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African Center for Rural Youth Empowerment

An NGO empowering the youth for a decent livelihood
African Center for Rural Youth Empowerment (ACRYE) was initiated and presented by Dixon Olutade Torimiro as his country's action programme during his participation at the German Government/FAO's sponsored 21st International Rural Youth Leaders Training Workshop held in Bavarian Farmers' Union Training Center, Herrsching, Germany between June and July 2002.

ACRYE was officially inaugurated in Nigeria on the 11th of November, 2004 at the Amphi Theatre, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. Also, its maiden series of Youth Empowerment Publication entitled: Ethical Revolution among Nigerian Youth in Schools and Colleges was launched during the inauguration. The ceremony, which was widely publicized by various media in Osun State, most especially, National Television Authority (NTA), Ile-Ife, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC), Osogbo and Tribune Newspaper, was well attended by over 300 people of various classes including youth and adult. It was a very huge success!
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ACRYE is a holistic develoment initiative for creating opportunities for young men and women residing in rural communities of Nigeria by empowering them for a decent livelihood, through a group-oriented capacity building, skill development and entreprenuerial endeavours.


  • To develop and promote ideas and/or organize programmes and/or engage in activities that will enhance adequate development of rural youth either solely or in collaboration with government agency, non governmental organizations, community based organizations, international and/or foreign agencies.
  • To sensitize and organise rural youth into groups for development and empowerment programmes.
  • To develop and promote talents among the rural youth.
  • To organize local, national, international learned conferences, seminars, workshops and awards focusing on the youth capacity building, and empowerment initiatives for full integration into the main stream of agricultural, rural and national economic development in Nigeria.
  • To organise and sponsor local, national and international competitions, shows, exhibitions, holidays and exchange programmes for rural youth.
  • To organise training for rural youth on: exploration of rural resources, improved farm practices, poverty alleviation techniques, life enhancement and sex education, HIV/AIDS prevention and income generating/ entrepreneurial activities, information and communication management technologies etc.
  • To participate in and contribute to rural youth advancement activities at the local, national and international levels.
  • To conduct periodic documentation and keeping socio-economic data of rural youth situation in Nigeria.
  • To produce, source and circulate printed and non-printed materials related to the youth for the purpose of education and training.


Talents & Entrepreneurship Development

This Programme is designed to discover the participant's hidden talents and develop such talents in a way that it will meet his or her entrepreneurship needs that will enable him or her to earn a decent and sustainable livelihood.

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Apprenticeship Support

This Support offers opportunity to any rural youth that is interested in learning any locally available vocation or trade for which he or she has no financial support. The participant will be enrolled as an apprentice and established in any vocation of his or her interest within the locality with the financial support of ACRYE.

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Skills Acquisition Training

The Centre offers series of skills acquisition training programmes for capacity building and transformation using peer educators, experiential methodologies and interactive participatory approaches. The training offers exposition on exploration of rural resources, leadership development, group management techniques, improved farm practices, poverty alleviation techniques, life enhancement and sex education, HIV/AIDS prevention, income generating/ entrepreneurial activities, information and communication management technologies among

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Small Business Support Scheme

This Scheme aims at providing small credit facility to any participant (with no capacity to access credit from formal financial and commercial institutions) with a small viable business for which he or she requires small credit support for expansion.

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Youth Groups' Formation

The strategy is being explored to ensure sustainability of the various programmes mounted by the Centre. The strategy emphasizes the youths' organizational building and development by mobilizing and facilitating the youth that want to participate in the Centre's programmes to form themselves into groups in line with the Centre's guidelines.

Institutional Affiliation and Linkages

This strategy is being explored to provide space for any youth who may be interested in the Centre's apprenticeship supports and scholarship awards. The Centre will be willing to sign a memorandum of understanding with any credible vocational centre that will be willing to admit any of its participants as an apprentice. It will also ensure a very strong linkage with any educational institution of its scholarship awardees to facilitate proper monitoring.

Promoting Savings and Revolving Credits

This strategy is to build the youth financial capacity through culture of saving in order to facilitate a financial pool for credit facility among the youth group.

Training and Education for Empowerment

This strategy is a major tool for ensuring attitudinal and behaviour change in the process of capacity building and youth empowerment. This is being explored through the use of multi media and communication resources (printed and electronics media), peer education and experiential methodologies. The Centre uses its Partners, Fellows and Volunteers as Programme Officers in implementing most of its programmes, while the resource persons are employed for training on a part time basis.


Olajumoke Hall (Front View) Facility: Olajumoke Hall (Front View)
Demonstration Concrete Pond for Training Demonstration: Concrete Pond for Training
Demonstration Snairy for Training Demonstration: Snairy for Training
Demonstration Poultry for Training Demonstration: Poultry for Training


Chairman | Professor D.O Torimiro
Chairman | Professor D.O Torimiro

Dixon Olutade Torimiro (PhD), a Professor of Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology.

Mojisola Helen Torimiro

Mojisola Helen Torimiro is a seasoned administrator.

Professor O.A Dairo

Professor O.A Dairo is a Professor of Religious studies at Redeemers University(RUN).

Mrs Mabel Adenrele Odunsi

Mrs Mabel Adenrele Odunsi is a seasoned educator.

Professor Oluwatoyin Dare Kolawole

Professor Oluwatoyin Dare Kolawole is a Professor of Rural Development at the Okavango Research Institute (ORI), University of Botswana (UB) in Southern Africa.


  1. More than 15 rural youth have benefitted from its training workshop on Tips for Successful Business Management.
  2. More than 10 beneficiaries of its Small Business Support Scheme (SBSS) have been economically empowered through the establishment of some small enterprises such as Iru Production, Fufu Production, Farming, Milling etc.
  3. More than 7 of its beneficiaries of its 75 hives capacity Apiary Farms have been empowered through their participation in Honey Production and Marketing.
  4. Moral values of many secondary schools students have been built through organized talks and distribution of the Centre’s book entitled: Ethical Revolution among Nigerian Youth in Schools and Colleges.
  5. Capacity of more than 120 rural youths was built in the areas of computer appreciation and rural entrepreneurship – Bee keeping, Snail rearing and Fish farming through their participation in a 2-day capacity building workshop organized in collaboration with Cooperative Information Network (COPINE) an Agency of the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology based in the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, to mark the 2010 International Youth Day Celebration.



Oluranti Mojisola AIREMIONKHALE
Olabisi Anike MAKINDE
Adeniji Samuel ADEOYE
Jide Emmanuel AREJI
Bose Lydia  AREJI
Omolade Atinuke OLAOYE
Oluwaseyi Dorcas OLAYERA
Julius Oladotun OLABIYI
Funke Mercy FAMOYEWA
Elizabeth Yemisi OLABIYI
Christianah Yemisi ADENUGA
Kehinde Funke AJAYI
Bosede Olaitan AKINBORODE
Omobonke Christianah OLAYIWOLA
Janet Ololade ODUTOLU


Victoria AKANBI
Mojisola Asake ADENIRAN
Florence Joose ADEBAYO
S. Okunade
O.  Hammed


Mrs. Kehinde Fayele
Mr. Dayo Oginni
Mr. Martins Awoyele
Bose Tajudeen
Mrs. Lydia Adejuwonlo
Miss Bola Odewale
Femi Owoyemi
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Goshenland Villa, Opposite CAC Hill of Righteousness,
Seminary Area, Zone 1, Opa, P.O.Box 1134, Lagere, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
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Touching the lives of African Rural Youths