By Emerging Nigerian Leader Oparah Augustine Chidera
My name is Oparah Augustine Chidera. I am a native of Irete, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. I am a graduate of the department of Animal & Environmental Biology (Medical Parasitology) Imo State University, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.
In 2013, I joined the Emerging Leaders Program, organized by the CSAAEINC. I must say that this organization turned my life around and for this I will ever remain grateful. The trainings I received at CSAAEINC gave me an edge over my peers in my self-discovery and development. The three (3) years leadership building experiences of the Centre helped me to understand the Nigerian challenges and to start seeking for solutions to some of them.
I was particularly concerned about shortage of nutritious food in Nigeria. At one of our conferences, I learnt for the first time that Nigeria cannot produce enough food for its growing population. I was scared and vowed to stop this. That was how I went to snail farming. Although, I have always admired farming, CSAAEINC actually awakened that appetite in me and made me feel that farming is not just for the poor but an honorable occupation.
Currently, I am a Heliculture farmer. My goal of going into Agriculture, is to encourage the youth to go into Agriculture not just as a means to create wealth, but to produce more foods for the rapidly increasing Nigerian population, to encourage creativity among the youths, thus reducing youth unemployment and other juvenile delinquencies.