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-Monologue is the Storytelling Journal of Soulace War Widows in Nigeria-
During my teenage years, I once caught my mother in soliloquy. This arouse my curiosity. All I got was ‘you cannot understand’. Later in life, I understood after she’s no more. Sometimes I earnestly yearn to share my deep thought or sought her opinion on some pertinent issues. Monologue is an act of talking to oneself. This could be a subconscious state of being lost in though. A situation that is associated with people bereaved or in trauma.
Talking to one selves or being lost in thought is not far from situation faced by widows anywhere in the world. They unconsciously yearn and express deep feeling in what was supposedly meant to be conversation with their partner. Widows are long bottled up. Monologue can be a coping strategy for grieving. Prolonged loneliness can results in monologue which can sometimes be indication of trauma. Unfortunately, not many will yield or notice the agony of widows in our fast-paced modern-day society.
At Soulace Africa, we connect; lend a shoulder and our voice to the vulnerable veterans’ widows. We do this through “Monologue” the storytelling journal of the agony of war widows in Nigeria. This journal unveil the profile, deep thought and travails of veterans’ left behinds who are often faceless, un-celebrated, rather despised and socially excluded from social welfare in the Nigerian society. United Nations statistics asserted that 85% of people mostly affected by war and violent conflict are women and children. Soulace Africa supports veterans’ widows whose bereavement occurred as a result of combat casualty which can be missed in action, injured in action or died in action.
These vulnerable widows are further being pushed to the margins of the Nigerian society as a result of the persistence social exclusion, cultural deprivation and economic incapacitated. To us at Soulace Africa, this is the community of heroes and heroine considering their huge sacrifice for our national survival.
Monologue therefore will be lending a voice by telling their story with an assurance that they will be heard, celebrated and supported. Our goal is to support them from Servitude to becoming a reference point in Nigeria society. For this purpose, we have set up Soulace Survival Network (SSN) a hub of veterans’ widow and Soulace Survivor Partners (SSP) a web of empathetic individuals that support the widow’s empowerment project.
Are you a veteran’s widow? Do you know anyone who is in your neighborhood? Or would you like to support a veterans’ widow. May be you can even volunteer using your skill for this purpose.
Contact us today and follow us on social media to read and support this community of resilient women of virtue.
@Soulaceafrica Hotline: – +2348051767267, +2348025271044, firstname.lastname@example.org | www.soulaceafrica.org
-Schools and colleges Nonviolence Awareness Campaign-
Peacebuilders club is an integral of youth nonviolence awareness campaign initiative of Soulace Africa. Designed with the aim of raising stronger and informed generation who will shape the future and rid it of avoidable and preventable violent conflict. Soulace Peacebuilders Club will be empowering “generation next” peace builders through customised and specialized training and mentoring and exposure to peace cultures adopting experiential learning approach. We have a team of through breed mediators who are respected peace minders and our participant are regarded as Peace Nicks.
Vision:We envision an inclusive society where youthful energies are tapped for innovation and transformative leadership.
Mission:To nurture a new order of global thinkers, thought leaders, and social changers in attitude, skill set, knowledge of peace and human dignity.
To lay emphasis on youth leadership and whollystic development.
To fight against violence through transformative tools of peace culture.
To empower youth with necessary skill set and perception for change
To open up our youth to a world of dignity and sanctity of human diversity.
To shape national policy and raised young peacebuilders within their local, national and regional enclaves.
To train young people to influence discussions around peace and conflict resolution nationally and internationally.
To bring the voices of young peacebuilders to the attention of national policy-makers in Nigeria.
Goals:To raise resilient young people who will challenge the systemic conditions that generate violence in Nigeria society.
Membership:Our membership ranges for young people between the age of 5 to 25. We categories Membership as Silver, Gold, platinum. These classes have well defined programs which is in line with their age classification.
Core Value: Our core value is expressed in 4 Cs
Courageous to take action.
Curiosity for wellbeing.
Concern for the future.
Programmes: Lecture series on Juvenile Deliquescent, Peace Culture & Concepts, Diversity & Inclusion, Human right/Child right, Conflict Resolution,Peer mediation, Ethnic Diversities & Values, Climate change, Technology and development and other thematic and contemporary issues.
Debates & Talks
Community /Social Work
Children’s Day Events.
Youth Conference & Awards
Career Counselling & Mentoring
Our focus: We understand the role of resolutions and policies developed at this organizations does not only influence local communities, but set a global standard for peace and development.
1. The Nigeria government
2. African Union
3. United Nations,
Our Training Systems can be classified as trainers training; advocate training , thematic training.
Training of Trainer: Our training of Trainers are designed for young people to train themselves. These training help young peace builders to develop their skills in reaching out to and training both their peers and other stakeholders in the peace-building field.
Training of Advocate: Participants learn to understand and explain complex conflicts, map stakeholders and identify appropriate ways of resolution.
Thematic Training: We regularly organize training on topics of relevance for our members. The topics of such training have included the intersection between culture and conflict.
Transformative Discussion, Debates, Storytelling Creative and perfoming art is explored.
1. Peace Badge
2. Branded vest
3. Membership Certificate
4. Discounted fee on all activities.
I. Nigeria Prisons
ii. UNESCO Office
iii. United Nations Office
iv. Foreign Embassies in Nigeria
v. Media houses in Nigeria
vi. National House of Assembly Abuja
viii. Visit to Tourist sites in Nigeria
ix. State Government Houses and many more
For more information please contact
Our seminar scope suddenly change from 100 to about 350 Participants overnight. The change from cozy venue to a bigger unequipped space and unavoidable loss of ambience were among other things the consequences that we had to put up with. The challenges of getting the unending participants comfortable. Sorting our logistics while still making sure the job is done with no excuse whatsoever will definitely make anyone sweat.
In this pics our Chief convener sweated it out while doing his thing during the March edition of veterans wives and widows sensitization and advocacy for empowerment at Odogbo barrack, Ibadan. In his word…..’he said if we are sweating for them it worth it, they and their husbands have and are paying the price daily with their patriotic services’. We call it passion; you call transformative leadership.
Comparatively, the condition under which we had our seminar is not any different from what happen when veterans orphans and widows suddenly lost their husbands and breadwinner. The sudden change in family structure , loss order, companion and means of livelihood is affected are immediate consequences. This is why there must be an inclusive palliative to absorbed the shock caused by sudden loss of loved most especially for the immediate defendants of the deceased.
One of the very interesting thing at the base of our organisation is the community orientation. Our intervention and operations is pivoted on this concept. We create and run through community.
Community is where the real empowerment takes place. When people come together great things happen. This is why a chapter of Soulace survivor Network will be kicking off at Odogbo barrack soon.
People with common problem most often have common solution . And when this is giving back chance this makes our work simple. We simply spark the change from within.
One of the grievious consequences of neglecting Communities affected by extreme violence is their predisposition to future violence either by way of retaliation or simply a product of inherent implosion.
No conflict leave people the same. Every conflict is a bedrock for another conflict. Only access to social justice checkmate the spiral of conflict. In Nigeria, children million of children and women have suffered different shades of the effects of violent conflict.
We must advocate, support, rehabilitate them to forestall unending cycle of conflict. This is our reason for restorative justice advocacy with community affected by war and violent conflict in Nigeria. Soulace Survivor Network ®Soulace Africa UNESCO Regional Office Abuja U.S. Embassy Nigeria Christ Embassy/ Oyakhilome Germany Embassy @
Frankly speaking, When women dig it with women, greater depth is reached. We made some sparks at the just concluded Develop at Odogbo barrack last March 2019.
The event forerunning our intervention at the barracks did connected some highly resourceful women who are not push-overs in their various callings to the potential beneficiaries of our project.
They are Dr. Mrs Oyekunle, Mrs Babagbemi and Mrs Yinlayefa Adeleke. These women are strong believer in Soulace Africa project. We are proud of you. Wishing you more resourceful life.