Efanga Etim Effiong , Cross River State, Not Too Young To Run

My Not Too Young To Run Story : Organizing is Key Factor to Achieving Great Success – Cross River State Coordinator

The main lesson learnt from all my Not Too Young To Run engagement is that organizing is a key factor to achieve
great success – Etim Efanga Effiong Cross River State Coordinator, Not Too Young To Run

 

Why I joined the NTYTR movement
I saw the bright future the movement would bring to the youth of our great country Nigeria, and it was an opportunity for me. I was nominated by my boss based on my commitment to raising young leaders and giving them a voice in our communities. When I got the invitation for the Not Too Young To Run (NTYTR) movement training in Abuja, at first I saw it as one of those trainings I had always attended. But during the training, I saw how important the Not Too Young To Run movement was to YIAGA. Their team carefully took us through the process of how to organize and make people see the importance of
the NTYTR bill becoming law.

A major challenge I faced

One major obstacle I overcame as a state coordinator was bringing people out to be a part of the National Day of Action (NDA). The Cross River state leadership team made great efforts to invite young persons in our communities, but to our great surprise, we had just five people present at the takeoff venue. At the same time, we had not received the materials for the NDA. By God’s grace, I printed and bought some materials that morning, while the team made calls to all those we invited. We got it all
done.

My most memorable experience

My most memorable experience in the NTYTR journey was on our National Day of Action, when I submitted the NTYTR Bill to the Speaker, Cross River State House of Assembly and all members of his cabinet. To me, it was memorable because I felt I was part of history on that day.

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