In general, a lot of people doubt young people simply because they are young — but we love how some young Nigerians recognize problems facing numerous individuals and proffer solutions in business, health, agriculture, technology or whatever it may be.
How we, as Nigerians, take advantage of our challenges can mean all the difference because sometimes, taking the time out to ask thoughtful, critical questions proves both insightful and efficient in the long run. And these young Nigerian leaders make us so proud.
Bukola Bolarinwa is 28 year old from Lagos. Bukola was born with Sickle Cell Disease. After noticing the chronic shortage of blood faced by people living with Sickle Cell who need regular transfusions, she joined the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation in 2010. Later, she began a monthly campaign drive in partnership with the National Blood Transfusion Service to try to ensure a regular supply of donated blood. In 2016, she was chosen for the Queen’s Young Leader Award in recognition of her work encouraging thousands of new people to give blood.
Olarenwaju Adeloye is 23 year old from Lagos. He is the CEO and founder of SaferMom, a last mile platform for pregnant and new mothers (with babies up to 3 years) in Nigeria. It was built to help mothers irrespective of their social status or geographic location ask, share and connect with other experienced mothers & verified doctors. In 2016, Olarenwaju received the Queens’ Young Leaders Awards for his startup’s works at improving mother and child health in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Nasir Yammama is 26 year old from Abuja. Through Verdant, an AgriTech value chain company he developed, he offers solutions to support farmers and other stakeholders for improved food production using novel technologies. Verdant aims at providing agricultural extension market information. In 2016, he was acknowledged by the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards for harnessing the power of simple, low-cost technologies to help local farmers produce more crops and increase their sales.
Olumide Femi Makanjuola
Olumide Femi Makanjuola is 28 year old from Lagos. He is the Managing Director of The Initiative for Equal Rights (TIERs), a non-governmental organization (NGO) that is working towards protecting the rights of people with same sex attraction. He says he was never involved in activism before TIERs, but was drawn into it by some of his friends who banded together to found the organization. In 2016, he was acknowledged by the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards for advocating on LGBTQI issues.His work includes offering sexual health and human rights education and services to LGBTI+ persons in Nigeria.
Imrana Alhaji Buba
Imrana Alhaji Buba is 23 year old from Yobe State. Imrana is the founder of an organisation that encourages peace building. Since 2010, he has partnered with local groups to visit surrounding villages to carry out community building and youth education programmes. His organisation now has more than 600 members. Imrana also offers training for unemployed young people. He was selected for the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Awards in recognition of his work around peace building.
We know there way more of them. Know other young Nigerian leaders to watch in 2017? Tell us in the comments!