#ActivateYouthCamp #DAY 6

With wisdom are you better off? How? The three constants of life.
There are three constant things that does not change regardless of the location and time, they are:
1) God and His principles
2) Choices
3) Change.

Mr Victor encouraged us to respect people. Stick to our major priorities which include; Fear God, Obey your parents and read your books. He asked us a question that what do we want to make of ourselves? In answering that he told us to decode ourselves and be committed to the discovery of our identity. He further explained to us the importance of developing our skills. Affirmation of self-worth and personal dignity of human person. Think beyond yourself, enjoy social responsibility. Don’t allow whatever you’re going through to tie you down. Exude your flavour, be different. Make up your mind to add your flavour to life anywhere you go. Have mentors to learn from them. We must not be quick to judge others. We must exercise empathy by seeking to understand people.Be speed limit conscious.
Seek meaningful relationships. Be sure to make friends who can help you. Make friends with those who can help you become better.
Take it easy with yourself.
Turn to God.

 The experience!!!
AYC 2014

#ActivateYouthCamp #DAY 5

Its day 5 at Activate Youth Camp and it keeps getting better. The day started with Mentoring Session. The aim is to inform, inspire and elevate the participants to higher levels of personal awareness and self esteem. All participants were assigned to different mentors who will encourage them to awaken and activate the leadership from within. The session lasted for about 20minutes.

FIRST SESSION by Mrs Chineye Nwadilike

 Mrs Chineye started with the words of a great man which says “Education is a great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mine worker can become the head of a mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation” and promised to reward the person who knows the name of the great man a prize. Interestingly, the very first participant she asked got it right and he said it was uttered by the great Nelson Mandela. She enlightened us about us about studying in the United States. She narrated a scenario of how an Ibo girl from a not-so-popular secondary school in Nigeria had an excellent grade in WAEC, got admission into Harvard University offering her the very course she wanted (Mathematics) via the education USA and on getting there, she was further encouraged to teach her native language (Ibo) which she did. The rewards have been fantastic. She’s making money as a teacher and she is on full scholarship for the duration of her studies. She told us that the young lady has been an excellent student right from her Junior Secondary School days and that consistency and excellence will make a big difference in securing admission at the United States. Furthermore, she told us the story of Ben Carson who moved from being a known dullard to an exceptional doctor. His mother played a great role and encouraged them to read different books. She urged the participants to be involved in extracurricular activities and they were charged to initiate and invent something new. She advised the participants not to spend their time watching movies, chatting and loitering around. The Universities in America are looking for students with the extra i.e. Students that are not only good in their academics but also excellent at extra -curricular activities. She explained the criteria to getting admission and how to get a scholarship. It is necessary to write SAT, TOEFL and an Essay which could be as short as 50 words. Both SAT and TOEFL are computer based. A recommendation letter from your teacher is required for you to gain admission.
She shared with the participants five Secrets of the world’s best students.
Successful students have self discipline. They learn to prioritize well.
They understand time management, they don’t waste time. They are using their time productively.
Their body-language communicate something positive. They pay attention. They sit in front, they sit up, they make eye contact, they answer questions and they are active wherever they are.
 They have a mentor.
 They have a passion for reading, they read all the time, they have a little information about everything. She told us about a yearly programme called Youth Leadership programme for Sub Sahara Students in Africa that gives teenagers within the ages of 15-17 a chance to travel to the United States to explore, get familiar with the environment and exposed to the American way of life.
At the end of the session, The participants were excited as they are desperately in need of the inspired, insightful and totally helpful lectures given by Mrs Chineye. Prizes were given to students whose body language communicated seriousness, apt and interest.


The facilitator began his session by inviting two students to the stage and he asked them to introduce themselves and tell us their parent’s occupation and their future ambition. When they were done, He told us a bit about his background and that his Father was a gold smith and his mother, is a petty trader. It was challenging getting his fees paid throughout secondary school and when he eventually finished his secondary education and opted to go to the University his mother considered him callous as she thought he would learn a trade and help sponsor his younger sister. He explained that determination, focus and hard work will take us far in life. He told us that there is no secret about success but to believe in oneself and believe in what we want to do.
He enjoined every of the student to join the Rotary club as it teaches students about service, etiquettes and a whole lot of things. He spoke about the levels of rotary club. The Core values of the rotator club are: Leadership, Fellowship, Integrity, Diversity and Service to the community

Money management for early savers
Aunty Ezinne and her team from Access bank received cheques from the students. It was written the previous day during Mr Lanre Olusola’s class where they were asked to project into future and write out the amount of money they intend to own by then. The gracious staff of Access bank received it with joy and they were impressed that they have an idea about money and finance. She told the participants that money is more valued when it’s worked for. When you work hard for money, you spend wisely. The students were urged to open an account, make deposits often and kindly ask our parents for the statement of account at the end of the month so that we can know how far we are saving. The facilitator told us that Earning, Saving, Spending and giving should be a continuous cycle. She explained that the virtual app is to help track records of the account. The class ended with the facilitator telling us that early savers account is a great move for the future.

Lanre Olusola @ Activate Youth Camp 2014

Lanre Olusola @ Activate Youth Camp 2014

#ActivateYouthCamp #DAY 4

It was a very cold morning but that did not affect the enthusiasm of the kids as they were looking forward to an adventurous morning with Aunty Mphon. The day started with an exercise that involves the use of the mind and your ability to endure and think outside the box. A game called Paradigm shift which involves the use of optical illusion was done and different correct answers were given by the participants. The aim of the game is to stimulate their mind and make them understand that we don’t see things the way they are, we see things the way we are. 

The participants were divided into groups and ushered to their various game points by their mentors and the lesson of the game  was to emphasize that there is no barrier and that impossibility is nothing.

The First Facilitator, Mr Lanre Olusola started his class with an energizer which includes bringing a participant out and asking other participants to say what they know about him/her. He later asked some kids to dance. The essence of this is to acquaint himself with the participants. The topic for this session is ‘Activating the power within’.  Goals is one of the major requirement needed to activate the power within. The participants were given an exercise that involves projecting into the future and imagine how they want to be in the next 50years (precisely 30th of July, 2064). Mr Lanre asked the participants to get a partner which they did and he asked them questions that will unveil the leadership within them. Questions like, What do I like about who I am?, What do others say they like about me?, What compliments would I make myself?…and so on.  The questions were answered in their note pads and each participant was asked to read out the answers three times to their respective partner and the partners should reply with ‘I believe you’. Some participants were randomly picked and asked to share their goals with and the answers were amazing. Not only are the participants young but they are intellectually alert, their answers were amazing and positive. He instructed them to remove their shoes and step on the written goals, close their eyes and imagine what they wrote getting fulfilled. Bold and positive declarations pertaining to the goals were said and they were asked to congratulate themselves. There was a change in their thinking at the end of the session, they believe the future is now and they were excited at the written goals and who they want to become.

The second Facilitator, Mr Victor Paa Kwesi Mensah reiterated on the need to believe in your goals and be positive always. A quick recap of what was learnt yesterday was done. Gifts of books titled  The egg and the poultry farm and the teach children to save summit Magazine, were given to the kids who answered his questions correctly the previous day. He explained how to relate perceptions with life by imploring the participants to ask their siblings, Friends, “Frienemies”, Parents, Teachers, and so on and ask them what they think about you. 
Questions and Answers Section  
In a nutshell, don’t be a spectator in your own life, development of your own potentials will not only benefit you alone but the world at large. The session ended with Mr. Victor teaching the kids a new song that goes thus ‘Making melody in my heart/3x, to the King of Kings. Heads up, Elbows in, Legs apart’
Even the mentors were not excluded from the benefits of the camp. Mr. Victor afforded us the opportunity to take the personality test.

Activate Youth Camp 2014, Day 3

The morning started with much excitement after the children were paired into groups with their various mentors. There was an interactive session called Flashlight. The essence of this exercise was to get feedback from the participants on what they have learnt the previous day. The kids shared about their experiences from the leadership talks to the sports session and skill development. The essence of this is to help the kids refresh their memory while building relationships with one another. This session lasted for about ten minutes.

Next was the adventure session led by Mpho, a volunteer of AYC 2014 from South Africa. The children were given a quest to interprete codes to help them find the clue to answer the quest successfully. All kids worked together as a team in relating the codes to produce results. There was a bit of confusion, nevertheless, the objective of this game was achieved. When the set time lapsed, Mpho explained more about the game.


First Session by Victor Paa Kwesi Mensah

Mr Mensah introduced himself to the children. He asked the children questions in turn for his give-aways. The kid who got his questions correctly picks a number, the gift to be announced much later.

He briefed the children about what they are to learn (about personality, making friends). He told the children that they are all participants in a movie and that they must play their part to be actively involved.

The facilitator asked the children to list some of the qualities of a great performance. He also asked the children on what made the volunteer actors distinct from each other.

He went further to speak on personality. He told the children the need to ask themselves critical life questions such as:

Who am I?

Why am I here?

He asked the children to list further questions they often ask themselves out of curiosity.

The children were asked to put down these questions on paper. The essence of these questions is to help us answer the question of who we truly are. The facilitator explained that the aim of the session is for them to have a plan clearly written out by the end of the session.

It is equally important for children to know how to be in charge of their lives. They need to be masters over their lives else they will continue to follow aimlessly.

Exercise – S.C.R.E.A.M

The essence of this exercise is to relieve the children of their problem (mental, physical and emotional). This is a meditation process to get them activated.

In answering to who we really are, we must take the rule of twelve. The first twelve seconds must tell who we are, it is also a determinant factor of whether others will keep listening to us or not.



Life Boat

Another activity ensued where the children formed lifeboat of three and five groups. In forming the lifeboat, they get to know one another, name, what they do etc.

The facilitator asked the kids to ask themselves what they want to achieve at the end of the camp.

A set of cards was shared to the participants for the Clarity 4D questionnaire.

The kids were asked to give a review of the session and all responses were positive.

Energy Cards

These cards help us explore our personality and that of people around us. Personalities are attributes that makes a person distinct from another person.

The participants were paired into groups to play the card game. First, the participants were asked to get to know one another. Then, a volunteer is picked from the group to present a card that best represents a participant of the group. If the cards match, then it means the group did well in networking. After the exercise, the participants shared what they have learnt about themselves and others within the group.

First impression, although not 100 percent correct, gives us a certain perception about a person.  

In other to understand your personality, you must get into a state of mind.

Personality is a way of responding to the world.

Personality is different from behaviour. People’s personality put them in their default mode.

Steps of Behaviour

Learn who you are

Learn who you’re supposed to relate with

Learn how you respond to others

Personalities can be used to describe the elements of nature such as air, fire, earth, water etc.

In life, it is you against the world this is why personality is important to help us distinguish ourselves from others while learning to live amicably.

Life is a series of connected dots. The dots in life are called situation. How you decide to respond to situation is known as Behaviour. The more you learn from the opportunities that comes your way and your response to it, the more you gain Wisdom.

Children do not have weaknesses except the ones they create. What is your weakness today is your potential tomorrow.

Questionnaire Evaluation

The kids assessed the report of their filled questionnaire. After reviewing the report, all participants were paired once again into different groups to further discuss their personality traits with others. Participants are allowed to comment on the report of others.


Second Facilitator, Clarity 4D Expertise

The facilitator asked the children if their profiles represented them well or they have any observation or contrary view.

He went further to explain the essence and usefulness of the clarity test to the category of participants who took the test. The explained that the children must ensure they make very good use of the information contained in the report to develop themselves.

We should appreciate when people give feedback about us whether positive or negative. We should go back and put the feedback to use in building ourselves to be better.

Paa Kwesi informed the children that the learning for his session will continue the next day. He promised to teach the children an action plan. Afterwards, he engaged them in a short exercise.

He taught the participants that information is not to be kept, it is to be digested. After digestion, they must make a decision to be better.

Take home assignment

The children were asked to write out three out of the instruction given in their profile. They are to express this in a sentence/statement.

Five minutes was allotted to the children for them to review all that has been said.

So much fun

These past 3 days has been incredible in every way! The spirit, love, camaraderie, teamwork, bonding and togetherness in camp is exhilarating. More was seen this morning as we had a quick ‘flashlight’ session where the children, facilitated by their mentors shared some of the things they’ve learnt in the past two days.
They spoke about activities of the past few days; like the vision and goal setting session, their experience during the sport session, the new knowledge acquired in the skill development session and the myriad of snippets of wisdom gained from the former Deputy Governor of Lagos, Princess Sarah Sosan’s opening address on Leadership yesterday.
Thereafter, the teens were introduced to adventure via experiential learning by the tenacious Mpho; a mentor from South Africa. Her session encouraged the children to work in teams and to dig into themselves to find solutions to clues hidden in different locations, which actually led them on a wild goose chase. The purpose according to her was to teach the children endurance and to prepare their minds for the mindset-changing and paradigm-shifting adventure sessions in the coming days. Truth be told, even some of the mentors confessed to being frustrated and lost during the ‘goose chase’, but all in all, at the end of the session, everyone was excited and are looking forward to the next bit of adventure tomorrow morning. Did I say tomorrow morning!? No! Because there are loads and loads of amazing upcoming activities today…

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My name is Victor Paa Kwesi Mensah, a Coach and Youth Development Practitioner. AYC 2014 gets closer by the day. I am pleased that for this year, Victor and Victors (V&V) and Clarity4D Ltd. UK, along with Connoisseur Consults, will be teaming up with Annie’s Place in bringing to participants, the very best in personality and career development through our #‎SPOT-On! youth development programme. Get ready, and see you all in Lagos.

Finally #ActivateYouthCamp 2014 begins

Finally the second edition of Activate Youth Camp tagged “Leadership from Within” started off on Sunday 27th July 2014 with the arrival of our wonderful participants from the over sixty (60) public and private secondary schools in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states of Nigeria. The look of curiosity and excitement on the faces of the teens as they made way to the four registration desks bearing the colours of the teams Amber, Emerald, Ruby and Sapphire. At the desks, each teen was given a branded school bag, an identification card, a pen, writing materials and two branded t-shirts. Immediately after the confirmation of registration the participants were allowed to bond with their peers from other schools so as to make new friends. Mentor Oluwaseun aka Mr. D engaged the teens with an icebreaker that enabled each teen to know the persons sitting on their left and right. The camp ground rules was read out to the teens after which lunch was served.

The first session of the day was on Personal Safety by Mr. Taiwo Akinlanmi, a social empowerment advocate, child protection thinker and advocate. Personal Safety according to Mr. Akinlanmi is about how you protect yourself from harm and it is important for teens to protect themselves because sometimes those saddled with the responsibility become the abusers. The two laws of self-protection are 1. Be vigilante 2. You are a person of value. The teens were encouraged to pay attention to the kind of songs they listen to , the nature of people they associate with and know at all times that the opinion of others rank least in their life journey.

Mrs. Olukemi Sowemimo took the next session on Tact and Discretion. She defined a skill as the ability to do or learn something and tact is the ability to put other people’s feelings into consideration before doing or saying anything. Life skills like empathy, listening, money management, and self-management are needed to deal with the challenges that living brings. Life skills help us to move from childhood to adulthood as you learn how to maintain good relationship with the people around you.

Dinner was provided for by Dangote Foods Limited and the teens learnt the Champions Creed:

                        I will think right

                        Think fast

                        Talk right

                        Act right

                        Live right

                        Because I am a champion

                        Thank you Lord for perfecting all that concerns me

                        Am aware

                        I have it in me

                        I am a champion


             Lights out!!!!!