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On 27th and 28th June 2019 were eventful days for us at Soulace aAfrica. We had earlier celebrated at Ojoo Cantonment with veterans’ widows on the 23rd June in a event marking international widow’s days.
We cap the month with our ground breaking 2 days PTSD Awareness Campaign. The event was designed to Demystify and Destigmatize people living with PTSD.
The event was attended by top Ranking officers of the Nigeria Police and the returnees of the Nigeria Army from the War torn North East Nigeria. It was submitted at the event that we should run similar workshop with soldiers wives who are belived to be at the receiveing end of the ‘residue of war’
Thank you our partners. Productive life Experience Advancement Centre and other individual and organisation that make this outting a success.
We are delighted as our organization Soulace Africa and her activities graced a colunn of the Kanthari Institute of Social Changemakers 2nd quarters 2019 edition.
Kanthari is a leadership development Institute in Souther India. For details of this story kindly follow the link below.
One of our cardinal objectives of our organization is the advocacy and awareness campaign against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Otherwise called residue of war.
Journal of Psychiatry described PTSD as One major mental health effect of conflict is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an anxiety disorder which consists of a syndrome that develops after a person sees, is involved in, or hears of an extreme traumatic stressor.
The person reacts to this experience with fear and helplessness, persistently relieves the event, and tries to avoid being reminded of it. The disorder usually develops within weeks, months or even years after the occurrence of the traumatic event.
Symptoms of PTSD can include nightmares and flashbacks, insomnia, lack of concentration, and feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. PTSD is an ailment that Community predisposed to extreme violence are faced with long after exposure to violent condition.
Globally,June is PTSD awareness month and Soulace Africa is not taking a by-standing position. We are in full swing on Advocacy in support of people affected by PTSD our resident city. Since the beginning of June, we have commenced rigorous public enlightment via our social media pages and also engage people in our society.
To cap this year event, Soulace Africa in collaboration with Productive Life Experience Advancement Centre and support of Mentality Aware Nigeria Initiative, Elicit Coaching Company and a host of counsellor within and outside Ibadan Oyo state Nigeria has organised a 2 days sensitisation workshop and campaign to the doorstep of the Nigeria Police, Oyo State Command and the Division 2, Headquarters, Nigeria Army Ojoo, Ibadan on the 27th and 28th June respectively.
This two days intensive workshop is designed to Demystify the ailment, destigmatized people living with PTSD while pointing participants to available treatment regimen. Statistics shows that 32% of the men of the Nigeria Armed forces suffers varying level of symptomatic PTSD.
While speaking about the event, our founder said this ground breaking workshop will in the future propose a bill in support of inclusion for people affected by PTSD in Nigeria as it were in better part of the world.
Speaking, Soulace Africa founder thank the authority of the Nigeria Army 2 Division Ibadan and the Oyo state police command for this welfarist collaboration that is made happened by the medical services of these institution.
Yesterday 22nd June at the event marking 2019 edition of International Widow’s Day, Soulace Africa inaugurated her Compassion Project called Soulace FoodBank. The occasion was graced by the representatives of the Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), the Magajias and other reputable individuals withing the community. About one hundred war widows were in attendance.
Our founder in person of Peter Adeeko decry the condition of widows in light of the state of the Nigeria economy. While speaking at the event he informed the women on Soulace Africa effort to rid veterans widows against abject poverty. In his word, he said his organisation Soulace Africa is working to ensure that veterans widow’s are not only technically equipped with skills but much more desire that they become refrence point in the society though several articulated programs of his organisation such as Kampalapreneur and Agro-preneur. He applauded the leadership of 2nd division of their cooperation to see that live is better for the left behind.
The founder believes that widows rather than been dole out fish once in a blue moon should be taught how to fish themselves. Being given fish should be a short term solution which must be carried out sustainably, he said. Effort must be geared towards helping the widows get up on their feet and move on with their lives. He submitted that widowhood is no longer pronounced after 10 years. So every widows must get to work. He prayed and earnestly opine for a new Nigeria where widows are included and integrated without any form of stigma and deprivation.
NAOWA representatives at the event also encouraged widows to summon courage and make good use of opportunities being provided by Soulace Africa and other relevant organisation that works around social development in the community. Speaking for the GOC wife, the representative said widows should train their children and introduce them to work early enough so that these children will learn the culture of hardwork and that their is dignity in labour.
Mrs Aramide Oke (the founder of family’s and homes initiative an organisation that works with street children in Ibadan Oyo state) who was an invited guest and a practicing journalist, Aramide shared her story of how she who grow up without any of her parent at the event and challenge widows to move from agony of their loss to a self sustained livelihood.
The exciting event ran to a close with the inaguration of Soulace FoodBank. The first of it kind in Nigeria. The founder said the food bank is a sustainable way to help the women solve the hunger problem creatively. The food bank will help the widows to focus on what is more important in their fight for survival.
The headship and veterans widows at 2nd Division Headquarters, Odogbo barracks Ojoo Ibadan applauded this development and pray that God will make this dream project come to pass. The representative of the GOC wife at the event promised the support of NAOWA and that of the GOC wife and the entire army community for support for the Soulace FoodBank.
Data of the widows were gathered. light food and drinks where shared. The music rolled.The widow had nice time and the event came to a close.
June 23rd International Widows Day is an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows – too long invisible, uncounted and ignored. Absence of reliable data remains one of the major obstacles to developing the policies and programmes to address the poverty, violence and discrimination suffered by widows.
There is a need for more research and statistics disaggregated by marital status, sex and age, in order to help reveal the incidence of widow abuse and illustrate the situation of widows.
Furthermore, Governments should take action to uphold their commitments to ensure the rights of widows as enshrined in international law, including the Convention on the elimination of All Forms of discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Even when national laws exist to protect the rights of widows, weaknesses in the judicial systems of many States compromise how widows’ rights are defended in practice and should be addressed.
Lack of awareness and discrimination by judicial officials can cause widows to avoid turning to the justice system to seek reparations.Programmes and policies for ending violence against widows and their children, poverty alleviation, education and other support to widows of all ages also need to be undertaken, including in the context of action plans to accelerate achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In post-conflict situations, veterans widows should be brought in to participate fully in peacebuilding and reconciliation processes to ensure that they contribute to sustainable peace and security.
Empowering widows through access to adequate healthcare, education, decent work, full participation in decision-making and public life, and lives free of violence and abuse, would give them a chance to build a secure life after bereavement. Importantly, creating opportunities for widows can also help to protect their children and avoid the cycle of inter-generational poverty and deprivation.
As an organization that lend her voice to the advocacy and welfare inclusion of veterans’ widows, we wish our beneficiaries Happy International Widows Day 2019.
In the face of the present social economic realities of this country, we are deeply convinced to mobilize food items continually for the veterans widows under Soulace Africa.
Hunger is one of the most prominent agenda being addressed by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We acknowledged that hunger and food insecurity as much as poverty is anthetetical to peace which we long to see in the world.
In commemoration of the 2019 International Widow’s Day. Soulace Africa shall be launching her Food Bank Project (at the 2nd Division Headquarters, Ojoo Barrack) for indigent war widows at the barracks come Saturday 22 June 2019 in an event tagged Family Meeting.
This effort is directed at creating a sustainable food redistribution network for the vulnerable widows in the barracks as we empower them with relevant vocational and livelihood skill in the subsequent months.
In this regard we encourage our family, friend, partners and associates to get involved. We encourage you to monetize your raw food items if you live outside Ibadan.
The following non-perishable food items are welcome:-
Rice | Vegetable oil | Tomotoes puree, Seasoning | Semo| Spaghetti | Noddles |Salt | Sugar, Gaari | Beans | Flour | Cassava |flour |Yam Tuber | Irish Potatoes |Sweet Potatoes | Onions, |Dry fish | Powder Pepper| Red oil etc
Thank you for being part of this compassionate project. We long to see veterans widow’s as reference point in their community across Nigeria.
For more information please contact me the convener on +2348025271044. You can pay into our account. Thank you.
-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.