Posted October 3, 2010 from Nigeria

Challenges and Barriers • One major challenge is finances basically because I have not been able to get a job since I graduated from the higher institution. Anything good and profitable will require a sum of money to carry it out even to the simplest task. • Because one of the ways I want to create a change in my community is through writing, I have an issue with people’s attitude towards writing especially in the part of the world I belong to – Nigeria. This is an attitude that is common in Africa as I once heard someone say that if you want to hide something from a black man, put it in a book. • Inaccessibility to people that have gone ahead – mentors- of me in the same thing I am planning to do and who could lead me through it and teach me the basic things I need to learn due to the type of community I live in, a community where you cannot just get the access to see someone unless you know somebody that knows the person.

Present Solutions • Since I have the sewing knowledge and ability, I have decided to put it into use in order to make some money to be able to put some basic things in place that would help me create the change I want seen in my environment. I have also started working on my second book, though I am still looking for sponsors though, which could actually be a source of income to me. • I am presently working as a volunteer in an NGO, and really working with the NGO at promoting the reading culture in Nigeria by contributing to the book drive going on presently. I am also working at having my books read in CDs so that people that cannot read can at least have it played in their CD players and still get the message I am trying to pass across. I also try as much as possible to encourage people to read when I have an encounter with them on one-on-one basis. How PulseWire can help • PulseWire would link me with mentors who would help me along the lines I have chosen • PulseWire will give me the exposure that would be necessary for what I want to do especially in the information technology area. • PulseWire would help to make my voice heard in a better and faster way by enabling resource exchange because I can post part of book contents on the website.

Voices of Our Future Application: Challenges and Solutions to Creating Change

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  • Pushpa Achanta
    Oct 08, 2010
    Oct 08, 2010

    Dear sister, how I felt while reading your piece. I admire your strength, commitment and hope amidst the odds. I'm certain that you'll achieve much and touch many lives if you work persistently.

    Love and best wishes, Pushpa

  • lolatsai
    Oct 11, 2010
    Oct 11, 2010

    Dear Opeoluwa,

    You have such clarity in seeing what challenges you face and what solutions you need. Keep writing and sharing, and you WILL attract the people and resources you need.

    Blessings, Lola