NSSF unveils Righting Our Story
Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund (NSSF) has unveiled an anthology of works young Nigerians titled, Righting our story — a compilation of short stories, poems, flash fiction and essays. The anthology is part of WeNaija literary contest, a yearly flagship programme of NSSF aimed at mobilising young citizens to advocate a stronger healthcare system.
The youth-focused contest aimed to provide a platform for young Nigerians to be part of something inspirational that will have widespread impact, while providing avenue for empowering and up skilling them.
Building on its vision as an advocacy organisation for improving health outcomes in Nigeria, NSSF delivers 20 profound insights from exceptionally talented young Nigerians that envision a healthier Nigeria.
Each piece is told from the writer’s point of view and includes perspectives of Nigerian citizens on the state of the nation’s healthcare system.
Righting our Story shows the country’s realities, undeniable truths straight from the horse’s mouth, lived experiences of young Nigerians. Many are presented as fiction, but it does not change the fact that Nigeria needs help.
“Each of the entries published differ from each other, and the content is rich such that if the reader connects with just one of them, our goal would have been met. If it motivates someone to act and as a result lives are saved, or a challenge in the healthcare system is made right, then mission accomplished,” said the contest organisers.
The launch event included a 30-minute panel session developed to address the gaps in transparency and accountability in the healthcare system in Nigeria.
NSSF seeks to leverage the contest to build participants’ capacity on the use of digital tools and applications to advocate a stronger healthcare system in Nigeria, while providing a platform for youths between the ages of 15 and 35 to engage actively in advocacy in healthcare sector, youth empowerment, and poverty alleviation.