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About the Itsekiri NextGen Project

The Itsekiri NextGen project is a brainchild of diaspora Itsekiris willing to improve outcomes for Itsekiri students. The diaspora team has found willing collaborators in Nigeria which has led to the ongoing delivery of this project. In order to improve the chances of future Itsekiri graduates, we have decided to initiate the project to mentor Itsekiri students in secondary schools, starting with Pessu community as a pilot project before expanding to other communities within Warri Kingdom.

Mentoring can help teenagers as they go through challenging life transitions, including dealing with stressful changes at home or transitioning to adulthood. Close, healthy, supportive relationships between project coordinators and the teenagers that last for a significant portion of time (i.e., more than one year) are central to success. Through consistent exposure, these young people learn from contact with appropriately trained volunteers that they can grow their potential and rise from their circumstances.

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Every session at the Itsekiri NextGen is like a blessing with the participants and highly skilled volunteers around.

Itse Mirabel Ukubeyinje — Volunteer
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Mission Statement

Our mission at Itsekiri NextGen is to develop the unique abilities and potential of each child by offering an enriched mentorship program.

We strive for excellence through a hands-on approach focusing on the five pillars of our mission statement which are literary mandate, social and cultural mandate, leadership mandate, digital mandate and economic mandate.

We believe that the rich traditions rooted in our innovative curriculum will grow productive, caring, and intellectually curious Itsekiri youngsters.

Our Core Values

We have a culture that is modern, relevant, and inspires participants to have a brighter future. We are determined in our approach to learning, are creative in our thinking, and bold in our ambitions.

Our Philosophy

We, at Itsekiri NextGen, follow a child-centred mentorship approach. We ensure that each session is tailored to deliver the maximum value to the participants. Not only that, but we believe that a child is naturally curious and is capable of initiating learning in a supportive and thoughtfully prepared environment.

Project Team

Our project team consists of our Project Coordinator and a team of volunteers. 

Uwala Tedeye

Project COORDINATOR

Miss Uwala is a Certified Geographer and Regional Planner. She is also a certified General Health, Safety and Environmental Expert.

She has previously volunteered with the National Anti Corruption Volunteer Corps while serving the Nation.

Likewise, she is an Associate Member of the Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria. She brings a wealth of experience in managing teenagers to this project.

Ulisanmi Pessu

Volunteer

Ulisanmi is a Mechanical Engineer obtained from Federal University of Technology, Minna.

He brings to the team experience in project management.

Ulisanmi is very passionate about the development of his community and has volunteered to help improve the outcomes for teenagers in his community.

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Diden Kingsley Gbubemi

VOLUNTEER

Mr. Diden is certified in Project Management, Conflict Resolution, and Peace Studies. He has worked with the Women’s Trafficking and Child Labor Eradication Foundation as part of NYSC. He is also a member of both the Delta State Youth Parliament and the Nigerian Youth Parliament. Additionally, he brings ICT and digital learning skills to the team.

Itse Mirabel Ukubeyinje

Volunteer

Itse is passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and value reorientation for youths and young people. 

She accomplishes these objectives in part by using the New Media effectively and by volunteering for causes that will bring about social change.

She brings to the team her ardent experience from working on child-focused development projects. 

Emmanuel Fregene

Volunteer

Mr Emmanuel is an experienced Environment, Health and Safety Specialist, with a demonstrated history of working in the facilities and petroleum downstream industries.

He is adept at Research and an astute Auditor. He is an experienced operation professional.

Furthermore, he has decided to volunteer for the project due to his passion for the development of teenagers.

Eworitsemogha Wyse

Volunteer

Eworitse is a certified Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV Pilot) Technician. He is passionate about youth development and supports this through volunteering for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has volunteered in different NGOs that impact his immediate community and people since then.

Fregene Joseph Oritsetserundede

VOLUNTEER

Dede is a graduate of Geography and Regional Planning. He is a conservationist and preaches sustainability. 

He is experienced in managing and running youth groups, having served in various capacities over the years. 

Dede also brings to the team teaching experience. 

Hendrix Omatsola Okpeyeaghan

Volunteer

Omatsola is a graduate of Geology from the University of Benin. 

He supports projects centred around empowerment and human capital development, focusing on riverine and rural communities. 

Omatsola is an encyclopedia of culture and tradition and supports ICI, Iwere Innovation Hub and NAIS.

Debi is a volunteer with Itsekiri NextGen
Amadedon Debi

Volunteer

Debi is a graduate of Mathematics and Computer Science. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Intelligence and Security Studies and a Masters in Cybercrime & Information Security. 

He is an ICT expert, Artist, Tutor and Creative Designer. Furthermore, he brings to the team skills in the ICT sector, creative arts and environmental sustainability. 

Roselyn Roli Oritsebemigho Ugbeye

Volunteer

Roselyn is a seasoned and experienced teacher, with eight years of experience handling children.

She obtained her degree from the University of Calabar and had one of her professional teaching courses in the prestigious university of Lagos.

She has a passion for children; hence, she has decided to dedicate her time for our future leaders.

ITSEKIRI NEXTGEN STEERING COMMITTEE

Our steering committee members have various skills and experiences that help us steer the project. 

Dr Fredrick O. Pessu

Chair

Dr Fredrick is a teacher/scientist/lecturer. He is an expert in Corrosion Science and Engineering, University of Leeds. He has interests in youth and community development, and programs targeted at empowering the next generation of youths.

Dr Oritseweyinmi Orighoye

Member

Dr Weyinmi is an early career researcher at Leeds Beckett University. She runs the Moments with Dr Weyoms which aims to empower and help young people find opportunities for growth and development.

Ojoyi Fredrick-Pessu

Member

Mrs Ojoyi is a Senior Information Analyst for public health development and policies. She has an interest in child and young adult development. She is a lover of education.

Norris Orighoye

Operations

Engr Norris is an experienced project manager and business analyst. He has a strong passion for youth development, and he has been involved in delivering various educational and mentorship projects.

Tuoyo Ofuyaekpone

Member

Mr Tuoyo is an experienced Project Manager. He is the Chief Executive of St Audrey’s Couture and a former National President of National Association of Itsekiri Students. He is a lover of education.

Itsekiri NextGen
Edun Oritsesholaye Agnes

Member

Mrs Oritsesholaye is an experienced Business Development Officer. She is also a freelance media content producer, Editor and Writer.

She is very passionate about the development of teenagers and brings to the team a wealth of experience working with teens.