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Most fail or not selected for opportunities applied for not because of lack of ability but could be because of lack of proper direction and discipline. I see people with talents and abilities yet unsuccessful when they apply for certain opportunities.

I run both a social enterprise and a nonprofit. I once applied for an opportunity using the nonprofit, I wasn’t successful. The next round of the same application came, I took time to re-read the requirement and discovered the social enterprise fits in better, hence I used it and I got the opportunity.

Do not rush to apply for any opportunity you feel you are eligible for. Before you begin, research about the organization; Review thoroughly – read through the opportunity (grant, scholarship) criteria/ requirements and follow directions, instructions or guidelines. Determine if your idea or course is what the funder actually funds.

Funders are very specific in what they are looking for and will rarely deviate from their category. You may have the very best PURPLE tie & dye in the world, but if the grant is only for the producers of GREEN tie & dye, you won't get the grant. Don’t bother to convince them that the PURPLE tie & dye is better than the GREEN one.



Before you begin answering the questions even while you have started, review the application and the requirements carefully. Most calls for proposals or application has rules, guidelines or procedures that must be followed. Make sure your application responses have followed all the rules.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and if your worry, confusion or concern is not addressed, please kindly email and get information from the agency or organization rather than asking me or whoever that sent you the opportunity link.

Check if you are within the age range, the region/country, experience etc required to apply. Some would even complain that the particular link I shared didn’t have the details. If you are so much interested in the opportunity, it is your duty to ransack and raid the website to get all the info needed to enable you proceed well with the application. Go through the check list of the eligibility and purpose idea to make sure you fit in to apply.

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Two amazing entrepreneurs, Emma and Sam applied for same global opportunities including grants to help grow their separate enterprising ventures.

Sam got the World Bank scholarship to study Entrepreneurship Management at Pan Atlantic University; got $10,000 grant to expand his business; got another certificate course worth N750,000 scholarship from Oxfam. He later got selected to participate in two trainings and one fellowship program outside the country.

Meanwhile, Emma who is very passionate and creative with his business and had applied for same opportunities like Sam, couldn’t get selected for any of the programs. He only managed to get to the interview stage for two opportunities.



Why do you think two incredible entrepreneurs apply for same opportunities, one keeps been selected, getting grants while the other doesn’t?

There are few ‘secrets’ and tips in preparing astounding applications, coupled with basic foundation one ought to build to aid make solid application. As a proudly local African who has gone global with participation in over 23 global opportunities which includes 4 Professional Fellowships programs; 7 grants ; 7 scholarships for scientific paper presentations at International conferences; 4 scholarships for advanced certificate courses; 3 certified online development programs, international volunteer opportunities among others.

A lot and more of these opportunities I have benefited from are still available and been published online on different platforms. It is one thing to know the opportunities, and another to know how best to apply for them.



Do you have a business idea you are so passionate about, you’ve been working on it and no money to start up the business; or you have started the business and need more capital to expand? Are you done with your university first degree and desire to further to Master’s program but lack funds? Are you a creative writer and haven’t been making money from writing? You desire to attend international programs or make paper presentations based on your job experience? Etc. There are various opportunities waiting for you to grab.

There are more I will be bringing in the course of this series, ‘Local2Global’ #L2G so that you would not be left out in participating in global opportunities.

As a beneficiary of so many of the opportunities, I am here to reveal the best practices in applying for opportunities so that you too could benefit. Your application should be a self-portrait of whom you are; what you do; so autograph it with excellence.

Would be available to answer all your burning questions and walk you through. Ask me what you want. #WHAafricaI #AdaAfrica

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This 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2020 is a special one for us at WHAI Africa considering how the COVID19 pandemic has increased the rates of GBV and school dropouts among the girls in local communities we work.



The Covid-19 pandemic gripped the vulnerable communities, the women and girls’ rights were marched upon, and their insecurity in the communities worsened with high rate of rape and GBV cases.

In a particular school in Ayamelum LGA of Anambra state, over 65% of the students who managed to write the junior exams have not return to the school to continue their education.



Hence for the 16 days, WHAI Africa will be celebrating the inspiring voices of our local girls who are currently getting empowered through the Girls Lead Club of Local2Global project by the World Connect. They are the future women leaders speaking up to mitigate the troubling impact of COVID-19 on their fellow girls in the vulnerable communities.


Also, to mark 16 Days of Activism against the GBV, we would be acknowledging and celebrating supporters of WHAI Africa’s work in vulnerable communities. The stress and difficulties WHAI Africa volunteers pass through to get to those hard-2-reach communities.



You can be passively or actively get involved with what we do. During the 16 Days, you can repost, share and comment in the posts to amplify the Girls’ voices; promote their inspirational stories, draw attention to how local women and girls are championing the cause of meeting the SDGs target.



We invite you to please to please take part in the 16 Days Activism.

You can reach us via any of the social media @WHAIafrica or whisperinghopeafrica@gmail.com








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