Youth overcoming challenges in Nigeria to Create a Culture of Peace!

How important are young people in the peace building process? Are they voices being listened to, and what are their concerns & contributions? Youths are starting to become more actively involved in the peace building process and seeking to empower others and address their issues head-on.

Youths Inspiring Positive Change Ja. Ltd | Positive Org is committed to developing a culture of service as a tool for national and regional development. As we get ready to unfold Advocacy 101. Creating a Culture of Peace 2018, we are looking forward to getting the voices of youths involved in the peacebuilding process and how they are countering violent extremism.  

We recently caught up with Odunze Eberechukwu Caleb, a twenty-nine (29) year old Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador (CYPAN) Nigerian who is actively involved in promoting a culture of peace.

Positive Org : Tell us a little bit about yourself, your background and any hardship?

Odunze strike a picture at The Edo State Government House

Odunze Eberechukwu Caleb (Odunze): "I am born to a family of eight (8) five (5) male and a female with both parents, all through my life I have always dare to be different and seeing that I've always love to serve my community and stand against oppression and encourage people to discovered themselves has made me venture into organisations that shares from my passion. Growing up hasn't been easy but someday I will be sharing my story to bring hope to others and let them know that no matter what you face there's always a light at the end of the tunnel.  Focus, determination and positive mind is key..... Did I mention I love story telling, I will ensure my legacy lives on to inspire others."


Positive Org: What does peace mean to you, share your experience, journey, hardship, struggles and success?

Odunze and his team promoting peace at an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp.

Odunze: "Success means doing what I have a passion in to impact my generation for good. Hmmm (Odunze thinking….) My experience to peace building hasn't been easy but simply put it was worth it. Because in all impact was made and positive feedback gotten, because where there's no peace, there won't be growth and development neither will there be anyone to govern. Therefore I've chosen to pursue and promote peace and make the world and my community a peaceful and happy place."

Positive Org: Tell us about your most recent appointment?

Odunze shares lens with Honourable Mika Amanokha for Commissioner forYouths and Special Duties Edo State. 

Odunze: "I am Currently holding several appointment and positions but the most recent as the State Commander of Man O War Nigeria Edo  State. This is an Uniform Voluntary Paramilitary organization saddled with Citizenship and leadership training,  using challenges found outside the class to imbibe in young people quality of self-discipline ,self-reliance and selfless service to the Nation, under the supervision of Citizenship and Leadership training Centre. This was indeed a great one as I've always wished to serve in that capacity which is the highest in the State level, and I hope that through this office I will be able to address the yearnings and aspirations of all lieutenant and members, because the organization membership is large and cut across several sectors. It is a great privilege because I should be the youngest state commander in Nigeria and will have to do my possible best so the impression we've been creating that youth in leadership can create a positive change will be seen and proven."

Positive Org: Do you think black people are united in peace building efforts?

Odunze: "I think blacks are now getting more united towards peace building, because it has been seen that violence and all forms of extremism do not look at colors or race to cause their act. And the more united the blacks and everyone is the easier it is for us to address factors likely to cause breach of peace."

Positive Org: How is Nigeria different, what are you doing to create a Culture of Peace, what are others doing, how would you rate your country to others?

Odunze team visited the Internally Displaced People's Camp. They  Commemorated the Commonwealth day by spending time with the children and providing them with gift.

Odunze: "The promotion of a Culture of Peace is not a competition but rather we must compliment all to ensure that our environment and community is peaceful.  Nigeria like every other country has their challenges but with support to government by doing what is expected of us we can get it right. At level of CYPAN in Nigeria, we have held and organized several events to promote and sustain peace this include 1000 youth walk for peace,  Nigeria peace essay contest to get opinion of Nigerians on how we could promote and sustain peace, online conferences and media outreach, visit to Internally Displaced persons (IDPs) , consultative programs, just to name a few."

Positive Org: In a globalized world, explain how collectively we can help create a culture of peace?

Odunze: "We can create a culture of peace through an all-inclusive process and participation. No one should be left behind."

Positive Org: What are your recommendations and suggestions in creating a Culture of Peace?

Odunze: "Peace is the best thing any society can get, a society at peace gets development and growth, a society at peace strengthens youth participation, a society at peace have security and will enable for more active participation."


Let's play our part to Create a Culture of Peace

Black is Beautiful!

As February 2018 ended, we came to the end of another Black History Month celebration. All over the world black people use this month to highlight the great works that people of race has done and continue to do. However, while black people have come a long way we perhaps have an even further way to go.

Black History Month 2018 saw one of the most historic events of the millennial times; the release of the great Black Panther Movie. A movie that made millions in only a few days and with an all-black cast, it had black people all over the world screaming “Wakanda Forever.” A proud moment indeed for black men & women all over the globe. Many say that an important representation aspect of this movie is representation but is black beauty really embraced by society? Is a girl with dark skinned girl with an afro seen in the same light as a caucasian with straight hair?  Is a black girl’s natural kinks and curls seen aa appropriate for the corporate world? Are we really embracing black culture or is it merely a short term trend?

As a black woman growing up in a predominately black society I have often heard “you’re pretty for a black girl” or a black male say “I don’t want to get marry to a black girl because I want my child to have pretty hair,” and this causes me to have great concern. Black culture to me is more of a popular culture and as Chronixx said “they never told us that black is beautiful.”  Many times black persons grow up not being told by society at large that their black skin is beautiful and so many end up feeling that black is bad.

After all, the black sheep is the member of a family or other group who is considered undesirable or disreputable. We wear black to mourn the death of our loved ones. A “blacklist” is a list of people or organizations to boycott, avoid, or punish. The phrase “black market” refers to the illegal trade of goods or money. For years there has been countless negative references to that can be cited in relation to the colour black but in the year 2018 black is truly beautiful regardless of what society says.

As Positive Ambassadors we now have the task to change this. What does being black mean to you?

For me to be a black woman means to be beautiful even with society still saying that black isn't beautiful.

It means living with a hope that you can be the next Michelle Obama or Oprah Winfrey or Kemesha Kelly even with the odds against you because of your skin color.

To be black means that I am strong, I am classy, I am full of endless possibilities.

To be black means that I'm the nappy head girl who is a queen in her own right because black is & will forever be beautiful. 




       International Volunteer Day 2017 | Volunteers Act First   Every year since 1985, December 5 is celebrated as  United Nations  International Volunteer Day  ( IVD ) . This year is no different and the theme for IVD 2017 is  “Volunteers Act First. Here. Everywhere.”  The theme is recognition of the positive solidarity of volunteers around the world who answer calls in times of crisis, helping save lives today and supporting those who want to continue living their lives with dignity tomorrow.  Volunteering is an essential part of recovery as often times person who has been affected crisis in various forms receive aid from an average man who put others before himself.     



              Volunteers offload a wheelchair and other items donated by   Food For The Poo r to the Kingston Public Hospital  



     International Volunteer Day provides an avenue for volunteering organizations and individual volunteers to make their contributions visible not just at the local or national level but also on an international sphere.  The previous theme for IVD was International  Volunteer Day  for Economic and Social Development and this name is very appropriate as volunteerism though often overlooked contributes to the overall development of countries. In Jamaica, volunteering has become a popular habit.  Whether persons are volunteering because it is a requirement to graduate from school, to place on their resume, to meet people or simply for the “love and not the like,” there are over 100 organizations through which this can be done. These organizations include but are not limited to corporate entities both private and public, community youth clubs and school clubs.     



              A volunteer comforts an elderly in state care.   



      Youths Inspiring Positive Change Jamaica Limited (Positive Org.)  is a non-governmental organization which focuses on volunteering and engaging young people from all walks of life.  The Positive Organization started with one young man,  Mr. Neville Charlton  who had a big dream but was determined to make it a reality. Since 2012, the organization has grown from just the founder and co-founder to over 60 (sixty) members and is rapidly growing. The organization has partnered with several organizations as we aim to give our members the holistic volunteering experience. We do not only provide volunteering opportunities but give our members the opportunity to be involved in advocacy around issues that are important to and affect youth.  Youths Inspiring Positive Change Ja indeed believes that volunteers should act first and so we ensure that members are equipped with the skills set to not just be the ordinary volunteer but to be able to make a positive change. We are not just volunteers but we are a group of shapeshifters, using what is right with Jamaica to change what is wrong with our nation.     






      The Positive Organization encourages all youth across Jamaica to go out & get involved. Take just an hour or two per week and volunteer at a children’s home, a hospital, a homework center or just help a neighbor who you think needs a little assistance.  Our Chairman Mr. Charlton often proclaims that volunteering gives him a feeling of empowerment. “I am able to help someone that is less fortunate, someone who is just seeking a helping hand, my hand is available," that’s volunteering in a nutshell for our chairman.     



              Samantha Miller speaks on volunteerism and youth engagement  



           Our President  Miss Samantha Miller  is an example of “likkle but tallawah” as she is small in stature but as a volunteer, she makes a big impact.  It doesn’t matter where you are from or who you are, we believe that all volunteers are important because we are the people that  “Act First! Here in Jamaica & Everywhere.”   Happy   IVD 2017 Volunteers! Continue to Live, Think & Act Positive!     Shanda Wallace     Recruitment & Development Manager    Youths Inspiring Positive Change Ja | Positive Organization      



               Volunteer Today. Change Tomorrow

Whether persons are volunteering because it is a requirement to graduate from school, to place on their resume, to meet people or simply for the “love and not the like,” there are over 100 organizations through which this can be done. These organizations include but are not limited to corporate entities both private and public, community youth clubs and school clubs.