Amana 2.0: The Abuja Global Shapers Hub Signs $73,750 Grant Agreement With U.S Embassy, Abuja

The Abuja Hub of the Global Shapers Community has signed a grant agreement for US $73,750 (seventy-three thousand, seven hundred and fifty U.S dollars) towards the implementation of the second round of the project titled: ‘Amana*: The Promotion of Confidence Building between Northern Nigeria Youth, the Police and the Security Agencies of Government



Photo: L-R Bob Robert C Kerr, Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy; Jake Okechukwu Effoduh, Curator of the Abuja Hub of the Global Shapers Community; and Daniel C. Ahialaka, Budget Specialist at the U.S. Embassy at the Grant Signing Ceremony held at the U.S Embassy in Abuja


The grant, which was signed in November 2015, comes under the U.S. Embassy’s Education and Cultural Affairs programme and will address the degeneration of the relationship between civil society and security forces in Northern Nigeria arising from the heightened insurgency. The project will focus on awarding grants to youth-led organizations for projects which seek to improve confidence building and understanding between the youth, law enforcement agencies and elected government officials in Boko Haram affected states of Northern Nigeria. The Abuja Global Shapers Hub will act as grant managers and will monitor the implementation of the projects.

The first round of the project (Amana 1.0) involved 9 grantees, which comprised of 7 NGOS based in the north and 2 alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Amana 1.0 was highly successful surpassing its targets with a range of activities: theatre performances, essay competitions, football tournaments, town hall meetings, radio programmes and jingles, rallies, trainings etc. Cumulatively, Amana 1.0 is reported to have actively engaged a minimum of 40, 420 persons including 1,950 security forces, 14, 000 youths and other stakeholders from private and public sectors respectively. The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) has identified the Amana Initiative as the most successful youth-driven security initiative in Nigeria. In view of the success achieved with Amana 1.0, the U.S. Embassy has granted the Abuja Hub $73,750 (seventy-three thousand, seven hundred and fifty U.S dollars) to initiate and implement the Amana 2.0 which aims to impact more than 100,000 youths and security agencies in 10 states of Northern Nigeria. The overreaching objective of the Amana Initiative, is to build and increase the level of “Amana” (trust) between youth and security agencies, in Nigeria, Africa, and the world.

Signing the Agreement, the Curator of the Abuja Global Shapers, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh commended the American Embassy for continuing and scaling up this project. He said: “Insurgency has fuelled mistrust between security agencies and the youth, and the greatest defect we see is the loss of collaborative opportunities between the twogroups. This is what the Amana Initiative has initiated and it is remarkable”. The Director of the Project, Saadatu Hamu Aliyu, reiterated, “building trust between youth and security forces is a goal we must achieve to tackle insurgency.”

Amana’ is a Hausa terminology for ‘Trust’


Please email completed form to to with subject Amana 2.0 Proposal


The submission deadline have been extended to Wednesday 30th March, 2016 by 12 noon.


    Good day, how are you people doing? Hope is fine,l will like to be the participant and join good initiative.

  • firstly, the reason for the initiative should be made known and properly addressed to the two parties. Orientate the two parties and then organise a football match with related sports activities between them. Make them sign an MOU to maintain peace. They should also be laid down structure or scheme that will continue to involve the two parties to consistently collaborate in project executions

  • I’m proposing a 12-part radio series, the 12th being a live recording from any Northern Nigeria community of the Shapers choice.
    The series identifies present security challenges in the community touching base with issues such “safe education” and seeking ways to increase public faith in the Nigerian Police who are first responders in cases of domestic violence or unrest.
    A capacity training can follow on Leadership, Peace & the role of the youth in Security in Developing Countries

  • We think that one of the best ways is to train mothers on what to notice to know that their child is facing insurgency. Also speak to the girls who are one of the worst hit on security trainings and how to be conscious of their environment. We should also work with the security agencies that in those two communities, there are free toll lines to call whenever there is an indication that someone is inciting people to war. We need to also use Widows who are the worst hit to serve as speakers at such events and how it can destroy a family life if we are not conscious of our environment. We will use less papers and flyers but more community crusaders to drive the message that it is possible to have a safe land, we all have to be involved.

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