Our Story

Our Story:

It all started way back between the University and being marshaled out in 2003 as a corps member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) posted to Sokoto state in the North West of Nigeria; under the state Islamic Sharia law. With tense and increasing conflicts, killings, destruction of lives and properties almost in all the Northern States; what seemed impossible became possible; taken a bold step to mobilize, organize and coordinate the first CHRISLAM by organizing both Christian and Muslim Corps to forge and discuss the path to peace and end violence among millions of youths and other Nigerians.

With one two staff volunteers to over one hundred across Nigeria and Africa. It was realized that changing our communities from foes to friends, reducing the volume of violence and making the world system to be more sensitive towards dialogue and community solidarism.

Obi is raising up a new generation of Youth and Peace Champions in Nigeria and Africa that will practically revolutionize the peace movement and reduce violent extremism.

YOUPEDA HISTORY

12004 BIRTH OF IDEA
Obi knew that violence can be addressed with local and natural understanding and parties not being too centered but make more sacrifices and painstaking choices. Our first office started with a personal room.
22006 RE-BIRTH OF THE IDEA
In 2006, the initiative became Youth Aid Society of Nigeria – YASON for short, immediately after the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme. Working in schools and training young peace advocates to volunteered for their communities.
32007 JOINED A NATIONAL YOUTH NETWORK AND 2ND YOUTH JOINT MEETING
In order to get more resources to make this dream come through the main Initiator worked with other national youth networks, and this contributed to the second joint meeting ushering new ideas and change in future of peace education inaugurated.
42007 CHANGES EMERGE IN STRUCTURE AND PROGRAMMES
We launched more vibrant leadership and direction in Nigeria. And then the formal structuring of YOUPEDA began.
52008 NAME CHANGED AND VISION RE- ALLIGNED
The name YASON was changed to Youths for Peace Building & Development in Africa, and first five Board of Directors appointed; YOUPEDA registered with legal Agency of the Federal government.
62009 YOUPEDA MEMBERSHIP ENROLMENT ANNOUNCED AND LAUNCHED
Membership of members stressed and becomes fundamental across places and faces.
72010 ESTABLISHED INTENSE INTERNSHIP AND VOLUNEERSHIP IN PROGRAMES
Different strategies and teams positioned to tackle the conflicts in North central and across the world. Beginning with the journey of lobbying the UN to adopt Youth, Peace and Security Resolution. And World Faith Central became the first donor and partner of YOUPEDA.
82011 GLOBAL NETWORKING AND PARTNERSHIP
We increased the number of partners and our networking working for us and improving our programs.
92012 INTERPLAY TOWARDS POLICY MAKING EXERCISE
A challenged Research competition on EU Development Cooperation in Nigeria- Conflict in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria participated and won by YOUPEDA.
102014 COVERAGE OF NIGERIA
By October 2014 our strategy had achieved more membership and visibility.
112015- 2019 LEADERSHIP/ GOVERNANCE
The Leader of the organization and organization itself profiled for greater performance and practical spotlight achievements.