Imrana Alhaji Buba and Ruth Ambogo to lead a CVE exchange round table

The field of youth recruitment and radicalization to violence: Kenya & Nigeria

Date: January 14th, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm EAT (1:00 pm in Lagos, Nigeria/3:00 pm in Nairobi, Kenya)

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The advances of Al Shabaab in Kenya and Boko Haram in Nigeria bear major differences in terms of recruitment/radicalization dynamics, but what remains constant is the new frontier of radicalization leading to violent extremism that is mainly targeting the youths for recruitment. One other constant factor is the persistence of CVE stakeholders in both Kenya and Nigeria to involve the youths in counter-violent extremism programming.

Imrana Alhaji Buba from Nigeria and Ruth Ambogo from Kenya will lead a virtual exchange round table calling on youths from their respective two countries in what will be a first of Kenyan-Nigerian youths’ collaboration on countering violent extremism. A panel of experts on Youths and CVE led by Ms. Rehema Zaid and Mr. Samson Adebayo will also weigh in their expert insights guiding the discussions.

What makes Nigeria unique from Kenya and vice versa? What are the synergy areas of unity in diversity between Nigeria and Kenya on CVE? What are the resilience levels against radicalization leading to violent extremism in Nigeria and Kenya respectively? These are just some of the questions that this session of the CVE Exchange Program seeks to answer, in a founded collaboration between Kenya’s International Youth Action Against Terrorism (Now Common Ground Centre) and Nigeria’s Youth Coalition Against Terrorism.

This event is currently at capacity; join the conversation on January 14th, 2017, at 3pm EAT (1pm Lagos, Nigeria/3pm Nairobi, Kenya).

Issue Areas:

  • Countering Violent Extremism;
  • Youths and radicalization.


  • Nigeria
  • Kenya

Participation eligibility

  • Nigerian and Kenyan nationals (for the pilot phase).
  • Aged between 18 – 30 years.
  • Interest in countering extremism; active in their local communities having launched, or become very engaged with, projects/initiatives to prevent and counter violent extremism.
  • Experience in this area, with a good knowledge of actors and organizations in their own communities who also work to counter and prevent extremism.
  • Digitally savvy and active on social media.
  • Willing and able to work individually and as part of a team; able to work remotely with others.

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