Located in Western Africa, The Federal Republic of Nigeria is the continent’s most populous country, home to over 211 million people. Although it’s official language is English Nigeria has three main national languages, Hausa, Igbo & Yoruba are which are spoken across the country at a regional level.
As can be imagined, the problems are diverse and varied. Our strategy here has been to show how to fish rather than feed. We were sponsored by individuals from their communities in funds, donations of computers, premises, and sharing of power supplies. BOUT was able to sustain the project for a period of 12 years by employing some of the trainees who gave ICT support services to the public and are now in turn trained more people in the community for affordable fees. Below are some of the projects carried out by BOUT:
Young Stars Football Club Project - Port Harcourt & Okrika RS
In 2013, a handful of teenage boys (11-13) came to the door for a trick or treat. Their treat included a youth magazine. They came back later that day to discuss the magazine. They told me their story. They had a football club but their coach had to move to another town so they were at a loss as to what to do with themselves. They rallied their friends and we found them a coach, Godbless Amadi.
About a year later and in a somewhat similar fashion, a casual conversation with a young man revealed that he was desperately wanting to get to Europe to play for any club that would have him. His attempts to get a visa failed. I asked him if he played for a club in Nigeria? “No” he said. After some exploration as to the possibilities he had a ‘eureka’ moment. I know a very good coach he said. I said can you get him,
can you put a team together? His eyes shone, he panted and he was off. A few hours later he showed up with Blessing ….. (aka Coach) showed up.
Coach scheduled a game on Refinery grounds. Amaka Daniel and I went to watch under the rain. They started a journey that saw them playing for the Local Government, etc. These two clubs were already in the communities. All they needed was some encouragement. They have done the work themselves and they have not looked back.
These clubs have two fantastic coaches that have achieved so much with so little. See our gallery below: