Following the detailed compilation of stories from the North-East of Nigeria by writer, Eromo Egbejule, The Future Project and Ford Foundation in partnership with Y!/YNaija.com hosted an interactive forum themed ‘We survived Boko Haram’ on October 7, 2016.
The event brought together an array of guests with common interest in solving the challenges faced in North-East Nigeria.
“We can’t solve all Boko Haram challenges today, but if we all leave here with a sense of shared humanity, then this conversation would have been worth our while,” said Isime Esene, Managing Editor, YNaija.com.
The event kicked off with comments by Cofounder, The Future Project, Chude Jideonwo, who implored all attendees to seize this opportunity to proffer possible solutions to stopping inherent problems in the country.
Some of the deliberations were how individuals can offer assistance more importantly, psychologically without going through a rigorous registration process which can discourage them. It is important to note that the role of NGOs and government are important drivers but we need to begin to offer assistance to these survivors victims as individuals and ensure to get in touch with many organisations that tackle Boko Haram menace in the country.
Soul singer, Waje Iruobe; Slum2School founder, Otto Orondaam; Kemi ’Lala’ Akindoju; Founding partner, The Future Project, Adebola Williams; and TW Magazine’s Kadiri Ayodele read excerpts from stories written by Eromo Egbejule detailing the challenges faced by Boko Haram survivors.
“We need to amplify the voices of the survivors of Boko Haram, else the terrorists would keep having a hold over them. We must stand against insurgents who are determined to alter our way of life,” said Bukonla Adebakin, team lead of The Future Project.
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