Nigeria

Video – Harry’s Saint Mary’s Story: Be Connected

Published October 17, 2013 by SMU

Video Shoot – Harry’s Saint Mary’s Story: Be Connected

As an International Student-Athlete, traveling away from home to pursue an education and athletics can be tough. With the right support, we can excel. I always promote the importance of family and supporting one another’s dreams. Through various HarryCares Initiatives, I can share my story and my experiences to benefit others. There will always be a struggle, but when you and others believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.

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Video 1: Harry’s Story

Video 2: Harry’s and other Students’ Stories

http://www.smu.ca/future-students/international-students.html

 

Nigeria: AHIP & HarryCares

May 11th, 2013.

On my trip home, I visited Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP Nigeria) in the capital city of Abuja with one of the staff in order to show my support as a past Peer Health Educator and Outreach Department team member. It was a great feeling coming back and seeing good people/organization who were part of road to success.

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Photo: Visit to an Outdoor Basketball court and former organization AHIP in the capital city of Nigeria. Photo taken with friends and other youth, and the AHIP representative Kitua Okai. Abuja, Nigeria. May, 2013

In addition, I visited a basketball court and reconnected with old friends and other youth whom were also using basketball as a means of occupying themselves towards a more healthy part of life. It was a great feeling seeing past coaches and teammates and showing appreciation for the time they invested in contributing to who I am today.

“You can only understand your mistakes through the improvements you’ve made” – H. Ezenibe

Basketball as a Tool for Success

“HarryCares:” It all started in Nigeria. I wanted better for myself and realized that I really can achieve anything I set my mind to and completely devote myself to. These moments, as captured in this photo, are why I do what I do. Here, I am passing on some of the tools and advice that led me to creating my own brighter and better future. The challenges with these youth are countless however, they always found a way to smile.

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Above Photo: Emulating the Read to Achieve NBA Program

As a Peer Health Educator, I was part of a basketball Outreach Program with the Adolescent Health and Information Project (AHIP) in Nigeria from 2004-2009. My roles were as a mediator, a mentor, a leader and a peer health educator. I also participated in the Basketball 4 Peace program sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as an Ambassador for peace and conflict resolutionist in areas affected by religious conflicts and riots. In order for these positive experiences to be passed on to other youths, I developed “HarryCares” as a way to give back to the community and to the people who provided these opportunities which I continues to experience and benefit from.

Kano, Nigeria 2009: IEC Materials

 

 

 

 

 

I regularly visit street basketball courts as a basketball outreach team member. I help in desseminating IEC Materials: Information, Education Communication materials to youths and spectators who come to watch basketball practice. These basketball courts are usually situated around communities that are prone to riots and religious conflicts. As ambassadors for peace, we use basketball as a tool to reach out to these people and also educate them to channel their energy towards sports and not violence.

Above left: Summer 2009, Kano, Nigeria; Emulating the Read to Achieve NBA Program.

Above right: Fellow Teammates who helped in making the outreach program an achievable cause.

“Channel your energy towards sports and not violence” – AHIP Nigeria