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Letter of Intention


Dear Vision and Editorial Mentor:

In five to ten years from now, I envision myself as a strong, woman leader who is working to build an effective correspondence between the Japanese society where I am from and Nigerian communities with whom I work. Since Nigeria is a growing African economy, there will be frequent exchange between Japan and Nigeria in sending technical assistance and advisories, and receiving trainees from Nigeria. I will be managing, choosing, training people to deal with the differences of culture, language, and safety isues. My role will involve creating the road map for Japanese to provide skill acquisition training to Nigerians, particularly for the benefit of women and children.

I will primarily work to help disadvantaged Nigerians gain access to employment in their country. Although huge funds are available with the government to carry out development activities, due to corruption and non-transparency they are misused and do not benefit the poor. By introducing employment opportunities through the internet, I hope to implement a corruption free, transparent and easy way to gain access to employment and skill based training for Nigerians. But by doing this, I and my NGO are not opposing the government. But we are hoping to strengthen the partnership ties between local bodies and our NGO through more effective means; technology being the prime one. Through the use of Web 2.0, we hope to provide underprivileged communities with necessary tools to build a sustainable livelihood for themselves without complete reliance on the government.

In my effort to do so, Voices of Our Future is very resourceful because it is helping me to use Web 2.0 effectively, introducing me to mentors who can supply skills and knowledge which may be lacking in me and providing me a platform for global networking. As in my workplace, when the government is the source of problem, support must come from outside the government; the network built by Voice of Our Future is not only ensuring the support from advocates, activists, researchers and specialists, but more importantly, inspiration, encouragement and care from like-minded ones.
The Japanese government continues to give funds to the Nigerian government without monitoring its financial management; In this case, NGOs can do better to reach out to the poor in Nigeria.

Lastly, I hope that my effort can help to build a fair, just and humanly society where the rights of all individuals are protected from threats, violence, poverty, and ignorance. My dream will come true if my work can set an example for other women activists who want to make a difference in their communities.

My thoughts are always there even if I am in Japan. I am finding it very difficult NOT to criticize the government in my journal and trying to raise fund at the same time. Many Japanese people think Nigeria is given enough money through the government. Unless we talk about the corruption, they wont know the problem and wont give us fund.

I have my daughter waiting for me there (photo attached), and she is alone in barrister's house. I must go! May God keep her safe and be our sole provider. None of us can do as much as He does.

Again, let me thank you and Voice Of Our Future program for pushing me ahead!

Hideko N.



Nakinti's picture

Beautiful dreams!

Beautiful daughter Hideko!
Beautiful insight about your dreams for Nigerians.
God will keep your daughter safe darling -- don't be afraid.
Sending you love all the way from Cameroon.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon

Hideko N.'s picture


Thank you Nakinti. How are you? I am so happy that you are selected to be the Voice of Our Future correspondent. Hope you are doing fine over there. I know you are making it through because you are strong woman. I am empowered by you.
Hideko N.

JaniceW's picture

Dearest HIdeko

I applaud your vision and would love to hear more about how you will provide the services and exchange of information. Are you thinking of creating a knowledge library with resource links, creating a training program, or building a community where Japanese and Nigerians can brainstorm together? The more specific you are, the more the community can support you and share ideas with you.

I adore the photo of Anietie, your beautiful daughter, and hold her in my thoughts. She is courageous, beautiful and much loved by people who may never meet her but who care for her deeply. Let her know that women around the world are thinking of her and sending her our very best wishes.

I pray that you both are reunited soon and you can once again be a family. Much love,

Hideko N.'s picture

Thank you for taking your

Thank you for taking your time to comment on my piece. My Editorial Mentor has made some corrections so I should post that soon. Yesterday I finished interviewing the nursing home for eldery that may like to employ Nigerians. I am very excited. I will post the interview soon... Check our facebook also.

Hideko N.

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