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Photography and Drawing Training For Youth for Positive Social Change.

Using photography and drawing as a medium to promote meaningful engagement, greater social cohesion, sustainable and community-led change.

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

In 2017 I and my team travelled by road from Ibadan, Nigeria to Paynesville in Liberia to participate in the Annual Youth Education and Empowerment Summit.
During this trip, through our research as freelance photographers examining youth unemployment in West Africa, we discovered that this factor plays a significant role in a nation’s risk of political and economy instability.
The 16 countries of West Africa have large and rapidly growing youth populations. Over 56% of their populations are between ages of 15 and 35 years. These unemployed youth are often those drawn to violent, crime or wanting to travel to Europe through illegal means.
To counter this trend, we believe Art can be used to empower youth in West Africa to promote meaningful engagement, greater social cohesion, and sustainable, community-led change.

This year I and my team will be embarking on a six months road trip from Ibadan to Banjul, in the Gambia. We will be making several stops in some major cities to collaborate with local artist, organize photography and drawing workshop, artist talk, exhibition and exchange ideas in the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Serria Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and the Gambia.
This project is aimed to create awareness and call the attention of policy makers in West Africa that Art can be used as a tool to empower, educate the youth and to promote meaningful engagement, greater social cohesion, sustainable and community-led change.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiaries are youth from the age of 15 - 35 years old in the Republic of Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Serria Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and the Gambia.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

Nseabasi Photography Concept is the only organization doing such project to teach the youth how to use Art as a medium to empower, express and communicate for positive social change. Through our experience as a youth led empowerment organization, creative art will help the youngsters to find their abilities and give them a tool to participate in society in a positive way.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

The Nseabasi Photography Concept a community based organization using photography and its artistic process as a catalyst to empower marginalized children and youth.
http://www.nseabasiphoto.com

Expertise in sector

  • 5-7 years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered social enterprise.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

I’m an awarding winning freelance photographer based in Ibadan. To give back to community I founded The Nseabasi Photography Concept, a community based organization using photography and the artistic process as a catalyst to empower children and youth.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Underpowered and unemployed youth are often those drawn to violent and crime. But if the youth they are empowered and self-employed there will be Peace and Prosperity in our various communities.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

We are already having partners, the Fearless Photographers in Croatia who have supported us with some photography equipment.
Onepercent club in Amsterdam who are going to be supporting with us with little funds and ideas on how to make the project a success. we have done seven succesful projects with support from the Onepercent club.
And the Alliance Francaise in West Africa will help us in gathering the youth for all the trainings.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

In the Republic of Benin , Togo , Ghana , Ivory Coast , Liberia , Serria Leone , Guinea , Guinea Bissau , Senegal and the Gambia over 56 % of the populations are between ages of 15 and 35 years old. And art can be use as a medium to empower and bring awareness to issues that can elevate public understanding and compassion and gives voice to inconsiderable issues and those who would otherwise never be heard.

Geographic Focus

Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Serria Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal and Gambia

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

Six Months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No

If Yes, how has project idea changed, grown, or evolved since last year? (2,000 characters)

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Photo of Asel Zoe
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Dear Nsaebasi. I LOOOOve the idea - exactly, we have to learn our children to see and concentrate on good things. It should like a water ring which would rapidly grow. I think you should thing of involving big photo companies to your project. Good luck.
By The way we should also team up - my idea is also the photo project where I transform myself into different nationalities - have a look.
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Photo of Nseabasi Akpan
Team

Dear Asel , Wooooh!! I love your concept .....am inspired too by your project. keep up the good vibes. Thanks for the advise. Good luck

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