Children and Young People Living for Peace

CYPLP is local and organic, not for profit, voluntary of experts, non partisan, social impact organization with informal voice, that is inclusive, with deeper insight and expertise in sorting multi-sectoral, most pressing social challenges in our society through research; specifically in the informal space, working to achieve the SDGs and Agenda 2063 sustainably.  

In 2010, our founder and focal person (Dennis Ekwere, as was then youth), was wrongly labeled of allegation of kidnapping an 8 years old son of his landlord; whom is considered “well placed/strong” in the society, whereas they had rent issue.

He was arrested, tortured and detained in police cell for four days, refused access to a lawyer and then released as masterminded by his “strong” landlord because of his vulnerability. 

At police cell, he met with 15 young inmates aged 18-35 years respectively. They shared their stories of what brought them into detention. Surprisingly the inmates crimes from their stories ranges from robbery, murder, kidnapping, rape, fraud, violent extremism etc. He preached for a new leave to his inmates and 1 out of the 15 inmates became remorseful and promised a new leave if given a chance back to society. The rest inmates told him they have no regret and if given another chance into the society, will continue and even intensify their criminal acts, that crime pays them given that  they are excluded from their commonwealth. They confessed collectively that crime is a cycle and were introduced into it when they were children. And if he’s interested in changing violent criminal curve for societal good, upon his released from detention should focus on children and stop their entry into criminilaties and criminal tendencies, as that’s the best way to break the cycle. So that was how the name – “Children and Young People Living for Peace” was conceptualized and formed subconsciously inside police cell. Upon released, he founded the organization with the sole aim of availing equal rights and justice for weak.

CYPLP represent voice of most marginalized children, children affected by conflicts, youths and women. We stand in the gap for people left behind in the informal sector ecosystem in Nigeria and across Africa online and offline. We came specifically to promote rights to freedom of association; by availing spaces for social change through citizens meaningful participation, engagement and trust building.  Rebuilding trust of the people, by the people, with their government, the private sector, the media, civil society and international communities.

We co-design to co-create programming led actions geared at disolving and solving difficult social issues simply with homegrown ideas, creativity and innovation spiced with local commonsense for lasting solutions. Our unique selling point is analytical, deep insight on issues in local context and content which always help us generate unique lense for proactive solutions. 

We affirm that when citizens trust their government, the private sector, the media, civil society and international communities and are ready to involve and be involved, volunteer, cooperate, contribute and synergize colloboratively for inspired actions, that no mountains of social problems that are unsurmountable. Therefore, our core value and strength of reconstructing the hearts of stones and minds of citizens with their government is a continuum; through the use of evidence based approach for inclusive development.

With over 10 years of continued works with concrete measurable impacts that have directly bearings to lives of everyday people, have touched and lifted over one million lives in hard to reach communities in Nigeria, igniting a new spirit for volunteerism among Nigerians and raises active citizens as grassroot champions that are driving transformative change they want to see in their communities through small local actions.

We continue to galvanize and amplify voices of the most marginalized people to the fore, bringing real issues and concerns of people from communities to local, national and international table of dialogues for constructive discussions; so policy makers, decision makers and duty bearers can better grasp the issues in context and content, so all voices can be heard before decision making are made for the people. We realised lasting social solutions especially insecurity are collective actions and that security is everybody’s business. 

We function in line with the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) article 13, operate in line with article 19 and article 20 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 22 of International  Covenant  on Civil and Political Rights, Article 10 and 11 of African Charter on Human & Peoples Rights.

We exist to translate and breath to United Nations Transnational Organized Crime Convention(UNTOC) and Protocols thereto. We rely in existence in accordance to Nigeria Constitution of Section 39 and 40.

Climate change is our real concern, advancing human rights is our priority, promoting agriculture is a task, while preventing drug use among young people, supporting environmental and wildlife rights, dismantling and disrupting misinformation and hate speech, transnational organized crimes among children, and supporting criminal justice system are all parts.

Mobilizing local resources and catalyzing the informal economy for improved livelihoods of most vulnerable and disadvantaged youths and women in poor rural communities through skill development is our focused for a more peaceful world.

Leveraging on the huge population of Africa for accelerated productivity by developing capacity of youths and women through entrepreneurship skills for jobs creation; using technology and the social media platforms as enabler.

Accelerating and rebuilding back our communities strongly through connected partnership between citizens, private businesses, companies, corporations, the media, international communities and the civil society organizations(CSOs) as well as advancing Public Private Partnership (PPP) across Nigeria and Africa in the post Covid 19 era for sustainability.

Educating, sensitizing and raising awareness among young people on the negative effect of illicit financial flows, money laundering, cyber crimes, marine crimes, radicalization leading to violent extremism and terrorism, human trafficking, proliferation of light weapons and small arms, corruption, gender based violation amongst others.

We came to mentor, support the building of strong institutions, activating citizens to hold their institutions accountable for good governance. We are here to spark Africa self reliance.

●Showcase Africa talents and resourcefulness, build bilateral relationships, learn and share diplomatic exchanges in trade and culture to the benefits of the world competitively.

●In our hearts and minds, working assiduously to equip local non state actors in the security sector vis a viz – “Civilian Joint Task Force” aka (C-JTF), Vigilante groups etc with simplified knowledge on human rights,so as to   minimize human rights violations and torture of citizens at grass-root level, which are mostly unreported and unaddressed.

●Sensitizing citizens on the rule of law, democracy and good governance.

●Advocating for digital rights of Nigerians.       The anchor to it all is that, we follow, negotiate and influence policies that avails mineral wealth in the extractive industry in Nigeria to the benefits of children and women in host communities and pushes for transparency leading to infrastructural development in the host extractive communities while defending children and women rights to security and prosperity they need today and in the future.We hold firm that mineral resources belongs to the people, and  the people have all rights to benefit from it. 

Recognizing Agenda 2030, our effort through partnership (SDG17) and collaboration with  relevant stakeholders is to join hands in making this ambiguous  goals a reality. Convinced about UNSCR 2250, we are creating more spaces for young people from local  to global peace  actions. Realizing the importance of Agenda 2063, with a mindset of Africa we want, we are energizing with other like-minded Africans all over the world to make this agenda a living. Confirming that peace is what we need for progressive West Africa, we shall pursue passionately with other stakeholders on the fight against corruption, money laundering  and terrorism financing in West Africa. We use sport, dance, music and drama as our social marketing communication tools to shape and influence young minds on issues, changing difficult behaviors and attitudes for greater impacts.

CYPLP is self regenerative and sustainable, using its independent funding model in generating its streams of revenues including but not limited to crowdfunding. 

You can be part of our social movement as member. Membership is open to all African citizens all over the world, 18 years above willingly bringing expertise as value to the table. Join us today –

    To create veritable platforms of engagement of young people, by young people and for young people, through small local actions that can spark big changes in our communities in Nigeria and across Africa.

To mentor and raise young social change champions at local communities in Nigeria and across Africa, spark the spirit of volunteerism that will drive Africa’s self sufficiency and sustainability.

  • Research/ Assessment  
  •  Capacity Development
  • Advocacy
  • Publications/Media 
  • Psycho Social Support
  • Social Media 
  • Consultancy

  • Human Rights
  • Climate Change
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Health and Wellness
  • Testimonials
 “Since my desire to volunteer with CYPLP organization, it has open a lot of opportunities for me especially my trip to Egypt to represent the organization for a training on “Preventing Radicalization and Extremism Leading to Terrorism”, organized by Cairo Center for Conflict Resolution & Peacekeeping in Africa. Those whom I met where people I never thought of. My perception of so many things has changed and knowledge increased”. Zainab A’shadleeyah

“I was reluctant coming for this workshop – “Young Active Community Leaders Initiative“. I didn’t really understand it when I first saw the advert online, but I encouraged myself to attend since it was a free to attend workshop, and I had always wanted to be active citizen and really am glad I did. My mindset has changed on so many things. I have learned new things, and old things in new ways. Initially I thought my community is where I live. But No, this program presented a new dimension to it, that community starts with me, then my family, neighbors, friends and colleagues, including the people we meet each day online and offline. And that if we are to change the world, we can influence change from within us, by ourselves, to our family, neighbors, friends and people we meet. That was something unimaginable to me and I thanks to CYPLP Team for this opportunity. I will go out there and be the change I want to see, and change my community. Thank you Dennis for this wonderful initiative”.

Sophia I. Okoubulu

“I thank CYPLP for bringing this program – Road Safety Awareness to my school @ Government  Boys College, Kaduna. Before now, I knew some of the things that are taught to us today. But I never knew most of them the way I have now. One thing I enjoyed about the program was that, it was informative yet entertaining such that all of us were carried along.

I will try my best to pass on this information to my peers and also take to volunteering to drive change in my community. This is best ever experienced program in my life so far. Thank you”. 

Kabiru Zakariyya (SS 3byStudent).

This program TAX EDUCATION is timely but not everyone will understand it, especially the theme – “when it matters most”. I and my colleagues are happy.  We now know why our parents pay tax and should be paying tax. I am empowered through this program to know that I can hold Government accountable and demand for open governance and transparency as citizen. My take away is that as I grow, I will pay my tax, and not just pay but pay it into the right source for expected development. Thanks CYPLP Team and please reach out to other young people like me too in other schools, so that we can have more voices for amplification in future. God bless. Mariam Musa – Head Girl, Nasscity Academy.

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