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STREET PROJECT AMBASSADOR OF THE WEEK: Agboola Faith Moyosore is a highly motivated and success driven 21 year old, budding filmmaker, writer, public speaker, media entrepreneur and 2017 Street Project Ambassador.

She has a strong academic background as she graduated with a first class honors degree in History and International Relations at the age of 18 and won a total of 11 awards of academic excellence from Redeemers University. After her service year at Cross River State, she was admitted to attend the Street Project Foundation Creative Youth Boot Camp, where explored her talents. She was the lead character at the benefit concert of the Creative Youth Boot Camp titled “JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES” a total theatre performance that had her deliver a 6 part monologue. After the Bootcamp she was selected by the management of Street Project Foundation to intern at Prodi-G Concepts and to attend “THE IMAGERY PROGRAM” for screenwriting and filmmaking organized by Riverside Production.

Less than three months after the Creative Youth Boot Camp, Moyosore shot her first short film titled “Look Beyond” which she wrote, directed and produced. It is a story about teenage pregnancy and it stars three other Street Project Ambassadors.

Moyosore is also the Founder of THE AFRICAN WRITERS and the maiden edition of the African Writers Meet ’17 event which, features top industry giants and performers is scheduled to hold on October 28, 2017 at the Onikan Youth Centre. Her debut book, “Damaged” a collection of poetry and inspirational pieces for the broken is currently in the works and will be released before the end of the year. She is also a content developer and member of the advisory committee of a fast rising youth talk show series called Emergence.

Moyosore’s dream is to be listed in the Forbes list of 30 under 30 top entrepreneurs and she wants to facilitate a number of social development projects aimed at helping primary school students and undergraduates.

The STREET LIGHT is on you Moyosore.

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STREET PROJECT AMBASSADOR OF THE WEEK: Sunday Ozegbe aka Valu is a versatile dancer who majors in Urban Contemporary dance with a knowledge of Hip-hop, Ballroom, Naija Urban and Ballet. He is a 2016 graduate of Street Project Foundation Creative Youth Boot Camp and was selected to intern with SPF Faculty, Adebayo Liadi (Ijodee), he was also trained by renowned dance professionals like Qudus Onikeku (SPF Faculty), Nnamadi Ndubusi,  Onye Ozuzu, Horatio Macuacua and Kaffy.

In February 2017 he Created a dance piece called  IJO AGBA a very creative and nostalgic dance that blends both contemporary movements and folk/traditional dances. He went on to perform this innovative piece at the Lagos State  Talent Hunt Competition where he won second place. IJO AGBA has been performed at various reputable festivals in Nigeria such as, danceGATHERING Lagos, Afrigansa festival, Boat festival and Black Pride festival and is set to show at Trufesta International Dance festival on the 28th of October 2017.
Valu’s acting and dancing skills was developed at the SPF boot camp and with these skills, he has successfully featured in various productions like IWALEWA (Qdance centre), ITAN (Thespian family theatre), KING BAABU (Freedom park theatre) and has also teamed up with fellow SPF Ambassadors Rodiah Lawal to perform a beautiful dance piece for ace musician Kayefi’s concert. In addition, they were also dancers for popular artist 9ICE at the same concert.

Currently he is the Head Choreographer for a stage play being produced by a fellow SPF ambassador Temitope Mariam titled ‘Unknown’ that premieres this December.

He also currently works as a professional dance artist and brand strategist at the *QDance Center* Ikoyi Lagos.He is also the founder/director of David’s Generation Dance Group also known as DGDG- a dance group of over 25 dancers aged 6-21 based in Oworonshoki area of Lagos State, Nigeria.

VALU is passionate about his roots in Oworoshoki, Lagos State and hopes to build a team of strong and formidable dancers who can be professionals anywhere in the world, making a sustainable living doing what they love.

The Street Light is on you VALU. #dowhatulove#successstory #dancer #contemporarydance #madeinnigeria #ijoagba #spfambassador


STREET PROJECT AMBASSADOR OF THE WEEK: ChidinmaR Osigwe graduated as one of the best participants at the 2017 Street Project Creative Youth Boot Camp having wowed the audience with her spoken word piece titled ” YOU KILLED ME”. She was selected to Intern and be mentored by SPF Faculty and Voice Director Remi Olutimayin, on voice acting. Not relenting after the boot camp she immediately contested at the Brigitte Poir-son poetry competition with the poem ” JUST A METAPHOR” and emerged second runner up. She was also the first runner up of the SOBCA online competition in September 2017 and the Winner of the 2017 Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development talent hunt competition in Spoken Word Category. She has also graced the stage of Life Pointe Church at their 2017 open mic, RCCG royal court ( new wine concert) and RCCG Mercyland assembly (Worship My Lifestyle) 2017 showcasing her remarkable skill.
ChidinmaR’s acting skill was developed at the Street Project Foundation Creative Youth Boot Camp and with this skill she has been able to feature in an AFM Media short film titled “LOOK BEYOND” produced by another SPF ambassador – Faith Moyosore and She is a team member of the fast rising youth talk show series called “EMERGENCE”.
ChidinmaR is a Final year student of Accounting at Yaba College of Technology and her ultimate goal is to perform on the global stage as a Spoken word artiste.
The STREET LIGHT is on you ChidinmaR.


Multitalented and Resilent, two words that summarize who Chinaza Ruby Akubueze is. A young lady with a drive and laser sharp focus to reach the zenith of the creative industry. You could be misled by her petite frame but the more you get to know her, you’ll recognize her strength and respect her hustle to make it in life against all odds.

Chinaza Ruby Akubueze after graduating as the best participant at the 2017 Street Project Creative Youth Boot Camp and selected to intern at Prodi-g concepts, has been relentless in her pursuit to make a sustainable living doing what she loves. She has been  focused on acting and has attended numerous auditions as a result. Her doggedness has landed her a role in the 6th Season of the widely acclaimed International TV series ‘Shuga’ where she plays the role of Frances; a teenager who is trying to waltz her way through the pressures of life. Chinaza has also featured in an AFM media short film titled “Look Beyond” a film that addresses the issue of teenage pregnancy and abortion. She is also a content writer for the fast rising youth talk show series; ‘Emergence’. Chinaza’s ultimate goal is to become a designer and she looks forward to studying Creative Arts in University of Lagos where she hopes to explore all her potentials – ensuring that no aspect of her talent is left untapped.

Chinaza Ruby Akubueze the STREET LIGHT is on you girl.



1,480 Lines – The dilemma of a budding actor

Her most challenging work till date, memorizing the over 1,480 lines in Elephant 18 a one-man play written by a Scottish playwright Emma. The Street Project Ambassador of the Week, Gift Chikere was challenged by her mentor Wole Oguntokun, one of the Faculty Members of Street Project Foundation Creative Youth Boot Camp and Artistic Director – Theatre Republic, to face her fears and do what she thought impossible. She held her audience spell bound for an hour performing what I’ll call a psychotic play and she out did herself. Transitioned from just being an Estate Management Graduate who loves spoken word to an actor and performing artist in all ramifications.  In her words “I have been stretched in every sense of it…” the sacrifice necessary to becoming the best version of ones self.

Besides starring in Elephant 18 as a lead character, she has also performed in plays such as Room 69, Moremi, Prison Chronicles just to mention a few, where she played masculine roles. When asked why? She says, “Theatre has no gender”.  Gift has also had the rare privilege of having veterans in the field like Caro King  and Ibinabor Fiberesima see and celebrate her work.

The Gift, a Spoken Word Artiste who became a Street Project Ambassador after participating in the Creative Youth Boot Camp four months ago and had no interest in pursuing an acting career, says “I have fallen in love even more with the acting world and I am certainly still falling”

Gift Chikere is also a recipient of the 2nd Place Prize in Spoken Word Category of the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development Talent Hunt Competition.

The Street Light is on you Gift. We look forward to seeing you on the world stage and big screens next.




Written by Temitope Olayinka – 2016 Street Project Ambassador

On Monday, April 24 2017, About 100 Youths were inducted into the Creative Youth Boot Camp during a ceremony held at the Onikan Youth Centre Lagos. The class of 2017 is the second set to be inducted into the Creative Youth Boot Camp.

The Street Project Creative Youth Boot Camp began same time last year and has been supported by the United States Consulate and Lagos State Government amongst others. The Participants after completing the program are given Internship opportunities with mentors in their chosen field.

The Street Project Creative Youth Boot camp is a three-week non-residential boot camp, designed to educate, train, motivate and enable young people from low income backgrounds gifted in the performing arts learn how to turn their talents into an enterprise.

According to Mrs. Rita Ezenwa-Okoro the Founder and Lead visionary of Street Project Foundation,

“The boot camp was created to enable Youths move from Job seekers to Job creators…Like in other developed nations, performing arts is an industry that creates wealth and is capable of reducing the number of unemployed youth in the country”. She also shared several success stories of the Street Project Ambassadors who graduated from the programme in previous years.

2000 Applications were received out of which 103 young people were selected after series of auditions.

In her Welcome address the Lead Visionary gave the inductees words of encouragement among which she shared a quote “A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but because of its persistence” Encouraging them to forge ahead against all odds.

After the Founder’s opening remark, the 2016 Street Project Ambassadors shared their stories;

“My Skills were sharpened both physically and mentally. What I have learnt from my internship would be able to sustain me once I graduate from the University” Chibuikem Chris-Oparah one of the 2016 Street Project Ambassadors said this whilst sharing his testimony.

“Before Street Project, I was struggling with my art and didn’t realize I imitate my role model in my field, Street Project taught me to create an Identity for myself” Mayowa Lamusa another Street Project Ambassador testified.

“Don’t be intimidated by someone else’s talent, what makes you unique is yourself and what makes me unique is Myself” Zipporah Coleman 2016 Street Project Ambassador advice to the new inductees.

“It is alright for you not to know why you are here but open your mind to the possibilities of the things you might get” Deborah Chibueze, 2016 Street Project Ambassador sharing her experience with the new Inductees.

The ceremony, which started with the National Anthem, a slideshow of pictures and videos from the 2016 Creative Youth Boot Camp gave a clue on the performance classes and background of the 2016 Street Project Ambassadors. This was followed by a welcome address by the Founder/Lead Visionary Rita Ezenwa-Okoro, A speech by the Deputy Public Affairs Officer United States Consulate, Mr. Frank Sellin who expressed his happiness on the 2nd Edition of the Creative Youth Boot Camp. The Honorable Commissioner, Lagos state Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment Hon. Babatunde Durosimi-Etti was represented by Dr.Yakub Olajide Basorun the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment. He assured the 2017 Creative Youth Boot Camp inductees of the opportunity to apply for a loan that will sustain their business under the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund. Also speaking at the event was Mr. Anjorin Odun representing the Honourable Commissioner, Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social development, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf.

The induction proper took place when the inductees recited their creed whilst being led by the Director of Operations, Street Project Foundation, Eduvielawhe Ogoro.

The event gracefully came to an end with sessions of group photographs of the newly inducted Creative Youth Boot Campers, the Street Project Team and the dignitaries present.

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CREATIVE JUICE: How do you know you’ve got it?

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Just like a fruit, every human is unique. We are shaped differently and our flavors differ. But how do we know if our creative field is fertilized enough to give us the yield we desire either emotionally, financially, spiritually or materially? What are the qualities a creative mind must possess to succeed in life?

Here are some qualities we have identified;

WILLINGNESS TO LEARN: Nobody knows it all. A creative person must strive for constant improvement and that can only happen when you are open to learning new things, exploring new terrains and discovering new ways of getting things done. Never be tired of researching, it is the key to improving your craft.

SELF DISCIPLINE: The ability to resist group/peer pressure is very important. An artist must be unique; to do that you need to be different from the crowd. There is a saying that “you need to be odd to be number one”… That sums it all.

PROBLEM SOLVERS: Creativity is the ability to find solutions to existing problems in a way that has never been done before. Identify a problem in your community today and think of innovative ways of solving it.

DOERS: If you have ideas and you don’t act on them you’re imaginative not creative. The ability to actualize your ideas is what makes you creative. This requires a large doze of passion, commitment, consistency and resilience.

AMBITIOUS: Creative people should have a vision, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely goals and the tenacity to actualize the vision.

CONFIDENCE: Creativity and the word “shy” shouldn’t be used in the same sentence. A creative person should be bold and always ready to showcase or explore his or her talent when they ought to.

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People often ask me why I founded Street Project Foundation and I simply tell them because I want the African Continent to become a land of opportunities where young people can be the best they can be,  just like their peers in developed countries.

This video is a docutainment of Impact stories from the maiden edition of Street Project Creative Youth Boot Camp 2016.

Street Project Foundation is creating a sustainable pathway for young people to;

  1. Discover their talents and core values
  2. Be trained by veterans in the creative industry
  3. Be exposed to industry leaders and best practice and
  4. Create a platform for showcase where they can conveniently turn their talent into enterprise.

Street Project Foundation joins the All Stars Project INC. U.S.A Alliance

Street Project Foundation, a Social enterprise established in Lagos, Nigeria in 2008 working with young people from low-income backgrounds, using performing arts as a tool for socio-economic development has joined the All Stars Project Alliance in New York, USA. All Stars Project was established in 1981 to transform the lives of youth and poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. All Stars Project is spread across six cities in the United States; New York, Newark, Bridgeport, Chicago, Dallas and San Francisco Bay Area.

Rita Ezenwa-Okoro, the founder and Lead Visionary of Street Project Foundation stated “This alliance is a welcome development for the organization and we look forward to the opportunities, resources and increased impact that it will provide both organizations.”

Street Project Foundation has been responsible for ongoing projects   such  as; Creative Youth Boot Camp, Reflection Series, Project Raw and so much more.

For more details about Street Project Foundation and All Stars Project , visit, #dowhatulove




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The honourable Lagos State Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment at the Induction Ceremony of the Street Project Foundation Creative Youth Boot Camp held on Monday 25, 2016 endorsed the program fully. He stated, “ We will also explore more areas of opportunity with Street Project Foundation and see how the ministry can create an enabling environment to make sure the program is sustained.”

Also at the ceremony was the Public Affairs Officer, Department of State, United States of America, Mrs. Dehab Ghebreab. In her speech to the inductees she mentioned that it was critical for society to have youth that are interested in the art, who can convey messages that are important.

Street Project Foundation was one of the 30 organisations selected and awarded grants by the U.S Consulate out of 300 organisations that applied.

The Founder & Lead Visionary of Street Project, Mrs. Rita Ezenwa-Okoro who also is a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow, stated that the goal of the Boot Camp is to train 100 talented young people from low-income backgrounds and the most outstanding will be placed on internships for mentoring purposes. What drives the organization is the belief that young people can make a sustainable living doing what they love.

Inductees with dignatries Left to right; Abiola Salami,Member of Faculty, Eduvie Ogoro-Street Project Operations Director, Dehab Ghebreab-Public Affairs Officer, U.S Department of State, Mr

Rita also added “This initiative could only be made possible by the passionate commitment and selflessness of the Street Project Team, Eduvielawhe Ogoro our Operations Director and Chidi Ikwagwu our Talent Scout who work tirelessly to make sure that the vision of the foundation materializes.