Educating and engaging African teenagers for social change.
For 10 years, Unveiling Africa has been working hard to educate and engage teenagers for social change.
Through our programs we have impacted the lives of over 5000 people and developed over 2000 teenagers through various community service and leadership initiatives.
The Unveiling Africa (UVA) Foundation was founded in 2006 at the University of Alberta by students who were concerned by the socio-economic reality in Africa.
At the oneset, UVA was a platform for Africans in diaspora to take ownership for Africa's development and to contribute to the continent's development even though they were far from home.
In 2010, UVA narrowed its focus to Africa's most populous country - Nigeria. Since then, UVA has worked with more than 3000 teenagers across twenty Nigerian secondary schools and impacted over 4000 teenagers and young adults. Specifically, UVA organized three essay and innovation contests (attracting over 700 entrants), executed three nation building conferences for parents, teachers and teens with over 1000 people in attendance, awarded N1.5 million in educational scholarships to 20 students across Nigeria, launched Pacesetters Teen Magazine, and provided a platform for Nigerian teenagers to initiate their own social change projects.
On our teen led social change project platform, UVA teenagers have created magic out of simple sparks. In 2011, UVA trained 67 teenagers in our nation building roles and in turn these students planned a youth leadership and talent celebration Children’s day conference for 300 students. On a yearly basis, teenagers within our school networks organize, fundraise and implement soup kitchens and community outreach programs for people within their local communities. Till date, our active teenagers have raised over N1.5 million for six community projects across the Lagos and Ogun States, Nigeria.
UVA’s impact is best captured in the success of our current and graduate teenagers. Teen ambassadors like Asmau Aremu in Kaduna continue to serve as youth mobilizers in the Northern Nigeria. For UVA’s 2014 Days of Change campaign, Asmau enthusiastically mobilized and led 15 teenagers in Kaduna. Chidi Amakom, former head-boy of Yaba College Technology secondary school played an instrumental role in UVA’s fundraising efforts in 2014. UVA provided him mentoring and technical support throughout his transition into university. Chidi is now a student leader at the University of Florida.
Through mentorship and internship opportunities, UVA provided David Lewis a platform to develop his leadership skills and implement his bold ideas. As a result, David grew in his self-confidence and acquired relevant experience that was beneficial to his university applications. David, along with fellow UVA teenagers Nosagie Asaolu, Adaeze Adigwe and Emeka Mbakalu got admitted into prestigious academic institutions like African Leadership Academy, South Africa and United World College. David was offered full scholarships in both schools.
To transform Africa through its youth.
To create sustainable social change in Africa, the continent needs a lot of committed citizens with the passion, mindset and skills to drive development. Over half the population of Africa is under the age of 18 and the future of the continent is in their hands.