2016 Fellows

Abayomi AkinboAbayomi Akinbo is a spirited transparency advocate and a project manager at BudgIT, a non-governmental and civic tech organization raising standards of transparency and enhancing citizen engagement using technology, infographics, online and offline medium.

Abayomi is a graduate of Statistics from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He served in the capacity of a Business Strategy trainee in a mobile advertising agency and in the hospitality sector as an Operations Manager. He works on the Access Nigeria project funded by the U.S. Department of State through the International Bureau of Narcotics and Law (INL) which is being implemented along with several other organizations from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, United States and the United Kingdom to improve security and governance.

Current Work
Project manager of BudgIT Nigeria

Interests
Open Governance, Civic Empowerment, Social Accountability and Volunteerism

Education
Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Statiscs, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

CYFI Team
Civil Liberties

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Winifred ImoyeraWinifred Imoyera is a public health professional with a passion for a broad range of public health issues including maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s health across the lifespan, gender issues and youth participation in development and governance.

She has several years of experience volunteering for non-profits. She is working on initiating a non-governmental organization that focuses on women health and education, and a consulting agency to help people write documents such as proposals, strategic plan documents and so on within the NGO sphere.

Work
Volunteer, NextGen Africa Initiative

Interests
Volunteering, traveling, researching, reading, and creative thinking

Education
B.Sc Sociology & Anthropology, Obafemi Awolowo University,Ile-Ife.
M.P.H. Reproductive & Family Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan.

CYFI Team
Health

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Francisca ChieduFrancisca Chiedu is a Policy and Public Affairs Advisor with multifaceted capabilities and experiences, working in the oil industry, non-profit and higher education both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She has been engaged in community, government and media relations; communications; crisis management; supporting the set-up of Joint Ventures; fundraising for development projects; and student engagement and advocacy.
Francisca is passionate about good governance, mobilizing advocacy efforts through broadening public support for needed policy changes in government. As President of the Students’ Union at Robert Gordon University, she experienced firsthand the importance of collaboration and the power of student organizing.

Current Work
Partner at Ten Energy Network and Trustee Chair at CNCD Foundation

Interests
Political discourse analysis, community organizing, international development, attending social mixers, walking and travelling

Education
MSc Computing Information Engineering With Network Management, Robert Gordon, University

CYFI Team
Civil Liberties

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Chinwe Egbuka is a public health professional that train and educate people on health promotion and healthcare utilization. She taps relevant potentials to address health challenges people face through evidence-based social behavior change programs and strategies. Her strong passion for adolescent and reproductive health has led her to train over seventy five adolescents to become Peer Educators of “Adolescent Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS prevention”. Also, she has keen interest in research; she has been involved in various research surveys. She is a Resident Enumerator in Port Harcourt for the PMA2020-Nigeria research survey that is implemented by the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in collaboration with Centre for Research, Evaluation Resources and Development, Nigeria.

Current Work
Site Safety Officer at Monarch Constructions and Environmental Consultants

Interests
Health Promotion, Research, Reading, Learning and Teaching

Education
MPH (Child and Adolescent Health), University of Ibadan, Nigeria
B.Sc (Human Physiology), University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

CYFI Team
Port Harcourt – Remand Home Reform

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Charles Adetayo AdeoleCharles Adewole is a medical doctor who graduated from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. Aside from his medical practice, he is passionate about improving the quality of basic education and increasing the focus on educating the girl child, enabling her to make genuine choices over the kind of life she wishes to lead. He was the project coordinator of the first Ebonyi State Science and Technology Quiz competition and Exhibition among Senior Secondary School students. Charles has special interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Education
M.B. Ch.B., Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Interests
Health, Education, Research, Travelling

CYFI Team
Education

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Ayomide OwoyemiAyomide Owoyemi is a medical doctor with interest in preventive medicine. In medical school, he facilitated the formation of a health awareness club and co-created its maiden program which used music and dance as tools in creating awareness among female students about health improving attitudes. He once ran a radio health education program for over 5 months in Ondo state, where he gave health tips. He has taken part in different initiatives offering free health services and education to base of pyramid citizens, and donated a sickbay with essential medicines and equipment to a secondary school in Lagos.

Current Work
Currently doing his masters at the University of Lagos.

Interests
Photography, music, poetry, politics and social enterprise.

Education
Medicine at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife
Currently doing his MA at the University of Lagos

CYFI Team
Health

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Enadeghe OrobosaOrobosa ENADEGHE ‎ is an epidemiologist, a seasoned researcher and an active volunteer in a plethora of non-governmental organizations, with great desires to identifying gaps and solving health problems among young people. He has keen research interest on youth sexual health.
He is experienced in mixed research methodology, designing, planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluation of several community youth-oriented health projects.

Current Work
Researcher and developmental practitioner

Interests
Research, Youth Mentorship, Networking, Soccer

Education
M.Sc Epidemiology
Certificate, Monitoring and Evaluation (USAID/Measure Evaluation)

CYFI Team
Health

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Cynthia OnwuchurbaCynthia is a mathematician, a social entrepreneur with passion for mathematics, education and leadership in Africa. She is the author of Academics Without Tears, an academic excellence inspirational book with proven success secrets and keys to mathematics for students.
She has embarked on various school intervention projects, such as the building of four toilets and a borehole that led to winning the Governor’s Honors award during her 2014 NYSC in Rivers State.
She is a recipient of Future Africa Leaders Award (FALA) in 2014, and nominee for Future Africa Prize in Education in 2015.
She has impacted over 25,000 youths annually.

Current Work
Founder/Project Director, Productive Education and Effective Leadership (PEEL) Initiative.

Interests
Teaching Mathematics, Inspiring people, volunteering, networking, reading, research and traveling.

Education
B.Sc Mathematics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria

CYFI Team
Port Harcourt – Remand Home Reform

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Ngozi Sam OrijiDriven by the desire to create value and impact positively, Ngozi Sam Orji is on a journey to empower young people, making them agents of change and self-reliance. She is the Creative Director of Zi’s Concept, an entrepreneurial firm that designs and manufactures beaded jewelries, Ankara bags and footwears, gift boxes and bags, with services such as training and consultancy.She organizes ‘Do It Yourself’ a skills training program in Port Harcourt and volunteers with different NGOs & NYSC. She is the Principal Facilitator at Smart House Initiative, which focuses on introducing Scrabble to Schools in Rivers State.

Current Work
Creative Director and Principal Facilitator Zi’s Concept

Interests
Entrepreneurship, Teaching, Reading, Travelling, Networking, Working with children, Scrabble and Karate

Education
MSc. Human Anatomy, University of Port Harcourt

CYFI Team
Port Harcourt – Remand Home Reform

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Jesutomi ArowubusoyeJesutomi Arowobusoye started her career as a Marine Biologist but has diligently pursued her passion for youth development. She has several years of experience working with youths, with particular focus on issues prevalent with adolescents, in areas of reproductive health, leadership and counseling. She has benefitted from trainings by local and international organizations such as Youth to Youth Initiative Washington D.C and LEAP Africa. She has trained youths in various capacities including young street footballers on leadership and HIV/AIDS. Over the years, her drive for imparting knowledge resulted in her obtaining a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology. She is a strong advocate of inclusive and child centered education in Nigeria.

Current Work
Teacher

Interests
Creative cooking, recycling, travelling, teaching, self-development studies and watching food channels

Education
B.Sc Marine Biology, Masters in Public and International Affairs (MPIA), Postgraduate Diploma In Education (PGDE), M.Ed Educational Psychology (all from University of Lagos)

CYFI Team
Health

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Caleb AdebayoCaleb Adebayo is a social entrepreneur, idea freak and sustainability advocate. He is a performance poet and creative writer for which he has won awards. He is also a public speaking expert and personal development coach. His passion for sustainable development led him to start his organization, Earthplus, last year. He is also a Climate Ambassador for Care About Climate, USA. He is a United Nations Online Volunteer and has volunteered for various organizations and programs including ENACTUS, TEDxIfe and the UNESCO-led U-report initiative. His vision is for an Africa where governments and citizens will work hand-in-hand for sustainable living.

Current Work
Director, Earthplus (a sustainability-focused non-profit organization)
Public Relations Officer, Lagos Social Change Volunteer Corps Youth (LASO Youth)

Interest
Creative Writing, Public Speaking, Performance Poetry, Volunteering, Networking, Community Organizing, Law

Education
Law graduate, Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State
Student at the Nigerian Law School, Lagos State

CYFI Team
Civil Liberties

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Kate EkanemKate Ekanem is a writer and a Girl’s Rights Activist. She’s the founder of the Kate Tales Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes girls education, women empowerment and young writers’ development. She is an African Union Ambassador for Girl20, a development dialogue delegate and a nominee of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award.

Current Work
I work as a director for Kate Tales Foundation and as a Media Communicator for Access to Basic Medical Care Foundation (ABC)

Interests
Writing, reading, listening to music and thinking

Education
Floral Golden Heritage College -Senior School Leaving Certificate
Pearl Computer Institute – Diploma in Desktop publishing and Graphics
Writer’s Bureau: Certificate in Script writing and editing.

CYFI Team
Economic Empowerment

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Best OkoduwaBest Ayemere Okoduwa is a Twenty-Eight years old proud Nigerian. He is a high performing and result driven professional writer and film maker. He is also a social worker, a change agent whose passion lies in the empowerment of youths to achieve a more prosperous and crime free society.Beyond his love to motivate young people in youth events through public speaking, he is the convener of BAD BRILLIANCE, a crime sensitization, prevention and youth empowerment initiative in Nigeria. He interphases with hundreds of secondary school students, some of whom are currently undergoing mentorship program.

Current Work
Writer/Producer/Director of films: Television series, feature films, television commercials and Documentaries

Interests
Films, music, books, theater, advocacy, public speaking, travels, sports, and real estate

Education
BSC in VIEW (Final year student) – Estate Management at the University of Lagos (UNILAG)

CYFI Team
Economic Empowerment

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Tosin AkingbuluTosin Akingbulu is a literary artist and communication scholar with expertise in Creative Writing. Tosin, who was the 2014 Best Graduating Student (MSc) in Media and Communication at the Pan-Atlantic University, passes on her knowledge to young people by helping them refine their creative writing skills. She has volunteered as a tutor for a writers’ academy, a TEDx event publicist and other social development projects.
Tosin believes in a new Nigeria and the change that has begun in it with the emergence of her generation. She hopes to create a platform to groom young talents in the art of creative writing. She blogs at 234pearl.com

Current Work
Head, Social Media Team at Iroko Partners Ltd.

Interests
Literature, music, poetry, technology

Education
MSc Media and Communication, Pan-Atlantic University

CYFI Team
Education

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Rebecca OjedeleRebecca Ojedele is a producer, scriptwriter, and overall project developer and coordinator at the African Radio Drama Association (ARDA). As Project Coordinator of the organization, she is responsible for overseeing projects from inception to completion ensuring a high-level of professionalism and integrity. She has successfully worked with the ARDA team to design and produce over 15 different radio programs and several short videos and documentaries. As an ardent communicator who has a deep passion for peacebuilding, she has directed and produced 78 episodes of 3 different radio dramas in Pidgin English on peacebuilding in the Niger-Delta under the sponsorship of the European Union through Search for Common Ground (SFCG). Apart from radio programing, Rebecca has also organizes, coordinates and engages in community mobilization and sensitization programs. She is also the convener of the Leaders of Tomorrow (LoT) project

Current Work
Project Coordinator,
African Radio Drama Association (ARDA)

Interests
Travelling, experiencing new places and cultures, meeting people, implementing entertainment
education strategies to advance development, health and social messages.

Education
PGD, Peace studies and conflict resolution, National Open University of Nigeria

CYFI Team
Good Governance

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AnuOluwapo AdelakunAnuOluwapo Adelakun was born and raised in Lagos State, Nigeria. She grew up in a large extended family that placed a high importance on helping people in need. She graduated best in her class and holds a degree in Politics and International Relations from Lead City University, Ibadan. Her passion to help other people led her to start the Thinking of Others (TOO) initiative which also birthed the Girl Unlimited initiative. She’s a very friendly and witty person in whom God’s love finds it’s expression.

Current Work
Anu is currently a Writer, Presenter and content curator at www.davinadiaries.com She contributes editorial opinions to a couple of blogs including Bellanaija.com She is a freelance soft skills trainer and skilled Gender Advocate.

Interests
Empowering and educating girls as well as helping the poor.

Education
B.Sc (Hons) Politics and International relations

CYFI Team
Education

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Moses AdetosoyeAdetosoye Adebanjo is a goal oriented, self-motivated Public Health expert. He has strong passion for community health without which he believes there can be no meaningful economic growth, resilience and national development. It is his dream to see Nigeria transformed to a nation of empowered, healthy and happy communities free from the scourge of disease, ignorance and poverty. He is currently working with Initiative for Integrated Community Welfare in Nigerian as Programs Coordinator reaching out to underserved children, women and families including those affected by HIV/AIDS. He has over five years of experience implementing sustainable interventions for Vulnerable Children, HIV prevention, care and support programs and addressing poverty through livelihood support and empowerment programs. He believes in transparency, honesty and hard work

Current Work
Programs Coordinator, Initiative for Integrated Community Welfare in Nigeria (IICWIN)

Interests
Traveling, reading, and intellectual discuss. I also have a great enthusiasm for research and project management

Education
Master of Public Health (University of Ibadan)

CYFI Team
Economic Empowerment

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Jerry OdiliJerry Odili is a social entrepreneur and cofounder of Save Our Needy. After working in the banking industry, his passion for creating positive social change led him to form a non-profit organization with a focus on ending extreme poverty through the promotion of education and the economic empowerment of the youth. Jerry has initiated and implemented projects to rehabilitate low-income schools which have in turn lead to an increase in school enrolment in the affected communities. He has also implemented projects which has given free vocational training to more than 750 youth and women in Nigeria and Benin Republic.

Current Work
Program Manager, Save Our Needy

Interests
Youth empowerment, education, reading, traveling, sports

Education
BSc Computer Science, Olabisi Onabanjo University

CYFI Team
Education

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Abidemi ShabiAbidemi Shabi is a practicing Medical Doctor with a passion for wholistic medical care.
He is the initiator and chief facilitator of perhaps the first free online medical consultation forum in West Africa, tagged “My Online Doctor (MOD)”. A pioneering step he took as a social responsibility, following the discovery of widespread ignorance in medically related issues among the African community. He is the author of “Your Choice is Your Life,” a book that focuses on the subject of making the right choices in life and how to use such choices to dictate a desired future.

Current work
Medical doctor at Lagoon Hospital

Interest
Interventional radiology, tourism, lecturing

Education
MBChB, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria

CYFI Team
Health

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David BamideleDavid Bamidele is the founder and CEO of Bamsay Farms, a firm that specializes in crop production, animal husbandry and agro processing. He has a strong passion for agriculture and believes it can be the solution for youth unemployment in Nigeria. He is an advocate of entrepreneurship and he encourages youths to practice agriculture as a means of livelihood. He also organizes trainings for youths on entrepreneurship and business management.

Work
CEO, Bamsay Farms

Interests
Entrepreneurship, Community development, sustainable agriculture, sustainable environment, Research, travelling.

Education
HND Environmental Biology, Yaba College of Technology, Yaba

CYFI Team
Economic Empowerment