Africa Foundation for Young Media Professionals’ Board of Trustees(BOT) Annual general meeting held over the weekend between Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November, 2022.
This yearly mandatory meeting of every active non-profit is majorly held to assess organization’s activities in the course of the year that is coming to an end and to project and approve corporate activities of the coming year.
This year’s Africa Foundation for Young Media Professionals(AFYMP) BOT AGM event held at Hocal Suites Yaba Lagos and had four out of the five members physically present while the fifth member attended through virtual means. BOT members served as volunteer (an opportunity to contribute to society’s progress) and not paid position.
Welcoming members present, the Executive Director, Yinka Olaito, said “we are glad to welcome every member today and appreciate your consistent efforts in making sure that the organization remain focused on its corporate objective”.
The major activities of the first day centred on briefing/discussion on minor changes to AFYMP projects in the course of year 2022 especially with the support and funding from MacArthur Foundation and that of eco leadership support from major sub-grantee (Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism).
The other activity that engaged members for the day was extensive discussions/assessment of Afymp 2022 projects/budgets which helped to make major impacts across Nigeria. Members of the BOT were impressed by management’s ability to run with its projects, proposal and the diligence displayed in the allocated budget.
A member of the BOT, Ayotunde Ayodiran remarked “we are glad the management had demonstrated a high level of prudence and diligence in the pursuit of the overall goal of the organization
The second day of the BOT meeting was primarily focused on AFYMP’s 2023 programmes, budgets as well as fund raising activities and how BOT members could be involved. The second day event ended with the development of workable strategy members can run within 2023.
Seye Olurotimi, a member charged the management “while we commend the management for the progress made this year, we will like to remind you that the race is still a long one. Africa media landscape, which is the focus of AFYMP, requires strategic haste to ensure AFYMP meets its corporate objective of salvaging the ruin within the shortest time”.
Funmi Oyenike O, the board Secretary admonished the management “While the BOT will always be available to give necessary support, you have to be strategic in all you do, build more capacity to do more for the challenges as well as opportunities ahead”.
Yinka Olaito while closing the event did promise “The management’s burden of having a positive change in the media landscape across Africa continues to be a passion that keeps us awake all day and we will continue to run with this by developing every intervention necessary to make our corporate objective achievable within shortest time possible”.