The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) was established in 2006 as an international non-profit, non-partisan organization. The mission of NLI is to mobilize the energy, talent and resources of credible and accomplished Nigerians in Nigeria, the United States, Europe and the world to tackle the challenges that confront Nigeria. NLI provides a platform for highly accomplished, uniquely qualified Nigerian Leaders (Fellows) and emerging leaders (Future Leaders) to develop and express their values-based leadership skills and to assume a transformative role in the future development of Nigeria. NLI is registered as a Charity in Nigeria, United Kingdom and the United States and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. There are currently 3 projects under the NLI initiative: Notes2Note; Wordslam and Clever Club.
The early sixties were an exciting and exhilarating time to be Nigerian- we had gained independence and Nigerian youth exhibited an insatiable thirst for education and innovation in different spheres of life. During this time, strong values and a sense of community were the fabric of Nigerian society and Nigerians upheld values in their everyday activities. Today, this is not the case. Corruption has seeped into the nation’s social fabric and children are being raised without a clear moral compass. In 2010, the National Examinations Council (NECO) announced a 98% failure in the 2009/2010 Secondary School Certificate Exams (SSCE). Only 2% of students had 5 credits, including English and Maths. Also, the exam malpractice rates were reported to be as high as 25% in some States. This knowledge and values vacuum is catastrophic for a nation that has produced leading philosophical intellectuals such as Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa to name a few.
NLI believes that one step to getting the country back on track is to reach out to young people during their formative years to start reinforcing values necessary to rebuild a good society. This was the driving impetus for the conception and formation of Notes2Note. This initiative incorporates and promotes 10 values that were identified by Nigerians in a National Essay Competition as important for building a good society – Integrity, Industry, Compassion, Justice & Equity, Tolerance, Discipline, Family Values, Contentment, Spirituality and Patriotism.
Notes2Notes and the project immediately following it, called Wordslam will inform young Nigerians of the rich history of the nation, get them excited about values and ultimately motivate them to succeed in life.
HOW IT WORKS
This project will screen & distribute a multimedia documentary to secondary school age youths. The 20 minute documentary includes video clips, graphics and animation that tell a story of Nigeria’s rich history and core values using Naira Notes (and the Founding Fathers) as illustrative elements. The narration was performed by Nigerian celebrities of high ethical standard. The following artistes are featured: MI, Sasha, BOUQUI, Omawumi, Kate Henshaw-Nuttal, Aisha Augie-Kuta, TY Bello, Chioma Omeruah (C-Flow), and RoofTop Mcs.
Below is one of the 20minute multimedia documentary with Roof Top Mcs talking about Equity & Unity.
The Notes2Note project will launch with a by-invitation-only video premiere on May 26 at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas, Lagos, hosted by NLI Fellows and Associates & the celebrities (who will serve as motivators to generate awareness). Transportation will be provided for invited local secondary school students to attend the premiere. A global premiere will also be done in the evening of the same day on the web and selected TV stations. NLI will then organize DVD screenings at secondary schools nationally. This will be followed by a nationwide distribution campaign using DVDs, media outlets, websites and social networks.
For more information www.nli-global.org