In this post, I will “conclude” the series… but please note that this is a first completion. Other interesting things have since happened, and most of them are expressed in projects, processes and other media. Interesting enough, I’m putting together a more comprehensive report (and eventual title) on Nigerian Youth and the Information Society that should help capture a birds’ eye view of the whole ICT-scape. Myself and Edward are also planning a collabo that could hit book stands soon 😉
While writing my final reports in October 2003, I realized that all targets had been met, and the name â€˜Gbenga Sesan was almost always in the news â€“ especially newspapers and television. That was good news because the name had become synonymous with youth involvement in using ICTs for development and for a nation that had no concrete plan for itâ€™s youth, things changed dramatically with every major Information Technology event or policy process requesting for youth input. The only difficult part was that most of these meetings and processes requested my presence and it was a tough task combining all the projects. The teams that supported me helped me stay alive to other responsibilities that I had â€“ my job, school and my career growth!
These experiences have recently shown the need for broader research on Nigeria and Africaâ€™s policy involvements around the use of ICTs for development and my desire to participate in the Public Policy and Management program is not far from realizing these objectives. In my 24 months as IT Youth Ambassador for Nigeria, advocacy, representation, participation, networking, mentorship and youth bridging the digital divide would be good words to describe the experience with. These required my participation in international policy engagements on ICTs â€“ such as the World Summit on the Information Society which held in Geneva, Africaâ€™s WSIS preparatory sessions in Mali, International Telecommunications Unionâ€™s Africa Youth Forum in South Africa, United Nations Economic Commission for Africaâ€™s ICT Policy sessions for civil society organisations in Ethiopia, African Youth Parliament in Kenya, etc.
And the story continues …