My Journey

Tosin Victoria APIRIOLA
Posted September 30, 2015 from Nigeria

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p>Growing up in an average family in Lagos, Nigeria, personally, my early childhood saw me through an interesting developmental stage of my life where I was brought up in an environment that could be regarded as Urban slum. My family was I won’t say above average but on the mark of average and I was privileged to be in school, around me were bunch of my peers whose parents couldn’t afford to enroll them in school and were because of lack of basic education exposed to various vices that would later impact (in most cases negatively) on their lives. In the course of tertiary education, away from home; I was usually faced with different stories of what happened to some of these peers (childhood friends) and their involvement in youth restiveness which was largely due to lack of access to information. In fact, a girl was impregnated and delivered of baby at age Eleven (11 Years). All these, I believed were due to lack of access to basic need of a young person- education, Sexuality rights etc. this gave rise to my determination to be an advocate for all-round development of young people and women. A background that informed my founding an NGO upon graduation and also informed my decision in going into volunteering activities full time and not looking back since then.

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Roshanna
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Hi Tosin,

Tosin, there is great emotion in your story and it is well anchored with personal strength and conviction that  makes your dreams all the more real and accessible. Your awareness at an early age and your care for your fellow beings reminds me a bit of myself (different circumstances/similar feelings and concerns) and it was always the small details that keep us awake, aware, and ready on a moment's notice to act on behalf of humanity. The work you do as a volunteer does more than change the lives of those you touch, your acts change the vibration around you, and establish the groundswell for a new conscience.

I look forward to knowing more and remember that we in World Pulse are rooting for you!

Blessings and joy,

Roshanna

Tosin Victoria APIRIOLA
Oct 09, 2015
Oct 09, 2015

Dear Roshana,

I am grateful for your kind words of identifying with what I do and supporting my work.

Yes, I hope we connect more. Together, we are stronger!

Cheers,

Tosin

Tosin Victoria APIRIOLA
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Dear Roshana,

I am grateful for your kind words of identifying with I do and supporting my work.

Yes, I hope we connect more. Together, we are stronger!

Cheers,

Tosin

Bukola Olalere
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Wow! so much in your story. I am moved and also will congratulate you for choosing the path you choose; Volunteering and also setting up an NGO for women and the girl child.

Keep at it sis.

GD
Sep 30, 2015
Sep 30, 2015

Tosin,

I find your journey inspirationnal because it can help others see that caring about their about people around their can be helpful and constructive for both them and those they are caring for. Thanks for sharing this and look forward do discussing more with you.

rosemary_ntoipo
Oct 02, 2015
Oct 02, 2015

Hello Tosin,

That is a very inspirational story. It reminds me that apart from us growing in different setups (rural or urban), what makes the great difference is our personal drives equiping  ourselves first ( through quality education), then when we get equiped we set to helping others. This is the kind of your journey. You volunteered and after decided to set up an NGO to advocate for women and children. Am very happy for you to realize that. I like your strategy.

Wish all the best.

Warmest regards,

Rosemary.

SamanthaCarroll
Oct 07, 2015
Oct 07, 2015

Tosin,

What remarkable insight for such a young age. Looking around your world and realizing that people are being negatively impacted by a lack of education speaks of your compassion and intelligence. I applaud you for dedicating yourself to becoming an advocate for education, and I know that even though you are only one person, you will definately impacts many many lifes.

Cheers,

Samantha

Julia O
Oct 08, 2015
Oct 08, 2015

Hi Tosin, I loved reading your post because it was simple yet powerful. It's really cool how you learned so much from your upbringing and are applying those lessons in your life today. Not everyone can say they do that so you should be really proud. I completely agree with you that the key to improving people's lives (especially those of girls and women) is education. Knowing about sexuality rights is also key. Thanks a lot for sharing. Your work and story are both inspiring. All best wishes, Julia

Carolyn Seaman
Oct 18, 2015
Oct 18, 2015

Great work Tosin!

Keep doing such great work as we all must keep working to improve the livelihood of women and girls in Nigeria. It would be great if we all connect and pool our skills and resources together to work on substantial projects that would yield better measurable results. I would send you an invite so we are connected even closer.

My Pleasure,

Carolyn

Tosin Victoria APIRIOLA
Dec 16, 2015
Dec 16, 2015

Dear Carolyn,

It is indeed a great pleasure reading from you. Going through your message, I observed it was sent on 19th of October, sorry, am just reading it now. The month of October was quite a challenging yet a month of joy for me as I put to bed my first baby, I couldnt get to access the internet, am just getting back gradually.

Yes, there are so much more we can do together! I will add you immediately on Facebook and Twitter.

Regards,

Tosin