Building Blocks for Peace (BBFP) Foundation is a non-governmental organization working on Conflict Prevention, Prevention of Violent Extremism, Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development in Nigeria. The organization was incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria in 2017.
The organization which was founded by Lawal Rafiu Adeniran, began with its youth programme known as Nigeria Youth 4 Peace Initiative in 2016, a movement of young people who were dissatisfied with the increasing participation of young people in violent extremism caused largely by the massive socioeconomic and political deprivation in their communities, and the subsequent exclusion of youth from the negotiating table and the decision making process and were committed to advocating for the meaningful and effective engagement of youth in the peacebuilding process in Nigeria..
Through our Youth4Peace initiative, we have trained and empowered over five thousand youth and children with support from several local and international stakeholders including United Nation Information Centre, Lagos, United Nations Development Programme-Abuja, Search for Common Ground-Nigeria, Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, West Africa for Peacebuilding-Nigeria, Centre for Disaster Risk and Crisis Reduction, Society for Peace Studies and Practice, United Network of Young Peacebuilders and a host of others.
We work towards the achievement of a peaceful society through innovative approaches such as advocacy, dialogue, education, trainings, workshops, radio programming, sport, community sensitization, arts to mention a few.
Our vision is to see a world where there is peace, justice, respect for human rights and youth meaningfully engaged in the peacebuilding process.
Tolerance; Accountability; Integrity;
Transparency; Gender sensitivity;
Non partisanship; Voluntarism.
At BBFORPEACE, we believe that no one is born with the right skills to manage conflicts, conflict management skills have to be learned. Conflict management involves the reduction, elimination, or termination of all forms of conflict. It is the practice of being able to identify and handle conflicts sensibly, fairly, and efficiently with the goal of improving relationships amongst the people. Conflict management is not saying “shut the door, we don’t want to have conflict”, it is, however, saying “conflict is ongoing, what do we do so that its impact is not terrible on us?” We believe conflict can be positive if handled properly and that peacebuilding is a process and not an event.
In many countries of the world where the scourge of violent extremism has eaten deep, sustainable peace and development become a mirage. Nigeria has been ravaged by the menace of Boko Haram and other proscribed armed groups resulting in death and destruction. P/CVE is used to describe all the proactive actions and measures put in place to combat and neutralize the efforts of violent extremist groups in the society. It is a body of initiatives intended to put an end to the process of radicalizing, recruiting and mobilizing people (especially youth) for violence and terror-related acts.
At BBFORPEACE, we believe in the multi-stakeholder model and also leverage on radio programming, community education and sensitization, social entrepreneurship, inters- faith dialogue, capacity building and training for preventing/countering violent extremism.
The era of authoritarianism, dictatorship and military junta is becoming obsolete across the globe. Since 1999 when Nigeria was set on the trajectory of institutionalizing democratic tendencies and principles, it has to be a story of positives and negatives. Accountability, transparency, respect for rule of law and fundamental human rights, effective service delivery, peoples participation and inclusiveness which lie at the bedrock of any democratic government is still a mirage. Poverty, unemployment, corruption, electoral violence, illiteracy, women exclusion, voter’s apathy still hinders the development of democracy in Nigeria.
At BBFORPEACE, we mobilize resources and support for democratic trends, critically examining and assessing the challenges with a view to addressing them and finding sustainable solutions.
Sustainable development can be understood from a different perspective but there is a general consensus that it is the kind of development that balances the needs of the present generation with that of the future i.e seeing tomorrow with the lenses today. Development had hitherto been planned without investigating its social, economic and environmental impacts on future generations. In Nigeria, the effects ranging from climate change, environmental pollution and health hazards are evident for all to see. Therefore, sustainable development is everyone’s business. We all have a role to play. BBFORPEACE focuses on building the capacity of people to be able to constructively deal with present challenges without compromising the future.
Willie Eselebor is a Research Fellow of the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He holds a PhD & MA in Peace and Conflict Studies and Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Ibadan, Masters in Public Administration (HRM) from Lagos State University and PGDPA from Administrative Staff College of Nigeria. Prior to joining the University, he worked with the Nigerian Immigration Service (1980-2012) and attained the rank of Assistant Comptroller of Immigration. He is the past President of the Society for Peace Studies and Practice (SPSP) 2011-2016; as well as being a senior research fellow of the Institut Francais de Recherche en Afrique (IFRA) and Historical Society of Nigeria (HSN). He is a public commentator on TV/Radio and takes delight in volunteering for community services.
Lawal Rafiu is a passionate peace advocate with over four (4) years experience in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding. He is the founder and the Executive Director of Building Blocks for Peace Foundation and also the National Coordinator of Nigeria Youth 4 Peace Initiative (NYPI), a National Network of young peace practitioners promoting peace in Nigeria. He is a member of several local and international organizations working on Peace and Security. Lawal holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and a Bachelor of Education in Social Studies from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. Amongst his publications and articles are ‘An Assessment of Hausa/ Yoruba Conflict and Peacebuilding Initiatives in Mile 12 Market 1999-2014’, ‘Raising the Bar of Scholarship from the Left: A Review of Boko Haram in Nigeria’ amongst others.
Mautin Akapo is a Partner at MOA Professional Services, a Finance Advisory, Tax and Assurance firm that strives to provide efficient and professional services to clients in an ethical fashion. At present, he is involved in Grants-Based-Projects Accounting and Reporting with a leading Not-for-Profit agricultural research organisation working across Africa. Mautin is an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) and also holds BSc Accounting from the prestigious University of Lagos. He has flair for networking, visiting art exhibitions and business development.
Chief Olayinka is a Nigerian Business Administrator and Philanthropist. She is the Managing Director of Albarka Group of Companies. Before her retirement in 2005, she rose to become a Supervisor, Currency Distribution Department of the Central Bank of Nigeria. She is happily married and blessed with children.
AdefemiBucknor-Arigbedeis currently the Executive Director, Initiative for Information, Arts and CultureDevelopment in Nigeria (IACD) a community based organisation in Ibadan, with a vision ofan enlightened Nigerian populace adequately exposed to the best that has been thoughtand written in the world’s civilisation through the provisions of books, exhibition,sponsorship of concerts, model development support and capacity development especiallyfor the young Nigerian populace. She is also the coordinator of the American Corner Ibadan under the auspices of the UnitedStates Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria.
AdefemiBucknor-Arigbede earned her first degree in International Law and Diplomacy,Second Class Upper division from Babcock University, Ogun state after which she ventured intocorporate banking in one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions,Zenith Bank Plc. She voluntarily resigned to follow her passion in the development space, making adifference in her community.
Adefemi has a master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Institute of Peace andStrategic Studies, University of Ibadan and currently pursuing her Ph.D in the same field. She is married and blessed with two children; her hobbies include reading, research, travelling,cooking and spending time with her family