Social Justice activist Angela Uyi, talks about her achievements, coming projects and more in a chat with Kemi Filani Blog

In a chat with Kemi Filani Blog, Social Justice activist and founder of The Councellor Organisation Angela Uyi talked about herself, achievements and her upcoming project "PROJECT 11"
The popular Facebook commentator and micro-credit expert is set to do a great thing! Enjoy below...

Who is Angela Uyi?

Angela Uyiis from Edo State,Social Critique, Social Justice Activist, Nationalist, and also a micro-credit expert. I am the founder of The Counsellor Organization a civil society group that is committed to fighting for the welfare, interests and emancipation of the Nigeria People from poor governance and failed leadership. Apart from my National struggles, a Credit Analyst working with a financial institution in Lagos. A dynamic and result oriented Business Management expert with vast experience in Customers Relationship Management, and Value Creation. Graduate of Business Administration and Management from Imo State Polytechnic andB.Sc. Marketing from Lagos State University.
I have undergone professional trainings with Thomson Reuters Germany onOperational Risk Management, Financial Crime (Africa), Business Continuity Management, and three other certificate courses with Global Health Learning Center endorsed by USAIDand John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health on “Creating an Enabling Environment for Young Vulnerable Children and their caregivers”, “Introduction to Early Childhood Development” and “Good governance in the Management of Medicines”
I love photography, art, sport, adventures and writing. Those are my hobbies.
Nature inspires me, words create my world, and love holds me together.

The things I do most, is listening to music and try to figure myself out through the internet, which is going fine.

My words have an ancestor;
My deeds have a Lord.
People have no knowledge of this. Therefore have no knowledge of me.
My words are easy to comprehend. The fewer that know the nobler they follow me.

People who inspire me are Angela Davies, Winston Churchill, Florence Nightingale, Benjamin Franklin, Joan of Arc, Helen Keller, Mother Teresa, William Wilberforce, and Nelson Mandela.

Projects done and how she came about them...

We have done projects like ‘Individual Declaration of Peace Campaign’, ‘1000 walk for Peace’, ‘1000 Walk for Social Justice, our first Poster campaign was the #iStandAgainstHerdsmenTerrorism which attracted more than 500 people home and in diaspora. It was a campaign that centered on individual declaration of peace and support for national peace. It was one of the most successful campaigns we have had and we wereglad that irrespective of our religion and ethnicity differences people are always there to support us wheneverwe call upon them. People were made to know that we are all advocates for peace and they should live their life as if it’s the world manual for peace.  Many went home with the mindset of preaching this gospel of peace to the people in their neighborhood and be a tool for peace when need be. That’s remarkable I must say. We have had the opportunity of meeting some of the policy makers in the country to discuss measures that when put in place would be able to drive the narrative of national peace.
Remember, “Freedom is a constant struggle” so we shouldn’t expect instantaneous results.  Apart from TheCounsellor organization's projects, we have done some collaborations with other NGOs and CSOs to organize projects like OcuppyNass that shook the country and shutdown the Nigerian National assembly for good three days and the #OurMumuDondo initiative.


#PROJECT11is not just an ordinary event but a vision and a mission we are confident of accomplishing. When I said we, it means that I am not on this mission alone. I have squad that I will be working with to achieve this goals. Already we have about 20 Non-Governmental Organizations who have volunteered to collaborate with us under the Umbrella of The Counsellor Organization which I represent. Project 11 is not just about Angela Uyi, this is a national event and the people’s event. Project11 revolves around PEACE and the role peace can play to bring sustainable growth and development to the country. The ‘P’ in Project11 connotes Peace and peace is the big and bigger objective of this vision.Project11 is not a one off event but a going concernand it’s going to be anincessant campaign until Nigeria is made great and peaceful again.
Project 11 will focus more at strengthening the ingenuity of unity, equality, oneness above all advancing the culture of peace nationally.
Focus Area(s)
Unity, Interdependence, Environment, Economic Justice, Health, Children & Youth, Women, Human, Rights, Freedom, Disarmament and Peace and it will run from 11th September, 2017 through 21st September, 2017.
PROJECT 11 aims to expressively abridge all forms of violence, and work with governments and communities to find lasting solutions to conflict and insecurity.
Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights is key to this process, as is reducing the flow of illicit arms and strengthening the participation of other Non-governmental Organizations in national advancement and society inclusion.
The 11th day of Project 11 will commiserate the International Day of Peace. The United Nations' (UN) International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political.

What Motivates her
 The anger and frustration I see in people everyday especially those who have lost one family or the other due to terror attacks, the involvement of the youths in crimes and the violence campaign going on in the country.I asked myself,  what can be done?
We have learned to fly in the air like birds and swim in the seas like fish but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters.In Nigeria you are well aware of the situations around us. We have seen terrorism, killings among different faiths and ethnicity, hatred within families, bombings almost on a daily basis.
Such situations are enough motivation for one to start up a project like this.
You and I know that we are surviving in a country that is progressively alienated. Some regions enjoy continuous heights of peace, security and prosperity while others fall into superficially endless cycles of conflict and violence that causes some region to ruminate that they are being marginalized. This is by no means unavoidable and must be addressed swiftly.

Her sponsors

Hmmm. Well, all our projects are self-financed and we have always depended on ourteam for financial obligations and this has limited our campaigns to just a state and the extent we intend to reach.
Our goal is to cover all the 36 states in Nigeria including the F.C.T, mostly the rural areas and small communities but finance hasalways been our major constraint therefore we would be glad if well-meaning Nigerians would collaborate with us and co-sponsor Project11.

What she intends to achieve with the program
The two things in mind are “Peace and Security”.
Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development;Ensure Massive Youths Sustainable Employment; provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
Peace is the ultimate pillar of political and economic stability. A country overwhelmed in turbulence and inept of properly ensuring the safety and security of its citizens cannot achieve political and economic stability. The Nigerian people must be enlightened that peaceful nation is achievable only if we learn to tolerate one another irrespective of where we are coming from. What needs to be done to address this you may ask?
To accomplish peace, justice and inclusion, it is imperative that governments, civil society and communities work together to implement lasting solutions to reduce violence, deliver justice, combat corruption and make sure inclusive participation at all times.
Fundamental Human Rights must be respected by everyone, Freedom to express views in private and in public must be guaranteed. People must be able to contribute to decisions that affect their lives. Laws and policies must be applied without any form of discrimination. Disputes need to be resolved through functioning political and justice systems.
National and local institutions must be accountable and need to be in place to deliver basic services to families and communities equally, equitably and without the need for bribes.


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