L-R: Victor Terhemba, Dr. Daniel Mann, Jude Feranmi, Lennart Oestergaard, and Juliana Anosika
On Friday, May 6, the FES management team met with the Raising New Voices team to discuss the partnership with RNV for the New Voices Citizens Fellowship (NVCF) programme.
The FES team comprised of Dr. Daniel Mann, who is the resident representative of the Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung in Nigeria, Mr. Lennart Oestergaard, the Desk Officer Africa Department at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, and Ms. Juliana Anosike, the programmes director at FES Nigeria. The RNV team was led by Messrs. Jude Feranmi, the convener of Raising New Voices, and Victor Terhemba, the Acting Executive Director of Raising new Voices.
We were happy to share with Dr. Mann and Mr. Lennart our NVCF success stories which have been going on for the past three years. Friedrich Ebert-Stiftung has supported RNV on the NVCF project since its inception in 2019. In these three years, 30 young leaders from each of the local governments in Osun state have passed through the NVCF programme, acquiring the knowledge and building basic skills in leadership and community mobilizing. The goal of the NVCF programme is to train young leaders who will usher in a fresh perspective to political leadership and energize the development strides that will set Nigeria on the course of actualizing her full potential and greatness. Currently, there the third cohort of the NVCF is ongoing and 10 Fellows were admitted this year.
Thus far, the impact of the NVCF programme can be measured by the several alumni of the programme who are currently occupying various positions and making changes in their capacities. It can also be measured by those who are currently aspiring for various elective positions and those who have been inspired to get involved in different projects that impact and benefit their immediate communities.
Jude Feranmi, on behalf of the board and management of RNV, expressed gratitude to FES for having been a formidable and reliable partner.