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Welcome to The International Award For Young People Nigeria, we are excited that you took the time to visit our website and learn about the programs that exist to support the youth in Nigeria aged 14-24.

The International Award for Young People Nigeria (also known as The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award) is the most successful youth empowerment program in the world. Our framework is used by youth organizations, schools, religious organizations and youth correctional facilities.

The Award in Nigeria is committed to the emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and social development of young people. Our mission is to inspire, guide and support young people in their self-development and recognize their achievements.

On behalf of our Trustees, Thank you for your support as we endeavour to make a difference in the life of Nigeria’s youth.

Warmest Regards,
National Director
Toyin Odu
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logo CHRYSALIS YOUTH FOUNDATION (Chrysalis) is registered under the laws of Nigeria as a not for profit organization dedicated to carrying out activities to promote youth development in Nigeria. It is licensed by the London-based Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation (The Foundation) to implement the Award in Nigeria under the approved name - "The International Award for Young People Nigeria"

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  • 17 year old Ijeoma Nwuke came across The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award through her school, Day Waterman College, Nigeria. She began her award at the Bronze level and moved on to complete her Silver Award. At the Silver level, she went to Gambia for her adventurous journey, where she was able to understand and experience the importance of team work and adaptation to diverse cultural environments.In describing her experience, she said:

    “Through The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award experience, I learnt to adapt to my environment despite how tough it may be. I learnt to strive on and persevere especially as I was trekking with my fellow classmates in Gambia for our Silver final expedition. I was exposed to different cultures, I learnt tolerance and understood diversity in cultures. This definitely helped me when I moved to South Africa and met various people from various cultures. I have to admit, there were moments during the expedition that were quite shell-cracking as we were exposed to environments we were not used to, all whilst having the sun beat us down our necks. But in all, the experience was enthralling.

    The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an opportunity all young people should take as it teaches people to work together in teams and adapt to various environments. Through the community service component, you learn to give to people and also receive in terms of satisfaction and gratitude. For those who enjoy divulging themselves in great and adrenaline-filled experiences, whilst having a supportive community at their side, The DofE is for you”.

    Ijeoma is currently a student of the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in South Africa and is working hard towards achieving her Gold Award.

  • Tomiwa was introduced to The Duke of Edinburgh’s international Award at 16 years of age at her school, Grange school. The Award gave her a platform to gain new experiences and acquire skill and knowledge. In her words;

    “The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was introduced to me by the Award coordinator in my school. My award experience was eye opening, I learnt the importance in acquiring skills, rendering service, participating in physical activity as well as teamwork.”

    Tomiwa believes that the Award has helped her personal development as well as her professional development: “I advise young people like me to participate in the Award because it would help them develop themselves, and improve their educational attainment, as the Award is a good complement to formal education. The Award has boosted my confidence and made me a better team player, overall it made me a better person.”

    Tomiwa is a Bronze Award holder and currently pursuing her Silver Award.