Nenpan Monday Zakka is a vibrant community developer and youth activist, who has successfully fashioned a model of FREE-EDUCATION for the disadvantaged, run by youth for youth, that has survived a decade, and is now spreading to other communities.
Zakka is the Founder and Executive Director of the youth organization City of Refuge – Friends Club Nigeria, which reaches out to the disadvantaged, juvenile delinquents, prisoners and youths in the areas of free education, capacity building, rehabilitation and recreation. She is a poet and a novelist with several published works, which include Like the Winds (the novel won First Prize for the Denis Flammand Violence-Free literature, United States, June 2014), Ngas Chronicles, “The Plateau of Our Dream” and others. Her narrative poems on social issues have been broadcast on different radio and TV stations. Miss Zakka teaches Communication Skills at College of Health Technology Pankshin, Plateau State, and she is currently a post graduate student of University of Jos. Nenpan has attended conferences and workshops nationally and internationally. She participated in the Literature Workshop at Isfit 2011, Norway, and an inter faith dialogue on Peace and Conflict Resolution in Coventry, United Kingdom. She facilitated in Equip the Youth Africa Camp in Uganda in 2013.
Miss Nenpan Monday Zakka is best known for her model of free education for the poor.
A community developer with over a decade of experience, and a prolific writer with published works, Nenpan began her community work as a young girl in 1999 at Our Lady’s Orphanage Zawan, Nigeria. There she helped co-founded The Immaculate Youth Club Zawan, whose sole aim was to inspire youths to live above vices and to maximize their potentials. She initiated and runs her Readers Club: Nen’s Library and Readers’ Club, and organizes tea-party for readers, where books read are discussed and analyzed for capacity building. Nenpan is a gifted youth leader with people oriented ideals, her ability to mobilize people and work with very little resources to achieve much are her greatest gifts. She became the youngest member of the Research and Documentation Committee of Ngas Development Association, her tribal group, in 2012. Nenpan has a BA in English Language from University of Jos, Nigeria; a Diploma in Application Software from Milabi Computer School, Pankshin, Nigeria; and a certificate in Medical Laboratory Science from College of Health Technology Zawan, Nigeria.
Nenpan hails from Pankshin L.G.C. She was born to the family of Nana Elizabeth Gotom, Nee Filshak, and Nde Monday Zakka Gotom of Gwabi Kor, Fier district, Pankshin L.G.C. Plateau State, Nigeria.
City of Refuge – Friends’ Club, Nigeria. (10/2005 – Present)
Founder/President and Executive Director, (Pankshin), Jos, Nigeria
- Mobilizes and coordinates voluntary teachers/workers for the organization’s free schools and other programmes.
- Leads in the A MILLION STEPS TO EDUCATE EVERY CHILD campaign in various communities.
- Initiates/designs programmes for the youth organization
- Organizes outreaches in rural areas
- Mobilizes communities to start her model of FREE EDUCATION for the disadvantaged.
- Writes letters, proposals and responds to correspondences to the organization
- Leads during seminars/workshops and chairs organization’s meetings
- Involves in publicity for the organization using various medium, radio, TV, internet and the print media
- Assist in managing the finance and records of the organization
College of Health Technology Pankshin, Plateau State, Nigeria (2013 – Present)
Lecturer, Pankshin, Nigeria
- Teaches Communication skills (English Language for Specific Purpose)
- Supervises students during practical experiences
Primary Health Care Unit, Pankshin, Nigeria (9/2004 – 4/2005)
Medical Laboratory Sciences Department, Pankshin, Jos, Nigeria
- Registered diagnosis requests of patients sent to the laboratory
- Collected samples for laboratory investigations
- Carried out examinations of samples collected
- Recorded the diagnosis results and dispatched them to patients
COMMUNITY OR VOLUNTEER WORK (non-paid)
New Layout Youth Association Pankshin, Nigeria (2006)
Editor in Chief of a magazine, Pankshin, Jos, Nigeria.
- Helped coordinated the articles collection and edited the magazine: YOUTH WITH A FOCUS
Voluntary Worker, Our Lady’s Orphanage Zawan, Nigeria (4/1999 – 1/2004
- Organized extra mural lessons for school-age orphans, organized outdoor activities/recreation, social events like Christmas Carols, send-off party etc. Assisted in bathing, dressing and feeding the babies. Attended events at the orphans’ schools as a guardian.
VOLUNTARY WORK EXPERIENCES
- Our Lady’s Odrphanage Zawan: (4pm to 6:30pm Monday to Friday) March 1999 – January 2004
- Hwolshe Medical Centre: January – June 2004
- Precise Medical Laboratory Pankshin, Plateau State: July – September 2004
- Pankshin Primary Health Care: September 2004 – April 2005
- City of Refuge – Friends’ Club Pankshin, Plateau State: 2005 – to date
PROGRAMMES INITIATED IN HER COMMUNITY
- Instituted an award PRIZE for the Best Graduating Student of English, University of Jos, Nigeria. 2015.
- City of Refuge – Friends Club, Pankshin, Plateau State (A voluntary youth organization that runs free schools and Readers’ Club for the disadvantaged and prisoners, reaches out to youths and does inner city mission and rural outreach) 2005.
- Nen’s Readers Club and Mobile Library (A readers’ Club and private library that offer free services to students and young people)
- The Immaculate Youth Club, Zawan, Plateau State. (A youth club that inspires young people to live above vices, be proactive and maximize their potentials) 1999.
- Ambassador, International Student Festival in Trondheim, (Isfit) Norway, 2015
- Isfit Ambassador, Norway, 2011
- Member Ngas Development Association Expanded Exco. Research and Documentation Committee 2012 –
- Deputy Chairman Association of Nigerian Authors, Jos Chapter 2011 –
- Founder and Executive Director City of Refuge – Friends Club
- Founder/CEO Nen’s Mobile Library and Readers’ Club
- Co-Founder The Immaculate Youth Club Zawan
- ANA Association of Nigerian Authors Jos Chapter 2011 –
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
University of Jos, Nigeria.
Master in Literature in English, admitted into school in November 2014 .
University of Jos, Nigeria (2012)
Bachelor of Arts Degree English Language
Milabi Computer School in Collaboration With AUSTRO –NIGERIAN Initiatives, Pankshin, Plateau State, Nigeria (7/2007)
Diploma in Application Software
College of Health Technology Zawan, Plateau State, Nigeria (3/1999)
Medical Laboratory Science Certificate
Centre for Reconciliation, Coventry Cathedral, United Kingdom (2/2009)
Interfaith Dialogue on Peace Certificate
International Student Festival at Trondheim, Norway (isfit) 2/2011
Literature Workshop Certificate
Equip the Youth Africa Camp in Uganda in 2013.
Leadership Training Certificate
AWARD AND HONORS
- Decorated as YOUTH GENERAL by the VIGILANTE GROUP OF NIGERIA (VGN) 14th November 2015, at their Intelligence Gathering training closing-ceremony in the valleys of Langkan, Pankshin, Plateau State.
- Named Among GRADUATE ACHIEVERS in the University of Jos 40TH Anniversary publication: Special Edition of UNIJOS NEWS (2015)
- Merit Award as: Education Developer of the 21ST Century, received from Plateau State Polytechnic Chapter of NANGS, (November, 2015)
- Community Service Award: honoured at the Annual J. D. Gomwalk Memorial Lecture Event, hosted by National Association of Ngas Students, National Body, May 2015.
- “Distinguished Award of Excellence,” Ngas Development Association, National Body April, 2015, (Pusdung 2015).
- Merit Award tagged “Ambassador of Unijos” from the Alumni of University of Jos, January 2015.
- Merit Award as “Peace Ambassador” from the Youth Federation for World Peace and Universal Peace Federation, November 2014.
- Merit Award tagged: “A Grassroots Humanitarian” by Federal College of Education Pankshin Chapter of NANGS (National Association of Ngas Students) 8th November 2014.
- Denis Flammand First Prize for Violence-Free Literature, California, United States of America (for her novel Like the Winds) June 2014.
- “Rhip Ngas” (The Ngas Virtuous Daughter) Ngas Youth Movement, National Body, April 2014.
- Award tagged: “ICON OF EDUCATION”, for her educational achievements and for graduating top in my class, set 2012 English Department, University of Jos; award received from Gwabi Development Association National Body, 12/2013, Pankshin, Plateau, Nigeria.
- POSA National Convention and Award Presentation, 11/2013, Pankshin, Plateau State, Nigeria. (Received a merit award for giving free education to the disadvantaged and her other humanitarian activities.)
Nigerian Federal Scholarship Board Abuja
- Nigerian Federal Government Scholarship 2009 – 2012 (based on academic merit)
National Youth Service Corps of Nigeria, Pankshin, Plateau State, Set 2007/2008
- Merit award for selfless service to humanity
New Layout Youth Association, Pankshin, Nigeria 2006
- Merit award for youth impacting activities
Languages: Ngas (native), English (Advanced Proficiency), Hausa (second language), Nigerian Pidgin (fluent)
Computer: Microsoft office application, power-point, on line net working