West Africa

Our West Africa group covers the following countries:  Benin,  Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast,  Cape Verde,  The Gambia,  Ghana,  Guinea,  Guinea-Bissau,  Liberia,  Mali,  Niger,  Nigeria,  Senegal,  Sierra Leone,  and Togo.

We’d like to invite you to meet some of the individuals who are working hard to promote post-secondary education in this region through an innovative interest free micro-loan and scholarship program that connects students with micro-donors and community service organizations.

Let’s start with the person responsible for setting up a very dynamic team of interns working in the region.

Sylvanus Murray, West Africa Coordinator

West Africa Coordinator

Sylvanus Murray, West Africa Coordinator

Sylvanus started his career at the Christina Literature Crusade Bookshop, an international organization operating in 52 countries with headquarters in the United Kingdom, in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

In Sierra Leone, he worked for the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission (UNAMSIL) and the United Nations Integrated Office (UNIOSIL), over a six year period.

While living in Freetown, Sylvanus founded the Youth Empowerment for Development Movement (YEDEM) International, now Advocacy Initiative for Development (AID). AID is a non-profit, non-governmental organization seeking to advocate for the development of people in Sierra Leone.

Sylvanus has been actively involved in social and development work at both national and international levels. He has working relationships with several youth organizations in Sierra Leone, including umbrella youth organizations such as the Independent Youth Forum (IYF), National Youth Multi-purpose Cooperative Society (NYMCOS), Youth For Christ (YFC) and Peace-Links. He is affiliated with over fifteen international youth organizations, including the: World Assembly of Youth, Youth Link, National Network of Youth Ministries (NNYM), Youth Fire, Pastor2Youth, Youth Noise, TakingITGlobal, Mandate The Future (MTF), Youth Employment Summit (YES), Kabissa, Youth Reach, Global Youth Network, We Care Too, Earth Charter, and the International Youth Parliament (IYP).

Sylvanus is a member of the management committee of the Youth Employment Summit (YES) Country Network in Sierra Leone. He was part of the Sierra Leone government’s delegation that participated in the launching of YES in Alexandria, Egypt in 2002.

He also served as national coordinator of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) National Youth Activities in Sierra Leone, and in 2003 he led the Sierra Leone youth delegation in the first phase of the WSIS summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

In November 2005, he attended the Earth Charter+5 event in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is serving as the coordinator of the Earth Charter Youth Group in Sierra Leone (ECYG-SL).

In July of 2006, Sylvanus represented the ECYG in Sierra Leone and YEDEM International at the Compassionate World Youth Conference organized by the Dharma Drum Mountain (DDM). In August of the same year he represented both organizations at the Immersion Youth Camp organized by the Taiwan Ecological Stewardship Association (TESA) in Taiwan.

In December of 2007, Sylvanus received a scholarship to represent the TakingITGlobal (TIG) Creating Local Connections West Africa (CLCWA) program at the GK3 conference organized by the Global Knowledge Partnership (GKP) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sylvanus is working with the United Nations International Criminal Court for Rwanda, Arusha, Tanzania.

He joined Iduka in the summer of 2010 and is currently serving as West Africa Coordinator. In this position he has built a team of fifteen country coordinators and is supervising Iduka’s activities in this region.

Sylvanus has a BSc in Web Design & Multimedia, a BA & an MA in Mass Communication, and a long list of UN training certificates.

Sylvanus is responsible for the following teams:

Benin‘s Team

Burkina Faso‘s Team

Ivory Coast‘s Team

Cape Verde‘s Team

The Gambia‘s Team

Ghana‘s Team

Guinea‘s Team

Guinea-Bissau‘s Team

Liberia‘s Team

Mali‘s Team

Niger‘s Team

Nigeria‘s Team

Senegal‘s Team

Sierra Leone‘s Team

Togo’s Team

Message from our team in West Africa: Help us protect and revitalize higher education in Africa by signing this online petition – Tell African leaders: stay the course of ensuring MDG 2 without de-funding higher education.

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Thank you for your support!


17 Responses to “West Africa”

  1. Mfon Essien Ezekiel November 16, 2010 at 1:19 am #

    Mr. Sylvanus Murray,

    You are a role model! I am inspired by your achievements and your determination and I hope to be able to follow in your footsteps. I want to shout a big thank you for the service you have rendered and for your leadership in tackling the issues affecting the youth as a whole.

    Thank You!

    • sylmurray November 16, 2010 at 7:44 am #

      Hi Mfon,

      Trust you are doing fine. Thanks so much for for your note… It’s encouraging indeed. I’m flattered!!!

      I’m so happy that we are all in this together… Looking forward to working with you.

      Have a blessed day.


  2. Nyeko Bosco November 16, 2010 at 2:15 am #

    Mr. Sylvanus Murray,

    I do appreciate you for all the work that you are doing! It is really an inspiration to me. This implies that a young person when shaped properly and given a chance to perform a certain task, will for sure be bound to have a great drastic positive impact on the world… as being evidenced from Mr. Sylvanus life experiences. Hard work pays off!…

    Education for all to make the realisation of every youth’s talents/dreams a reality.

    Thanks, and may you have a blessed time as you serve!

    • sylmurray November 16, 2010 at 7:43 am #

      Hi Nyeko!

      Thanks for your note… It’s encouraging indeed. I’m flattered!!!

      I’m so happy that we are all in this together… Looking forward to working with you.


    • Omondi November 17, 2010 at 4:42 am #

      Thank you Sir, for the great work! I have come to know that Africa is one and we share a common heritage and destiny. God bless you and together we can educate Africa.

  3. Satang November 16, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    Yeah ho… Our dynamic and ever inspiring Slyvanus… You are a beacon of hope and we the West Africa team are fully behind you!

    Go Sly!

    • sylmurray November 16, 2010 at 7:30 am #

      Hi Sat,

      Thanks for your note… It’s encouraging indeed. I’m flattered!!!

      I will “Go” along with you.


  4. Abdul Suadik Mohammed November 16, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    Thanks for your good services.
    We are proud of you. Keep the fire burning.

  5. Omole Joshua November 16, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    How can I join your team?

  6. Akata Komi November 16, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    Mr. Sylvanus Murray,

    Sir, thank you for your leadership skills that inspire the West Africa project.

    Here in Ghana here it seems we are not moving fast enough. I will still continue inviting students to join the network and make this project nationwide.

    Many thanks for your support!

  7. Freeman Adongo November 17, 2010 at 1:20 am #

    Hi Bro.

    The youth of Africa are proud of you for achieving so much for us and inspiring us as well, it is our hope and prayer that many younger ones will follow your footsteps.

    Remember this african saying: “Wisdom is like fire. People take it from others.” (Hema, D.R. Congo)

    Continue with the good work you are doing for humanity and the Gospel of Jesus Christ and always remember this verse: Mathew 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”

    God bless us.

  8. Karimu Abdulai November 17, 2010 at 10:50 am #

    When and where are those in Ghana going to meet the West African Coordinator?

  9. Elisha November 20, 2010 at 4:35 am #

    Hi Sylvanus,

    I’m really humbled to send you this mail given that you just like other noble African is in the process of making Africa the best place to be. Thank you very much! I dedicate Kirk Franklin’s song ‘Imagine me’ and Psalms 1:1-6. Please check them out when free.

  10. Rodriguez November 22, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    I’m proud of you!

  11. kuevidjin anani December 2, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    Félicitation au projet et surtout un grand merci à Tsedze Mensa Kwami de m’avoir presenté le projet juste pour encourager les jeunes à y participer car c’est pour la jeunesse à travers des jeunes. Continue Kwami car il n’ya rien de plus meilleur que devenir en aide à la jeunesse.


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