Great news for young people – You now have the Guardian back page! See details inside

by Lekan Olanrewaju

With effect from 9 April, RISE Networks will be launching a unique initiative: the youth organisation “will be taking over the back page of Guardian newspapers to launch a new column known as Youth Speak”. According to RISE, this is particularly noteworthy as the Guardian does not have a tradition of back page columns, and back page columns of other publications are generally run by individuals, not organisations.

The new column is planned to be published on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and welcomes articles from members of the public, in the form of analytical opinion editorials in the areas of Governance, Media, Politics, Health, Entertainment, Business, Fashion, Youth Empowerment, Education, Art, Pop culture etc.

See excerpts from the official RISE release below:

As a strategic and germane platform for Young Nigerians to engage Leadership, engage Society, shift the needle on the impact of Youth Development and contribute to National Discourse on diverse issues especially those that are peculiar to Nigeria, please note that all articles must be concise, topical and non-defamatory!

Only articles that have never been published on any blog, website, online portal, newspaper, magazine, newsletter or any other information sharing Medium will feature in this column!

All articles which must be youth related including preferred Pen name, phone number and email address should be sent to [[email protected]] with a theme tagline in capital letters right before the Title. E.g. GOVERNANCE; If I were Nigeria’s President today, here is how I will curb the Boko Haram Imbroglio? Or ENTERTAINMENT; the vast untapped potential of Nollywood and its adverse effect on Nigeria’s economy!


Structure for Weekly Publication

Mondays        – Media, Politics, Leadership, Health, Education, Security, ICT, Climate change…

Wednesdays – Career Enhancement, Investing, Business, Management, Job Creation and   Unemployment, updates on upcoming Youth events

Fridays – Entertainment, Lifestyle, Pop Culture, World Analysis of trends in Youth development, opportunities/fellowships/scholarships

RISE NETWORKS reserves the right to or not to publish an article based on our Editor’s discretion!


Regarding submission of articles, please follow the guidelines above as compliance with these editorial principles will heighten the chances that your Material will be published!

All writers will be credited with their names published along with their works and our Editor will inform you on the day your article is published so you, your family, friends and associates can buy THE GUARDIAN and also spread the word by mouth and on the Internet.

Do share this with your friends and let’s head out on this exciting Ride!

Where are the Youth Speak Articles? You can start sending your articles in immediately as publishing of contributors’ works will be based on first come, first served basis.

The soft copy version of this column’s articles will also be made available on the RISE and Guardian sites.


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