CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship is a dynamic Innovative youth and governance program designed to improve the capacity of young people to effectively engage elected representatives and government institutions to become more accountable, efficient and to deliver impactful governance to citizens.





In a bid to foster improved governance, raise accountability and enhance citizen-government collaboration throughout Africa, Youngstars Development Initiative (Youngstars Foundation), with support from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Washington DC USA, organized a 10-day leadership and democracy workshop for 47 youth across 15 African countries including Nigeria, in the CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship 2018 held in Lagos, Nigeria.


The 10 days’ workshop which was held at the event centre of Presken Hotel and Resort Limited, Ikeja, had in attendance participants from Tanzania, Kenya, Cote d’Ivoire, Uganda, Ghana, Cameroun, Morocco, Burundi, Somaliland, Congo, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi and Nigeria.

Addressing participants at the opening ceremony of the workshop, the Executive Director, Youngstars Foundation, Mr. Kingsley Bangwell, stated that a major aim of the program is to “increase youth capacity to effectively engage with and support elected representatives and government institutions to improve governance, raise accountability, efficiency and enhance citizen-government collaboration throughout Africa”.

He then urged the participants to open their minds to transformation and be ready to explore new thinking, as the leadership program is designed to empower them with the necessary knowledge, skills and mentoring needed to engage with and support governments to deliver impactful governance.

Speaking with newsmen at the closing ceremony, Bangwell revealed that participants were selected after a rigorous screening of applications from 28 African countries from which 53 participants from 17 African countries including Nigeria were selected to participate in this year’s CANVASSITY Pan African Youth Democracy Fellowship, but only 47 participants from 15 African countries made it to Lagos as participants from Namibia and Liberia could not make it.

Kingsley went further to explain that the Fellowship comprises of 2 semesters, with the 1st and 2nd semesters in Lagos and Abuja respectively as well as a one week Learning Internship at the African Union Headquarters in Ethiopia come August, 2018.

He also revealed that for the next 6 months, participants will be involved in the Pass it On (PiO) project, where they are required to conduct a step down and share what they learnt from the 10 days’ workshop to at least 40 youths in their place of residence as well as engage with government on issues identified by individual participant in their community.

During the 10 days’ workshop different activities ranging from paper presentations, skills building sessions, debates, workgroups, film screening, panel, amongst others were held. Participants were also sent on a half-day Learning Visit to selected government institutions in Lagos to provide them with firsthand knowledge on how government work in order to assist them develop ideas and recommendations for possible collaboration with governments institution in their individual country.

Government institution visited by CANVASSSITY participants includes; Ministry of Justice, Judicial Service Commission, Lagos State Office for Disability Affair (LASODA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Ministry of Commence, Industry & Cooperatives, Code of Conduct Bureau, Ministry of Budget & Planning, Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Management and Corporate Affairs Commission.

At the end of the leadership and democracy workshop, participants expressed their readiness to engage with and support government representatives and institutions as well as campaign to promote the AU African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance (ACDEG) in their individual country.


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