My name is Brian Chikereuba Ahanotu, a graduate of Forestry and wildlife from the university of Maiduguri Borno state.
I was recruited to join the team at Traffina Foundation for Community Health Abuja (TFCH) on the 21st of January 2014 as an intern attached with the communications unit.
Upon resumption however after being briefed about my roles and responsibilities in the organisation and guiding rules and regulations, I was assigned to assist in the planning of the organisation’s “One kit save 2” fund raising event which took place at the Sheraton hotels and towers Abuja. This singular responsibility turned out to be the most rewarding activity i engaged in.
I slowly and painstakingly learnt how to prepare and reply correspondences, take minutes and report the numerous meetings I was allowed to attend with the Director of Programs, learn how to communicate the mission and vision of the organization and most essentially the importance of time and personnel management in and outside the work place.
As an intern i was constantly tasked with producing my to-do list for the day, week and if need be month so as to track my accomplishments and lapses accordingly and to prepare weekly and monthly reports of my activities within the organisation to further hone my report writing skills.
To further improve my skills i was then assigned to a planning team headed by the Director of Programs herself which was then planning an Advocacy programme on sexual and reproductive health at the police barracks in Gwagwalada Abuja in collaboration with IPAS Nigeria. This further exposed me to financial management and planning, programme planning and reporting, creating and maintaining and effective channel of communication with diverse set of people.
I also had opportunity to talk about the current MNCH situation in Nigeria via a radio program. Honestly I was afraid at the beginning and never knew I could do such a wonderful presentation.
TFCH works with strong partners, and I got engaged with Youth for Peace Building & Dev in Africa. I represented the organization in a one week capacity building for young people on entrepreneurship in Lagos. I gained lots of knowledge on proposal writing. I wrote a proposal that was selected to be funded by UNOY on agriculture.
From the onset the Director always made it clear, that we should all see ourselves as team mates and colleagues, to enable us “constantly keep learning and developing our skills”. I give credit to her for removing the “boss” status , as this helped me to learn more without pressure . This ideal she maintained even when i was issued my only query at the organisation for insubordination which she made sure i received and replied appropriately and constantly reminded me that i should learn how to respond to queries.
TFCH was a learning ground for me and has developed me with skill sets that i still apply even till today in different capacities. The platform and opportunity has helped me to remove fear of the unknown when approaching people, I now have a stronger self confidence in me as well.
I say a big thank you to TFCH and all the wonderful people who made my internship memorable.
Currently I am serving as a corps Member in Delta state, please keep reading TFCH blogs , give every support to ensure that TFCH vision and mission is achieved.