Ado, Ekiti State, Nigeria:

International City of Peace

Ado Ekiti is an ancient city, founded by Ewi Awamaro the son of Biritikolu. Awamaro (the restless one) left Ile-Ife with his father Ewi Apa Biritikolu and his uncle Oranmiyan to both Ita Orogun and Benin respectively after staying briefly with Oloba in Oba-Ile, in present day Akure. Ado-Ekiti, town, capital of Ekiti state, southwestern Nigeria. It lies in the Yoruba Hills, at the intersection of roads from Akure, Ilawe Ekiti, Ilesha, Ila Orangun, and Ikare, and is situated 92 miles (148 km) east of Ibadan. An urban and industrial centre of the region, it was founded by the Ekiti people, a Yoruba subgroup whose members belonged to the Ekiti-Parapo, a late 19th-century confederation of Yoruba peoples that fought against Ibadan for control of the trade routes to the coast. Ado-Ekiti became the site of a large textile mill in 1967, the people having a long-standing tradition of cotton weaving. The town also produces shoes and pottery and is a collecting point for commercial crops such as cocoa and timber. Crops such as yams, cassava, corn (maize), rice, and fruits are marketed locally. Ado-Ekiti is the site of Ekiti State University (1982) and a federal polytechnic college. Pop. (2016 est.) urban agglom., 465,000

To inculcate the culture of peace into the minds of people and foster unity irrespective of religion, ethnicity culture and language and fast-track inclusive, mutual, good rivalry grassroots community development in all 16 local governments of the Ekiti State through partnership with government, network with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith-Based (FBOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Youth/Community Leaders, Market Women Leaders and Traditional Rulers.

1. Promote education in both formal and informal sector 2. Youth empowerment through education, sports etc 3. To return Ekiti to old glorious days as a peaceful state and by extension, most peaceful state in Nigeria 4. To showcase our good heritage and culture to the outside world as peace loving people

My name is Adeniyi Ismaila Oluwatoyin. The Executive Director/Founder of former International Youth Reformation Organization (IYOREF) which has now changed to Youth Reformation for Peace Education and Justice Initiatives (YOREPEJI). I studied Physics Science at University of Ilorin. I started NGO work as a volunteer with Hope Worldwide Nigeria (HWWN) and other organizations. I am a humanitarian that has deep passion for youth development. I was given a certificate of honour and recognition by the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Team as the best voluntary blood donor between 2010 and 2013 in Lagos State. I served as the secretary and Public Relations Officer ( P.R.O) of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization university of Ilorin, Kwara State. I later became Youth President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization, Agege zone, Lagos state and later became Public Relations Officer (P.R.O.) at the Lagos State level. Between 2010 and 2012, I also served as the Youth President of Ifako/Ijaiye/Ogba Youth Development Association Lagos. (3 Communities under Ifako Ijaiye) in Lagos State.

1. Matured Minds Media Community. 2 BEMMADAVIS Empowerment Foundation

I am an humanitarian with passion for community and human development

Yes, I approve the guidelines for an International City of Peace and will provide four or more additional approved signatures of community Peace Team members (see next registration field). “A culture of peace is a set of values, attitudes, traditions and modes of behavior and ways of life based on respect for life, ending of violence and promotion and practice of non-violence through education, dialogue and cooperation. Tenets include: Full respect for and promotion of all human rights and fundamental freedoms; Commitment to peaceful settlement of conflicts; Efforts to meet the developmental and environmental needs of present and future generations; Respect for and promotion of the right to development; Respect for and promotion of equal rights and opportunities for women and men; Respect for and promotion of the right of everyone to freedom of expression, opinion and information; Adherence to the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, tolerance, solidarity, cooperation, pluralism, cultural diversity, dialogue and understanding at all levels of society and among nations; and fostered by an enabling national and international environment conducive to peace.” In addition, the Golden Rule – “Do for others as you would have them do for you” — provides a unity proposition for personal, local and global peace.
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