields of politics and policy, and who will be amongst the shapers of global policy making in the years ahead. If you believe you are an emerging leader with an understanding of global issues and policy making then this could be the opportunity for you.

More about the types of people we are looking for:

  • We are looking for people who can passionately articulate their vision for global change and explain the role of policy making in helping them to achieve this.
  • You should be willing to engage in this long-term opportunity with the British Council to become a member of Future Leaders Connect and be committed to the network.
  • You are likely to be in your early to mid-career, aged between 18 and 35 (on Sunday 14 May 2017) and already have examples of when you have demonstrated leadership.
  • You will need to be based in one of our participating countries (Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the UK) and be eligible to access a visa to come to the UK.
  • We are looking for emerging leaders who are committed to support the development of their country through policy change, and so encourage those to apply who have good contextual knowledge and strong networks in the country they are based in.
  • We are looking to recruit a diverse group of people with different experiences, ideas and backgrounds.
  • Be able to speak English at IELTS level 6 or equivalent (this means you generally you have an effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. You can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations).
  • You cannot be currently employed by the British Council or be an immediate family member of a British Council employee. (In this case immediate family member is defined as one’s spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, siblings and immediate in-laws (mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law). Adopted children and stepchildren are also counted as immediate family members.)

You must be able to travel to the UK for the programme of leadership and policy skill development (including a one day conference in Houses of Parliament) between the dates 18 and 27 October 2017 and have a valid passport to do so. If you believe there is any reason you may be denied a visa you may want to consider whether you submit an application, as the British Council is unable to facilitate or guarantee that you will receive a visa. Check if you need a visa.

In the interests of equal access, the costs of participating in Future Leaders Connect will be covered by the British Council. We are looking for exceptional individuals with the ideas, energy and commitment to work collaboratively with all members of Future Leaders Connect and senior leaders.

The programme aims to be representative of the countries in which it operates. We encourage applications from all sections of society.


Click here to apply


Source: British Council

Values and Leadership Skills Programme for Youth

LEAP Africa in partnership with Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company (SNEPCo) Limited will be providing a free Values and Leadership Skills Programme for youth Wednesday January 18 – Thursday January 19,  2017 in Lagos State.

The programme focuses on providing youth with leadership and life skills for character development and youth mindset transformation. In addition, youth participants will be equipped with tools needed to become change agents and improve the lives of people in their communities.



* Have a strong interest in developing leadership

* Be between the ages of 18 to 35

* Be Passionate about community service

Apply HERE

Please Note limited spaces available and Application Deadline is 12:00 Noon Saturday January 7, 2017. Only participants resident in Lagos should apply.