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The Teenage Festival of Life (TFL) was conceived as part of efforts to fulfil the vision of Action Health Incorporated. AHI has since inception in 1993, been committed to assisting young people realize, express and develop their potentials to the maximum. The festival has afforded young people the opportunity for a free positive self- expression and a display of unique talents and potentials in drama, music, poetry, and cartoon. 

This year’s theme: ‘Youths and Energy Use: Securing our Health and Environment’ focused on adoption of energy saving behaviours, importance of energy efficient appliances, cost-reduction, health improvement and sustainable development (making energy available for the next generation). 

The competitive presentations in song, drama, poetry and cartoon explored the following areas of focus: 

  • Adoption of energy saving behaviours
  • Importance of energy efficient appliances
  • Cost-reduction and health improvement
  • Sustainable development (making energy available for the next generation)

The Planning Process: 

The planning for the annual event was in phases. The first phase was the inauguration of a TFL committee which was made up of AHI and NCEEC staff. The committee was responsible for identifying and announcing a theme for the year and settled for

 ‘Youths and Energy Use: Securing our Health and environment’.

Thereafter publicity for the event began by informing schools of the upcoming event. AHI sourced for facilitators who were then trained on energy efficiency and conservation concepts by NCEEC staff.  The facilitators and staff of NCEEC conducted script-writing workshops for participating schools in several schools within the six (6) educational districts of Lagos State

A student responding to the facilitator’s question at the workshop in ED 3

The schools that attended the workshop were given about 10 weeks to develop good scripts and the call for entries ended on 6th August. Short listing of entries for the competition by the facilitators and NCEEC staff commenced thereafter and schools whose entries had been short listed were notified and advised to commence rehearsals in their respective schools prior to the prejudging exercise.

Summary of schools per district that participated in the workshops

The shortlisted entries were called in for stage performances at the AHI office in October 2012 during a three-day pre-judging exercise. After the exercise, the first 3 schools (1st to 3rd positions) in each of the category had four grooming sessions. 

Dress and technical rehearsal: The dress and technical rehearsal took place a day before the grand finale, the 9th of November 2012 at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium. The aim of the rehearsal was to make the performers get familiar with the stage, lighting and sound effects of the auditorium. The first three positions in each category (12 entries) had a dress and technical rehearsal. 

TFL Grand Finale

The grand finale was held on November 10, 2012 at the University of Lagos Main Auditorium.  The event started by 9.30 a.m. with an introduction from the host, Chief Dayo Adeneye of Prime Time Entertainment popularly known as D1. He expressed his pleasure to host the event and briefly introduced the event, concept of the theme and the comperes to the audience. 

The event started with a rendition of the national anthem anchored by the comperes. Special guests at the event were recognized and honored for gracing the occasion. The Director of Action Health Incorporated, Dr. Uwemedimo Esiet and the representative

of the Director of NCEEC, Mr. Chimaobi Nna gave their welcome addresses during which  they both stated the need for the collaboration between the two partners and the importance of energy education especially among young people. Mr. Nna welcomed everyone on behalf of the NCEEC to the event and thanked AHI for the opportunity to collaborate with the organization. Dr. Esiet of AHI, appreciated the schools for their tenacity and commitment to the TFL process from workshop to rehearsals and the grand finale. He reiterated the importance of young people in the charge to conserve energy and make it available for all. 

Various partners from the government and other stakeholders presented their goodwill messages and commended the event. Dr. Animashaun, the Senior Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Power gave his message on behalf of the Governor and the Commissioner of Energy and Mineral Resources. He commended the laudable initiative, while charging everyone, both young people and adults to come together for its achievement.

The 10 schools (12 entries) presented their performances one after the other to the applause of the audience.

After the presentations, the judges scored the schools and announced the final results as follows.

Winning/Awarded Schools

Category Position                                                     Drama Poetry Music Cartoon
1ST Oduduwa Junior High School, Gbagada Ikeja Junior College, Oshodi Ikosi senior High School, Ketu Millennium Senior Secondary School, Egbeda
2ND Ikeja Junior College, Oshodi Lagos State Senior Model, Kankon, Badagry Lagos State Civil Service Junior Model College, Igbogbo Lagos State Junior Model College, Badore
3RD Mafoluku Senior Grammar School, Oshodi Millennium Senior Secondary School, Egbeda Ijaiye Housing Estate Junior Secondary School, Ojokoro Iju Senior Grammar School, Agege
Cross-section of the audience at the TFL 2012

Participants with the winning trophy



As part of activities to mark the JETS CLUB WEEK OF LANRE AWOLOKUN HIGH SCHOOL, GBAGADA, the Centre was invited to present a lecture on the theme: Energy Education in Nigeria aimed at enhancing awareness among participating schools.

The Lanre Awolokun High School, Gbagada Jet club held the above-named event on June 7th, 2012 being the third day of the one week event. The event featured Lectures, Science quiz competition and science Exhibition. The Centre was represented by Mrs Kedo Allwell, Mrs Peace Nnabugwu, Mr Charles Eguma and Mr Adams Babarinde.

The objective of the workshop was on Energy Education awareness amongst students, teachers and the community.

The event started with the arrival and accreditation of invited schools, teachers, principals, invited guest and the media ( Superscreen Television and Silverbird Television).

The first session showcased the introduction of the invited schools, the quiz masters: Mr Badmus B.O. and Mr Bada O.F. and the project evaluator: Mr Odunbajo O.F and Mr Oladepo M.S. This was followed by quiz competition and various project exhibitions. Somolu Senior High School emerged as the winner of the science quiz competition. The Science Project Exhibition was won by Ojota Senior High School, Ojota for the senior category and Oduduwa Junior School, Gbagada won for the junior category.

The second session started with the introduction of the special guest of honour and invited guests followed by the opening prayer and then the National Anthem. The welcome address was given by the school’s principal Mrs. Adams A.I. This was followed by the lecture, Theme: Energy Education in Nigeria, subthemes: i. Fundamentals of Energy Efficiency and conservation. ii. Cost Reduction and Health Improvement. The lecture was given by a representative of the Centre, Mrs Kedo Allwell. Questions to assess the level of students’ understanding of the subject matter were asked and answers were given intelligently. Comments were also made on the energy challenges and possible solutions in the Nigerian Power Sector. Awards and prizes were given to the winners of the competition. Goodwill messages were given; closing remark and prayer also made.

The event ended with press interview where a representative of the Centre Mrs. Peace Nnabugwu was interviewed.

National Training on the Use of HOMER Software for Renewable Energy Project Design 18th -20th, 2014

 Trainer(s): Mrs. Azizat Olusola GBADEGESIN and Mr Chimaobi Daniel NNA

 Venue: Centre for Information and Technology System (CITS), University of Lagos

Background information

The ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREEE) organized a four-day-Training-the-Trainers workshop on the use of HOMER as a tool for renewable energy project design. The venue of the training was the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Cape Verde (EHTCV) in Praia. The purpose of the workshop was to train potential trainers on the use of HOMER to enable them conduct basic national trainings for renewable energy practitioners in their respective countries, and in effect the entire West African region. 

Nigeria was represented by two participants from the National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation (NCEEC), a research centre within the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN). Following from the training-the-trainers workshop, NCEEC organized the 3-day HOMER training. This training is part of NCEEC’s objective in building high level manpower in energy efficiency and conservation and in disseminating information on energy efficiency and conservation concepts through public awareness programs such as seminars, workshops and publications. The training addresses key barriers to the deployment of RE & EE technologies and services in Nigeria and the entire ECOWAS region.

Summary of the training

Participants included individuals, organizations and professional bodies. Invitations were sent via letters and emails for registration and online questionnaire on the ECREEE website. 172 applications were received out of which 30 were selected based on merit, experience, relevance to job, motivation, CV and gender. The venue of the training was at the Centre for Information Technology & Systems (CITS), UNILAG.

The first day began with the registration of the participants. The programme began by 9:30am with a welcome address on behalf of the Director of NCEEC, Prof Adegbenro by Mr Charles Eguma, followed by a Safety Briefing by Mr. Sogo Abolarin. Thereafter, participants introduced themselves followed by an interactive session highlighting their expectations from the training and experience with other related software. A tea break followed shortly after the HOMER software was installed on the participants’ laptops. The participants were introduced to the HOMER interface and took some exercises on the Load Demand Input. The session ended about 4.10pm. 

Day Two began with a revision of the Load Demand Input exercises done the previous day, and the export of these data into the HOMER file. The presentation – Introduction to Exercise 1– came up and was followed by a tea break. Thereafter, there was a HOMER exercise – based on a rural community in Edo State, Ofetebe. After lunch, participants were given a fresh exercise based on a community in Cape Verde – Monte Trigo. Corrections were made and then a third exercise, also based on a community in Cape Verde – Vale de Custa, was given. Participants showed a lot of enthusiasm to learn. The teaching methods adopted by the facilitators were simple.

Day Three began with the correction of the last exercise. By 10.00a.m., participants were taken to the NCEEC Office for a visit to the solar PV installation, NCEEC light testing, energy metering and battery testing laboratories. After tea break, there was a recap of the entire training, followed by the filling of the evaluation forms during which participants listened to the centre’s programme – Energy Conservation Watch – live on UNILAG Radio 103.1FM. Two participants volunteered to be guests on the programme, hosted by Engr. Nna Daniel, where they discussed generally about the training. Thereafter, Professor Adegbenro, gave a farewell speech and thanked the participants for coming. He presented the certificates and souvenirs to each of the participants. This brought the 3-day HOMER training to a successful end.

Evaluation of the training

Participants were enthusiastic about the training and gained a lot of knowledge that will be applicable in the design of future Hybrid and renewable energy projects. They also promised to teach others the use of the HOMER software. They were generally happy with the overall outcome of the training.

Table 5.The result of the evaluation forms filled are summarised in the table below


The information provided by the organizers before the training was adequate.  4

I agree with the way the registration and selection process was handled.  4.42

I was timely informed of my selection to attend the training  3.88

The training was well organized, with regard to logistics (training room, breaks, and lunches).  4.4

The trainers made an effort to abide by the schedule indicated on the training program.  4.15

The trainers have an adequate knowledge of the software.  4.31

The trainers went the extra mile to make sure that the participants would understand the topics.  4.42

The exercises performed during the training helped me to improve my knowledge of the software.  4.65

I would recommend this training to people active on the renewable energy field.  4.58

HOMER will be very useful on my future activities.  4.68

I would have attended the training, even if it was not for free.  3.95

The information provided by the organizers before the training was adequate.  4
  1. National Training on The Use of HOMER Software for Renewable Energy Project Design 5th -7th May, 2014

      Trainer(s):Mrs. Azizat O.GBADEGESIN, Mr Chimaobi D. NNA,assisted by M.B. Shitta

      Venue: Centre for Information and Technology System (CITS), University of Lagos

The HOMER training organised by the Centre at Lagos was well applauded. The training evaluation gave birth to invitation from the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN); they requested the services of the facilitators through the Director of NCEEC Prof. O.Adegbenro for a special training on the use of HOMER. The training was conducted as requested by the Energy Commission of Nigeria.