“How to Start and Run a Successful NGO in Nigeria” Summary

Trullyunique Limited is a consultancy firm that specializes in providing support to stakeholders in the development sector to further increase the impact in developing countries.  After years on the field, the firm realized that there is a significant skills gap with non-profits in organizational structure, project planning and implementation and impact measurements.  We have decided to bridge the gap by developing capacity building seminars and workshops to bring experts with beneficiaries who want to make an impact in their various communities, and NGO practitioners dealing with various challenges.  “How to Start and Run a Successful NGO in Nigeria” Summary is a seminar to address challenges to increase social impact in Nigeria.


We conducted our first seminar, “How to start and run a sustainable NGO in Nigeria”, July 24th– 26th 2018 at the CBN International Training Institute.  The event was an eye opener for many of the participants and provided the insight needed to become a sustainable NGO in Nigeria.  The purpose of these seminars is to impart knowledge to NGO founders and professionals on how to institutionalize their organizations to increase impact.

 Training Sessions

The seminar began with the types of CAC registrations to consider when registering their NGOs.  Mr. Raymond Esebagbon, Deputy Chief of Party of the National Democratic Institute differentiated both types of registration.  These included “Limited by Guarantee” and “Trustee”.  This session was interactive since over half of the class were considering their options.  Also, Efua Edeh, Chief Development Officer of Trullyunique Limited presented on Organization Idealization which encouraged participants to highlight their vision/mission/objectives.  Mr. Olusoji Adeniyi, an Ex-UNICEF chief talked about developing and implanting programs.  He also provided an overview of Monitoring and Evaluation providing the Logical framework of a program.  Mr. Kelvin Iwelugim, a monitoring and evaluation expert discussed in detail on the elements of Monitoring which is recording inputs and outputs and Evaluation which is tracking outcomes and impact.  The participants were so excited that they refused to leave the sessions.

The next day, we discussed Grant writing and Fund-raising.  Efua Edeh discussed the difference between restricted and unrestricted funding.  Restricted funding strategy is the most common direction of most NGOs.  This is the solicitation of funds from donors through Grant-proposal writing.  Seminar participants understood the importance of positioning their organizations to receive restricted funding.  Oluseun Onibingbe, Lead Partner at Budgit discussed passionately ensuring their organization builds relationships with donors beyond the desire to receive funding.  He talked about how the organization stayed focused on their issue area of budget tracking and were known for that issue.  His presentation made the audience understand the importance of sacrifice and increased knowledge to grow the organization.  Oluseun mesmeriazed the participants by his presentation.

Oluseun Onigbinde, Lead Partner, Budgit emphasizing the importance of building relationships

Successful NGOs

The final day had 2 panel discussions, one with successful organizations with Mr. Kingsley Bangwell, Executive Director of Youngsters Development Initiative, Mr. Samson Itodo, Executive Director of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) and Mr. Shamsudeen Yusuf, Senior Program Officer of Center for Democracy development West Africa.  Mr. Bangwell discussed on how he started from a passion for young people who lack motivation and opportunity.  He was able to stay the course for over 2 decades and has created movement in Leadership and Peaceful messaging on the “Vote Not Fight” campaign with the Tuface Idibia.  He discussed the importance of staying consistent and maintaining the organizations vision and mission.  Mr. Itodo discussed the importance of creating an institution instead of an adhoc entity.  He also talked about the organization outlasting its founder.  In addition, that increased sustainability comes from increased knowledge.  Mr. Yusuf emphasized that the participants contextualize their issue area so they are able to better communicate their message to the beneficiaries.

Successful NGOs Panel Discussion

Donor Engagement

The second panel discussion, a dialogue with donors.  Mr. Aubrey McCutcheon, Chief of Party at the National Democratic Institute in Nigeria, Mr. Charles Abani, Chief of Party at Chemonics International, the SACE project, Dayo Olaide, Deputy Director of MacArthur foundation, and finally Antonette Grant, Governance Advisor, UK Agency for International Development.  The discussion was robust; they instilled in the participants the importance of studying their donor and building relationships.  In addition, they need to create the governance structure and accountability in order to gain trust.  Dayo Olaide emphasized that people have solutions but don’t know the problem they are to solve.  He also discussed the importance of innovation in solving problems.

Donor Engagement Panel Discussion


Aubrey discussed that the problems NGOs face in Nigeria are synonymous to their counterparts globally.  The analogy that Dominos Pizza will not serve swallow.  Know your donors and their thematic areas of interest.  Charles emphasized that each donor may have a different administration strategy.  DFID will be more concerned about implantation and USAID would want to know where the money is going in tandem with social impact.  He also talked about NGO governance, checks and balances.

Antonette mentioned that various organizations will discussed the importance of researching the governmental climate of the donor in tandem with their method of funding.  For example, there is a debate in the UK government regarding international development funding and whether it should be used locally to develop their country.  Eventually, this may affect their engagement with other countries.  The participants were extremely satisfied with the outcome of the conversation.

The seminar provides great value to NGO stakeholders and practitioners.  The participants expressed getting more than their money’s worth in the seminar.  Some of them are changing their websites and information associated with their organization.  In addition, others are glad they did not register their organization prior to this seminar.

“Increased Sustainability comes from increased knowledge”, Samson Itodo

Future Seminars

Backed by popular demand, the Seminar will be holding again in Abuja, September 4-6 2018 at the same location, CBN Training Institute, Maitama Abuja beginning at 9am.  In addition, part 2 series of “How to start and run a sustainable NGO in Nigeria”, “NGO Administration” will run September 18-19, 2018”.  This is a need in the marketplace to ensure that Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa evolves to become the last global frontier.

To register for the events, please call us at 07035398086 or 07068464117.  Call now for current discounts.



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