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