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Making a Difference During Your NYSC Year! BellaNaijarian Frances Okoro Gives Back to Corp Members



Frances OkoroBellaNaija provides a platform to people who are willing to put in the work and make positive strides within their sphere of influence. Frances Okoro, a BN Contributor is one of those people. During her NYSC year, she constantly wrote from a positive perspective about her experience.

She then went one step further by writing a book about making a difference – to encourage other young people who are doing the National Youth Service program.

About the book:
Every year, millions of youth take part in the Nigerian Youth Service Corp Scheme… the foreign trained youth and home trained youth meet at a central point called NYSC.
Both categories of youth are usually characterized by one emotion – uncertainty about what the year will bring.
This book will wipe off that fear from your heart, inspire you to go forth into NYSC, hitting goals and inspiring lives even as your life will also be transformed.

Practical steps on making a difference in the lives of others, with your “allowee”, in the business world and the world at large will be revealed to you.
And at the end of your 12 months in NYSC, you also will leave NYSC like the author did, knowing that you were not just a statistic and you made a difference!

Frances is giving out 50 copies of this book. So what do you have to do to be a part of this drive?

(1) Hold a mini seminar/meeting with youth corners to encourage them to use their one year for meaningful things, impacting lives while at it.. and at the end of the seminar, distribute FREE copies of my NYSC book to them which will be given to you


(2) Hold a meeting/seminar with secondary school students/university youth/a group of youth and speak to them on walking in God’s purpose for their lives.

Whichever of the mini speaking event you decide to hold, you will be given free books to share to the participants at the end of the meeting. You are required to take pictures that you will tag me on to show that you have indeed spread light to your world.

Any corper or Nigerian interested in being a part of this and can speak to corpers/secondary school/university/group of youth on making a difference with their lives and walking in God’s purpose for their lives can reach Frances at [email protected]


Hurry and pass on the baton of positivity!


  1. Nancy

    October 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I am making picking my states for NYSC next week. I am really confused, I don’t know where to put or where to go. Like I am so blank.
    Please kindly drop suggestions of good states from the six geo-political zones for me, because I am clueless.

  2. Anon

    October 13, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    This is a bit unrelated but it has to do with NYSC as well.

    My name is IJanusi Hellen Oluwabunmi ,a fresh
    graduate of the university of Abuja. Last week, I
    got some disturbing information as regard to the
    NYSC mobilisation of prospective corp members
    and I want everyone of us to be aware of the evil
    that is about to befall all fresh graduates and
    students if urgent measures/precautions aint
    It is no more news that the number of
    prospective corp members in all institutions for
    Batch B have been drastically slashed due to
    “tight budgetary allocation”, I guess we owe this
    to the present economic recession.
    Unizik for example has been slashed from 2314 to
    894,hmmm that’s jst like one third of the
    prospective members.Uniabuja not excluded can
    only mobilize 546 members,this is even less than
    the total number of graduates in three
    departments of the institution. My question now
    is what happens to the backlog? I guess the
    answer is they have to wait till the next batch and
    with this numbers, it is certain not all of them will
    make it to another batch.
    It has been proved that 70% of Batch B(formerly
    batch C) corp members are those that had extra
    semester or their academic calendar was
    interrupted and d remaining 30% are fresh
    graduates from schools whose academic calendar
    are faster or barely interrupted. This further
    indicates that fresh graduates waiting for batch A
    may even triple this recent number. if my
    calculation is right, some of us might have to wait
    2-3yrs before youth service. This would have been
    ok if without NYSC certificate I can
    1. Be eligible to compete in the labour market.
    2. Go for my masters degree
    But the sad news is without the certificate we
    can’t achieve all this,so all we have to do is ‘wait’?
    Even if it takes years?
    We understand the country is going through
    economic recession but should the lives of we
    youth also recede because of it? I say a capital NO
    to that! what happens to those that are close to
    3o and hence might be deprived of NYSC
    programme if the delay should persist. So all
    those waiting period turns to exercise in futility.
    As much as I love to wear that khaki,I wouldn’t
    want to waste precious years of my life at the
    expense of wearing it. In a country where most of
    us have used extra years in studying due to Asuu
    strikes and other internal strikes. In a country
    where your age really matters in the labour
    market. In a country where even after NYSC,70%
    of graduates are unable to get jobs untill after
    2yrs or more. In a country where we give more
    attention and respect to what is written in the
    paper than what is ‘in the head’. In a country
    where young graduates are being asked to
    present evidence of 5yrs of working experience
    before they can be employed.
    We all need to rise and stop this evil before it
    stops us. Government shouldn’t gamble with our
    future if they can’t cater for all of us at once. let
    NYSC be OPTIONAL and stop making obnoxious
    decisions that are detrimental to our future.
    Join me in spreading this message with
    #makeNYSCoptional #Livesofyouthmatters
    We can no longer sit and watch while our future
    being toiled with. You can also attach your own
    reasons why you think NYSC should be optional.
    You may not be concerned but please for the
    sake of people around you who may be affected,
    let’s all repost this message and
    #makeNYSCoptional trend till it gets to the right
    channel. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria
    and God bless you all.

    • abby

      October 13, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      I am Abigail Gaadi a recent graduate of Benue State University Makurdi and I couldn’t agree with you more, Luckily for me I got a job sometime last year so upon graduation I have been working at the office. I stand with you totally as this NYSC thing makes no sense, Infact I want it to be totally scraped out as a whole, Imagine me now who is still learning on the job having to pack up and leave just because I have to serve my fatherland. I will now leave a well paying job to go and collect allowee of 19k monthly; an amount that I make in a working day at this job. If it won’t be stopped then they should at least make it optional because I don’t see the sense in leaving something lucrative and intellectually stimulating to go “serve my fatherland”. My friend who just passed out had to wait a whole year before serving and it was not funny. Everywhere she went she got told that they were not employing except after service, Almost every job vacancy requires an NYSC certificate, In the end practically all your degrees are rendered useless without NYSC and it is not fair one bit. All this mobilisation talk is so annoying as time waits for no man. They should please let eligible persons go serve make service optional, #NigerianYouthMatter #MakeNYSCOptional

  3. Adwoa

    October 13, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    What is “youths”?? I can’t even pronounce it! Youth is a collective noun and as such has only a singular form, no plural.

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