Grown so­lu­tions

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im­prove fish smok­ing tech­nol­ogy.

Com­ing up with home­grown so­lu­tions to our prob­lems– in­ter­ven­tions that are com­pat­i­ble with our en­vi­ron­ment. Also, I’m on a jour­ney to self-re­liance.

There is a pro­lif­er­a­tion of non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions in Nige­ria, and many of them don’t have gen­uine mo­tives. This af­fects the way re­cip­i­ents of a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­ven­tion would re­ceive an­other in­ter­ven­tion. For in­stance, if a NGO with a gen­uine mo­tive goes to a com­mu­nity to carry out an in­ter­ven­tion, the chances that the peo­ple would lis­ten is be­com­ing low be­cause they are tired. One spends so much time try­ing to get the at­ten­tion of peo­ple.

An­other chal­lenge is fund­ing. Be­cause of the fake ones around, donors are find­ing it more dif­fi­cult to trust lo­cal NGOS.

As an in­di­vid­ual and an or­gan­i­sa­tion, we strate­gise ev­ery quar­ter of the year and have a train­ing to build our ca­pac­i­ties, bet­ter po­si­tion our­selves and drive in­ter­ven­tions that would draw mean­ing­ful de­vel­op­ment and im­pact to our coun­try and be­yond.

It used to but not any­more. I had to con­sciously change that nar­ra­tive. At a point, some of my friends thought I didn’t care (about them) be­cause it was very dif­fi­cult find­ing time to re­late with them.

When I am not at work, I try to catch up with friends. I also go to the cinema or the beach. But, I spend more time with fam­ily.

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