20th August, 2010
As this yearâ€™s edition of The Street University Project, TSUP seminar draws nearer, front line comedian, Ali Baba and Lagos lawyer, Festus Keyamo have been listed among a host of other dignitaries selected as resource persons who would deliver papers at this yearâ€™s event.
Helen Sosu, the TSUP founder and coordinator, stated that Ali Baba and Keyamo were chosen because they are achievers whoâ€™ve excelled in their chosen fields of endeavour. â€œLike you already know, The Street University Project is a platform which seeks to give voice to our underprivileged youths stuck in our slums and inspire them to believe in their potentials and strive to rise above their situation. Thatâ€™s why weâ€™ve chosen these people among others-Ali Baba as the father of contemporary comedy in Nigeria, while Keyamo is a social crusader. So, we believe that these youths have a lot to learn from them because they all grew up in the slums but through sheer hardwork and dedication are icons in their chosen fields today,â€ Sosu explained.
According to her, since the inception of the project, theyâ€™ve organised four seminars and trained over 750 students with the likes of Joke Silva, Orits Wiliki and Zeb Ejiro whoÂ addressed and mentored these youths. This yearâ€™s seminar will hold on 17 and 21 September in Lagos and Abuja respectively. The Lagos seminar would hold at the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, while the Abuja seminar holds at the Womenâ€™s Conference Centre, Abuja.
Sosu, former Charly Boyâ€™s manager, founded the project in 2007, with the sole aim of harnessing the talents of youths in inner city slums in Nigeria. It targets youths between the age of 11 and 35.