Newsletter – Issue #144* December 2013

International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #144* December 2013
Asheville, NC. USA


Guest Editorial

Jobme takes 1st Place in 2013 Candlelight Award

By Adedoyin Adedeji (Nigeria)

JobMe Nigeria is an online project aimed at helping youths in Nigeria especially job seekers and business owners. The project kicked off officially on September 12, 2013 but the development of the project started in July 2013. The vision behind JobMe Nigeria is to help job seekers in Nigeria; we want to make online job search in Nigeria much easier for the people. Unemployment is a big challenge in Nigeria and searching online for job opportunities is quite tedious because people have to check more than 20 websites, twitter and facebook daily for new jobs which is time wasting and not effective. Our goal is to compile links to Nigerian jobs from as many of these job sources as possible ( currently we compile from about 15 different sources daily which include job websites, blogs, facebook and twitter) and make JobMe a central job place for Nigerians. We also help self-employed people to promote their businesses through the MyBiz section. We believe if their businesses succeeds, they would always hire more people to work with them, so we created the MyBiz feature on the website for entrepreneurs to promote their business FREE.

The activities of our Project include:

To daily compile as many new jobs as possible from multiply sources and present it to job seekers on JobMe. Job seekers can review these new jobs and pick their preferred options.

We help small and medium scale business owners with their business. They have a place to post available jobs in their company and get the right talent. They can also have the opportunity to promote their businesses freely on JobMe by posting their products and services on MyBiz.

We help in sharing these jobs and MyBiz through our fast growing social media platforms which include facebook, twitter, BBM, Whatsapp. We also use email marketing strategies to get these information out to as many people as possible.

We are planning to start a career and business development section on the website which we propose to call “JobMe Talk,” that we are currently discussing with HR professionals and business leaders in the country to grant us interviews weekly. The purpose of this is to provide quality content for job seekers and SME owners to learn from professionals and business leaders what it takes to be the best in their career and business.

We are currently working on our mobile Apps especially for Blackberry and Android. Mobile Apps for Iphone and Windows will be available later. The goal of the apps is to make the use of JobMe as simple as possible and also to make information very much accessible to people. Blackberry and Android remains the most dominant mobile phones among our target audience which is the youths and internet usage statistics has shown that most of these demography of Nigerians access the internet more with their smart phones. Thus having a Blackberry and Android app will go a very long way to help people have access to hundreds of new jobs everyday and a true viable platform for people to promote their business and services.

What we intend to achieve in the short term include:

That before the end of January 2014, we would have had over 35,000 Nigerian using JobMe. This usage would be directly through the website, our social media platforms or JobMe mobile Apps.

Enabling about 3,000 to 4,500 small and medium scale businesses in Nigeria to promote their businesses free through JobMe by the end of January 2014.

To be able to build an active community around HR and Business development content and resources.

What Our Students Are Saying

Ziyad Rube Abdule (Ethiopia)

I have joined the International Institute for Global leadership in 2010 when I was searching for opportunities that can impact my life. The time was when I was working in Oromia zone Disaster Prevention and Food security office as a Food security work process coordinator, two years after my graduation with BA Degree in Management from Haramaya University, Ethiopia.

The area where I was working is located 325 kms away from the capital city, Addis Ababa. Due to both the location of the area and limited expansion of Infrastructure, it was difficult to have an Internet connection. I use dial up connection even during the days I filled the application forms to join this Institute.

The initial situation I have seen during the two introductory books was unforgettable in my life. Though small, what James Allen wrote in his book, As A Man Thinketh, were the eye breaker in my life. I have understood the role I have to take in my life and the way I have to lead my life. When I read Jonathan Livingston seagull, a slightly difficult book to understand, it took me a few days. But In it I see how one can achieve what he wants in life.

I have finished the first two books in a week which enhances the need to read and explore more about personal transformation. It was a time when I learned the importance of my own thinking in shaping my today and tomorrow’s life, unlearned that the external environment is the controller of my life and relearned that a man is the complete sum of all his thoughts. I discovered that whether a man thinks that he/she can do or cannot do something; in both cases they are right.

As I read the first three books of my level one studies, I have come to know many facts extending from importance of positive mentality to giving priority to others. Those books enabled me to be one among the three Ethiopian students who have joined an Institute that practically impacted my life.

Through those books, I have come to know what it means by success and its major ingredients. How true successes have been realized by the so called successful peoples in this world. The path of success and growth as I can understand from the books was full of challenges, failures and sometimes painful moments. The road to realizing one’s own vision is problematic and includes many ups and downs. But I see that challenges, problems and painful moments are a way of intelligently standing again and strive towards its attainment.

What Our Students Are Reading

Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon ($11.81)

Few modern voices have had as profound an impact on the black identity and critical race theory as Frantz Fanon, and Black Skin, White Masksrepresents some of his most important work. Fanon’s masterwork is now available in a new translation that updates its language for a new generation of readers.

A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world,Black Skin, White Masksis the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.

Students In Action

2013 Candlelight Award Topics

IIGL had 10 students from 6 countries apply for the recent 2013 Candlelight Award. Here are the topics that were submitted: Leadership Program in Nigerian High Schools; Education for Kids in Slum Areas; Alternative Online Education for High School Dropouts; Free Job Search Assistance Online; Youth for Peace; Organic Farming and Residential Leadership Program for Young Adults; Education on How to Decrease Sexually Transmitted Disease in Rural Nigerian Communities; Dialogue/Communication forum for Christians in Ireland; Empowerment for those in Poverty; and Helping the Disabled.

The applications presented by the 3 winners will soon be posted on Please contact Deb Rosen ( if you would like more information about any of the other topics.

Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation

World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organization E-Learning provides online training on matters related to international trade and WTO Agreements to government officials from developing and least-developed Members and Observers. The estimated average study time per course is from 50 to 60 hours.

Participants can now start their course at any time during the year and enjoy access for a three-month period. During this time they will be free to go at the pace that suits them best. Trainers from the WTO will monitor online participants’ progress throughout the course.

Their final destination: a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the different components of the multilateral trading systems.


IIGL Achieves Outstanding Rating with

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Currently, users can rate more than 1.8 million nonprofits directly on their website, or — via syndication — on our partner sites, such as JustGive, GuideStar, and GlobalGiving. The reviews on GuideStar, for example, are visible on the individual organizations’ profile pages. Users also can write reviews directly on GuideStar or any of our partner sites. All reviews get simultaneously posted to all partner sites.

This represents the largest database of first-person stories about nonprofit organizations ever assembled — over 170,000 reviews. This valuable resource helps donors, volunteers, journalists, and concerned citizens to learn about the nonprofit services available in their communities and beyond.

GreatNonprofits is a nonprofit organization itself, which is funded by foundations and individuals who believe that they provide a vital resource for nonprofits, volunteers and donors.

IIGL Launches Holiday Book Drive on Facebook

Celebrate the Holiday Season by making an extra donation to IIGL! We are planning a Facebook Event in December to share IIGL’s purpose and to seek more individual donors. Do you want to give a unique gift this Holiday season, why not dedicate a donation to someone you care for! It costs approximately $22 to order and send one book anywhere in the world. Go to Home Page; Click on Donate Now to make your donation or send an endorsed check to IIGL:


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Meet Our New Students

We are pleased to welcome 5 new active students this month. They are from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria.

Ewambleh Enongene Ajah-Ebongweh (Cameroon)

I am a young Cameroonian who has chosen to make a difference in his and in the life of his community and country as a whole. I live in a country where the youths are giving up every day, they have stopped believing and think nothing is ever going to change, they are preparing to step into the shoes of the old generation and do things the same old wrong way, but I decided to be the change I seek because I believe that change is what you do not what you ask of others to do. In my little career as a trainer, motivational speaker and community organizer, I have tried to be an inspiration to my generation so that where others stand, I stand out, where they stand out I am outstanding and where they dare to be outstanding, I am the standard for being outstanding. As a member of Junior Chamber International I have learned to lead people and projects and to bring positive IMPACT to communities.

As a young Humanitarian professional, I have understood Humanitarianism, peace and conflict resolution and I try everyday to bring peace to other people but first I start by trying to be at peace with myself. I try to tell the youths of my time that there is hope, that all is not lost and that no matte how small your efforts, you can make a difference and I encourage them to carry out local actions with global IMPACT.

I consider myself a youth leader that’s why I have always directed my interest towards, people, books, activities and programs that will inspire me and build the leader in me. I have trained in many leadership academies in JCI and I hope to be a more effective leader. Some of my favorite book include: Dreams from my father but Barack Obama, Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki, the power of your subconscious mind by Joseph Murphy, the seven habits of highly effective people by Stephen Covey, the long walk to freedom by Nelson Mandela, the power of influence by Kevin Hogan, think and grow rich by Napoleon Hill, How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie. I live in the beautiful city of Limbe in Cameroon with my wife and son. I am a graduate of the REACT expert course in Madrid with

And I have also studied with the United states Institute of Peace and the Peace Operations Institute. I hold a bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Buea in Cameroon and I am currently completing my Masters in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid. I am confident that this program will change my life and give me a chance to touch many other lives in a strong positive way. I believe that they youths of today must not wait to be leaders of tomorrow because corruption, climate change, poverty , gender inequality and other problems are not waiting, they are in fact growing and by tomorrow they might have become too big to solve. My one and unshakable conviction is that the youths can lead today if only they learn to lead like the shepherd, from behind.

Nurelegn Zelalem Mihrete (Ethiopia)

My name is Nurelegn Zelalem Mihrete and I am from Ethiopia I was born in 1985. I was completing my high school program by the year 2004 and complete my bachelor degree in 2008.

I have a hobby/interest to read books, playing chase, discussing on ideas, walking, meditating listening music and songs. I feel that I have much more purpose in life in different directions. My goals in life is to some extent wide and I classified them in three categories the first one what did I set out as a goal is to achieve some basic academic participation which means a knowledge center goals regarding to self development in this way I have a plan to learn the following fields, Leadership, Law, political since and Development Economics to enable my self like a person who can communicate and understand the world in different angles. And my second beautiful goal is to build a family that cares about the others, having love, peace, gratitude and hard believe who can contribute a little for this beautiful world. My third goal in life is to participate in politics and creating some thing that have a value for society and to the world which is reflecting through love unity integrity.

I have traveled almost in all direction with in my country for that matter am happy of doing that because now am capable of expressing my country to the other world. As I told you in the above one of my interesting activity is reading books and I was reading different self developing books like Jhon.Maxwills,21 Irrefutable leadership principles, Steven Cavy’s, the seven habits of highly effective people, the Secret and etc. The following movies are my favorite movies are the following, the beautiful mind, A Walk to Remember, a National Geography wild documentaries and etc.

I was working in a supreme Audit institution of Ethiopia as a performance or value for money auditor. During my stay in this office I was participating in different audit project that took from six up to nine months. During this time I was even participating in one environmental audit and it is during this time that I was gain some leadership experience with in the team and with in the auditee organizations which contribute a lot in my life for leadership experience.

I am from a medium family, even if I lost my mother early our father makes as to grow in a good manner through religious way and his advices are mannered as a responsible person not only with in the family but also through the society. I have one brother and three sisters that I die for.

Finally the reason why I want to participate in this program is that to know more about leadership which is one of my life component in self development and it might be my steep forward to next level after accomplishing my dream inside the training of leadership which is one of the core point for this world.

Elnura Emilkanova (Kyrgyzstan)

My name is Elnura Emilkanova. I was born in a small beautiful country in Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan. Attended Russian secondary school and graduated from university with English major. In 2007, electricity shortage changed my entire life. After experiencing the challenge of functioning without light, I started to think about blind people and this is where my journey began. I was inspired by a 16 year old blind girl who taught me Russian Braille and whose desire to learn English motivated me to study English braille and eventually I become an English teacher for blind children.In 2009 I was awarded with the Edmund S. Muskie Fellowship and worked on my master’s degree at Louisiana Tech University, USA. The Muskie fellowship program had a profound impact on my professional and academic development. I had directly experienced a model of excellence in blindness training that I hope to be replicated in my native land. There is no book learning substitute for the intense, direct hands-on learning I had the opportunity to experience. After my return home from the USA, I started to run a non-profit organization and coordinated “Braille Literacy Project” which was funded by the Embassy of Finland. Braille is a key to literacy, leading to successful employment and independence of blind people.

This project was developed to address the deficits in the Braille instruction of low-vision students and motivate current Braille users in Kyrgyzstan.The Braille Literacy program was an effort to show that low-vision students can learn Braille, and improve their literacy by doing so, and to motivate current Braille users through conducting the first national Braille Olympiad. There were four Braille Olympiad winners who had an opportunity to travel to the USA and visited Louisiana Center for the Blind, National Center and attended the annual National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind in Orlando, Florida.

My passion is to work with blind people and empower them. Love to travel and learn about different programs for blind people and bring the best practices back home. My goal for the next decade is to empower blind people by opening the first rehabilitation training center for blind adults with summer programs for children in Kyrgyzstan and open the social enterprise for blind women.

I love to start a day with a morning jog and prayers. Enjoy doing yoga and attend meditation retreats. Prefer to eat more healthy food, drink mostly hot water with lemon or honey and sometimes like to treat myself with good tea like Chai Tea, Massala Tea or Lemongrass tea.

As for books, I love to read inspirational biographies of people, some miraculous personal stories of achievement and success, and the most favorite I love fairy tales. In general, I love everything with happy ending.

Sam David Adah Abutu (Nigeria)

I was born into a loyal family of Mr. & Mrs. Abutu Onoh of Ai-odoo Local Government Area of Benue State.

I am first of four male children. I started my educational career at LGEA School Ipichicha, Otukpa. As for my secondary school education; I attended Command Day Secondary School North Bank, Makurdi, Benue state. I proceeded to National Teacher Institute Kaduna, Otukpo Study Center where I am currently undergoing my Nigerian certificate in Education (NCE).

I am very serious about changing everything and anything that I see is wrong within my environment. That has pushed me to enjoy being in the company of great men and women of impact and visionary youth.

I hate procrastination because a waste of time can never be recovered. I so much believe in hard work. I am from a peace loving family and devoted Christian children of four. My mother loved God with passion. She died 4th April, 1994 when we were much younger. My immediate brother, Gabriel Abutu is currently studying Economics in Benue State University, Nigeria. By March, 2014 he will be through from the school. He is such a wonderful brother.

My philosophy: A problem for one is a problem for all.

Childhood: I was born on the 27th October, 1984. I was born liberal and these turn to make me an object of magnet because of my charismatic personality. I am a nature lover. I am an extrovert and open-minded. I like loyalty and often like friends to express their unique personality. I regard my brothers as friends. I am very affectionate, protective and am concerned with giving everyone a sense of self reliance and independence.

Ideologies on children and family: I plan to be a responsible father, husband and man. I will be a role model for my family members.

Dream and goals: Counseling, coaching, authoring, motivational speaking , inspiring youth, organizing workshop, summit speaking on media houses and even corporate body on true identity, peace and various types of development in our society are all my dreams and goals.

I like to travel and meet with other young leaders and speaking to youth in conferences and summits. Favorite books: motivational, educational and inspirational. Movies: peace building and fundamental human rights. Special studies: patriotism, and social participation. Work Experience: I have been a leader by virtue wherever I find myself. Some positions have led so far are: Band prefect in primary school; Health prefect in secondary school; Course representative in the study center; 3 years PRO in youth wing Christian Association Zone C of Benue South Senatorial District; Four years vice president of another youth arm of a local church; Assistant head teacher, in a nursery and primary school.

Finally, I am an active Christian. I embrace intellect, and also make friends. I am a mentee of the John C. Maxwell Company, the maximum impact also a mentee of John Manson nugget of the week, insight international.

I hate any form of competition, any of its kind around me.

Oluwatosin Osho (Nigeria)

My name is Oluwatosin which in English means God deserves praise. I come from a very religious and cultural background. I hail from the South-Western part of Nigeria. I currently live in Ibadan where I study at the prestigious University of Ibadan in the hope of becoming a world renowned economist. When I am not reading or working on assignments, projects and coursework, I love to walk around and do a bit of sightseeing. Also, I love sports and I support my local club Shooting Stars FC and Arsenal FC in London; including the Nigerian national team.

I equally relax by reading magazine and novels. My favourite novels are those authored by John Grisham. However, I also love reading novels authored by Paul Coelho and Mario Puzo. I also try to familiarise myself with global and local happenings by listening to news and browsing on the social networks. I have special interests in developmental and international Economics and I recently did a coursework on the state of the manufacturing sector in Nigeria with a couple of my classmates.

I love watching local and foreign movies, and I love movies that feature Kunle Afolayan, Jason Statham, Bradley Cooper and Morgan Freeman. I cherish honesty, commitment, hard work and dedication while I hate lateness, dishonesty and arrogance.

Early in life, I perceived taking up leadership responsibilities to be pointless and time wasting, thus I didn’t put myself up for any leadership post but instead focused on other things. However, I was left with no choice when I was appointed as class head in the final year of High school. My first day as class representative was a disaster and I felt very bad about myself. However, I summoned enough courage and ensured that I never repeated the mistakes of the past which turned out to be the right step as I was later given an award of excellence and exemplary leadership by the school. This was the beginning of my leadership experience as I was later appointed as the Public Relations Officer for the Maths club. Presently, I am a student representative for the Faculty Student Help Centre where I assist in organising workshops for and interacting with students. Also, I have been appointed as Project Finance Manager for AIESEC Ibadan Local committee (an arm of AIESEC international) which is a student organisation that offers the platform for young leaders to explore and develop their leadership potential; within five months of joining the organisation. As project finance manager, I help in keeping track of income and expenditure associated with projects while I also ensure reduction of projects costs through outsourcing and fund raising efforts.

My goal in life is to be successful and also be able to give back to the society. My career dream is to become an investment manager. I have a strong interest in entrepreneurship and investment, and my recent internship with the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Ibadan where I was able to interact with thriving entrepreneurs has helped in encouraging me to follow up my passion in investment management.

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Visionary Leadership

Student Progress

We had 13 students from 4 countries complete a total of 26 books in November. These students were from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan and Nigeria.

Ewalbleh Enongene Ajah-Ebongweh (Cameroon)

* As A Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Yieh Odette Gwain (Cameroon)

* Black Skin, White Masks

Nurelegn Zelalem Mihrete (Ethiopia)

* As A Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Elnura Emilkanova (Kyrgyzstan)

* As A Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Sam – David Adah Abutu (Nigeria)

* As A Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Adedamola Adejobi (Nigeria)

* Keys to Success

* Psycho-Cybernetics

Anene Chikwado (Nigeria)

* Keys to Success

* Psycho-Cybernetics

* Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude

Oloko Ben Chukwuemeka (Nigeria)

* Keys to Success

* Psycho-Cybernetics

* Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude

Osayi Ujunwa Lynda (Nigeria)

* Maximum Achievement

Paul Young Nwakuma (Nigeria)

* Goals

Saliu Olaniyi (Nigeria)

* Keys to Success

* The New Dynamics of Winning

Oluwatosin Osho (Nigeria)

* As A Man Thinketh

* Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Ethelbert Umeh (Nigeria)

* Giant Steps

* How to Win Friends and Influence People

* Psycho-Cybernetics

* Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude


Erick Kebeka Omari (Kenya) completed Level Seven (Our 13th IIGL Graduate)

Ethelbert Umeh (Nigeria) completed Level One


New Enrollments

5 in November

61 enrolled in 2013

Book Assessments

26 in November

247 in 2013

Books Shipped

14 in November

155 in 2013

Cost of books

$282.79 in November

$2,982.27 in 2013

You Make It Possible

We extend a special thanks to the following individuals and/or organizations who contributed to IIGL last month. Your ongoing support makes this work possible.

Deb Silver (Israel)

Edmee DiPauli (UK)

Deb Rosen (USA/WI)

David Banner (USA/WI)

Janis Thayer (USA.NC)

Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)

Charles Betterton (USA/AZ)

Corine Wilson (USA.FL)

Lily Ann (USA/GA)

John Hornecker (USA/NC)

Wanda Gail Campbell (USA/AL)

DM Tilley (USA/AL)

Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)

Margie Tice (USA/HI)

Janae & Barry Weinhold (USA/NC)

Evelyn Garfinkel (USA/WI)

Judy Spencer (USA/WI)

Patrice Zorn (USA/WI)

Make A Difference

Dream Team 22

In January 2009 we launched a new idea which blends two previous endeavors: The Master Mind Group and the 22 Experiment. We are calling this Dream Team 22 and our goal is to have 220 people contributing $22 per month. We understand that money is energy and that to sustain and build IIGL we need a lot of people pouring their energy into this endeavor on a regular basis. We also know that not everyone can afford to commit $22 a month – especially our students, who live in countries with economies in which this amount can be equal to a weeks’ salary. So we are offering two options for those who wish to become a part of the Dream Team. One can commit to a $22 a month contribution or to spending 22 seconds each day holding the vision of IIGL becoming financially sustainable by the end of 2009.

Will you join the Dream Team and help us create an energetic foundation to support the transformational work of IIGL? You can really make a difference in the world by making a modest contribution of time or money. To make the $22 a month commitment or a one time donation, click the link below. To become a member of the Dream Team 22 by committing 22 second a day to help us hold the vision, contact Deb for details:

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