MEET THE Q9 TEAM

Know more about the #ImpactKwali members of June – September 2017 VSO ICS programme.

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Jadon Paul (Project Officer)

Where do you come from?

Cross River, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I’ve been a part of ICS in different capacities since 2013 and my motivation hasn’t changed – an opportunity to touch a life while meeting new people and making life long friends

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

I enjoy the simplicity of life in Kwali

What do you miss most about home?

Kwali has been home for the last 9 months so there’s no other home to miss

Fun/Interesting fact:

I like to dance!

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to be able to say I’ve done my bit to make the world a better place.

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Julia Kassem (Team Leader)

Where do you come from? 

London, England

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

To challenge myself and my individual ability while making a positive impact on both the community and to the lives of the volunteers I will be team leading

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Nigeria has been a culture- shock, but definitely a positive one. The people are so friendly and the weather is so warm

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The easy access to watermelon which is my favourite fruit in the universe

What do you miss most about home?

My mum and sister, our night watching TV and laughing. I also miss home- cooked Lebanese food

Fun/Interesting fact: My family is originally Lebanese

What do you hope to do in the future?

My future ambitions include working in conflicts states to reduce the impact of displacement on refugees.

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Oreoluwa Abiodun (Team Leader)

Where do you come from?

Ogun, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I wanted to make impact and contribute to the growth and development of my country

Thoughts on Nigeria: 

I believe Nigeria has the potential to be one of the world’s most developed country by 2030. The change and development is going to come from the collective contribution of our youths doing small things all over the county

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The people and how they come together

What do you miss most about home?

My family

Fun/Interesting fact: I love to dance to any tune!

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to lead the change for the development and growth of Nigeria everywhere.

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Niamh Alice Emer O’Donovan

Where do you come from?

UK- Yorkshire and proud!

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

Passionate about making a difference to children who do not have access to basic education

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Spicy food and very hot!

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

My host family

What do you miss most about home?

Family

Fun/Interesting fact: I love to run

What do you hope to do in the future?

Utilise the skills and knowledge I have to pass onto the vast majority of other people.

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Happy Yohanna

Where do you come from?

Nasarawa, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I want to be an active citizen

Thoughts on Nigeria:

Nigeria is a peaceful and nice place to live

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The good roads and occasional heavy rainfalls

What do you miss most about home?

I really miss everybody and my mum’s delicious meals

Fun/Interesting fact: I’m good at smiling

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to have my own personal NGO.

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Aoibhin McCool

Where do you come from?

Fermanagh, Ireland

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

To come out and help less privileged people

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Extremely hot

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

All the happy kids

What do you miss most about home?

Everyone back home

Fun/Interesting fact: I’m a festival addict

What do you hope to do in the future?

Medical career, hopefully, a doctor.

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Kafayat Kareem

Where do you come from?

Kwara, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

To contribute my quota to development and to personally develop myself

Thoughts on Nigeria: Nigeria is big

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

Kwali is beautiful

What do you miss most about home?

I miss my siblings and the chillies that come with my meals

Fun/Interesting fact: I’m a quiet person but my friends know that I can be very naughty and crazy

What do you hope to do in the future?

I have begun a career in humanitarian services so I will continue to contribute to humanity.

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Tom Greening

Where do you come from?

Southampton, UK

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

Wanted to get out of the house for 3 months

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Tons of traffic around Lagos

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The warm welcome from everyone

What do you miss most about home?

Toast and honey

Fun/Interesting fact: I am a keen cyclist

What do you hope to do in the future?

Get a great job that benefits others.

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Emmanuella Ozioma Igboko

Where do you come from?

Abia, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I always wanted to travel outside the confines of my locality and see how things are done there. I also have a passion for helping others and making sure I leave smiles on the faces of people I meet on daily basis; I see VSO ICS as an opportunity to do more

Thoughts on Nigeria:

It’s the best place to be

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The new food types

What do you miss most about home?

I miss everything about my home

Fun/Interesting fact: I enjoy dancing to good tunes and singing as well

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to work with an INGO in the future.

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Issy Hollis

Where do you come from?

Exeter, UK

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I had the motivation to make an impact in a developing community and challenge myself

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

My first impression of Nigeria is the drastic difference in culture

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

I love the scenery in Kwali; the green mountains are beautiful

What do you miss most about home?

I miss the food and my own bed

Fun/Interesting fact: I trained in dance and musical theatre

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to graduate as a teacher, travel the world and own a horse.

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Gift Augustine

Where do you come from?

Kaduna, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

Build self-confidence and help the needy

Thoughts on Nigeria: It is a blessed country

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

Friendly environment

What do you miss most about home?

My mum

Fun/Interesting fact: I can be a comedian, occasionally

What do you hope to do in the future?

Own my fashion house.

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Idil Hassan

Where do you come from?

London, England

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

Learning about development work & how I can make a difference

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Hot, including the food

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

Sterling Restaurant

What do you miss most about home?

The food, friends & family

Fun/Interesting Fact: I’m studying Geography at University

What do you hope to do in the future?

To become a primary school teacher and find a way to make a difference in my community.

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Miracle O. Aremu

Where do you come from?

Oyo, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

Nigeria needs help, it’s not like only one person can do it, all hands need to be on deck so if I can do it, why shouldn’t I?

Thoughts on Nigeria: Nigeria is slowly but steadily getting there…

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

They have nice hills which look nice in the fog. It’s mostly all green because of the rain and I love the colour green

What do you miss most about home?

I miss my friends; I miss my family and FREEDOM

Fun/Interesting fact: 

I have a funny chuckle and I think I’m fun

What do you hope to do in the future?

Businessman – agriculturally. I like animals; I feel I can rear animals and sell them for money.

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Rachel Curtis

Where do you come from?

Buntingford, Hertfordshire, England

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

To help make a difference and give something to a poorer community

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Nigerians are very welcoming

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

My host family

What do you miss most about home?

My family and friends

Fun/Interesting fact: I’ve been involved in creating a pizza that got produced in England

What do you hope to do in the future?

To be a product developer in a food manufacturer and to travel and explore the world more.

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Afubera Maureen Kelechi

Where do you come from?

Anambra, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

It is the fact that they engage in community development which has been my passion since childhood

Thoughts on Nigeria: The good food and the culture

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The market and the hospitality of the community

What do you miss most about home?

My family, block rosary and Girls Parliament

Fun/Interesting fact: Sewing, dancing and singing.

What do you hope to do in the future? 

Nursing.

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Genevieve Poku

Where do you come from?

Kent, UK

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I believe it would give me good insight into future development work

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

So many guys try to flirt with you – even the immigration officers

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

My host family

What do you miss most about home?

My favourite spot on the couch

Fun/Interesting fact:

I was in the newspaper holding an owl when I was little

What do you hope to do in the future?

Not too sure, probably something to do with development/ health or maybe kids.

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Ibukun Mesole

Where do you come from?

Kogi, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

Wanted to have a broader knowledge of the work structures of NGOs.

Thoughts on Nigeria: Good people blessed with lots of natural resources

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

Friendly environment

What do you miss most about home?

Family and food

Fun/Interesting fact:

I’m an ecstatic dancer

What do you hope to do in the future?

Gain more work experience with local and international NGOs.

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Adam Slater

Where do you come from?

Ilkeston, Derbyshire

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I want to see my roots and have a passion for tackling poverty and inequality wherever it may be.

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

The peculiar mannerisms struck me at first, as the security woman at the airport told me off for passing her pen back to her with my left hand

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The children!

What do you miss most about home?

Playing cricket and pizza! Dominos if you are reading this please send some over to me!!

Fun/Interesting fact:

I was born 15 weeks premature as a baby, weighing 1 pound 13 ounces and was in an incubator for the first 3 months of my life

What do you hope to do in the future?

A documentarian or sports journalist.

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Lydia Adaga Joseph

Where do you come from?

Nasarawa, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I got attracted by its vision of a world without poverty and impacting people positively as one of the organisational value

Thoughts on Nigeria:

As a Nigerian, I am highly impressed with our unique cultural diversity and sensitivity

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The unique well-crafted Calabash used by the native Gbagyi women in carrying fire woods on their shoulders rather than their heads

What do you miss most about home?

I miss my dearest family and friends

Fun/Interesting fact:

I am born against odds, I fight against odds. always think positively and the sky shall be your starting point

What do you hope to do in the future?

Impact lives positively and a solution to my generation.

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Shannon Burns

Where do you come from?

Newcastle, UK

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

To make a difference in another country/community other than the one I live in

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Extremely hot!

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

How happy the kids are!

What do you miss most about home?

Family, church family & work colleagues

Fun/Interesting fact:

I’ve been on TV a number of times & in the Newspapers

What do you hope to do in the future?

Youth work in less developed countries.

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Zainab Yunusa

Where do you come from?

Kwara, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

The thought of being able to have a direct influence on the enhancement of a community in need, by my little contribution of whole-hearted service

Thoughts on Nigeria: There is an imminent need for more Nigerians to embrace the culture of active citizenship.

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

Pancakes!

What do you miss most about home?

Playing FIFA with my pal

Fun/Interesting fact: I’m a fashion model

What do you hope to do in the future?

To work towards achieving my goals alongside rendering services to humanity.

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Ellen Wilson

Where do you come from?

Copenhagen, Denmark

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

To gain first-hand knowledge on working in development and immerse me in a different country for 3 months

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Very hot!

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The lizards

What do you miss most about home?

I miss the cheeseburgers

Fun/Interesting fact: When I was 13 I had purple hair

What do you hope to do in the future?

I hope to work with an NGO.

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Babatunde Olaitan Tugbobo

Where do you come from?

Ogun, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

I am strongly interested in the development of rural communities and the achievement of the SDGs with the ultimate aim of ensuring a better life for all.

Thoughts on Nigeria: Good people; one nation, beautiful in diversity and culture

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The stereotypical views of some community members

What do you miss most about home?

My friends

Fun/Interesting fact: I can pronounce “ Mushin’’ without showing my teeth

What do you hope to do in the future?

Do and get things right.

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Lana Ahmed

Where do you come from?

West Yorkshire, UK

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

To learn a new culture, meet new people, challenge myself, teach what I know and make a difference, even if it’s helping just one person

What was your first impression of Nigeria?

Nigeria is full of culture and happiness, welcoming too

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The baby goats

What do you miss most about home?

I miss black forest gateaux cake

Fun/Interesting fact: Blood group O-

What do you hope to do in the future?

I have no idea; I take life as it is!

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Christabel Chinasa Ugwumgbor

Where do you come from?

Enugu, Nigeria

What motivated you to participate in the VSO ICS programme?

To make an impact in the community and get to know about the cultures and traditions

Thoughts on Nigeria: It’s an interesting place to be

What is your favourite thing about Kwali, so far?

The pigeons in my host home

What do you miss most about home?

Eating whatever I want and when I want it and I miss everything about my home

Fun/Interesting fact: When I was little I had huge glasses which were tied to my backpack with a long rope

What do you hope to do in the future?

Starting work and progressing more in my education.

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