“I will take part in ISA because it creates a platform for me to be a change-maker in Nigeria.  I believe ISA will enhance my strength and practical know-how to help to solve global issues from an intercultural perspective. Specifically, participating in ISA program will equip me with the resources I require to intervene in the problem of recidivism for ex-inmates from Nigerian prisons. “ 

John A. Faneye (32 years) from Nigeria is the founder of Joshua Dynasty, a charity organization dedicated primarily to prison reformation, prisoners’ rehabilitation, and outreach to vulnerable people in society. He has a deeper interest in the lives and welfare of prisoners as well as their after-prison journey to total freedom. He holds a bachelor’s degree in surveying and geoinformatics and he is currently writing his thesis for a master´s degree at the HafenCity University Hamburg.  He is a self-motivated and result-oriented person.

His ISA project focuses on the rehabilitation and integration of ex-convicts in Nigeria back into society. John is motivated to solve the problems of unacceptability, denied employment opportunities, stigmatization, stereotypical backlash, emotional imbalance, and mental disorderliness, which silently and continuously keeps ex-convicts imprisoned even after serving their jail terms. During his time at ISA, he will be organizing a one-day workshop. With this workshop, he intends to introduce the ex-convicts to different vocational skills (courses) after which they would be enrolled in one of the courses for a minimum period of three months.

Furthermore, he will be making a video documentary of the ex-convicts and the workshop to sensitize Nigerian society. The workshop would facilitate the transition of ex-convicts to becoming entrepreneurs thereby enhancing a sustainable livelihood.