Sunday, 30 July 2017

We're Divergent!

AYC 2017 has finally begun!

It has been one year of waiting fully in anticipation for this year’s camp but from all indications, it’s going to be worth the wait. The smiles and excited looks on the faces of the campers as they arrived was more than enough to start the camp off in a spectacular way. Even their parents were just as excited as they left their children in our able hands.

After the campers mingled with old friends and met new ones, they had lunch. They filed into the dining hall where a delicious meal of jollof rice and egg was served to them. The conversations dropped off as they started eating and picked up right after as they went into the hall for their first session.

Segun Omooba
opened up this year’s camp in a splendid way with the first session. He really opened everyone’s mind to the importance of being observant and how that helps you to be Divergent. Using clips of a tire that had been converted into a cushion, he showed how seeing things differently could help you be a force for goodness and change. “It doesn’t have to be rocket science,” he said. All you really need is an idea that you execute in a way no one else does.

Mr. Taiwo Akinlami came up after him and, using his life story, he spoke to the campers about using what you already have in you to be divergent. “Your divergence begins now. It begins with you knowing that, right now, you have something,” he said. He taught the campers that all they need to bring it out is to know that it’s there. He also explained the importance of being grateful for what you have even as you strive to be better. The session was very interactive and the campers asked lots of questions which were answered by Mr. Akinlami.

On Journey of Guided Learnings, Peter Olusola Obabori, gave a lot of advice to the campers. Many of the things he said are in his book, Wisdom Toolkit for Youngsters. He said, “If you know where you are going, the road will open for you.” He encouraged the campers to make the right friends and to have power over peer pressure. He also encouraged them to make sure they did not make their parents do anything negative by constantly complaining about their condition. After all, your beginning is not what determines your future like Mr. Obabori clearly stated.
Soon after his session, the campers were ushered to their rooms after which they ate a filling dinner and then went off to bed. The day, which started in an awesome way, ended with much laughter, smiles and conversation amongst the campers. It was a day that we all enjoyed.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Countdown to the Divergent

It’s that time of the year again. We’re officially counting down to AYC 2017. We’ve had four amazing years with wonderful mentors and eager campers who have spent 7 days, each year, learning, growing and having fun. From “I Have It in Me” in 2013, to “Leadership Within” in 2014, to “The Awakening” in 2015, and “The courageous” in 2016. Now we’re getting ready for The Divergent! It’s AYC’s 5th year and it promises to be packed with lots of action. 
Like the theme states, being divergent means not being afraid to be who you are just because you’re different. Our campers, who are drawn from JSS1 to SS2 are at a stage in their lives where wrong and right can sometimes be confused and they can be looked down on for choosing to stand for what is right. This year at AYC, our campers are going to learn what it means to be truly divergent. They’ll learn to stand for what they believe in even when it’s tough and everyone else is saying otherwise. 
From the facilitators sessions, to the general sessions, to skills, sports and entertainment nights, AYC is packed with the best mentors and facilitators and the campers are sure to leave AYC with a clearer view of their lives. It’s going to be fun, exciting and enlightening. New friends will be made and new lessons learnt. This is AYC 2017!

Pereye Raine