The Youth Culture and Human Dignity Initiative is an NGO registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria; We hold the rare attribute of initiating and organizing Nigeria’s first ever Music Video Awards (NMVA) in 2007, a program that has held annually at the Eko Hotels, Lagos. Also very notable of our production is the annual Peace Icons/Violence-free World Initiative. Our trustee members are drawn from the field of academia, law, cultural activism and media. The NGO is led by Mr. Cally Ikpe veteran broadcaster of repute and culture activist. He holds an MSc in Media and Communication from the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos and presently a doctoral student, researching on the culture of violence from the same institute.
Redirecting the mindsets of youths towards more beneficial ventures is at the core of our ideals as enunciated in our program, Road to a Violence-free Nigeria Initiative. Being a neutral and an independent body, with a pedigree of an enduring relationship with the youth population through our educational and entertainment programs, spanning over a decade, we are in a good position to communicate the genuine hope for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria as held by the Government. We accordingly hope to point at existing and potential opportunities to which participants may leverage on in the course of the program.
Cally Terwase Ikpe is a veteran broadcaster, culture activist and event manager. He is reputed for creating and anchoring one of Nigeria’s earliest music video shows on television, Live Beats that debuted on NTA, Channel 5, in 1995. The pogramme served as a springboard for many budding arts to showcase their talent. Mr. Ikpe is also the founder and coordinator of Nigeria’s first ever music video awards, the annual Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA) which premiered on 2nd of December 2007. Also to his credit is the NGO, Youth Culture and Human Dignity Initiative (YOCHDI), a body instituted to promote the culture of nonviolence amongst youth. The advocacy campaign is known as the Violence Free-World Initiative.
Mr. Ikpe who hails from Benue State, holds a Bachelor of Arts (English language), from the Lagos State University, PGD (Mass Communication), from the University of Lagos and an MSC (Media and Communication) from the School of Media and Communication- Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. He is presently researching on the culture of violence as a doctoral student at the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos
Cally Ikpe is married to Tina, and together they are blessed with four children: Isabella, Caeser, Anabel and Christabel.