Information Technology (IT) is a game changer and young people need to use technology to change the game. At Jidaw our experience is that the IT field is well-respected, exciting and challenging with excellent diverse, prospects; it is hugely relevant because you can shape the world through the work you do. IT offers so much potential; Jidaw is of the firm conviction that we are still scratching the surface of what is possible. It is a field of the future, it is an area that has not been settled, and for us at Jidaw, young people are the answer because they create the future.
You are the Solution
Young woman, young man, you are not a passive beneficiary. Jidaw wants you to realize that you are the solution to local and global challenges. You are the creator of new lifestyles and opportunities. Stop limiting your strengths to entertainment and sports. Infrastructure, health, education, industry and many more are crying out for your fresh insights and answers. With their energy, passion, creativity, resourcefulness and enthusiasm, Jidaw is convinced that young people have what it takes to change the world through technology.
Dare to Dream
Young woman, young man, Jidaw urges you to enlarge your vision. “Living without daring to dream is labour lost”. Your potential deserves more than a passenger or onlooker existence. Jidaw charges you to start participating actively in creating your own destiny. Stop taking cover when you should be taking over. Start becoming more aware of your potentials. At Jidaw we ask: Isn’t it about time to give birth to the greatness that lies within you? The future is in your back pocket. Reject the path of abandoned hope and wasted talent. No matter the circumstances great dreams are always worth fighting for.
Rise to Your Mission
Wake up to your reality, rise to your purpose. Setbacks, lost chances? Too much is left inside you to keep worrying about what has gone. Jidaw believes you are more than the loss, bigger than the pain. Progress is not the absence of hurdles; instead use obstacles to build new strengths and backbone. Face reality but refuse to become a prisoner to reality. Jidaw’s suggestion – Have a vision, build capacity, show desire, maintain direction, keep your eyes on the ball and keep pressing forward.
Your Youth is the Reason, not the Excuse
Your age is not an excuse; your age is the reason. Tell yourself: “I matter, I am not a statistic. If I am not part of the solution, then I’m part of the problem. I matter”. Innovation creates the new through the original outlook of young people. Indeed, the future flows from you. You are a unique force that has all it takes to drive change in your communities, in Nigeria, and globally. Jidaw asks you: where and what is the future? The future is in your head. Don’t wait until adults and leaders wake up, don’t wait for perfect – it’s your tomorrow, it’s your life. Lead from where you are.
Stand Strong on Your Promise
Stand strong on your promise and use technology to bring your vision to life. Keep learning and also take ownership of your own progress. Embrace both the hope and the responsibility, and you will fulfill your mission. Jidaw wants to see you smash barriers and exceed expectations. Jidaw believes not only in your strengths, but also in you. You cannot be held down. You cannot be put in a box. The path is forward ever, there is no going back. “The man at the top of the mountain did not fall there”. Jidaw asks: What are you waiting for?
Young woman, Young man, Jidaw charges you to make this year your best year ever.
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Innovation and Development Advisor, ICT at Jidaw
ICT Development Advisory Support and Consulting