Monthly Archives: October 2014



Quote of the Week: The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page – Augustine of Hippo.

Dear Friend,

Today we shall be discussing YALI – This is a new flagship program for Africa’s most promising young leaders. It was launched by President Barrack Obama of the U.S. in 2010 as a signature initiative that supports young African leaders as they work to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace security across the continent.

Since the launch, U.S. Embassies have accelerated outreach to young Africans and scaled up programs to train and support aspiring business and civic leaders across the continent. The U.S. Government has created opportunities for young Africans to engage with U.S. Government officials, businesses, and citizens by establishing Embassy Youth Councils in 25 countries. High-level U.S. officials regularly meet with young leaders during their travel to the continent. Over 2,000 events have been held by the U.S. government across the continent aimed at developing the next generation of Africa’s civic and business leaders. The United States is also partnering with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, and The Tony Elumelu Foundation to support the development of young African leaders throughout the continent.

The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders was renamed The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders on July 28, 2014 in front of the inaugural class of Fellows by President Obama in honor of Nelson Mandela. The Fellowship is designed to encourage and foster the ingenuity, confidence, passion, and commitment of the next generation of African leaders. It offers young leaders an unparalleled opportunity to meet and share ideas with some of America’s dedicated leaders from community organizers to the President of the United States. The Mandela Washington Fellowship will challenge preconceived ideas and open new horizons for those who embrace the experience.

For more information on YALI, please click on

The online application for the Mandela Washington Fellowship is available on While completed applications, including all supporting documents, are due by 12:00 noon Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

Do you see yourself as a leader? Why not ‘take the bull by the horn’ by applying now before it closes? We at Kupendeza wish you success in your dream of becoming that ‘Change Agent’ in Nigeria.

Remember the lessons learnt from cubing; be focused, think things through before committing yourself, be patient, and success shall be yours!

(Information sourced from
International Cubing Competitions

South Africa will be hosting the first International Speedcubing Competition in Africa! Come November 23 and 30 2014 in Johannesburg and Cape Town respectively. Please visit

Registration is still open, so you can be a part of it.

Happy Cubing!

The Rubik’s Cube Has A Universal Language

Dear Friend in the “Blogosphere”,

Quote of the Week:  “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” – Aristotle.

Here debuts the first ever Nigerian Rubik’s Cube Blog! We need your feedback to make it as interactive, fun, informative, and educative as possible.

Though we shall be keeping you abreast of Rubik’s cube events around the world, we shall also be sharing the testimonials of both students and teachers from around the world, and they would equally love to hear from you, please do post your testimonials too.

Among other news, we shall be keeping you informed of scholarship opportunities in various universities together with other opportunities that help develop youths around the world. Please do share your views with us from time-to-time.

This week, our immense gratitude goes to Holly Riehl of the “You Can Do The Rubik’s Cube program” team in the United States of America. She shares with us the testimonial of Tina Criste, a 6th grade teacher of Park Orchard in the United States of America. This testimonial has impacted me greatly on the effect of the Rubik’s Cube, and I look forward to the effect it has on you.

Please read and let us have your comments.

Yours in the Rubik’s Blogosphere

“I have to email you today because of what I am seeing in my classroom. I have 30 kids in my 6th grade class! They are a mix of all different ethnicities (Mexican, Chinese, Samoan, Vietnamese, African American, Pilipino, Ukrainian, Russian and more. I have four kids in Special Ed. I have a selected mute and several that don’t speak any English because they come from several refugee camps from far away. Why am I writing this letter. Well, with the mix of kids they all speak the same RUBIK’S cube language! I passed the books out, and then the cubes. We watched the video and then the kids went to town on the cubes. My selected mute kid who hasn’t spoken a word since entering school here in 2nd grade, solved the cube first! The class cheered for him and he said thank you very loud! It made me cry! He has sense come out of his shell and is whisper talking to me telling me how he solved it. He asked if he could take some home to work on! He has been found whispering and helping others in the class too! This isn’t my only success either! I have a 6thgrader that has some really big issues and is typically in a fight, suspended can’t get along with anyone and is always angry. Put a cube in his hand and he is a master!! He twists and turns and is quiet and other are asking for his help. He is working with others and doing a step by step tutorial even during his recess time. I am going to be ordering him the T-shirt as well as one for my selected mute kid. I will also be looking to buy some of these cubes for my classroom. The cube has opened the doorway for not only these two but others in my room too! What I love is who would have known that you can do the cube in any language… it is universal! It has brought us closer as a class and I have to say thank you! It will be a sad day when we have to send them back but because you were so kind in letting us borrow them I am truly grateful. Again you have totally changed lives in my room! You have made kids communicate when they didn’t know they could or chose not to. And you can’t put a price on that! The Rubik’s Cube has made a believer out of me!

Tina Criste
Park Orchard

6th grade!

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