Black Panther: A Better Future is Possible

For the 29 young people from Lagos informal communities, Black Panther was more than just a movie. 29 of them participated in the March 28, 2018 private viewing session at Ozone Cinema, coordinated by SPACES FOR CHANGE’S | S4C’s Youth Development Team. Communities where these young people live, often called slums, is characterized by decades of governmental…

KEHINDE ILAWOLE: We Mourn You!

We regret to announce the death of Badia-East youth leader, Mr. Kehinde Ilawole, who passed on on Saturday, March 17, 2018. The inevitability of death is a painful reality for all humans. The more agonizing aspect is when it strikes during the most active time of a person’s life. Every young person imagines the hour of…

Enough! Stop criminalizing young people living in the slums!

Miscreants. Street urchins. Drug addicts. Criminals. Thugs. Prostitutes. These are examples of the negative adjectives commonly used to describe young people living in urban slums and informal settlements. Labeling them in this manner often provides justification for security agents to routinely raid the spaces and places where they live, leading to the arrest and detention…

Pushing for Change through Digital Story-telling

After participating in an intensive 5-day course on digital story-telling, 15 youths from informal settlements across Lagos State have learned how to produce their own digital stories about the social inequalities, extreme deprivations and forced displacement that they face everyday. Through a 7-part process, the participants comprising 8 males and 7 females, aged 20-35 years,…

Civil Society Organizations: Synergies, Partnership and Amplified Civic Engagements (CSO-SPACE Nigeria)

Commitment towards innovation, the ability to collaborate, build alliances and networks, and make impact in a sustained manner, have been listed as some of the strategic “warfare” startups and young non-profits must have, in order to meet changing conditions in the 21st Century non-governmental sector.  NGO stakeholders reached this consensus as a panel session on Civil Society Organizations:…

Slum Youth Challenge the Rhetoric of Hooliganism and Criminality

With support from Spaces for Change, the youth living in the Lagos slums of Ijora Badia-East and Ebutte-Metta are using arts, music, dance, drama, skill acquisition training and public concerts to challenge popular narratives that label them as “criminals, hoodlums, miscreants.”  At a public concert held in Badia East on March 30, 2016, hundreds of local…