Building bridges to tackle corruption through a community of integrity champions, towards improved service delivery in Nigeria…
Greetings! We hope this message finds you well. April was a busy and exciting month for us at Step Up Nigeria, as we continued our efforts towards promoting anti-corruption advocacy in Nigeria. We are delighted to share some of the highlights from the past month with you, including new initiatives, events, and inspiring stories of impact. Read on to learn more about what we have been up to!
WE ARE LAUNCHING A NEW ANIMATED FILM!
Attention everyone! We have some amazing news!
Our 3rd animated film – “Tosin’s Story” will be released today, May 3rd, 2023, World Press Freedom Day! This film is the product of a collaboration between Step Up Nigeria and the incredibly talented team at Basement Animation, and supported by the MacArthur Foundation. Are you excited yet? You should be! Get ready to tune in to Pineapple TV’s YouTube Channel today at 6:30pm WAT for the premiere. Check out the trailer here and don’t miss out on the premiere!
ANTI-CORRUPTION EDUCATION IS COMING TO EDO STATE #EdoWeek2023
We had an incredible time last week at the Edo International Book and Art Festival during the state’s Education Week where our team introduced our anti-corruption storybooks (Emeka’s Money, Halima’s Vote, Tosin’s Story & Ansa’s Speech) at the festival. We also had a virtual reality station where students and attendees were able to watch our virtual reality films; Sherifat’s School and Abike’s Story, bringing the stories to life in a whole new way!
Our Deputy Programme Director, Feranmi Iyanda, also served as a panellist and discussed the topic ‘making books inviting for children and adult readers,’ using our anti-corruption storybooks as a great example of books that appeal to children, donating copies of our anti-corruption storybooks to school libraries.
We met with the Edo state Commissioner for Education, Dr. Joan Osa-Oviawe, the Director for the Edo State Education Resource centre, Mrs. Ero Ugiagbe and even the Governor of Edo State, His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki, whom we presented our anti-corruption storybooks to. This festival marks the beginning of a wonderful partnership with the Edo state Ministry of Education. We are excited that anti-corruption education is coming to primary and secondary schools in Edo state using our storybooks, and we can’t wait to see the impact it will have!
PROMOTING A CULTURE OF INTEGRITY IN SCHOOLS
We hosted school owners in Lagos state for a briefing session on our Integrity Certification programme which helps schools to build a culture of integrity in their schools by strengthening their academic processes and educational practices while curbing malpractices. Read more about the programme here.
EMPOWERING OUT-OF-SCHOOL CHILDREN TO TACKLE CORRUPTION
We had an amazing experience reaching out to 176 out-of-school children in Lagos and Abuja slum communities, educating them about fighting corruption and promoting integrity. Despite the language barrier we encountered in one of the communities where the children didn’t understand English, our team found an innovative way to engage them. We used an indigenous version of Halima’s Vote film, which was translated to Egun language by children from another slum community. The children enjoyed the film and gained valuable insights into anticorruption values. They also received anticorruption storybooks to remind them of the lessons learnt. It was a fulfilling experience for us and we are determined to reach more children in diverse communities with our anticorruption message. Here’s how it went…
LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST FOR THE MONTH
Get ready to hear a no-holds-barred, tell-all conversation on the second episode of our Assessing The 2023 General Elections series on our podcast. We brought in three expert representatives from Civil Society Organisations and the media to share their insights on ensuring integrity during elections. From the challenges they’ve faced to the innovative solutions they’ve implemented, you won’t want to miss out on this eye-opening discussion. So, click here now to listen and learn. Enjoy!
FIRST-TIME VOTERS SPEAK OUT: SHARING CHALLENGES IN THEIR COMMUNITIES
Check out our latest video trending on TikTok featuring some of our first-time voters sharing the challenges they face in their communities. One young man shares his heartbreaking experience of losing loved ones in a devastating flood. This emotional and heart-rending video is a must-watch. Click here to view and learn more about the issues affecting his community.