My name is Tosin Apiriola. Recently got married and now Tosin Apiriola Ajayi. I joined the World Pulse Online community via recommendation from a dear friend and sister Olnakie, the ‘Green Girl’. I am deeply motivated to be a part of this laudable effort. As a youth that have been actively involved in developmental work for more than 8 years and having being involved, also, in various activities of of development champions at the Local/ National and International levels, I believe there is a need for African women and youth to be empowered and have a common voice in the political, socio, economic, environmental and other issues of the region in order to have a peaceful and sustainable future. Participating at this unique event will afford me the opportunity to network with peer and like minds. It will also give me the platform to share experiences I have come across in the course of my grassroots work as an initiator of a Women and Youth NGO. It will give me the rare opportunity to learn and garner knowledge from great minds and dedicated passionate women leadership champions and advocates making a difference even in their on community to contribute to global goal. There is no gainsaying that most African countries lack good governance, peace, proper orientation and are conflict prone, which has become cancerous over time. I am eager to learn the practical ways in which one can use the online platform to advocate and engage on leadership issues while ensuring women empowerment and sustainability. I am deeply interested in the objectives of what the group will cover. I have been able to identify some barriers in my country but I wish to learn how I can have in-depth understanding on channeling mechanisms and how to effectively put forward (and help peers alike), own suggestions, based on continued analysis, for understanding and countering marginalization, actively engaging women and youth in championing the cause of women and leadership at the local levels and ensuring women amplifies their voices via embracing the social media platforms especially the World Pulse while enhancing efforts as agent of Positive change as relating to fighting corruption, ensuring participation space for women and romoting public accountability on women issues in Nigeria and Africa. As a young woman and an emerging leader, I am optimistic that it will be of great value to learn the above key issues from the group as, such is not readily available in our society today. I am highly motivated and interested to be a part of the Group because: 1. It will provide for me a platform to garner more knowledge and quality leadership skills. 2. It will give me the opportunity to be a part of continued sustainable development effort to reach the women and empower them on necessary leadership skills 3. Having been following the World Pulse and some other notable women led organizations that runs women focused programs and projects, participating at the group will afford me the opportunity to rub minds, share experience of my activities in the third sector. 4. Skills acquired will be applied to my NGO’s programming after the training. 5. For me, the opportunity to learn firsthand how women can be empowered to use their dynamism and innovative minds to promote leadership, integrity and public accountability will be great. 6. Participating at World Pulse online training programme and sharing the learning outcomes oafterwards, via engaging in peer mentoring and small group discussion to step down best practices and lessons learnt will be; achieving one my life’s objective to impact knowledge on peers for leadership and sustainable future. 7. As a Word Pulse-r, I will be involved in discussions concerning women, leadership and development of Nigeria cum Africa cum the world, thus improving the society for better psycho-social impacts.
One pressing issue I would like this group to consider is mentoring, do we have plans for leadership mentoring? I believe this will go a long way in women empowerment.