Joseph Emmanuel Yaba is a young Africa’s Visionary leader born into the family of Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Abaniwo in the year August 13th, 1985. He hails from Bassa Local Government Area of Kogi State in Nigeria.  He started his Primary Education at L.E.A Primary School phase 2, Nyanya, Abuja, Nigeria in 1993 and obtained the First School-Leaving Certificate in 1998. In 2004, he obtained the National Business and Technical Certificate with flying colours from Government Science – Technical College Area 3, Garki, Abuja, Nigeria and thereafter proceeded to Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi-State and studied Computer Science. Currently, Joseph Yaba is an Advanced Diploma Student at the International Institute of Computer Science and Engineering in Abuja-Nigeria.             cropped-y-j-2.jpg

He is the President/CEO of Youth Initiative for Sustainable Human Development in Africa (YiSHDA) a registered youth organization based in Abuja-Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory with an aim to inspire and educate the life of young people by building their capacity, leadership and responsibility skills. It is also the mission of YiSHDA to advocate for policies and programs that have the potentials to impact positively on the lives of young people especially in the areas of Health, Education, Environment and Business Development.

His story is a proof that young people can overcome adversity to succeed and help others get there and his best lessons were learnt when he was growing up. He had to take charge of his life early and nothing was going to discourage him from achieving his aims and goals.

Joseph Yaba do not only inspire young people to be more positive about change in their immediate communities and the world, but also provide them with support and platform upon which they can stand and be the change they seek by engaging in entrepreneurial efforts within their community to create an economically self-sustaining business.

So far, Joseph has successfully organized a Free HIV/AIDS Test and Counselling in Ten (10) Communities across Nigeria; He has also conducted seminars, workshops and had lead various training meetings/programs for young people on Leadership, Self Development and Business Enterprises. So far Joseph has impacted 15, 700 young people from 2011-2013.

Joseph thinks that his greatest accomplishment is always ahead of him. And he believes that he can always do better than what he has previously done. He also believes he can always improve and always have a better accomplishment. His greatest accomplishment is his ability to identify the primary motivational needs of any individual and create the sort of climate and communications which will cause him/her to become motivated. In other words, encourage them to want to move in the direction of achieving their own personal goals.Image

On challenges facing young people in Africa, Joseph have got this to say: “Youth unemployment is an immense waste of human resources that could contribute to economic and social progress of Africa. Youth unemployment is one of the major challenges facing the African Youths. All we need in Africa is a framework to boost employment and job creation for young people; and entrepreneurship is increasingly accepted as an important means and a valuable additional strategy to create jobs and improve livelihoods and economic independence of young people”

In Five (5) years time, Joseph would like to see himself mentally and physically fit and five times more effective and earning a good reputation for himself. He want to see himself as a responsible person whose name must be remembered all the time in the African success stories of young people making impact. He will also like to gain enough skills and experiences to move up in life. He did like to learn as much as he can so he will make a better contribution to the society.

You can connect with Joseph Yaba through his Facebook Account which is www.facebook.com/joseph.yaba001. His email address is jospehyaba@rocketmail.com or jospehyaba@gmail.com and his phone numbers are +2347068007945, +2348051522484. He looks forward to working with young people across nations of Africa and the world at large.Image

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